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27 Fred. Olsen Tenerife Cruise Reviews

Lovely cruise from Tenerife to the Caribbean, everything excellent apart from:- The engines on the boat are extremely smokey, particularly noticeable at night, also leaving a layer of soot on the pool deck at one point one of the pools ... Read More
Lovely cruise from Tenerife to the Caribbean, everything excellent apart from:- The engines on the boat are extremely smokey, particularly noticeable at night, also leaving a layer of soot on the pool deck at one point one of the pools was closed for a day as it had soot on the bottom. As an asthma sufferer I am pretty aware of this health hazard and I think this needs immediate attention. Also whoever was at the helm when we docked in Bridgetown, very scary, we were coming in quite fast and the bow just missed the two dock cranes. I watched the safety officer shout at the people standing on the deck at the bow to get back, he thought we were going to hit the cranes I watched him brace for the impact. A lovely holiday, food was varied but superb, We ate mainly in the buffet restaurant on deck 6 which suited our needs, we twice had steak in the evening grill restaurant outside on deck six, this was also superb. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Fred Olsen are having to advertise greatly. Are they losing customers for the way in which they treat customers sailing ' Anchor Fare ' ? Yes, the fares are a bit cheaper but you are treated as second class. As members of ... Read More
Fred Olsen are having to advertise greatly. Are they losing customers for the way in which they treat customers sailing ' Anchor Fare ' ? Yes, the fares are a bit cheaper but you are treated as second class. As members of Fred Olsens ' Gold Oceans Club ' ( which, in fact means nothing on anchor fares ) we were forced to pay £52 just to change our dining times from late evening to a civilised 6.15pm, even though I have a medical dietary problem which rules out late dining. The dining room at 6.15 was half empty and all it cost Fred Olsen for us to change times was a stroke on the computer by the Maitre D' Also, anchor fares cannot change cabins. We had a cabin no larger than a large cupboard, we did not even have room to hand our cruise clothing, including smart and formal wear. The staff at the customer relations desk took one look at our on board cards and turned their noses up as we were ' anchor fare ' Four complaints about the lack of television reception produced no solution. I had to fix it myself, it was a loose cable ! We had to pay outrageous costs for a simple bus shuttle. £10 for the two of us to travel a short distance and £15.000 for Madeira, for no more than a mile. We used to love Fred Olsen cruises and have been loyal to the brand but these anchor fares are making us rethink and perhaps we will take our custom to another cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
This was my 2nd trip with F.O. first on Braemar. It was excellent !. My previous voyage on Boudicca. My wife's first cruise with Fred, not to sure what to expect. But she was pleasently surprised. Braemar was in very good condition ... Read More
This was my 2nd trip with F.O. first on Braemar. It was excellent !. My previous voyage on Boudicca. My wife's first cruise with Fred, not to sure what to expect. But she was pleasently surprised. Braemar was in very good condition and spotlessly clean throughout. Late deal on an Anchor fare which was excellent value. The food would be my highlight for the entire fortnight. Special mention to Christian, Senior/Head Chef Palms Cafe, Many Thanks. Cabin 3044 comfortable, with an excellent peaceful nights sleep on an excellent mattress. L shape configuration, giving plenty of space. Bars in particular, Morning light our favourite well run by Gerrard and his team, Cheers !. Entertainment budget needs attention, Brenda Collins and Anthony Stuart Lloyd performed with great flair, Bravo. Lounge act, In Tune Band also provided great entertainment. Met some great people on our table in the Thistle 2nd sitting. Many Thanks for making our cruise so memorable ! . Served impeccably by Philber and Ritish, Many Thanks. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
We have cruised with FOCL many times, several times on Braemar. Thomas Cook chartered flight from Gatwick two hours late so not a great start! Embarkation fine though. Cabin OK, but don't expect the space or luxury of larger ships. ... Read More
We have cruised with FOCL many times, several times on Braemar. Thomas Cook chartered flight from Gatwick two hours late so not a great start! Embarkation fine though. Cabin OK, but don't expect the space or luxury of larger ships. Food in Thistle Restaurant was great, breakfast lunch and dinner. Far better than we have had on other cruise lines. P&O last year was awful! All staff, without exception, were brilliant. Friendly, helpful nothing too much trouble - even reception staff. All inclusive package worked well and very quick service which is just as well as drink prices are very expensive (£3.95 for a small glass of cheap wine). Ports were good, and where required free shuttles were included. Tender service at Porto Novo in Cape Verde was challenging due to very heavy swell! On Board activities were very poor, worse than any of our previous cruises on this ship. Sea days were pretty boring. Too few staff? Entertainers were very average and the Neptune Lounge is an awful venue, with little seat banking and difficult to get in/out. The In-Tune Band in the Coral Bar were fantastic, especially Steve the lead guitarist. Pity they have done away with the Marquee Bar at rear of ship as this used to be a lovely venue. Flight home poor as Thomas Cook apologised for giving us a small plane with little legroom, but reasonably on time. Our luggage was taken from our cabin and loaded directly on the plane, which was excellent. Let's be honest the passenger profile is mainly older and infirm people (no children!) so if you are a party animal go Thompson. If you want a relaxing cruise on a small ship with lovely food and staff Braemar gets our vote. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
This was our first Fred Olsen Cruise although we have cruised previously with P&O. The food was excellent and superior to any we have had before from the point of view of variety, quality, temperature and service. Although ... Read More
This was our first Fred Olsen Cruise although we have cruised previously with P&O. The food was excellent and superior to any we have had before from the point of view of variety, quality, temperature and service. Although people's opinion of food can be rather subjective we could not fault it in any way. The waiters were efficient, cheerful and friendly as were the rest of the crew who almost invariably made a greeting when passing by. The ship appeared clean and well maintained. Our cabin on 3 deck was small but adequate however we did find it rather warm and stuffy. The portholes did not open of course so the only ventilation was a faint air flow through the one vent. Other passengers also commented on this and some complained to reception but it seemed to have no effect. The narrow single bunks are also a factor if one is used to sleeping together in a double bed. The cabin stewardess kept the cabin spotless. We were part of a walking group so often had two showers a day and the towels were then all changed twice daily even though we did not request it. On one occasion our cabin WC ceased to flush from the early hours of the morning until just after breakfast. I reported this to reception twice, once each by phone and by personal visit. On each occasion I was met with inscrutable politeness but little information. When I asked if any WCs were working I was directed forward to the Neptune Lounge when it turned out that they were working right there by reception! I served as a chief engineer at sea and I am well aware of the difficult and unpleasant nature of sewerage system faults but a little more information at the time would have helped. The Captain's subsequent announcement was rather after the event. The drinks prices were at the top end of reasonable. We did not have the drinks package at £10/person/day and overall our drinks bill worked out almost the same as if we had. This is obviously depends on one's consumption and some people on the package got their money's worth! We prefer to drink less but better quality wine and this started out at about £17/bottle upwards. The house wine was £3.95 for a 175 ml glass and was OK but the cost of nearly £8 for 2 glasses meant that when we fancied a glass each with lunch we often didn't bother. The entertainment in the Neptune Lounge was very good and we enjoyed the cabaret and the theatre company whose enthusiasm and professionalism was self evident. The lounge itself is not brilliant as the seating is cramped and there are pillars blocking some views of the stage but the staff worked hard to find everybody a seat. We only had 750 passengers and if the ship had been fully loaded I think it would have been very crowded. Our fellow passengers were nearly all affable and easy to get on with. We are in our sixties and were at the younger end of the age spectrum so at times it seemed a little like being in a care home but that was probably our problem. Watching the crew attempting to get some very frail and disabled passengers onto the shore tenders in a heavy swell was interesting. Overall would we go again? Yes but only if we upgraded to a better cabin. The Fred Olsen brand based on a providing for elderly UK passengers with friendly staff and high standards but a lack of pretentiousness works for us. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
The flight out was total chaos. We arrived at Manchester airport at 6.30am for our 9.30am flight with Condor (Thomas Cook group). Check in had commenced, yet we stood in the queue for an hour before we reached the check in desk and the ... Read More
The flight out was total chaos. We arrived at Manchester airport at 6.30am for our 9.30am flight with Condor (Thomas Cook group). Check in had commenced, yet we stood in the queue for an hour before we reached the check in desk and the queues got even longer during that time. Soon after we were through security the flight was soon showing as delayed for half an hour (10.00am). We were called to the gate 6 at 9.10 am yet boarding did not commence until 10.20am. We have flown from Manchester many times and have only ever seen a gate like that used when landing, not for starting a flight. There were not the usual rows of seats, but just a long corridor with a few seats here and there along the sides. Hence, most people had to stand for over an hour and the resulting queue stretched back to gate 4 so when announcements eventually started, they could not be heard at the end of the queue. However, there were no announcements during the first hour we were there. The plane eventually pushed back at 11.00am, one and a half hours late and almost two hours after we were called to the gate. The flight itself was OK and on arrival in Tenerife we went straight to the coaches as the luggage was to be taken straight to the ship. After the last person got on our coach we were then left sitting there for another 40 mins before the coach left the airport. There was absolutely no information as to why, until 10 mins before we left when someone came on the coach to say they did not want to take us to the port as there would then be big delays at check in. Yet we would have had access to drinks and toilets at the check in area in the port and people could still have waited on the coach there if they wished. We never wish to fly outbound with Fred again because of this treatment. The return flights were OK as check in was done on board and we were only called off the ship when the coaches were ready. We were on board the ship for 4 weeks as we did two back to back cruises starting on 12th November. Both cruises visited Cape Verde and the Canary Islands. Braemar is our favourite Fred Olsen ship and we were not disappointed this time. It is an extremely happy ship and all the staff are happy in their work and were very efficient and helpful at all times. I have to give particular mention to Eshel, who manages the Grampian restaurant impeccably and Ricky who was our waiter in The Grampian for the first cruise and who we often saw at lunch times in the Thistle during our second cruise. Chaider was in charge of the tea and coffee station outside main mealtimes for all 4 weeks and was both extremely hard working and friendly throughout that time. Kerry, the future cruise salesperson has a good knowledge of the fleet and is very helpful when making bookings. The only downfall we encountered was our first cabin 4108 as the air conditioning was not working properly, so it reached 26C at times during the night. After three failed attempts to repair it, we were moved to an obstructed view, outside cabin on deck 6 (6089) which was fine. We booked 4091 for the second cruise and that was fine apart from the shower, as a grab rail had been positioned in the only part large enough to stand and my arm was badly bruised as it was impossible not to knock it when using the shower – and that was in calm seas! We also needed a couple of visits by plumbers in 4091 as the shower thermostat was not working. It was replaced and worked fine after that. The bar service was good indoors, although the bar staff rarely walk around the sunbed area to offer drinks and were hardly ever seen on the upper deck. We did not take the AI as we are not big drinkers, and we prefer to drink what we want, rather than what is on the package. Hot drinks ordered in the bars do not even qualify for half price on the package. Food and the service in all restaurants was very good as always. The speakers we saw were OK when we saw them, but the subjects covered were not really of interest to us. The port talks were good. Some classical musicians and lounge entertainers were good, particularly the In Tune Band who played in The Coral. We did miss the Rosario Trio who are not on board at present and who may not return unless they are asked for by passengers. We think it is a great mistake to discontinue the quiet lounge music they provided and the Braemar lounge seems strange being so quiet. The show company were the worst we have ever seen so we tended to go into the Coral or another bar instead. The cabaret artists were generally good, but the “comedian” on the first cruise was in bad taste at times, (skitting at the locals in Cape Verde because it was a poor society is not humour in my opinion) and he was not particularly funny at other times. We do not take part in daytime entertainments. I am constantly bemused by people who complain about the very small charges made for shuttle buses and to choose dining time, if they book an Anchor (late booking) fare. These fares can be greatly discounted and Fred makes it quite clear what is, and what is not, covered by each fare type. Hence the choice is for each person to make. There is no hidden charge whatsoever. We did not book anchor fares on this occasion and had the choice of the Grampian restaurant, table for two and complimentary shuttle tickets in Agadir (one call) and Lanzarote (two calls) during our four week cruise. Lanzarote was walkable for active people and taxis could be picked up from near the ship at both of those ports. The ship and furnishings are in good condition and there is plenty of outside space on this ship. One thing we did not like was that there were very large chairs and settees, with cushions on them, taking up almost half of the sun deck. The settees were regularly occupied by people who were sprawled out with their feet on the cushions. Very rarely did people use towels so the cushions were also stained by sun tan lotion and sweat. Because of these chairs/settees there was not enough room for the sunbeds, which were placed so close together that it is not possibly to get onto them unless some are piled on top of each other. There were quite a lot of sunbeds on the upper deck, but that is often closed due to wind when sailing. There was some work taking place at the rear of the ship. The rails around the decks were being replaced with panes of glass. The work did not have a lot of impact on the cruise as the ship was not full, but we felt the work was a mistake as the glass got dirty and restricted the view from the decks. We had only one excursion booked and it was cancelled so we went ashore independently in all ports. The ports were all excellent, especially the Cape Verde ports. In fact we did a similar itinerary last year and we still found things to do on our 2nd and 3rd visit to those ports. In Mindelo we walked into the town last year, so on the first call this year we walked to the beach area and on the second we got a taxi up Monte Verde and to see the local highlights of the Island. In Praia we went into the town last year, so we got a taxi to Cidade Velha and the nearby fort on our first visit this year and got a taxi further afield to the mountainous centre of the Island and then back along the coast road, on our second visit. From Porto Novo, we had walked through the town to a hotel were we lingered for a couple of drinks last year, and for our only visit this year we shared a jeep with another couple and went over the spectacular mountainous inland road and back along the coast road, having had a lovely lunch at a seaside restaurant on the north coast of the island. We saw some wonderful scenery on all these unspoilt islands and stopped were we wanted. On all the taxi trips we tended to come across people who were on ship’s trips who had a set itinerary and were crowded into minibuses when travelling, so we are very glad we used taxis. There of course is always a risk that we may not have made it back to the ship, but we made sure we had a long time spare in case of problems to minimise that risk. Overall a good cruise and one we intend to repeat. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
I booked this cruise almost a year ago to be away for my husband's 80th birthday. We took family members with us making a party of 8. We took the upgrade offered us to the owners suite. We sailed from Tenerife with Monarch. I know now ... Read More
I booked this cruise almost a year ago to be away for my husband's 80th birthday. We took family members with us making a party of 8. We took the upgrade offered us to the owners suite. We sailed from Tenerife with Monarch. I know now how sardines feel as we were packed in very tightly not allowing room for my table to be used. Food was an extra. When we arrived we were taken by bus to the Port and soon shown on board. Our cabin was superb, decorated for Christmas that included a Christmas tree. I had forgotten how attentive all the staff were. Our last cruise on the QM2 was not in the same category for service and food. On the Braemar beautifully laundered table cloths and napkins in all the restaurants as opposed to a Motorway style café on QM2. Far superior quality of food with excellent waiter service at all times. My son-in -law who suffers from Crones was met by the Head Chef given menus in advance and had meals specially cooked for him. Service far above expectations. On the day of our Birthday party the Maître D gave us 2 bottles of Champagne for breakfast and our table was decorated with balloons and a banner. The waiters joined in our celebrations. This is a very happy ship with all the staff very courteous and friendly. P & O and Cunard could learn a lot and improve their image. The prices on board were a fraction of those paid on other ships. Cunard's wine list started at $45. We paid an average of £18.00 for a decent bottle. The Spa charges were less than a third of Cunard and P & O. I know the American's are prepared to pay these ridiculous charges and it is not as though they are any better. I know that we will not again use Cunard or P & O - lovely ships - but 'rip off' prices and 2nd class service. Thank you Fred Olsen for a great cruise with excellent service and food. Thoroughly good value. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
Having done a similar cruise last year on the braemar and had a really lovely time, I decided to book a similar one which also took in the Cape Verde Islands. This turned out to be a mistake, largely because of a vile sewage stench which ... Read More
Having done a similar cruise last year on the braemar and had a really lovely time, I decided to book a similar one which also took in the Cape Verde Islands. This turned out to be a mistake, largely because of a vile sewage stench which pervaded my superior suite cabin on and off throughout most of the cruise and which was never resolved. On the next to the last night, the sewage smell was replaced by fuel fumes which were so strong that I could taste them and had to stay out of my cabin for several hours until they cleared. Add to this disappointment with my cabin in comparison to the one I had last year, quite a poor standard of entertainment (except for the show team who were consistently good) and a general feeling of cost cutting. I paid £40 for 24 hours of wifi which I never got chance to use up because it was rarely working or was up and down so often it was so frustrating you just gave up. On embarkation day, after an early start from the UK, we arrived on board about 4pm to find no food available until the evening dinner and for those of us on late sitting at 8.30pm that was a long time to wait. In one of the Cape Verde Islands and against my better judgement, I'd booked a full day ships excursion.it was a tender port and the transfer from ship to shore was truly awful because of the big swell. Had our tender not been full of people going on an excursion I don't think it would have run because the rise and fall of the tender was huge and it kept being bashed against the ship's side. People were being sick or getting hurt from being thrown around by the movement and it was dreadful. I don't usually find tender transfers a problem but this was the pits. And the second half of the excursion wasn't good either. 45 minutes sat in a petrol station and a visit to a completely deserted school were among the afternoon's highlights. What was very evident this year was the huge push to sell future cruises. Too much of a push I thought and judging by the quotes I got at the beginning of the cruise, the prices have been inflated to take account of the the discounts being offered. I could go on but I'm sure you get the picture. To be completely fair to Fred Olsen I ought to say that I've done several cruises with them and that this one is the first time I've ever had cause for complaint. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
Got off Braemar 30th December doing Cape Verdi Islands. After 20+ cruises have to say this was the worse cruise we have had. At 64 years old I felt like a teenager there was no atmosphere bars were empty all day and after the mediocre ... Read More
Got off Braemar 30th December doing Cape Verdi Islands. After 20+ cruises have to say this was the worse cruise we have had. At 64 years old I felt like a teenager there was no atmosphere bars were empty all day and after the mediocre entertainment everyone went to bed. Beware if you book an inside double cabin. Our cabin had double bed with Pullman beds overhead which meant it was basically a family room with an extra wardrobe but meant that the bed is not accessible one side and I had to crawl in and out of bed. The HOTEL MANAGER came to look tried to blame travel agent but basically wasn't interested. It wasn't even a full ship but didn't offer to move us. One couple was given the wrong restaurant sitting so they changed them from 2nd sitting to 1st sitting for a cost of £56. Any problem you had you were told to contact Fred Olsen customer services on your return and we all know you won't get anywhere once the cruise was over. The last thing I wanted was money off another cruise. The restaurants were far from full at either sitting so there was no reason to charge the unfortunate couple anything. PENNY PINCHERS. So all in all rubbish customer service. Food good as was waiting staff. Cape Verdi Islands are a dive absolutely nothing at all in one of them not even a cafe but we had three days there and only a few hours in la Palma it was obviously cheap to dock in Cape Verdi. If you want any fun on your cruise then don't bother with Fred Olsen. We were not the only unhappy people lost count of people that said first and last time. Only other good point was the weather. NEVER AGAIN. Also after 2.30 lunch time there is nowhere to get food until your evening meal apart from afternoon tea so if u are on second sitting as we were there was no food available So if you embark or go ashore and return after 2.30 no food available. Same for breakfast after 10.30am nothing available only a tray of biscuits. Tea and coffee only available on deck six so if you sleep in you get nothing until 12.30. Oh forgot to say first morning a tannoy system came into the cabin telling you we had docked, outside temperature etc AT 8AM. I complained about this and they stopped doing it after a couple of days. It was like hi de hi campers. Will stick to the larger and better ships from now on very disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
This was our first cruise with Fred Olsen and we booked it because of the itinerary and because it got us away from the madness that is Christmas in the U.K. The initial itinerary was changed and the Gambia and Senegal were dropped from ... Read More
This was our first cruise with Fred Olsen and we booked it because of the itinerary and because it got us away from the madness that is Christmas in the U.K. The initial itinerary was changed and the Gambia and Senegal were dropped from our original ports of call due to worries about the Ebola virus. This is quite understandable but the replacement ports of call, in particular Proto Novo in Cape Verde, were a great disappointment and beg the question as to why Fred Olsen thought anyone would want to visit there in the first place. The "town" was like something from the third world and the local shops didn't even accept euros, should you have ben fortunate to see anything you wished to buy. We had paid £29.95 per person, per night for the all inclusive drinks package, However, it turned out to be anything but all inclusive, with many exceptions including tea and coffee at the pool deck and even bottled water in the cabin. In reality, what you got for nothing was half a glass of wine in most bars and local spirits, which with regard to the white rum, tasted nothing like Bacardi. With the exception of the pool bar staff, whom I found to be surly and uncommunicative, the general standard of service was high and I must compliment our dinner waiter, Frederick, who treated us so well for the duration of our voyage. Likewise Lesley, the waiter in the oral Club, who also looked after us extremely well. The food on the ship, whilst not exceptional, was generally good and unlike some other cruise lines I have sailed with, was almost always served piping hot. We had a balcony cabin on deck 7 which, whilst not as large as we would have hoped for, was adequate. The bathroom was huge with a separate toilet and I couldn't help but think that had it been a little smaller, the cabin could have been enlarged to accommodate more than the one tub chair provided. The balcony was adequate but I fail to understand why, in addition to two chairs and a table, FO cluttered it up with two sunbeds which we never used and continually had to move to get access to the sun. I found the position of the telephone, right next to the electric outlet for the kettle, particularly irritating and fails to see why the 'phone couldn't have been installed on one of the bedside tables. The Braemar is a smallish (900 passengers) ship which is comfortable and unpretentious. The entertainment left a little to be desired and we found most of the lead female singers to have rather nasal whiny voices. We also got sick to death of hearing "The Rose" which seemed to be performed either vocally or instrumentally, every night, in one venue or the other. Unfortunately, there was a virus outbreak on the ship, which both myself and my partner contracted and having been home now for five days, we are both still coughing! There is some speculation as to whether this started on the outbound flight to Tenerife or whether it lingered from the previous cruise. I visited the ship's doctor - £50 for two packs of Lemsip and a bottle of cough medicine - and was told that he was treating approximately 30 other passengers with the same symptoms. We were very disappointed that the ship only stayed for four hours in La Palma. Our friends, who had never visited there before and whom we had hoped to take to lunch in Las Concajos, were also disappointed and mystified as to why one of the most pleasant ports of call during the whole cruise, was cut so short, especially after three days in Cape Verde where there was nothing to do and on the Sunday stop, very little open in the way of shops. Would I cruise with FO again? It's doubtful. We paid a lot of money for this cruise and feel that we were short changed by a company who to me seem rather penny pinching. Additionally, our cruise director, an Australian whose name I forget (possibly Simon) was so appallingly insincere, I couldn't bear to look at him, let alone speak to him. He walked around with an permanent inane and disingenuous grin on his face saying "g'day" to any one unfortunate to catch his gaze and quite clearly demonstrated his indifference/lack of social and communication skills to anyone with the slightest intelligence or perception. I understand that cruise directors have to present a positive image but really Fred Olsen, do you honestly think that this buffoon impressed anyone? Everyone we spoke to was irritated by his presence and our two friends, having been unfortunate to get caught up in conversation with him, remarked that it was like talking to some kind of inane, pre-programmed robot. Passenger mix mainly elderly - some of whom were very rude and whilst needing mobility assistance at the airport, turned into Olympic sprinters when food was served, walking straight through you if you dared get in their way. One woman actually elbowed her way in between my friend and I, to secure the last apricot flan, one lunch time! Pleasant cruise, but over priced for what was offered and probably our only cruise with FO. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
I went on this cruise with quite low expectations but would cruise with Fred again. In fact, already booked next January on Braemar from Jamaica to Barbados. The ship was beautiful, the staff very friendly and efficient, and the food, in ... Read More
I went on this cruise with quite low expectations but would cruise with Fred again. In fact, already booked next January on Braemar from Jamaica to Barbados. The ship was beautiful, the staff very friendly and efficient, and the food, in Grampian, ranged from good to excellent. We enjoyed playing Bridge on sea days and met lots of very nice people, sharing a large table with a pleasant and entertaining group. The weather was mixed, but after all, it was December! The shows weren't great - some were ok - but the performers were enthusiastic and the late show rounded off our evenings well. We thought the drinks package was good value, but would have preferred more variety. We tend to do our own thing when we get into port. In S. Antao in the Cape Verde Islands, we shared a taxi with an English speaking guide whom I can highly recommend. He was called John and does very interesting tours in a comfortable car at a fraction of the cruise tour price if you find someone to share with. His email address is jnevesza@gmail.com Our taxi in Praia was also very good value. He took us to the fort and old town and waited for us. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
On the positive side, the cruise was very enjoyable, with the more unusual Canary Islands being visited - La Palma & La Gomera and also Madeira, Lisbon & Oporto, all very interesting venues. The size of the Braemar helped in being ... Read More
On the positive side, the cruise was very enjoyable, with the more unusual Canary Islands being visited - La Palma & La Gomera and also Madeira, Lisbon & Oporto, all very interesting venues. The size of the Braemar helped in being able to get into the smaller ports. Oporto berth (port Lexioes) was quite a distance from Oporto itself, about 30-40 minutes by train. The entertainment for a small ship was very good too. The Braemar is a little bit older than many of the cruise lines we have tried so the cabins were somewhat smaller than we are used to but for 10 days we could cope, although it would put us off doing a longer trip on this ship. Our biggest winge was not so much the food, as it's availablity. When being out in port all day, returning some time after 2.30pm, there was no food until dinner time - even the pool bar stopped their limited service at 2.30pm. On another night, one lady came late to dinner and was refused service, being told to go to the special Indian buffet as she was too late for the earliest sitting service - she couldn't eat spicy food and was given no alternative! Come on Fred Olsen - this is meant to be a holiday not a borstal. Personally speaking, although we enjoyed this cruise, I wouldn't use the Braemar again unless the itinerary was unique. We just prefer a slightly larger ship. Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
We have done 23 cruises in all but this was the first with Fred Olsen. We enjoyed the cruise very much but we think this was more due to the friendliness of the crew and passengers than any other feature of the cruise. The ship has very ... Read More
We have done 23 cruises in all but this was the first with Fred Olsen. We enjoyed the cruise very much but we think this was more due to the friendliness of the crew and passengers than any other feature of the cruise. The ship has very limited facilities. It was clean and well run and there was a good variety of food. They did have a midnight buffet, which some other cruise lines no longer have, and it was of good quality. The entertainment crew were lovely, friendly and enthusiastic. They tried their very best and worked hard. But if you are looking for west end style shows, there is nothing like that with Fred Olsen. The entertainers we saw we had unfortunately seen before on previous cruises and had been around for quite some years without changing their acts. But they were likeable and enjoyable nonetheless. We didn't go on any of the excursions so cannot comment on these but we simply disembarked and had a wander around the ports, which were all very similar. Our favourite was Madeira as all the flowers were out at this time of year and there was a beautiful fragrance in the air. We spent most of our nights in the Coral lounge where several of us joined in the fun of the quiz and then listened to the In Tune band and watched the passengers enjoying dancing on the small but adequate dance floor. The all inclusive at £10 per night was great value as my husband likes his pint of Boddingtons beer and this was always a good standard. Most of the men seemed to be drinking this beer. I didn't like the wines on offer but had a couple of glasses of Cava with the evening meal instead. It was just OK but still worth it and a couple of times I had a cocktail which you could get at half price with the all inclusive deal. Other passengers were making the most of being able to get a decent quality of brandy, but I don't really drink shorts. We certainly had our money's worth and can recommend this deal. One word of warning though. During our cruise the Daily Times encourages you to book your future cruise while on the ship, so saving 10% and guaranteeing your cabin number and the drinks package. This sounded great and we did just that. However, the cruise we booked is supposed to be a river cruise and is entitled the German Waterways. On speaking to other passengers we discovered that this is not a true river cruise as we thought it to be. We tried to cancel it immediately but could not. We felt we had been misled as the cruise specialist did not advise us otherwise that this was not a true river cruise and could not tell us how far down the rivers the ship was able to sail. We still do not know after enquiring with Fred Olsen on our return home. So beware you are sure of the full itinerary before making a booking and don't make the same mistake as we did. Also, it seems you can get better deals by waiting for special offers, as they are cheaper than booking early. Would we sail with Fred Olsen again. Well we have already booked so we will be. But I don't think we will be booking any more cruises as there are so many cruise lines offering so much more for your money. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
Just got back from west Africa cruise on the Fred Olsen Braemar, What a fantastic cruise experience it was.We have cruised with many cruise lines including P&O, Celebrity, Princess, Thomsons, NCL,The service was excellent, nothing is ... Read More
Just got back from west Africa cruise on the Fred Olsen Braemar, What a fantastic cruise experience it was.We have cruised with many cruise lines including P&O, Celebrity, Princess, Thomsons, NCL,The service was excellent, nothing is ever too much trouble for any of the crew, really friendly, wonderful people,THE Waiters we had in the Grampian restaurant were fantastic, we were on table 31, and the food was superb,always a large mouthwatering variety,The entertainment was good and something to suit all tastes.Lounge areas were comfortable,and bar service excellent, always served with a smile.Pool area was good, with lots of sunbeds and again an excellent bar service. The ports we visited were different, but not like the Mediterranean ports, but we did an excursion in the Gambia and Senegal which we enjoyed and very well organised.We had only one gripe, which was the cabin was very small, but we spend so little time in it, it wasn"t a problem to us.Embarkation and disembarkation was well organised, and went very smoothly. We had a fantastic time and would definitely be cruising with Fred Olsen again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
I have just come back from cruising to Cape Verde, Gambia and Senegal on the Braemar and had a wonderful cruise. As a solo cruiser on my first cruise I was apprehensive but I need'nt have been as from day one everyone was so friendly, ... Read More
I have just come back from cruising to Cape Verde, Gambia and Senegal on the Braemar and had a wonderful cruise. As a solo cruiser on my first cruise I was apprehensive but I need'nt have been as from day one everyone was so friendly, the staff are very helpful and the ship is small enough so you see the same people as you wander around. My cabin was a single balcony and had adequate space but the shower was tiny! It was kept spotless by my lovely stewardess. I ate on second sitting with other single people in the Grampian which was nice and the waiters were very good. As for the ports, there were plenty of excursions, a word of warning Gambia's city tour was awful as the place is filthy and we had to walk through roads with open sewers and loads of flies which I and others found horrible. the entertainment was good and varied and there was something to do every day plus plenty of space to sunbathe on the deck. All in all a superb cruise especially for a person travelling alone, I have already booked another one! Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
Being from Canada, this was our first British style cruise. We are British ex-pats. The itinerary was not the most exciting compared to some of the cruises we have taken, but we took the cruise to meet up with friends from England. The ... Read More
Being from Canada, this was our first British style cruise. We are British ex-pats. The itinerary was not the most exciting compared to some of the cruises we have taken, but we took the cruise to meet up with friends from England. The ship was smaller than the ones we are used to taking but we enjoyed the intimacy of being able to meet a lot more people. We really enjoyed the humour and friendliness of the British people. The ship was not as fancy nor did it have as many amenities as the larger ships, but that did not bother us, we just enjoyed the company. We got the all inclusive booze package for 7 pounds per person per day, which was a great deal and not a big shock at the end of the cruise when we got our final invoice! The food was excellent, lots of variety and plentiful. A big thank you to our servers Ganesh and Mengan, you were first class. The dancers, singers, entertainers and entertainment team of Simon, Jamie, Scott, Rusty, Elmer and Dong really worked very hard to keep us happy and entertained. Big thank you to Inthina, our room steward, our room was always spotless and well stocked. Thank you also to Carmen and Louis at Customer Service. A few of the ports were not very interesting, can't understand why when there are three ships in port, they still shut up shop for 2-3 hours siesta! Most of the islands were interesting and we either used taxis or found or own way around. The ship tours were quite expensive. All in all we had a great time, great food and drink, excellent staff and service and lots of friendly fellow cruisers. Getting on and off the ship was a breeze compared to the larger ships. Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
We have just returned home from a lovely cruise on Fred Olsen's Braemar to Cape Verde, The Gambia and Senegal and fully understand why people travel more than once on this ship. We certainly will! Having previously travelled on P and ... Read More
We have just returned home from a lovely cruise on Fred Olsen's Braemar to Cape Verde, The Gambia and Senegal and fully understand why people travel more than once on this ship. We certainly will! Having previously travelled on P and O, Princess cruises, Holland and America, Ocean Village and Thomson we found that "Fred" comes up trumps! Our cabin was an outside cabin on deck 4 with a picture window. It was kept immaculately clean by our stewardess. There was no fridge in the cabin but there were tea and coffee making facilities, which is a rare treat on cruise ships and we did not have to pay for the use of the safe either as we often had to before! The only criticism re the cabin was that drawer space was somewhat limited. We managed for eleven nights but a longer cruise would certainly be more difficult. Embarkation and disembarkation at Santa Cruz were very well organised and went very smoothly indeed. Cases arrived quickly at the cabins and we had no sight of our luggage at the end of the holiday until we took them off the carousel at Manchester airport. The ship was spotless throughout. We ate dinner in the Thistle restaurant in the evening at second sitting and usually had breakfast and lunch in the Grampian restaurant. We occasionally ate in the Palms cafe. All were excellent and even the self service Palms cafe had crisp white tablecloths and napkins. We have not seen this on many other ships! The quality of food and variety was first rate and the service very good. My husband and I are mid sixties in age and we found that the older clientele on Fred Olsen makes for a very civilised cruise. Announcements were made over the loud speakers only when necessary, unlike the Butlins at sea approach of many ships! We found all the public rooms delightful and enjoyed the shows of the Braemar dancers and singers. There was a superb band called The In Tune Band whom we enjoyed tremendously. There were three formal nights and three theme nights during the cruise ( Tropical, British and Rock and Roll ). Not everyone participated in the theme nights but quite a few did and we were among them! It proved great fun! There were five days at sea and I never had any problems finding a sun bed out on deck. When music was played, it was never intrusive.   Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
We are regular Fred. Olsen cruisers and this was one of the best experiences we’ve had with them. Let’s get the negative out of the way first – charter flights with Monarch are never good news! So little leg room. We had a late ... Read More
We are regular Fred. Olsen cruisers and this was one of the best experiences we’ve had with them. Let’s get the negative out of the way first – charter flights with Monarch are never good news! So little leg room. We had a late flight, arriving at the Braemar in Tenerife at about 9.00 p.m., and we had to load our own luggage onto the coach and off at the other end. Not a good start. Our late flight home was much better handled. We were checked in on board by Fred’s and cases were taken from the ship directly to the plane. We were allowed to stay on board until 4.15 p.m. but still did not arrive at Gatwick till about 2.00 a.m. Now the cruise itself. Food was superb, always plenty of choice, hot and the waiter service in the main restaurant was brilliant too. Bar service could be slow at times, especially in the Neptune Lounge, but not really a problem. Our inclusive drinks package worked well and the wine served with dinners was topped up without asking and was of an acceptable quality. As always the staff members were incredible, so friendly and helpful. We really did feel like friends rather than customers. There were always plenty of sun beds available, and the pools were hot not warm. Entertainment was good given the limitations of a small ship, the resident production company were excellent as was comedian Micky Zany, who we’ve seen several times before but he still had everyone laughing. Shore tours worked well, especially in Dakar and Banjul, although not cheap. You really do need to book tours in these places to avoid hassle and begging. Cape Verde Islands were fine for independent travellers. However the person who gave the shore talks on board was so boring we could not listen. This really should be a task for someone who can inspire!   Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
We have cruised 20 plus times before on both small and larger ships but I have to say Fred Olsen is our least favourite Cruise Line to date. There were many people on board who have never sailed with any other cruise line, had done many ... Read More
We have cruised 20 plus times before on both small and larger ships but I have to say Fred Olsen is our least favourite Cruise Line to date. There were many people on board who have never sailed with any other cruise line, had done many cruises with Fred Olsen and were very happy but everyone has different expectations and opinions. Firstly the good points, our cabin attendant was brilliant and kept our cabin very clean. Our waiters at dinner in the Grampian restaurant were also first class. The Braemar Singers and Dancers were excellent with their display of talent and enthusiasm and we enjoyed all their shows. The food, particularly at dinner was well cooked and presented and was of a good standard. We were aware it is an old ship but that did not bother us. We were not expecting it to be glitzy. Now for the things we were not happy with. Our cabin on deck 4 forward was small and very noisy. The pool deck could at times be very grubby with piles of soot blown into corners. One day after walking on the pool deck the soles of my feet were black. The sun beds were also dirty and had seen better days. Many times when we decided to walk on the promenade deck parts of it were closed off for maintenance. Painting was also carried out at various times within a foot of people sunbathing on the pool deck, thus causing a very unpleasant smell.This happened on a sea day when the deck was busy. The meal times in the buffet seemed to be shorter than we have previously experienced and it was closed at various times. There was not enough seating if the weather was bad particularly at teatime which only lasted for 45 minutes. On one occasion we ended up eating tea outside in a chilly high wind barely able to keep the food on the plate as there were no vacant seats inside. Not an experience I would wish to repeat. The problem of seating inside on a bad weather day was ongoing. Although this is a small ship there just seemed to be too many people on it. On larger ships there seems to be less crowding and it is usually possible to find a quiet corner. This seemed impossible to do on the Braemar. We decided against eating Breakfast or Lunch in The Palms Buffet as whenever we looked there always seemed to be a queue waiting to be seated. Most days we ate lunch in The Grampian Restaurant. The choices from the menu always seemed good and we rarely used the buffet section. The problem with this and The Thistle Restaurant was that as both buffet and al la carte meals were being served at the same time. That coupled with the fact that you could be seated at a table with people who were at different stages of their meal made life very difficult for the waiters who were all working very hard. We also could not make out why there would not be a menu for each person supplied at breakfast or lunch. These had to be passed around the table and looked well thumbed. We have not encountered these things on any other ship. Also, sometimes at breakfast or lunch the milk jugs did not look very clean, with a line of congealed stale milk around the rim. This was a off putting. Our main reason for taking this cruise was a short break away from the atrocious U.K. weather and this one fitted the bill. We did our own thing at all the ports of call and enjoyed the places we visited apart from El Heirro which seemed to have little to offer. We would have preferred to have visited Gran Canaria instead. We did think the £5 charge for shuttle buses at various ports a little steep. Especially at Lanzarote as basically it just took you to the outside of the dock area. We did not use it ourselves but thought that taking into account the age a physical capabilities of some of their passengers Fred Olsen could have supplied buses free of charge to all cabin grades as many other cruise lines do. Fred Olsen obviously has a very loyal following but I am afraid it is not for us. In our opinion we found Braemar to be very noisy, crowded and not very relaxing.   Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
We booked "cruise only" as we live too far from Manchester or Gatwick to book flights with indeterminate timings. Flew from Heathrow to N. Tenerife which also gave us chance to stay a couple of nights either side of the cruise in ... Read More
We booked "cruise only" as we live too far from Manchester or Gatwick to book flights with indeterminate timings. Flew from Heathrow to N. Tenerife which also gave us chance to stay a couple of nights either side of the cruise in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. We wanted to go on a smaller ship and Braemar was just right. We booked a balcony cabin and were upgraded for very little more to a De-Luxe which totally spoiled us for next time as having looked around other decks, the ordinary cabins looked a bit small. It was nice to have a balcony for a bit of private space as the sun deck we christened "sardines deck", better to sit on the after-decks - much pleasanter. We cannot praise the staff enough. What a friendly hard-working bunch they are - nothing is too much trouble. Our cabin stewardess was exemplary, waiters were courteous and efficient and bar staff so attentive. The food was just superb. We were in the Grampian restaurant and had as requested a table for 2 but used the Palm's Cafe on formal nights as I'm afraid we don't pay lots of money to be told what to wear although we'd never dream of attending a meal other than in smart clothing - but comfortably casual. Congratulations to the Chefs for the special seafood and Asian buffets on the day we were at sea. The former was in the Thistle restaurant which we believe served all inclusive guests and the atmosphere seemed a little less friendly than the Grampian. We preferred the Palm's Cafe buffet for lunch as you can pick the light salad choices. Lunch and breakfast could be a bit frantic at busy times. The ports of call were all great and had their own character. We didn't do shore tours. We find walking around and visiting a local bar gives you more of a taste of the character of the island/port although it was a long walk on El Hierro! Some guests found it uninteresting but it was unique in its tranquillity and calm and we enjoyed our walk and the lovely little bar in the town. We weren't looking forward to Agadir but thoroughly enjoyed a walk through the fishing port and boat building yards and a cheap and enjoyable lunch in a small cafe behind the beach front area. People were cheerful and friendly and I think respectful dress including headscarf were appreciated in the traditional areas. In all were were impressed with Fred Olsen's service although we have no other experience for comparison. A future cruise will depend on the ease of flying to the departure point or we would go from Southampton given interesting destinations. Minor niggles include the closure of our "local" bar on our deck 8 - the "Observatory" for a private party while entering the port of Funchal. Closing a public facility for whatever reason for the benefit of a few is not fair - we paid a lot of money for our cabin and don't expect to be denied a service. We think that the idea of some staff working for tips is unfair. We paid the standard sum as it would be difficult to single out individuals for reward as they are all so good and we visited so many areas on board. Why not pay all staff fairly and charge accordingly? Charging extra for shuttle buses to port was a bit unfair on the less mobile guests. We are used to long walks so we didn't need them but I can't remember mention of any charge at the time of booking or on the web site. The wifi service was dire and ridiculously expensive. We found service ashore most times but when at sea all day reluctantly paid £5 for 25 mins but due to the lack of speed hardly got anything done. People who work from home or are club volunteers monitoring their organisation's web site need better than this. Most of the time we couldn't get Ch5 on the cabin TV where the information videos on ports of call were. We found it strange not to be able to bring back a bottle of local wine to drink in our cabin; it felt like we were returning to England each day. We felt a bit like captive customers here but would never go all inclusive as the choices available were not to our taste (why go all the way to Spanish Islands to drink Boddington's!) The cabin shopping was useful as a decent bottle of gin was quite reasonable. Overall we had a memorable experience and cruising is an ideal way to see lots of different places. Despite the niggles mentioned we would go with Fred again without hesitation. We aren't attracted by larger ships despite having conversations with other guests regarding the merits or otherwise. The lack of sun deck or pool space is no bother - pointless getting an all-over tan when you have to wear winter woollies on return home. We are restricted to winter months for travel because our summer is taken up by other activities but a cruise provides a welcome break from the misery of English weather. We were impressed by our first ever cruise and life on Braemar. Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
Our trip to Cape Verde, Gambia & Senegal...was not as warm and rougher seas than many on board had hoped for, still that's nature and it was a lot better than home!! We had a sleepless experience in cabin 7006 which ruined our ... Read More
Our trip to Cape Verde, Gambia & Senegal...was not as warm and rougher seas than many on board had hoped for, still that's nature and it was a lot better than home!! We had a sleepless experience in cabin 7006 which ruined our trip and a fellow passenger also experienced and was moved from 7020 with unacceptable noise, creaking and loo flushing. Pick pocketed in Dakar as were others, do not go ashore on your own, Banjul was as intimidating, organised security escorts are essential if visiting town. The ships shore tours were well organised and safe, general opinion was good, we really enjoyed our 'lazy day on the river' but rather rickety. It was always a rush for limited seating in the entertainment lounges, but the entertainment was very good and good fun. Dining in the restaurants, buffet and pool bar, was the highlight, with brilliant service and excellent food choices. Finally the staff were friendly, cheerful as were our fellow cruisers. But, our experience will leave 'BRAEMAR' Fred Olsen at the bottom of our recommendations and choice for another cruise.   Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
Fred Olsen flew us to Tenerife via Monarch from Manchester. We couldn't book seats in advance as there was some kind of tension between Monarch and Fred Olsen. The Monarch plane was appalling. Extra seats had been installed and there ... Read More
Fred Olsen flew us to Tenerife via Monarch from Manchester. We couldn't book seats in advance as there was some kind of tension between Monarch and Fred Olsen. The Monarch plane was appalling. Extra seats had been installed and there was no leg room and no air supply for some seats as they were out of sync with the new seating. You could book extra leg room on a few rows on check-in for £30 each way! After a very claustrophobic flight, the cabin accommodation was very comfortable and the meals throughout the cruise were of a very high standard as was the service throughout. The ship will shortly be refitted and it needs it, but our main concern is that since it was 'stretched' adding more cabins, the publiic rooms cannot cope on bad sea days. The supply of chairs on the decks was good, but in the lounges with all the passengers within the ship, it was impossible to find a seat, especially for the shows in the Neptune lounge. The ship purports to accommodate 929 passengers but on our cruise log from the company there were 1090 which would account for the lack of room. The shore visits in the Canary Islands were well up to standard and those in the Cape Verde Island, Senegal and the Gambia very chaotic due to the developing nature of those countries although extremely interesting and memorable. There was a problem sometimes with guests not taking note of advice that tours were not for those with walking difficulties but that was not the fault of the company. However, it did seem that the Cruise Director might not have researched some of the African tours enough to ensure they returned to the ship on time to sail - we arrived back one hour late for sailing in Senegal where a seven hour tour turned into a ten hour marathon (with no toilet stops planned), and a half hour late in another port - but that was mainly a problem for the captain. Overall we are glad we took the cruise - to avoid the weather back home - and we couldn't hold the company responsible that the weather kept us inboard for much of the cruise - but we wouldn't go on this ship again as the lack of space spoilt what could have been a much more positive experience. Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
Having just been on a cruise with Fred starting at Tenerife to Cape Verdi and west Africa an back to Gran Canaria and Fuertaventura I am going to give it 5 star rating. The ship is good. It is not as glitzy as some but is neat, tidy and ... Read More
Having just been on a cruise with Fred starting at Tenerife to Cape Verdi and west Africa an back to Gran Canaria and Fuertaventura I am going to give it 5 star rating. The ship is good. It is not as glitzy as some but is neat, tidy and easy to move around. Cabin was clean and comfortable and adequate although not oversized. We were on deck 4 outside with a window and it was very convenient and quiet. All the staff from reception, security, chamber maids, bar staff, restaurant staff were 100%. The entertainment was very good with professional acts, crew acts (which were exceptional), and guest speakers which were very interesting. Facilities on board were good with plenty of space to relax. The top deck was good for sunbathing etc. Cannot comment on the tours as we made our own way. As a summary we found the ship to be a delight, the crew (including the Captain) to be of the highest standard, the hotel staff to be 100%, the meals and menus to be first class, the entertainment to be a joy and the overall experience to be one to encourage a return visit. Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
My husband and I are veteran cruisers and this was our second time on FOCL's Braemar. We have been on all the 'Fred' ships and the Braemar is my own personal favourite as she is just the right size to make a more personal ... Read More
My husband and I are veteran cruisers and this was our second time on FOCL's Braemar. We have been on all the 'Fred' ships and the Braemar is my own personal favourite as she is just the right size to make a more personal experience. We were allocated balcony cabin 7050 and this was perfectly fine. Clean, comfortable and quiet, with twin beds and two chairs, a sunlounger and a table on the balcony. Wardrobe space was adequate but we could have done with more drawers. We ate each evening in the Thistle Restaurant and, as we've found on all FOCL cruises, the food and service were excellent. During the day we tended to go to the self-service Palms Café or, if the weather was good, to the Marquee Bar on the pool deck, which served 'pub style' meals al fresco. We enjoyed the entertainment very much; both the orchestra and the Braemar Show Company as well as the featured entertainers (including Martin Daniels, son of Paul) were excellent. In fact we were able to enjoy two performances because there was always an alternative show (later on) in the Coral Club, where we also used to adjourn every night for the quiz. The evening always ended with the resident band (the M.I.T. Band) followed by a disco and most nights we went to bed well after 1.00am! I do agree with other reviewers, however, that the Neptune Lounge does not have enough seats for all the passengers on each dinner sitting; in fact the whole room could do with a complete redesign as a lot of potential space is wasted due to the configuration of the settees and chairs. Another pleasant place to pass the time was the Morning Light pub, where there were daily quizzes as well as background musical entertainment. We were travelling on the "all-inclusive" drinks package and this is well worth the money; even the drinks that aren't included in the package (such as cocktails) are half price. The ports of call were: Mindelo (Cape Verde), Praia (Cape Verde), Banjul (Gambia), Dakar (Senegal), Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and back to Tenerife. We should have been visiting Porto Novo in Cape Verde which was an anchor port, but the sea was too rough and the weather too windy to launch the tenders, so this port of call was cancelled. Can't help the weather though! I loved Cape Verde; it is still developing its tourism trade and so is understated, natural and undeveloped, which is its charm. Santiago Island (Praia) is absolutely stunning; all jagged peaks, green valleys, rugged coastline and sandy beaches, with little farms dotted here and there. I'd hate to return in 20 years' time and find it full of high-rise buildings and glitzy hotels. So all in all, we had a fantastic time - unusual ports of call, excellent food, service and entertainment, a friendly crowd of passengers and crew and a clean and comfortable cabin. Viva Braemar!   Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
flew from manchester on monarch to tenerife good flight baggage reclaim about 20 minutes coach journey to santa cruze 45 minutes slight delay checking in due to one coach in front of us 25 minutes later onboard braemar the ship from ... Read More
flew from manchester on monarch to tenerife good flight baggage reclaim about 20 minutes coach journey to santa cruze 45 minutes slight delay checking in due to one coach in front of us 25 minutes later onboard braemar the ship from outside although quite small to modern ships is still impressive our inside cabin was on deck 3 close to lifts/ stairs we went streight to our cabin to find our cases already there cabin was the usual set up two single beds dressing table and plenty of wardrobe space complete with hangers also safe inside wardrobe complete with key (no charge) that a first ... shower and toilet compartment was fine shower good always plenty of very hot water never had any problem with noise in the cabin at night the ship is well layed out and easy to find your way around . the inside of the ship is spotless outside deck are the same. food onboard was some of the best my wife a i have in any of our previous 10 cruises which includes sun cruises .thomson .p@o .princess and r c i the staff onboard in the bars and restaurants are super the self service is much better on braemar than other ships the waiters find you a table aready set out with clean table cloth and cutlery and then you sort yourself out with food instead of the usual rugby scrum. we had our evening meals in the thistle main restaurant the food and service was excellent we had the drinks package and our glasses where never empty.....we enjoyed the evening shows the guest comedian was realy funny and never smutty or blue....we also liked the piano soloist joe hume who played in the observatory lounge.. we did not do any shore excursions we did our own thing having cruise the canarys islands twice before the drinks package at £10 per person perday was great red wine was ok draft beer boddingtons or canned spitfire /john smiths the cruise was so good the day flew by we met some great people had a good laught at the dining table (8 people on the table 2 from indiana)........ the top deck on braemar as plenty open space for sunbathing also a good number of table and chairs the fish and chips at lunch time are to die for.....time to go home as we left the ship we checked our baggage in before boarding the coach and the next time we saw it was in manchester...........we book this cruise with liverpool cruise club on there golden envelope of the t v channel 284..........my wife and i realy enjoyed this cruise the ship the crew /staff / food great cruise and great ship!!!!!!! we will be back!!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
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