braemar - fred. olsen cruise lines - cruise ship review & photos

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Braemar - Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines - cruise ship review and photos

Choosing the right cruise vacation can be a little problematic. After all, what are you looking for? Is it the floating high rise hotel with its soaring atrium, ice skating rink or bowling alley? Or the cozy seagoing inn where you feel among family and where all these modern creature comforts suddenly seem less important?

Braemar's terraced aft decks

Personally, I think both ways of cruising can be fun, but when discussing the possibility of going on a cruise to Norway with my good friend Lucy and my 81-year old father, choosing Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines seemed obvious. After all, the typical mix of Norwegian officers,  Philippine service staff and a mature British clientele proved to be a winning combination on my

previous Fred. Olsen cruises. Cruising with older Brits is really a treat; in times where many people seem completely preoccupied with getting their money's worth, it is rather refreshing to see people relax and really enjoy the art of traveling. 

Having previously sailed on the line's charismatic Black Prince and Black Watch, we decided on the 19,089 ton Braemar, built in 1993 and youngest of the five-ship Fred. Olsen fleet. A cruise to the Norwegian Fjords was high on the wish list for us, so on the last day of August we set off for Newcastle on England's NorthEast coast. A day later we boarded the charming Braemar and sailed towards the land of trolls and fjords.

Cruise Line: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Built: 1993
Building Yard: U.N. de Levante, Spain
Gross Tonnage: 19,089
Length: 163.8 m (537.4 ft
Beam: 22.5 m (73.8 ft)
Passengers (norm.): 800
Passengers (max): 856
Crew: 304
Service speed: 18.4 knots
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Braemar at Olden, Norway
Braemar at Gudvangen, Norway
Braemar at Olden, Norway
Braemar at Olden, Norway

 

All photos and text: 2007 Bart de Boer - www.ShipParade.com

First published on November 4, 2007

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