28 Fred. Olsen Braemar Baltic Sea Cruise Reviews

Here goes, firstly the good points…the food was very good and the waiting staff where on form and attentive. The room was as expected and overall the interior of the ship was good. The entertainment from the guest performers was ... Read More
Here goes, firstly the good points…the food was very good and the waiting staff where on form and attentive. The room was as expected and overall the interior of the ship was good. The entertainment from the guest performers was excellent, Steve V King and Barnaby were fantastic. And then the negatives…I thought the class system was fading out but how wrong, we wished to change our dining time from the later to the earlier sitting which involved one click on the computer, we even had the same table. This we were charged £4 per day, considering there were tables that were not being used for the whole cruise on the first sitting, I found disgusting. It was at this point we discovered ANCHOR CLASS. We had booked the cruise, last minute, and paid £2700 for 11 days of Baltic cruise to be in the bowels of the ship, deck 2. The last cruise we went on we paid £1700 for 7 days in the Mediterranean inc flights on deck 10, so our expectations from Fred Olsen were high. Unfortunately we were wrong, The Braemar was in fact a floating care home for the elderly, which we were under no illusion about, some whose only purpose in life was the daily charge for the restaurant, sorry I was incorrect because when the opportunity arose after food, there was an even bigger the race for the best seats around the ship with the nicest views, which after securing, they promptly fell asleep depriving people the chance to take in the sights. If they want to sleep GO TO YOUR CABIN, selfish gits. So now deprived of the good seats we went for a stroll around the ship, if you like the smell of paint then this is the ship for you, remember despite the 2018 price you paid, this is an old ship (1993) and the rust is appearing all over the place. Back to Anchor class, you would be charged for shuttle buses whereas other floors were not. The subject of upgrades was broached onboard during Captains question time and it is not company policy, we were also told that other cruise lines don’t do this, well Fred Olsen is wrong, all the other cruise lines we have used, do free upgrades. When my other half booked this, she told me we would be going to Sweden, Denmark and Finland,..two out of three wasn’t bad. We went to an obscure little island that belonged to Finland, with two attractions, a museum and an old sailing ship. The ship was shut for renovations….need I say more. I have resisted reviewing the holiday for a while so hopefully I would forget some of the horror. Up until this trip I have thoroughly enjoyed the cruising experience, and recommended others to try, just not maybe with Fred Olsen. There are much better Cruise company’s and cruise ships out there, younger, cheaper and better. Even worse, we sent this review to Fred Olsen and they didn,t bother to respond. A simple apology would be a good start, so even customer services are poor as well. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We have traveled with a number of cruise lines over 20 years but, Fred Olsen keep on giving the very best in all areas. The ships, food and most important the staff. Wonderful destinations too. We traveled with two children 11 and 13 ... Read More
We have traveled with a number of cruise lines over 20 years but, Fred Olsen keep on giving the very best in all areas. The ships, food and most important the staff. Wonderful destinations too. We traveled with two children 11 and 13 years and they were also looked after so well by the two children's skipper staff. We are going to be back again next year.Thank you Fred Olsen for making us feel so valued as passengers. The last lunch onboard was fantastic all you could ever want. We did talk to a number of passenger that made comment about Fred Olsen after travelling with the big cruise lines. All agreed Fred Olsen was by far the best. Particularly the staff and food. The only thing we did not like is having to get off. The cruise we did was 8 nights which was fantastic but, would like to do longer next time. The only was to see Norway as we did this time is with Fred Olsen. A very easy check in at Southampton and boarded the ship directly which was nice. No waiting around. One onboard we tool a look at our cabin 3033 to find a very warm welcome from our cabin stewardess. Bags had arrived too and were placed on the two lower berths. We then went to the Palms cafe for lunch. A very nice choice of food. Not had a choice before of a hot meal so early upon boarding. In the past it has been a light lunch so this was very enjoyable with two hungry children with us. This ship is so easy to find your way around and if you do have a problem very clear deck plans around the ship. Staff too are never far away. Entertainment across the ship was great. Sail away party as we left Southampton added to the overall enjoyment. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
This is our second cruise with Fred Olsen absolutely fantastic Staff are brilliant food etc is 5 star plus Staff are always pleasant professional and always willing to help. Food is amazing in all the restaurants there is so much ... Read More
This is our second cruise with Fred Olsen absolutely fantastic Staff are brilliant food etc is 5 star plus Staff are always pleasant professional and always willing to help. Food is amazing in all the restaurants there is so much choice and always available We had the all inclusive the choice of drinks were amazing The bar staff would know what you liked and were on hand at all times. I was impressed that one of the bar staff knew my name from our first cruise which was 2 years ago. The cabin was spotless and the maid was so pleasant The entertainment was very good and also were the guest speakers The ship was immaculate and the crew were always cleaning the decks All the staff on the ship were so hard and always smile. It's a pleasure to sail with Fred Olsen and we will be sailing with them again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
My wife and I chose Fred Olsen, our first time on this line, because it left and returned from England sailing to Iceland at the time we wanted to travel within these locations. The service personnel, maintenance of the ship and quality of ... Read More
My wife and I chose Fred Olsen, our first time on this line, because it left and returned from England sailing to Iceland at the time we wanted to travel within these locations. The service personnel, maintenance of the ship and quality of the food were excellent. Even the song and dance shows were better than expected for a small ship of only 925 passengers. Only one aspect of Fred Olsen's business model holds me back from giving this cruise a high review, and that is, Fred Olsen's policy of withholding the exact arrival and departure times from the ports of call. My wife and I, seasoned cruise travelers by now, usually book small-group shore excursions from local providers when we can. But that can't be done unless the tour companies know the exact cruise ship arrival and departures times for pick up and drop off. Fred Olsen lists only the time of day, as in "early morning" or "late afternoon" in their public itinerary. But we know the company knows the specific times because: (1) docking space must be prescheduled with the ports, and (2), having asked seven customer agents about the docking schedule, two Fred Olsen representatives gave me the exact arrival/departure times they read off their computer screens and five told me they didn't know exact the times, only the approximate part of day. Granted, the cruise route was changed six weeks before we sailed and one arrival time was earlier than I was told, but for all the other ports of call, the exact times in port were the same as I was given by the the two open-information Fred Olsen customer reps. I can only surmise that Fred Olsen wants to discourage passengers from booking independent shore excursions. It took a lot of effort to do that. Most people would give up after the first query. So how were the two Fred Olsen excursions we did book? As expected for large-group, big-bus trips -- okay but nothing memorable or personal. I would recommend Fred Olsen tours for those who don't want surprises within a traditional cruise experience and few children or younger people milling around the ship. Although Fred Olsen promotes itself as a "value" cruise experience, choosing a balcony room with a view make the cruise more expensive than those on larger cruise ships of 2000 passengers or more. PS: My wife said the yoga and exercise sessions were great. And so was the crew. We loved the captain and had two conversations with him. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Small ship. Less 1000 passengers. Very well recommended. Cabin 7016 excellent, comfortable spotlessly clean. Lovely stewerdess. Dining, first class service, food hot, good selection, staff and service excellent. Entertainment brilliant and ... Read More
Small ship. Less 1000 passengers. Very well recommended. Cabin 7016 excellent, comfortable spotlessly clean. Lovely stewerdess. Dining, first class service, food hot, good selection, staff and service excellent. Entertainment brilliant and very professional. Bars, lounge's, library again very efficient excellent service. Ship generally is very comfortable softly furnished with very little glitz. We never queued once either embarkation, disembarkation, dinning rooms etc.in all Fred Olsen Bramar is an excellent comfortable cruise ship. A real pleasure to sail on her and will Do again along with the other three ships. One comment is the cruise is really for 50 plus as the amenities are not so extensive as on the large glitzy ships. Well done Fred Olsen staff and crews.The smaller ships allow access to ports and places that the larger ships cannot access. We would recommend cruising on this comfortable ship and hope when we cruise on the other three it will be equally enjoyable Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was our first experience with FOCL and the Braemar. The cruise was 10 nights around the UK from Southampton; up to the first port of Leith for an overnight, then Dundee, Invergordon, Scrabster, Oban and Belfast. The first and last ... Read More
This was our first experience with FOCL and the Braemar. The cruise was 10 nights around the UK from Southampton; up to the first port of Leith for an overnight, then Dundee, Invergordon, Scrabster, Oban and Belfast. The first and last full days were days at sea and the cruise had two formal nights. The Ship The Braemar was slightly smaller than we're used to. We've sailed most often with Thomson on their smaller ships (Spirit and Celebration), we've sailed on much larger ships but small ships are our preference. The ship is well laid out. The side-wards on theatre fore is a first for us but the seas were kind enough that we didn't have many problems with this. Space was never an issue, getting seats in restaurants, bars or the theatre wasn't ever a problem. There's plenty of choice of seating areas during the day and when at sea. Decor is pleasant and areas are well lit. Activities We're active DIY port visitors so we didn't spend that much time on daytime activities. Quizzes seemed good, although we missed most of them as we were out in the daytime and the evening quizzes clashed with our late dining timing. Service The service from all staff was excellent throughout the cruise. Cabin stewards, waiters and bar-waiters, entertainers, reception staff, ships crew - can't fault anyone and would commend Fred for the work ethic and approach of the whole ship's staff. We rarely have to compalin about anything, but did as a neighbouring cabin was waking up with very loud TV for the first few days at 6:30 (we're on holiday, I don't want to be woken up early every day!), we complained at reception not expecting anything and the issue was somehow resolved, and the same member of the team asked us next time he saw us if it was better! This attention to service was very noticeable - staff bothered to remember who they had spoken to and to follow up where appropriate. Ports and excursions We always have to book last minute due to work constraints, so booking excursions can be problematic. On a cruise like this with 'signature' excursions (Braemar games, visits to Glamis and Cawdor castles) we were not surprised but still slightly disappointed not to have any availability on those obviously very popular trips. As mentioned we prefer to 'walk ashore' and do our own thing and this itinerary was good for that - only Oban was a tender port, Belfast had free shuttle buses to get into the city centre. Although we rarely do ships excursions on cruises anyway we were shocked at how expensive Fred's excursions are, they really were pricey compared to any other line we've been with - some eye-wateringly so (£200+pp for the dearest!). The port selection was excellent, we saw a wide variety of places and much of the beauty of Scotlands dramatic coastlines. There was the temptation at Scrabster or Oban to get a local ferry to one of the islands but the time in port didn't mesh well with ferry transit times and schedules so we didn't risk it. The overnight in Edingburgh was great, we got to meet friends who live there, and even had time to walk from Leith to the Parliament area and back (and up Arthur's Seat while there!), Dundee's dock area and centre were well worth walking around, the docks are actively being developed with restaurants and bars, there's a few very good sights in the centre worth a look including the McManus museum. Invergordon is tiny but the murals are nice to look at and the surrounding area is pretty. Scrabster was a low point, mainly because that was our one awful-weather day. We took the free shuttle into Thurso and walked around a bit, had a coffee and cake in a nice café but that was the limits of our patience with the downpour. We stayed in Oban to walk around, good vistas from the hill behind the town! Belfast we did a walking tour with a local guide and it was fascinating (though took up 2 hours)! My only recommendation to FOCL would be to amend the itinerary to call at at least one island as they are tantalisingly close as you sail around. Transfers We made our own way to Southampton before the cruise and back from it afterwards. Nothing to comment on here. Embarkation itself and disembarkation afterwards was quick and easy - no fuss. Cabin Our inside cabin was an anchor fare - so no choice over what cabin we had. It was at the front on deck 4, so some trepidation over seasickness if we had rough seas. The weather was kind, we only had bad seas on one night in the end despite all the storms brewing in the Atlantic. The first half of the trip up the east coast of the UK couldn't have been smoother. The cabin was spacious enough for our needs with a good amount of storage. Bathroom was standard for this class of cabin. We had a twin cabin and the steward made it into a double on our request, another stress of booking so last minute, we'd have been annoyed if the beds were fixed as separate. Dining We were very impressed with the food standard throughout the cruise. We ate on late service (8:30) in the Grampian. Excellent service from our two waiters and very good food throughout the cruise. We ate in the Palms buffet for breakfast and lunch as we normally do on a cruise. Interesting that on the Braemar staff seat you according to how busy the restaurant is - if it's busy you might be sharing, otherwise they find you a table of your own. Never had that in a buffet restaurant before - it makes for less chaos and 'running to grab a table'. Food was good in Palms for both times as well, very impressed with the lunch options overall. As with CMV, FOCL meal times are quite restricted - food isn't available mid afternoon. That's a bit annoying if you come back from an excursion or shore visit a bit late - we barely made lunch twice although the staff were very good about allowing us to grab a plate before they cleared. Unlike CMV, Fred do at least have a supper club - though eating this late we didn't need to use it. Normally we'd chose first sitting as we find it easier to organise our evenings when dining earlier but then the temptation for midnight snacks is always there! Alcoholic drinks seemed very reasonably priced, although the attempts at pushing cocktails of the day (which were not discounted?) was a bit annoying in the bars. Entertainment Very good shows from the company on board, they danced and sang very well. A more segmented show team than were used to - not gender balanced (no male dancers?) and the dancers didn't sing at all. Musicians were good overall in the bars, we listened to the pianist and the guitar/singer a few times each. The ship's orchestra were very, very good as well - it's nice to have live music for the shows. We weren't as impressed with the comedian/impressionist but then we weren't the target audience for the cruise perhaps (well below the average age...). Summary This cruise made a very positive first impression on us. Overall the cruise was good value and the ship and crew were welcoming and professional. The intinerary was interesting, though we were a bit frustrated by missing the castles. Food onboard was excellent, and the drinks selection was good. Would recommend! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We booked this cruise mainly because of the ports of call, which we hadn't been to before, and because of there being some river cruising involved. Embarkation at Southampton was stress free and our cases were outside our cabin by the ... Read More
We booked this cruise mainly because of the ports of call, which we hadn't been to before, and because of there being some river cruising involved. Embarkation at Southampton was stress free and our cases were outside our cabin by the time we got on the ship. We were very impressed by the quality of the food on board and had two excellent waiters. The company show group had just joined the ship and they were enthusiastic and extremely professional. We really enjoyed their shows. The ship is small and very easy to get around, but one lift was out of action for the whole cruise and this did cause problems for people with mobility limitations. We had a wet day at sea and it was difficult to find somewhere to sit in the public lounges. We sometimes found it difficult to find a chair on the promenade deck in the shade, but there were plenty of loungers on the sun deck. Unlike many ships there is not a theatre on board. Shows took place in the Neptune Lounge where the seating is not ideal for a good view. We did 3 shore excursions, and although expensive, they were well organised and interesting. Our only complaint on the Bordeaux wine tour to Graves and Sauternes was that we were not given a 'nibble' to go with the wine - not even a slice of French baguette! Disembarkation was very organised and our car was waiting for us as we got off the ship. We really enjoyed the Fred Olsen experience and will certainly use them again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Been on a couple of Fred Olsen cruises before on the Balmoral & was expecting the same kind of treatment ,sadly I couldn't have been more wrong !. the ship looked shabby & dated .The ship is not disabled friendly . there ... Read More
Been on a couple of Fred Olsen cruises before on the Balmoral & was expecting the same kind of treatment ,sadly I couldn't have been more wrong !. the ship looked shabby & dated .The ship is not disabled friendly . there are only two sets of lifts which are small & you have to walk down very long corridors to get to cabins which are cramped and not well fitted. There were only two smoking areas on board which can only be accessed by climbing stairs ,when I asked they had failed to offer a smoking area with level access I was quite rudely told that this was the wish of the owners & basically told hard luck . the entertainment is abysmal !.the excursions are an overpriced rip-off and they do not provide provide free shuttles out of the ports they charge you five pounds per day . Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Once and Once Only My wife and I have over the years taken many cruises with many different lines, but had never been with Fred Olsen before and won’t be going again. We had heard mixed reviews about Fred, with some friends liking it ... Read More
Once and Once Only My wife and I have over the years taken many cruises with many different lines, but had never been with Fred Olsen before and won’t be going again. We had heard mixed reviews about Fred, with some friends liking it and others hating it. So we decided to try a short cruise to see for ourselves before booking anything longer. The conclusion was once and once only, there was something about this ship we did not like. Overall the crew did not come across as a happy one, they looked very tired, it was a lot of what I could call British Airways smiles. I know crews do not like short cruises as it means turn around days are close together. Embarkation and Disembarkation The check in went smoothly and by the time we got on board our luggage was already outside our cabin, disembarkation also went well, but these are about the only positives about this cruise. Shore Excursions We did not take any shore excursions, there were only two offered on the first day in port and none on the second day, thought this was rather poor. Our Cabin 7008 this is classed as a balcony suite, I would only class it as a mini suite, we had been informed that on average Fred's cabins were on the small side and we can confirm that appears to be correct. There was a settee and armchair, these were smaller than normal size and very low, it might be that these were purchased this size to make the cabin look bigger? The bathroom was very small, the only bathroom on a ship or boat that I can remember which was smaller than this one was thirty plus years ago on a Russian river cruiser. When having a shower the water temperature goes up and down, presumably because other passengers on the same water circuit are using theirs? The cabin was supplied with tea and coffee making facilities, unfortunately the kettle was fitted with an English type three pin plug but all the sockets were of the continental type. So we asked our stewardess how to plug the kettle in, and were informed that we had to go to reception and ask for an adaptor as she was not allowed to do that. So we went to reception and asked for an adaptor, the receptionist immediately gave a note to another member of staff and informed us that an adaptor would be delivered to our cabin straight away. About a hour and half later we returned to our cabin and guess what, no adaptor, so we telephoned reception and a few minutes later an adaptor actually arrived. The only plus points about this cabin is that it is located in a quiet position towards one end of a corridor and the balcony is a useful shape, fairly deep back to front. The Stewardess wanted to come early and do the turndown service before we went to diner each night as we were on the late sitting at 8.30, we said no as we both like to have a shower and change our clothes before diner. On all other ships, we have always left the makeup room card on the door when going to dinner and any turndown service happened whist we were out. Dining The main dining room was very noisy, didn't appear to be enough waiters, they have to almost run between tables to try and keep up, Fred Olsen expects too much of the staff, it makes the restaurant look and sound like a fast food place. One night I ordered a baked potato with my main course, but instead received a single boiled potato, obviously someone thought I should go on a diet. On the First night waiter came to take my order, but I hadn't had a menu yet, other tables had been laid out with menus, also when the main courses arrived my wife was still short of a fork. Thought the overall food choice was rather poor, on the gala night menu there was not the usual lobster or beef Wellington, but there was shepherd’s pie. Also I believe Fred should be awarded a prize for the worst beard rolls at sea. Wine Service Information in the cabin suggested it was best to preorder wine for dinner as things could get a little busy, so in the afternoon we did this by filling out one of the little order forms just outside the dining room and placed it in the box provided. This was a complete waste of time, when we went to diner we thought the wine would be brought to our table, not so, other tables who had not preordered were managing to get drinks or wine. When I finally managed to attract a waiters attention he knew nothing about preordered wine, but he did manage to retake our order and only half a hour after we had sat down it arrived. It appears that there are no actual wine waiters; it's the waiters who serve the wine. One of the onboard TV presentations re the 'suite dreams' package the presenter stated that you would receive a bottle of champagne in your cabin; this is not quite the case as it is actually sparkling wine. Onboard information stated we would receive a customer questionnaire at the end of the cruise but we never did, after we returned home we did receive an online questionnaire but this was only about what we thought about Rouen and if we had taken a shore excursion, nothing else. No questions regarding what we thought of the cruise. Certainly my wife and I will not be booking any future cruises with Fred; there are many far far better lines available. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Because my friend and I wanted to go to the places this cruise visited. I have cruised a few times and this is the first Fred Olsen and best one I've been on. Everyone was very friendly and helpful, I particularly liked the way you ... Read More
Because my friend and I wanted to go to the places this cruise visited. I have cruised a few times and this is the first Fred Olsen and best one I've been on. Everyone was very friendly and helpful, I particularly liked the way you were given a table at lunch time, the food was presented and cooked well and a good variety. The ship was smaller than I been on before and I felt it was much better and more friendly. The entertainment was superb, also the activities. The night where the staff entertained us was brilliant it was good to see the different customs and dances. I went on a number of excursions which were brilliant with the exception of St Petersburg city visit which I think you need to go on foot (I couldn't walk well that's why I chose this excursion) The whole of the holiday from embarkation to disembarkation went like a dream and most enjoyable. (Thank you Braemar for a lovely cruise) Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
2nd cruise with F.O. Met our expectations. Dover embarkation good in all respects (disembarking was not so brilliant, with muddle around the luggage and coach/car/taxi pick-up points). Ship recently repainted and in good order ... Read More
2nd cruise with F.O. Met our expectations. Dover embarkation good in all respects (disembarking was not so brilliant, with muddle around the luggage and coach/car/taxi pick-up points). Ship recently repainted and in good order throughout. Captain friendly and available to be seen around the decks, a Finn. We booked early and were allocated to the much smaller Grampian restaurant on deck 8: superb sunsets and panoramic views. Other passengers hinted darkly that if you only book cheaper cabins down below, you don't get to the Grampian. Menus and presentation of food, quality and service we thought was pretty near perfect. Niggles with restaurants and catering in general: poor quality jelly-like conserves, bitter, weak coffee. Cafe and casual dining: we were impressed with the management of the Palms cafe and the setting and clearing away of the crisp table settings so many times a day. Hardly anyone seemed to turn up for the 11pm-midnight supper club. New coffee and chocolate shop: this did not seem to have caught on - perhaps F.O's age group are not really part of cafe society? You pay separately for these coffees of excellent quality and presentation, service was also first class. However, the coffee shop counter is merely inserted into an otherwise very conventional and comfortable lounge which on our visits contained a fair share of sleepers and cruisers determined to read their library books and looking for silence. Expensive place to read, or sleep, one could stay at home and do that! Some pretty heavy snoring too. F.O haven't quite got this right, yet we feel. Most of the mostly older/elderly guests seemed pretty dynamic and active though. Entertainment, we went along with the general flow and tried not to be picky or critical. Singer-actress: Helen Wilding was memorable and good value as was Enrique the sensitive pianist. The shows put on by the staff from Asia and the Pacific, performing in their own national style were actually very good. A Berlitz review of this ship said there were over a dozen pillars spoiling sight lines but that is not factually correct (only two pillars obstruct, if that is the word). We had a balcony cabin: the shower flow was a bit poor and the soft furnishings dated if not actually obviously worn. Yes, the safes are tiny but so what? Plenty of wardrobe space for a 14 day cruise we thought. Excellent room cleaning service from Dian. We bought the inclusive drinks package in advance and just about got our moneys-worth: watch out for bottled water requested in the cabin, you pay separately for that. The only issues we had with staff were getting reception desk staff to understand two account queries and a lost/found property matter - why put staff with not so brilliant command of English into such positions? It was a similar situation on the Balmoral last year, why? Shore tours seemed a bit pricey but we bought a fair selection covering five of the six ports. Being a small vessel, Fred.Olsen will keep reminding you (and remind you again!) that its four small ships can get right into the heart of each city visit. At each place you could simply walk off and visit the city as other tourists do. No need for tenders and queues! Tour guides rushed on ahead at some venues until they noticed my wife lagging behind with a bad knee. There were on-board sales of Russian craft items (we went to St Petersburg for 2 days): inevitable wooden dolls, amber, exquisite engraved jewellery boxes etc. Only reason to COMPLAIN: each hot and sunny afternoon a small gaggle of crew put all the sun beds, sofas, armchairs and cushions away at 5pm regardless of the paying customers enjoying the weather. Becomes a battle of wills with passengers giving up as all the furniture around them disappears and evil-smelling metal polish is wafted all over the place in a fairly useless exercise at cleaning already clean deck fittings. It was the same on Balmoral. Guests don't want to quit the sun deck three hours before second sitting! THe hotel cruise director interviewing the captain and chief engineer for an hour in the theatre-lounge sounded suspiciously like a put-up pr job. Actually, it was an honest attempt to get behind the obvious platitudes (about the small ships!) and describe some of the logistics issues aboard Braemar, safety at sea and the officers' career highlights. Well done. 8/10 On the other hand, we found the port briefing talks to be slow, thin, poorly presented sessions when so much information is out there on the internet, in books and even in the ship's library. Needs to be upgraded. 4/10. We booked another cruise while on board, well, 70 per cent of the passengers on board were repeat F.O. customers. Why? Friendliness, an honest attempt to run a good ship and I think, in the background, recognition the owners are a real family running maritime businesses, not a money-making international cruise organisation. Still need to leave the loungers out longer each afternoon though! Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
First time with Fred Olsen.Embarkation at Dover was a shambles. Had to be there in a one hour window then waited ages to board in small groups . Announcements not at all clear. Once on board shown in direction of cabin. Cases were waiting ... Read More
First time with Fred Olsen.Embarkation at Dover was a shambles. Had to be there in a one hour window then waited ages to board in small groups . Announcements not at all clear. Once on board shown in direction of cabin. Cases were waiting -right across the cabin door! Once we shifted several cases ( not ours) we could enter the cabin. We had booked the cabin to be made up as Queen bed-not. Up to reception to get bed made up as requested. It was but not till the evening so we could not unpack. After that things improved. Food very good and service in Thistle efficient. We requested table for 8 and got what we requested. Got on well with our fellow dinners. Dinning at 6.15 is a bit early and 8.30 a bit late but you could always go free dinning in the Palm. Bars also good service- special recommendation to Michelle and Geraldine in observatory bar, Emma in Morning Star, Carlyn in Coral bar and Jemwin outside service deck 6/7. Only let down was Marquee bar where service was poor and erratic. Weather was very good so we did not take part in the many activities on offer. We watched some of the shows, not bad, have seen better on other ships. Enjoyed Enrique playing piano in the observatvatory. Chose this cruise for St Petersburg in particular, other ports were varied and interesting. Being small ship got right alongside, no tender anywhere. On the whole we enjoyed and would use Olsen again for the right itinerary. Particularly liked layout for this ship. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
First time with Fred Olsen and would definitely go with them again. Embarkation was drawn out especially as newcomers we had arrived early. Why, people are of the boat first thing in the morning don't they let people start ... Read More
First time with Fred Olsen and would definitely go with them again. Embarkation was drawn out especially as newcomers we had arrived early. Why, people are of the boat first thing in the morning don't they let people start boarding until 15.oo hrs or later. With Thomson we have often been on board by noon even if the cabins aren't ready until later. That said the cabin was as expected although we had to ask to have the cabin reset as a double and not an L Shape. (Requested twice through reception) Staff were excellent, difficult to choose individuals but special mention to: Michelle & Geraldine Observatory bar. (And Enrique the pianist) .Carlyle, Coral bar. Emma, Morning star bar. Jemwin, deck 6/7 waiter. ALso to our cabin housekeeper, whose name unfortunately we have mislaid -apologies. Due to the excellent weather we did not take part in any of the activities, preferring to enjoy the sun or the views in the observatory bar. Restaurants were excellent. For evening dining we were lucky to have a table for eight in the Thistle with superb views overlooking the stern. Given the size of the Braemar we were able to moor up right in the centre of the ports we visited Aalborg- delightful (check out the beer walk, online- 100 kroner pp) Copenhagen - 400 metres from the little mermaid. Helsinki - right on market square - book a harbour tour 24 euro. St. Petersburg - we did a private tour but we were right in the centre unlike the larger boats which were out of sight of the city. Be careful of pickpockets. Riga , five minutes stroll to town Travemunde -interesting German coastal resort. Check out the band at departure. Kiel canal - a river cruise with a difference. Disembarkation was organised of the ship but once ashore was slightly chaotic. People milling everywhere looking for coaches/taxis. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
My thoughts on MS Braemar. Cabin 3116 The cabin was quite small by modern standards and the air con was woefully inadequate so the temperature varied from warm to hot regardless of how the thermostat was set. The bed was narrow but very ... Read More
My thoughts on MS Braemar. Cabin 3116 The cabin was quite small by modern standards and the air con was woefully inadequate so the temperature varied from warm to hot regardless of how the thermostat was set. The bed was narrow but very comfortable and it was nice to have the facility to make a cup of coffee. The public rooms The Braemar Room, Morning Light Pub, Corel Club and Thistle Restaurant were nicely decorated but the Neptune Lounge was in need of a refit and some new carpets. The Palms Café was nice but too small for the number of people trying to use it. Food Breakfast and lunch were ok but nothing special and the choice was quite limited. The buffet lunch included chips and rice every day. The puddings were much of a muchness and very basic. Most of the dinners were very good and I must give special mention to the beef wellington which was fantastic. The entertainment in the Neptune Lounge was excellent including the singers an dancers of the show company. The level of service in the bars and at dinner was very good and all of the staff were friendly and helpful. Although the ship was quite well maintained there were cracks in the steelwork at the corners of many of the windows on deck 5. This was quite off putting. Braemar has recently undergone a refit where the Card Room and some of the ships were moved. However, for reasons best known to Fred Olsen, they did not bother to change the signs around the ship to reflect the changes. To me this is just incomprehensible.   Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
A great cruise - Ship gets you right into the ports, Antwerp, Amsterdam and Rouen. So if you are used to doing your own thing, you are right in the thick of it, or if a first timer, or prefer the security of doing things with Fred Olsens ... Read More
A great cruise - Ship gets you right into the ports, Antwerp, Amsterdam and Rouen. So if you are used to doing your own thing, you are right in the thick of it, or if a first timer, or prefer the security of doing things with Fred Olsens shore tours, you can do either. Love how on smaller ships you get to know everyone and there is never too much of a wait to get on or off. Braemar is a perfect size to make friends, but big enough to avoid the odd passenger you don't hit it off with. We had some really rough weather, which luckily, does not bother me in the slightest, but unfortunately put some first timers on the boat off sailing again. This is my second cruise with Fred Olsens and I can never praise the staff highly enough - their friendliness is outstanding. I have one comment to make about embarkation, which has happened on every cruise I have been on so far, When boarding everyone is asked to fill out a health questionaire to prevent Noro virus on board (why does everything have to have a label nowadays - what is wrong with good old sickness and diarrhoea) we then all use the pen provided thus passing germs to every single other person who will be on the ship?   Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
A near perfect 8 night cruise from Southampton. The first time with Fred Olsen to see if smaller ships deliver...and they did this time, pleasantly surprised with the total package...very well done to the FOCL... The whole experience was ... Read More
A near perfect 8 night cruise from Southampton. The first time with Fred Olsen to see if smaller ships deliver...and they did this time, pleasantly surprised with the total package...very well done to the FOCL... The whole experience was brilliant..even though we had to sail through the aftermath of the recent hurricane with gusts to force 12 and not being able to enter Amsterdam port until things calmed down...that was a first. We did roll quite a bit...but we were in hurricane force winds..always take sea sickness tablets on this ship just in case! This traditional ship design reminded me of the QE2 on a smaller scale and style...particularly the aft decks layouts..plenty of deck space to move around too. Have booked 2 more cruises ahead with FOCL...that says a lot...... Very well done FOCL.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
Hubby and I made he long journey to Dover for this cruise. We've done a few before including one on the Balmoral. We thought we'd give this one a go. The initial impression was quite good although it went on a downhill slope ... Read More
Hubby and I made he long journey to Dover for this cruise. We've done a few before including one on the Balmoral. We thought we'd give this one a go. The initial impression was quite good although it went on a downhill slope after the first few days. I must say scenery was beautiful along the Baltic, with Talinn, St Petersberg and wonderful Helsinki. All too brief in reality though, would have liked more time to explore, but maybe by other means in the future. One to consider. The Kiel Passage was also interesting and very different to what we expected. Food on board was passable with nothing to write home about, really. Missed my balm cakes, I think, although as they say 'when in Rome!' Cabin was not very spacious and felt a bit hemmed in if I'm honest. Did use a few of the facilities on board which were ok. I felt that parts of the ship lacked a bit of sparkle and appeared tired; a bit like some of the entertainment. Saw some of the entertainment people on and off ship and I know they are away from home, but there was an uncomfortable immature arrogance with some, particularly one of the singers; an air of complacent 'cut above the rest' which was certainly not the case. I did wonder at one point, who the actual guests were in the party! So we'll put that Cruise down in the 'no returns' list and maybe look at another Line. Thanks anyway. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
Object of the cruise was to get as far north as possible and this was achieved - having said that there were several negatives. The entertainment was good but the pressure on the main shows in the Neptune Lounge was so bad that it was ... Read More
Object of the cruise was to get as far north as possible and this was achieved - having said that there were several negatives. The entertainment was good but the pressure on the main shows in the Neptune Lounge was so bad that it was impossible many times over the 15 nights to get a seat with a view of the stage - in fact for one of the main shows we were forced to take the only free seats which were situated next to the band - ears covered when ever they played prevented ear damage! (The quality of the performers were perfect when possible to see them) It was obvious that with the extra section of the ship installed the extra passengers were 'Surplus to facilities' Meals were of high standard but at breakfast and lunch people were shoe horned into anywhere that there were vacant chairs (for example a table for six would have as many people passed through it as possible even at the risk of not being able to push your chair back to collect food) The main booked meal in the evening was good and well conducted but had to be hurried at the end to get some sort of seat in the Neptune show site. Excursions taken were to Gripp Island and at Bergan Grieg s' home - we were unable to board the coach which was full with only the odd seat for a single person - it was so hot and uncomfortable that the supervising staff were standing outside the coach where it was cool and they then gave me an immediate refund stating there should have been two coaches. I was very disappointed as this was the high point of the Bergan visit for me. Due to the long sea journey our port times were short and precious to us. The last point was having paid just under £30 for the DVD's of the cruise and on arriving home we found it was a mixture of other peoples cruises with very little about the one we were on. A letter pointing out this in a polite manner to Fred Olsen has resulted in no acknowledgement what so ever. The DVDs were a real shambles. Having said all the above the staff on the ship WERE GREAT and made every effort to make the cruise good - it was just far too many people on a ship that was designed before it was extended for far less people. I am a regular (Silver) user of Fred Olsen but I came home with the feeling I had spent 15 nights at a well known and also overcrowded adult hotel group. It was such a shame as I have pointed many of my friends in the direction of Fred Olsen cruises. The ship before having a middle section added worked far better at all levels. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
We cruised on the Braemar for the first time in July/August 2014 to Svalbard and were very pleasantly surprised by the facilities on board, the friendly efficient crew, and the quality of the entertainment and the high standard of the ... Read More
We cruised on the Braemar for the first time in July/August 2014 to Svalbard and were very pleasantly surprised by the facilities on board, the friendly efficient crew, and the quality of the entertainment and the high standard of the food. The Braemar is small enough to be friendly and big enough to offer good facilities. We liked best the spacious promenade deck where we were able to walk around the entire ship, the big foredeck open to the public which was excellent for looking out for wildlife, the really nice observation lounge, the cosy and intimate cabaret space of the Neptune Lounge and the open and airy feel of both of the main restaurants. We’ve cruised on the bigger Balmoral several times and are used to the ocean giants of the Queen Victoria, the Oceana and the Azura but the small, compact Braemar had a charm all of her own and in many ways the interior seems to be more spacious and more airy that many bigger ships. Even in the restaurants, there is space to circulate and those few people with mobility aids were able to move around in relative ease. We we're less impressed by the internet access on board but we don't suppose that we should be so picky at the far corners of the globe. The food throughout was of a high standard. We enjoyed rack of lamb, sirloin steak and lobster at dinners. There was a very good choice at lunch and similarly at breakfast. On some occasions there was even glass of buck’s fizz or sparkling wine to wash down the smoked salmon and scrambled eggs.... decadence is defiantly not dead! The entertainment was a series of excellent cabarets in the Neptune lounge or in the Coral Club. We tried both but preferred the more traditional and intimate Neptune lounge. There was always lots of seating available after second sitting dinner. The Show Company was super high energy and performed exhilarating and exciting routines only inches away from the audience. They were complemented by the wit and stunning guitar music of Les Bryan, the songs of Jane Beaumont, the virtuoso classical/pop violin of Tom Suha and the brilliance of Mark Shortland’s magic and comedy. The Neptune Lounge is not a theatre, does not boast a balcony or private boxes like Cunard’s Queens but it does, in our opinion, offer a much higher standard of fresh and enjoyable entertainment in an intimate and comfortable setting. We were less impressed by the lounge entertainment offered by the Rosario Trio which was often off-key to our ears but were really impressed by the excellent piano playing of Enrique Cabiluna in the Observation Lounge. The ports of call were excellent. From Kristiansund we went out to Grip Island by a small boat, which left the quay only a few minutes walk from the ship. We enjoyed the wonderful spectacle of kittiwakes nesting in the harbour, a flock of oyster-catchers and a whole colony of black guillemots… as well as a wonderful stave church… so much so that we didn’t have time for the pancakes and coffee which were included if we wanted them. In Tromso, where we’ve already been twice in the last year, we took a short taxi out to the amazing Botanic Gardens and jumped on a local bus to take us back to town and wandered through Tromso in the most spectacular weather... people lying out sunbathing in the public parks. At Honningsvag we went out to a bird watching safari, saw a herd of reindeer and then spent some time looking out for wildflowers by the ship. We found... to our absolute delight… a spotted orchid by the side off the access road to the quay! At Ny-Ålesund we had a wonderful experience watching barnacle, and Canadian geese, terns with chicks and snow bunting with fledglings…. all surrounded but stupendous mountain ranges an awe-inspiring glaciers... add to that some of the most historic buildings in Norway and the remains of a steam engine. As an added extra we cruised north to Magdalena Fjord… a truly sensational experience and as we left… an entire herd of walrus emerged from the water right in front of the ship and swam either side of the bows… every one on deck was jumping for joy and screaming with excitement… it was the most wonderful experience and beyond our wildest dreams. Yet more was to come… Captain Bent Ivar Gangdal received special permission to turn North and head towards the North Pole… he only stopped when he had reached well over 80 degrees North and we were faced with the Arctic sea ice stretching six hundred miles away in front of us to the most Northerly point on earth. The Braemar was most probably the most Northerly passenger ship on the planet… it was an immensely emotionally moment for many of us passengers and… as we later discovered, a first for the Captain and the crew! Talk about Fred Olsen “going the extra mile!” We celebrated that evening with drinks chilled with ice from the glaciers of Magdalena Fjord. The ice had been collected by the Braemar’s tender earlier that day. How to make passengers feel a wee bit special! Longyearbyen was fascinating… once a massive coal mine, now a thriving and somewhat bleak Norwegian outpost… that only those with rose tinted glasses could describe as "pretty." Great birdlife… terns, long tailed arctic skuas teaching their chicks how to fly and thousands of little auks as well as puffins on the water. Stupendous landscapes both on the cruise in and out…. and a minke whale along-side the ship On sea days we wrapped up well and we saw fin whales, humpbacks flaking, sei whales blowing and lots of dolphins. White tailed sea eagles flew only meters in front of the bows. At one point three golden eagles soared over 1000 feet above our heads and the birdwatchers on board got really excited by lots of other sightings as well. In Bergen we went out on an organised excursion to Greig’s House and were treated… to a sensational classical concert by Professor Tor Espen Aspaas of Oslo University. On our last formal evening… the thrill of the baked Alaska on parade when the entire dining room staff put on a stunning show was greeted by a standing ovation…. And then the wonderful cruise show and… a Gala Buffet at midnight. We cruise five or six times a year. This cruise was, in our opinion, … simply outstanding. We've booked a similar one for a month next year!   Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
Disappointed that had to park away from previous on site parking. Cabin small but had all needed. Had packed way too much stuff as there were two small wardrobes, three drawers in desk and two very small drawers in each bedside table. ... Read More
Disappointed that had to park away from previous on site parking. Cabin small but had all needed. Had packed way too much stuff as there were two small wardrobes, three drawers in desk and two very small drawers in each bedside table. Shower about 85 by 65 cm. First stop Stavanger, weather glorious.Just had a walk around town and lake and visited old town to see the wooden houses. Next stop Flam. We didn't book trip till week before and by then morning trips were sold out so booked pm. Once on board very few slots available and three ships in port so people trying to book independently were mostly disappointed. Enjoyed the train trip and the waffles at hotel were delicious, also free WiFi available. Rather a long wait for return train and we only just got the train at 12.20 as the tendering was taking so long. Eidford was third stop and weather was not kind. Had intended to do 90 minute walk, map available from tourist info, but was too wet. If you buy something at tourist info, even a postcard, can use free WiFi. Thought the food was rather uninspiring but the drinks package was excellent. The two crew shows were excellent and the only other show I saw was OK. Disembarkation was fine until got ashore. The port parking was an absolute shambles with mini buses taking drivers to collect their seagull excrement covered cars from the parking area. There was no information about the system and many elderly people were left standing for a long time. Would I cruise with Fred again? Only with a £10 a day (or less) drinks package. Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
I had never been to the Baltics before and wanted to see what I had been missing, especially cities like St Petersburg in Russia which I had heard so much about from friends. Having sailed from Dover we were able to pass through the Kiel ... Read More
I had never been to the Baltics before and wanted to see what I had been missing, especially cities like St Petersburg in Russia which I had heard so much about from friends. Having sailed from Dover we were able to pass through the Kiel Canal in Germany, firstly at night time and then during the day on the way back, which was only possible due to the relatively small size of our ship, the Braemar. We called at Kiel and Travemunde in Germany and Stockholm in Sweden on the way to St Petersburg in Russia, and then Tallinn, in Estonia, and finally Denmark's Copenhagen on the return to Dover. We were able to dock really centrally in the ports, especially in Kiel and Copenhagen where the ship was in the heart of the cities so no time was wasted going ashore to explore. We also chose this particular cruise as it deliberately coincided with a number of festivals in the places we visited, including the amazing Tall Ships parade in Kiel and the wonderful Song and Dance Festival which only takes place in Tallinn every five years. Undoubtedly Tallin proved to be one of the main highlights of the cruise. The city is rightly a UNESCO world heritage site with the medieval walled town boasting fairy-tale turreted towers and lots of nooks and crannies to explore. But St Petersburg is also amazing, particularly the palaces of the tsars such as Peterhof, which is described as the Russian Versailles, and the Hermitage Museum. We were also able to enjoy a tour of Lubeck in Germany, which is also a UNESCO site, where a music festival was taking place in the medieval old town. Other interesting places to visit included Stockholm's Vasa Museum which was built to store an almost completely intact 17th century ship recovered from the Baltic in 1965. And while in Copenhagen we went to a Viking ship museum as well as Roskilde Cathedral, the traditional burial place of Danish kings and queens. There was always plenty to do during days at sea, either relaxing on the sun decks - weather permitting - or attending guest lectures on places we would be visiting, dance classes, a crafts room, library, and even a golf driving cage. Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
I sailed on the Fred. Olsen "Braemar" from Dover on 31 July. It is some years since I sailed on this ship and the first time since it was "stretched" although I have sailed many times on other shipd of this cruise line. ... Read More
I sailed on the Fred. Olsen "Braemar" from Dover on 31 July. It is some years since I sailed on this ship and the first time since it was "stretched" although I have sailed many times on other shipd of this cruise line. It is a fine looking ship which has been well maintained. I feel there are too many passengers for the accommodation in the public rooms. This is especially so when the weather is inclement. The ship called in the Faroe Islands (Thorshaven), Iceland (Reykjavik, Isafjordur and Husavik) and South Norway (Maloy, Olden and Bergen). The ship remained overnight in Reykjavik. Embarkation at Dover was very rapid. I was on board the ship in less than 30 minutes from arriving at the cruise terminal. Disembarkation was slowere but very efficiently organised. I cleared the terminal very rapidly. I had an outside double cabin on a single occupancy basis on the Main Deck. It was a comfortable cabin with a picture window and efficient air conditioning. The shower room was small but well equipped. Drawer space was at a premium but there was plenty of hanging space. There was more engine noise than I have experienced on other Fred. Olsen ships. The stewardess serviced the cabin twice daily very efficiently. At my request I dined in the Grampian Restaurant which is situated high up on the Marquee deck. This is ssmaller than the the Thistle (Main) restaurant, is quieter and has splendid views. The food was very good indeed although the menus were more limited than in the past. ASs usual there was a good selection of wines. The service was excellent. Occasionally I had breakfast or lunch in the Thistle Restaurant or in the self-service Palms Cafe. The crew and staff in the cabins, the bars and restaurants were firiendly and helpful, one of the strongest points of Fred. Olsen cruise ships. The Captain, who is a relative newcomer to the company was very visible and proved popular with the passengers. The cruise lecturers gave some interesting talks and the port lecturer was very informative about the ports of call.The evening entertainment was mixed but it is a matter of personal taste. I thought the classical recitals by the lute player were excellent. The "Braemar" singers and dancers were energetic and enthusiastic and gave some excellent performances. I booked shore excursions for all ports of call except Bergen prior to leaving home and I wasn't disappointed. The "Golden Circle" and "Rising from the Ashes" tours from Reykjavik. the "Selje Monestary" from Maloy and the "Briksdal Glacier" form Olden were paricularly memorable. Overall it was a destination intensice cruise visiting some lovely and interesting places.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
As this was our first cruise I had nothing to judge it against. We were both somewhat dubious what to expect as my wife and I both like to relax on holiday but like to 'dress up' for formal occasions. It turned out that ... Read More
As this was our first cruise I had nothing to judge it against. We were both somewhat dubious what to expect as my wife and I both like to relax on holiday but like to 'dress up' for formal occasions. It turned out that cruising was the idea option. Boarding Embarkation at Dover was extremely easy. Hardly any wait time and were kept informed about what to do and what was happening. As soon as we reached our room suitcases arrived. Room The room was very comfortable if what 'snug'. A large, uninterrupted view, window was an unexpected bonus. When booking always check what your view will be. Single beds very comfortable. Bathroom, again snug, but clean and functional. I would not describe the accommodation as luxury but certainly comfortable. Ship Staff The ship's staff were always very friendly and accommodating. Food Food, in my humble opinion, was very good. Several seasoned passengers thought it was not up to the standard of lines such as P&O but we both thought it was very good - excellent. Would definitely rate at 4* Entertainment Probably the poorest part of the cruise. The lounge is very small, furniture unsuitable and uncomfortable. Entertainers were of holiday camp standard - certainly not West End! Excursions Due to the size of the ship our mooring points were always within easy walk of the nearest town. We saved a lot of money by going D.I.Y. They only excursions were in St Petersburg. Disembarkation As easy as boarding. A half hour wait in a lounge but once moving, very quick and the collection of luggage was very slick Overall An excellent introduction to cruising and extremely good value for money Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
We went on the Ramblers "Cruise and Walk" on the Braemar. These holidays are a partnership between Fred Olsen and Ramblers Worldwide and in my opinion give you the best of both worlds. You have the interest, exploration and small ... Read More
We went on the Ramblers "Cruise and Walk" on the Braemar. These holidays are a partnership between Fred Olsen and Ramblers Worldwide and in my opinion give you the best of both worlds. You have the interest, exploration and small group friendliness of the usual Ramblers holiday combined with the luxury and pampering of a Fred Olsen cruise. I cant fault the Braemar. Although we had a low grade cabin on the Atlantic Deck (albeit and outside one) we found it surprisingly pleasant, spacious and well equipped and kept spotless by our steward. Only one word for the food - excellent - both in quality and variety. Wonderful service from the restaurant staff too. Plenty of interesting things to do (or do nothing if you prefer!) Great facilities. As a Ramblers group we had our own shore excursions and guides and these were excellent. We also felt that Fred Olsen treat groups particularly well (we found this when we went with a private group of friends on a Balmoral cruise last year) I suppose one ought to find a negative or two, but all I can think of was a poor command of English by the gym staff and only Golden Shred marmalade at breakfast - I longed for some "thick cut". But that's not much to complain of, is it? Cant wait for my next Olsen Cruise! Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
SWMBO had been pestering me to go on a cruise for years. She has been on several without me due to various work commitments. However she pinned me down to this one. What was i expecting, not to sure tbh. Embarkation was steady and ... Read More
SWMBO had been pestering me to go on a cruise for years. She has been on several without me due to various work commitments. However she pinned me down to this one. What was i expecting, not to sure tbh. Embarkation was steady and organised, and the meet and greet was good. In fact, for me the highlight of the trip was the level of service we received from the staff, which was top rate. Food came a close second, with a variety of excellent meals available in the evening, breakfast and lunch were mainly a buffet/as much as you can eat arrangement, but still good. The ship itself had all the restaurants at the stern, which meant a long trek for the Father-in-law from the cabin for every meal, and the Ship got kicked about quite badly in the North Sea, so much so that some travellers elected to fly home rather than face it again. The night time entertainment was good, with a variety of acts from a world class cellist to an easy listening trio. The on-board drinks were reasonably priced (certainly compared to Norway). I was a bit disappointed with the 'buy this photo or DVD' at nearly every turn, but as a no frills deal, it was only to be expected. Overall, would i go again? possibly not as it's not my thing, however SWMBO was happy and that's what counts. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
Braemar Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 3.7
Dining 4.0 4.2
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 5.0 3.9
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.7
Family 2.0 3.7
Shore Excursion 5.0 3.5
Enrichment 3.0 3.3
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 3.7
Rates 4.0 3.8

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