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Braemar Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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1st time with Fred

Braemar Cruise Review by Fubbs

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2019
  • Destination: the British Isles & Western Europe
  • Cabin Type: Twin Outside

We chose Fred's Braemar as a short break and the opportunity to try out a different cruise operator. Braemar is a well laid out ship in good overall condition for its age, they are currently doing an upgrade to install a RIB as have the other ships in the fleet. This is being done during normal operation of the ship, so one area of deck and exit route from the services desk was out of bounds. The staff, food, lounges and dining areas were all good. Entertainment from the onboard team was good. At the start of the trip there were only 2 dancers but that did not detract from the spectacle. The last show has 4 dancers which for the last show made it a full stage. If staying on deck 2 starboard side window rooms mid ship, you may incur the sound of the steam heating pipes for the swimming pools banging from around 07:00 through to 17:00. The staff are aware of the noise, we were offered a change of room. I believe the steam hammering is caused by either an unsecured pipe or a defective condensate trap (yes I'm an engineer and know what steam hammer is !.) They have not fixed the hammering so if you stay in this area of the ship listen out for it. It will wake you and can become annoying.

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Cabin Review

Twin Outside
Cabin E 3087

Good beds and linen. Good TV with infotainment options. fair size. toilet and shower OK

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

The Keukenhof Gardens

Gardens still in good flowering conditions , Fields have been harvested. Coach hostess gave a great commentary both on way and return.

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We had a quick tour on a bus which just happened to be in the port car park. Good commentary, slightly rattled by all the cobbles which most of the roads are made of.

Also did a self guided walk around the town.

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