My husband and I have cruised many times before and this was our third cruise with Fred Olsen. Having enjoyed our two previous FOCL voyages we had high expectations for this one and we were not disappointed.
We flew from Manchester to Bridgetown with Thomas Cook airlines and I have to say the whole embarkation procedure, from start to finish, was very streamlined and efficient. Once we'd checked in our bags at Manchester we didn't see them again until they were in our cabin. On arrival at Grantley Adams Airport we were off the plane, onto the bus and taken straight to the ship, bypassing all the usual airport queues.
We boarded the Braemar just after 4.00pm and had our first glimpse of our cabin, a balcony one on Deck 7. While clean, comfortable and nicely decorated, our only complaint was that storage space was very limited; tiny wardrobes and drawers and very few shelves. The bathroom was also small but functional.
Cabin 7054 was average sized and had a balcony which was shaded by the deck above (deck 8 overhung it creating a canopy). It was nicely decorated and laid out but severely lacked drawer space for two people cruising for a fortnight. There were twin beds which were clean and comfortable, but during the day one of the beds was made into a settee, which meant that the existing settee in the cabin was superfluous. We would have preferred there to be an extra chest of drawers than an extra settee!
The bathroom was very small but was adequate. There were lots of mirrors in the bathroom, including a corner one which allowed you to see your rear view (not always a good idea, ha ha).
The cabin was kept spotlessly clean and tidy by our cabin stewardess and also had tea and coffee making facilities and a fridge. We would have liked a fresh ice bucket daily as you do on some ships, but when we asked room service for one they did bring it straightaway.
It was certainly a pleasant, light airy cabin; as I say we just would have preferred more storage.