Our first cruise with Fred Olsen and it won't be our last! We liked the Braemar immediately, the decor is lovely. Staff were mostly Philippino and excellent. Our cabin was definitely small, but was not a problem. Our first cabin was 3069 and after 2 nights we asked to move as the noise from the floor above was not good. It turned out to be an air conditioning unit on the deck above. We were moved to the port side and all was well.
The food was really excellent all the time and one thing that I noticed particularly having sailed with P&O 4 times was the buffet. On Fred O you don't get a tray, get your food and then try to find a table. You wait to be called, not more than a minute or so, then go and get your food. Also, all tables have white tablecloths and napkins. Really nice.
Entertainment was pretty good, although my one reserve about Braemar would be that the theatre is very small and not well raked, so if you are in the middle, you have to crane your neck to see. However she is a small ship, and we had a similar situation on Artemis.
this cruise was Choirs at Sea and we joined that, although I have not sung since I was 14! It was such fun and we gave two performances on the third last evening at sea.
I have put our ports under Madeira as they don't exist on the list.
3069 - small, but adequate. However noise from air conditiioning room above was awful.
3112 - small, but adequate. Nice and quiet.
We like Madeira. We took the cable car up to Monte and had a wander about, then got the bus back. We have been to Madeira before so quite happy to DIY.
Mindelo, Cape Verde
Have to write other ports here as they don't exist in the list. We did a 4 hour tour here which was most enjoyable.
Excellent 8 hour tour visiting Bandia Wildlife Reserve.
Banjul, The Gambia
Excellent 8 hour tour to Makasutu, went on dugout canoes, saw baboons, had African lunch.
Not much to do here if you have been before. We wandered about in town and had a coffee in the square.
Another port not on the list
We took the shuttle bus to town and wandered through the Medina. Bought a kilo of peppercorns. We enjoyed it.