I enjoyed a ship visit on Fred. Olsen Cruise Line’s Braemar whilst she was docked in Dover for the day.
Refitted in 2008, she carries around 900 passengers and is very much a relaxing home from home atmosphere. On board, it’s a very friendly welcome from all the staff who are on hand to help with anything or answer any questions.
The five deck atrium on board it very spacious, it makes the vessel feel stylish and comfortable. The Morning Light pub is a great venue for quizzes, relaxing or taking in some light entertainment. The main entertainment venue is the Neptune Lounge and the ships show company puts on a great performance! The Coral Club is an alternative venue with musicians, vocalists and more whilst the Observatory lounge offers excellent views out to sea and is ideal for pre-dinner drinks or an afternoon reading a book.
When it comes to dining the main Thistle restaurant is usually where you would eat most nights, the alternatives are the Grampian restaurant, which offers a more intimate experience or the buffet style Palms Café. The lido bar on deck is a place to eat, or drink alfresco.
The accommodation on board is comfortable with every amenity you could wish for one board, around 80 of the cabins have balconies, if you can book one of these it’s well worth it to wake up on your own private balcony in a new destination.
The cascading desks at the rear of the ship are another great place to sit out on deck. When sailing away, this is where the sail away parties are typically held and are a great experience and fun for everyone – the passengers & the crew! The ship also offers a library, shops and a spa/gym for pampering and relaxation.
Sadly I was only on board for a few hours, I will be looking to book to go on board for longer next time!