Sailing the high seas: Braemar Cruise Review by Alibobs

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Sailing the high seas

Sail Date: October 2010
Destination: Canary Islands
Embarkation: Dover
We chose to cruise on the Braemar for our first ever cruise as the dates suited, we loiked the idea of no flying and I thought the weather would be kind!!!

Embarkation at Dover was a breeze, as suite customers we walked straight into lunch in the Thistle restaurant then up to our suite. Loved 7043, the suite is L shaped and you can partition off the sleeping area with a curtain. Large balcony and being mid to rear seemed well placed. Lots of wardrobe space. Bathroom small but excellent shower and efficient loo! Friends had 7010 which was lovely and bright but just one room and their balcony was smaller. They were very near the front of the ship and you could feel the difference.

As other posts say the first three days were rough! We did not realise how bad it was until more seasoned travellers and the crew put us right. Our friend was very poorly. At this time I thought the ship was really spacious but soon realised everyone was in bed!

Gym small but good More equipment.

when we finally got to dry land it rained, the first week was a washout but the second week was lovely and I can see why people cruise.The sailaways were great but short and a free drink would not have gone amiss!

The Braemar is a lovely ship, small but we liked that. We ate in the Grampian restaurant, 2nd sitting and were very impressed with the quality of the food and the service. Drinks reasonably priced too

Entertainment was good, resident band and show company were excellent but by the end of the fortnight had heard some of the songs a few too many times...Knock three times anyone? I am nearly 50 and I doubt if there were ten people younger than me on the cruise so maybe the entertainment was set accordingly. We won a few bottles of fizz at the evening quizzes, there was a lot going on during the day as well but this seemed geared for the older element.

The mobility of a lot of passengers was impaired - this was not a problem for us but there was always a queue for the lifts. In an emergency people would not be able to get out. We ended up helping quite a few people up and down steps etc as well.

We explored the ports independently but friends did the tours and thought they were good.

Will definitely cruise again but not for a while...would love to do the Fjords and cruisers I know say this is Fred's forte Less

Published 10/27/10

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Great suite, L shaped so can separate the bedroom from the sitting area. Balcony spacious with loungers and table/chairs. Quiet, only noise was about 6pm when the sunbeds on Deck 8 were being put away

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Port and Shore Excursions

Took the shuttle bus from the port - average town, not as pretty as some of the others

Small port, walked into town from ship, it was Sunday so very quiet.....pretty cobbled streets

Took the shuttle into the centre but realised where we were docked it was quicker to walk! Lovely city, walked right up to the castle and sat and admired the view

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Docked close to town - we did the cable car independently but it rained!!!!Too wet to toboggan back down so got the cable back!

More rain - in fact it poured! Easy to walk into the port from the ship Had a good walk around the town including a beautiful park but it got so wet we had to adjourn to a bar!

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