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Departure Date: 11th October 2020

Duration: 15 nights

Cruise Line: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Cruise Ship: Braemar

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  • 11th October 2020

    Southampton

    Lying near the head of Southampton Water, a peninsula between the estuaries of the Rivers Test and Itchen, Southampton is Britain’s largest cruise port. It has been one of England’s major ports since the Middle Ages, when it exported wool and hides from the hinterland and imported wine from Bordeaux. The city suffered heavy damage during World War Two and as a result the centre has been extensively rebuilt, but there are still some interesting medieval buildings including the Bargate, one of the finest city gatehouses in England.

  • 12th October 2020

    At Sea

  • 13th October 2020

    La Coruña

    La Coruña, the largest city in Spain’s Galicia region, is among the country’s busiest ports. The remote Galicia area is tucked into the northwest corner of the Iberian Peninsula, surprising visitors with its green and misty countryside that is so much unlike other parts of Spain. The name “Galicia” is Celtic in origin, for it was the Celts who occupied the region around the 6th-century BC and erected fortifications. La Coruña was already considered an important port under the Romans. They were followed by an invasion of Suevians, Visigoths and, much later in 730, the Moors. It was after Galicia was incorporated into the Kingdom of Asturias that the epic saga of the Pilgrimage to Santiago (St. James) began. From the 15th century, overseas trade developed rapidly; in 1720, La Coruña was granted the privilege of trading with America – a right previously only held by Cadiz and Seville. This was the great era when adventurous men voyaged to the colonies and returned with vast riches. Today,

  • 14th October 2020

    At Sea

  • 15th October 2020

    At Sea

  • 16th October 2020

    Cartagena

    A Mediterranean city and naval station located in the Region of Murcia, southeastern Spain, Cartagena’s sheltered bay has attracted sailors for centuries. The Carthaginians founded the city in 223BC and named it Cartago Nova; it later became a prosperous Roman colony, and a Byzantine trading centre. The city has been the main Spanish Mediterranean naval base since the reign of King Philip II, and is still surrounded by walls built during this period. Cartagena’s importance grew with the arrival of the Spanish Bourbons in the 18th century, when the Navidad Fortress was constructed to protect the harbour. In recent years, traces of the city’s fascinating past have been brought to light: a well-preserved Roman Theatre was discovered in 1988, and this has now been restored and opened to the public. During your free time, you may like to take a mini-cruise around Cartagena’s historic harbour: these operate several times a day, take approximately 40 minutes and do not need to be booked in ad

  • 17th October 2020

    Ibiza

    Hedonistic and historic, Eivissa (Ibiza, in Castilian) is a city jam-packed with cafés, nightspots, and trendy shops; looming over it are the massive stone walls of Dalt Vila —the medieval city declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999—and its Gothic cathedral. Squeezed between the north walls of the old city and the harbor is Sa Penya, a long labyrinth of stone-paved streets that offer some of the city’s best offbeat shopping, snacking, and exploring. The tourist information office on Vara de Rey has a useful map of walks through the old city.

  • 18th October 2020

    Barcelona

    The infinite variety of street life, the nooks and crannies of the medieval Barri Gòtic, the ceramic tile and stained glass of Art Nouveau facades, the art and music, the throb of street life, the food (ah, the food!)—one way or another, Barcelona will find a way to get your full attention. The capital of Catalonia is a banquet for the senses, with its beguiling mix of ancient and modern architecture, tempting cafés and markets, and sun-drenched Mediterranean beaches. A stroll along La Rambla and through waterfront Barceloneta, as well as a tour of Gaudí’s majestic Sagrada Famíliaand his other unique creations, are part of a visit to Spain’s second-largest city. Modern art museums and chic shops call for attention, too. Barcelona’s vibe stays lively well into the night, when you can linger over regional wine and cuisine at buzzing tapas bars.

  • 19th October 2020

    Marseille

    Since being designated a European Capital of Culture for 2013, with an estimated €660 million of funding in the bargain, Marseille has been in the throes of an extraordinary transformation, with no fewer than five major new arts centers, a beautifully refurbished port, revitalized neighborhoods, and a slew of new shops and restaurants. Once the underdog, this time-burnished city is now welcoming an influx of weekend tourists who have colonized entire neighborhoods and transformed them into elegant pieds-à-terre (or should we say, mer). The second-largest city in France, Marseille is one of Europe’s most vibrant destinations. Feisty and fond of broad gestures, it is also as complicated and as cosmopolitan now as it was when a band of Phoenician Greeks first sailed into the harbor that is today’s Vieux Port in 600 BC. Legend has it that on that same day a local chieftain’s daughter, Gyptis, needed to choose a husband, and her wandering eyes settled on the Greeks’ handsome commander Proti

  • 20th October 2020

    Mahón, Menorca

    The capital of Menorca since 1721, Mahon has a impressive natural deep water harbour, which is one of the largest in the world. This, coupled with its strategic location, has made it a stronghold for many nations throughout history. Mahon has an abundance of historical buildings, the oldest being the Arch of Saint Roc which is all that remains of the wall that once encircled the whole town. The island was occupied by the British during the 18th century and Lord Nelson is thought to have stayed there. Indeed, San Antoni Mansion, located on the north side of the harbour, houses a collection of Nelson memorabilia. The legacy of colonial rule can be seen in the muted Georgian style of some of the buildings, but Mahon still boasts attractive examples of neo-Classical, Baroque and Romanesque architecture. With narrow streets to explore, pleasant shaded squares and welcoming pavement cafés, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Please be aware that most shops in town close for a siesta be

  • 21st October 2020

    At Sea

  • 22nd October 2020

    Cádiz

    Believed to be the oldest town on the Iberian Peninsula, the Andalusian port of Cádiz enjoys a stunning location at the edge of a six-mile promontory. The town itself, with 3,000 years of history, is characterised by pretty white houses with balconies often adorned with colourful flowers. As you wander around be sure to take a stroll through the sizeable Plaza de Espãna, with its large monument dedicated to the first Spanish constitution, which was signed here in 1812. Cádiz has two pleasant seafront promenades which boast fine views of the Atlantic Ocean, and has a lovely park, the Parque Genoves, located close to the sea with an open-air theatre and attractive palm garden. Also notable is the neo-Classical cathedral, capped by a golden dome.

  • 23rd October 2020

    Lisbon

    Set on seven hills on the banks of the River Tagus, Lisbon has been the capital of Portugal since the 13th century. It is a city famous for its majestic architecture, old wooden trams, Moorish features and more than twenty centuries of history. Following disastrous earthquakes in the 18th century, Lisbon was rebuilt by the Marques de Pombal who created an elegant city with wide boulevards and a great riverfront and square, Praça do Comércio. Today there are distinct modern and ancient sections, combining great shopping with culture and sightseeing in the Old Town, built on the city’s terraced hillsides. The distance between the ship and your tour vehicle may vary. This distance is not included in the excursion grades.

  • 24th October 2020

    At Sea

  • 25th October 2020

    At Sea

  • 26th October 2020

    Southampton

    Lying near the head of Southampton Water, a peninsula between the estuaries of the Rivers Test and Itchen, Southampton is Britain’s largest cruise port. It has been one of England’s major ports since the Middle Ages, when it exported wool and hides from the hinterland and imported wine from Bordeaux. The city suffered heavy damage during World War Two and as a result the centre has been extensively rebuilt, but there are still some interesting medieval buildings including the Bargate, one of the finest city gatehouses in England.

Ship Information

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Launched
1993
Tonnage
24,344
Length
195.92
Total Crew
371
Occupancy
929

Launched in 1993, refitted and refurbished in November 2017, Braemar is a small destination ship with 7 decks able to cater for around 900 guests. With large windows, polished wood, shining brass fittings and classic fabrics, she offers a charming, traditional feel. Designed with more mature cruising passengers in mind, a range of dining, entertainment and relaxation facilities are onboard.

The small and stylish Braemar features a five-deck high atrium and fabulous cascading decks at the rear of the ship, making her ideal for sailing in the warmer and calmer seas of the Caribbean.

But what’s more, Braemar features a shallow draft which makes her perfect for sailing narrow waterways, meandering rivers and enclosed Fjords. In fact, Braemar is the largest cruise ship able to navigate the Guadalquivir River into Seville, meaning our guests are docked just 500 meters from the city centre, rather than having to take a 45-minute transfer from Cadiz like those on larger cruise ships.

Superior Suite

Superior Suites all have a bedroom and sitting area, balcony, bathroom with bath and/or shower, and a fridge. All suites onboard Braemar have interactive television.

Guests in Superior Suites will benefit from Fred. Olsen’s Suite Dreams package, which include a bottle of sparkling wine, a fruit basket, and flowers or plant waiting for you in your suite when your board. Afternoon canapés delivered daily as you prepare for dinner and complimentary fluffy bathrobe and slippers. The package also includes a daily newsletter with international and national news, delivered to your door, as well as complimentary shuttle vouchers to get you right to the heart of things if your port is outside town and there are even compact umbrellas if you should need them. Other vouchers include laundry, luxury towels and pressing of formal-wear.

Balcony Suite

Balcony Suites all have a bedroom and sitting area, balcony, bathroom with bath and/or shower, and a fridge. All suites onboard Balmoral have interactive television.

Guests in Balcony Suites will benefit from Fred. Olsen’s Suite Dreams package, which include a bottle of sparkling wine, a fruit basket, and flowers or plant waiting for you in your suite when your board. Afternoon canapés delivered daily as you prepare for dinner and complimentary fluffy bathrobe and slippers. The package also includes a daily newsletter with international and national news, delivered to your door, as well as complimentary shuttle vouchers to get you right to the heart of things if your port is outside town and there are even compact umbrellas if you should need them. Other vouchers include laundry, luxury towels and pressing of formal-wear.

Deluxe Balcony Cabin

Deluxe Balcony Cabins have a cabin with balcony, bathroom with shower (Deluxe Balcony Cabins may also have a bathtub and/or shower). All Balcony Cabins onboard Braemar have interactive television and a safe.

Superior Balcony Cabin

Superior Balcony Cabins have a cabin with balcony, bathroom with shower. All Balcony Cabins onboard Braemar have interactive television and a safe. Guests also benefit from our Suite Dreams package, which includes a welcome bottle of sparkling wine, flowers in your Suite, luxury towels, complimentary water and much more to ensure your stay is even more comfortable, relaxing and memorable.

Balcony Cabin

Balcony Cabins have a cabin with balcony, bathroom with shower. All Balcony Cabins onboard Braemar have interactive television and a safe.

Outside Cabins

Outside Twin Cabins feature a bedroom with large picture window or portholes, bathroom with shower, hairdryer, safe and fridge. All cabins have interactive television. Some twin cabins have two movable beds that may convert into one double bed.

Inside Cabins

Twin Inside cabins feature a bedroom with bathroom with shower, hairdryer and safe. All Inside cabins also have interactive television and a safe. Some twin inside cabins may have movable beds that convert into one double bed.

    Single Balcony Suite

    Single Balcony Suites all have a bedroom and sitting area, balcony, bathroom with bath and/or shower, and a fridge. All suites onboard Balmoral have interactive television.

    Guests in Single Balcony Suites will benefit from Fred. Olsen’s Suite Dreams package, which include a bottle of sparkling wine, a fruit basket, and flowers or plant waiting for you in your suite when your board. Afternoon canapés delivered daily as you prepare for dinner and complimentary fluffy bathrobe and slippers. The package also includes a daily newsletter with international and national news, delivered to your door, as well as complimentary shuttle vouchers to get you right to the heart of things if your port is outside town and there are even compact umbrellas if you should need them. Other vouchers include laundry, luxury towels and pressing of formal-wear.

    Superior Single Balcony Cabin

    Superior Single Balcony Cabins have a cabin with balcony, bathroom with shower. All Balcony Cabins onboard Braemar have interactive television and a safe.

    Single Outside

    Single Outside Cabins feature a bedroom with two portholes, bathroom with shower, hairdryer, safe and fridge. All cabins have interactive television.

    Single Inside

    Single Inside cabins feature a bedroom with bathroom with shower, hairdryer and safe. All Inside cabins also have interactive television and a safe.

      Marquee Deck 8
      Marquee Deck 8
      Bridge Deck 7
      Bridge Deck 7
      Lido Deck 6
      Lido Deck 6
      Lounge Deck 5
      Lounge Deck 5
      Main Deck 4
      Main Deck 4
      Atlantic Deck 3
      Atlantic Deck 3
      Marina Deck 2
      Marina Deck 2

      Entertainment

      Card Room

      Find card tables and competition in the card room. Bridge is always a popular pursuit onboard, so you’re sure to find players for a hand or two and more – whether casual or competitive is up to you.

      Photo Gallery

      View those photos taken by the ships photographers, capturing those all important holiday memories from going ashore to formal night. These are displayed each day and can be viewed and purchased in the Photo Gallery.

      Library

      The well stocked library is a popular area of the ship. With an array of novels, historical, geographical, autobiographical and many other books, the library onboard your cruise ship is a true haven of peace and tranquillity.

      Morning Light Pub

      The Morning Light Pub is decorated in a traditional style, depicting the century and a half of Fred. Olsen history. Daytime or evening you can be entertained by occasional live music or stand-up comedians.

      Observatory Lounge

      The large picture windows in the Observatory Lounge offer fantastic views which are enhanced with plenty of binoculars spaced around the lounge. A grand piano provides the perfect background music as you enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail on your cruise holiday.

      Boutique

      The Boutique features a wide range of luxury gifts for yourself and your loved ones. It offers a wide range of fragrance, cosmetics, bags, clothing & fashion accessories from designer brands such as Dior, Estee Lauder, Leighton Denny, Radley & Fiorelli, all at duty-free prices.

      Port Shop

      The Port Shop onboard stocks all the holiday essentials that you may have forgotten to pack from toiletries to sun hats or even a good book. You’ll also find a wide range of sweet treats and savoury snacks – perfect for whilst onboard or as gifts to take home.

      Neptune Lounge

      Shows, reviews and evenings of cabaret are what the Neptune Lounge has to offer. Neptune Lounge has ample room for passengers whichever dinner seating you are on, so you can find a seat to enjoy the glitz and glamour of the evening shows.

      Braemer Room

      The Braemar Room retains an atmosphere of refined elegance. Ideal for meeting fellow passengers, catching up on that best-seller or listening to the resident string trio. The Braemar Room is also adjacent to the Library, Card Room, Morning Light Pub and Boutique, so is an integral area of the cruise ship.

      Marquee Pool Bar

      The pool bar provides plenty of choice of soft drinks, cocktails, wines and beers during warmer days on your cruise holiday. Situated on Deck 7, the Marquee Bar on board Braemar is the perfect way to settle down with a drink or a light lunch, or just to enjoy some cool shade for a while, on a hot, sunny day.

        Coral Club

        This sophisticated lounge, seating 170 guests, is the venue for intimate evening shows, great music for dancing to resident live bands, as well as occasional late night cabarets.

        It offers alternative shows to those in the Neptune Lounge, which are also given in two performances. Afternoon tea is often served in the Coral Club, which is also the location for the ever-popular on board Bingo.

        Enrichment

        Arts and Crafts room

        The Arts & Crafts Room on board your cruise ship is the perfect space to explore your ideas and designs with arts and crafts lecturers. So, for the creative amongst you, there will be plenty to keep you entertained throughout your cruise holiday, and perhaps leave you with your own self-crafted souvenir to take home.

        Lectures

        On selected cruises a range of Vistas speakers who can’t wait to share their passion with you, and make your cruise really memorable. From Lars Tharp the admired historian, lecturer and a long-running expert on the Antiques Roadshow; food and wine expert Jilly Goolden and gardener Charlie Dimmock.

        Health & Fitness

        Atlantis Spa and Salon

        Atlantis Spa and Salon offers a range of treatments and facilities including: facials, massages, waxing and body shaping treatments. The spa is open from 8am - 8pm daily.

        Fitness Centre

        A fully equipped fitness centre with sea views, fitness instructors and a range of equipment includes: treadmills, rowing machines, exercise bikes, free weights. Take a yoga, aerobics, stretch and tone or pilates class while you cruise. Or make the most of the beautiful views and join the ‘walk a mile’, with a revitalising stroll, or more energetic walk round your cruise ship deck in the mornings.

        Golfing

        For those keen golfers, take in sweeping sea views as you hone your perfect swing. Take some time to yourself in the practice golf nets.

          Swimming pools

          All swimming pools onboard are heated. For those wishing to be more active, why not challenge the tides using the Swimex machines.

          Whirlpools

          Guests can find two whirlpools, situated on the Marquee deck.

          Promenade

          Feel a gentle morning sea breeze, take an afternoon meander, or a stroll by moonlight. Take a walk on the decks of the cruise ship and watch the ocean pass by. You can play shuffle board or deck quoits on the promenade, but don’t forget to look up- there could be beautiful scenery coming up on your horizon.

          Two restaurants, a café and a range of casual snack options are available onboard, as well as a choice of set dinner times or freedom dining in relaxed or formal surroundings. Special themed dinners are also available on certain nights.

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          Thistle Restaurant

          Experience: complimentary

          Food: classic

          The Thistle Restaurant on board Braemar is surrounded by ocean views and offers a la carte dining.

          Evenings assume an air of dignity, from the lavish affair that is the Gala Dinner to less formal evenings where menus are varied and mouth-watering. As the main restaurant on board, it is tastefully decorated in a medley of creamy-beige and mochas.

          Grampian

          Experience: cover

          Food: classic

          This delightful restaurant, allows the light to flow through the large round windows on either side of Braemar.

          The Grampian Restaurant offers more formal dining in an intimate setting to enhance your cruise holiday experience

          The Palms Café

          Experience: cover

          Food: buffet

          The slightly less formal Palms Café is an excellent place to dine with a relaxed buffet style of service.

          The Palms Cafe offers the perfect alternative for those times when you wish for a meal which is a little less formal, or for those guests who prefer not to stick to the set dinner times. Of course you will still be offered a fine choice of dishes, prepared to the same high standard you expect with Fred. Olsen.

          Special Dietary Requirements

          Individual needs are as catered for as possible. So, vegetarian, low fat, dairy-free, lactose-free and gluten-free food are all on the menu.
          Please make any special requests when you make your cruise booking, and Fred. Olsen will do their best to source exact products, or provide certain foods, such as diabetic desserts. They may not be able to source specific brands given our location or the availability at local ports.

          Dress Code

          When it comes to evenings onboard your cruise ship, dressing for dinner is traditional. Generally the style is smart casual, with gentlemen wearing a jacket/or shirt and tie and ladies smartly dressed. Chino type trousers or smart dark jeans are acceptable, but no trainers.
          During the day the restaurants require cruise guests to adhere to an appropriate dress code, i.e. no swimwear.

          E-cigarette Policy

          Electronic cigarettes, not emitting a vapour may be used in cabins or on cabin balconies but are not permitted in any non-smoking public area. They can easily be mistaken for a real cigarette and result in potential confrontation and necessitate staff intervention. Electronic cigarettes emitting any vapour, even if only a water vapour, may only be smoked in designated external smoking areas.

          Disabled facilities

          Fred. Olsen welcomes all guests relying on wheelchairs for mobility onboard cruise ships. but they do ask that you advise them of your mobility needs at the time of booking in order to meet heir health & safety requirements.

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