Fred. Olsen's stunning Braemar ship offers a remarkable balance of relaxation and activity. This intimate ship is served by a devoted crew of approximately 370, with plenty of leisure facilities and lively venues to create an unforgettable sociable atmosphere.
Braemar features an assortment of delicious cuisines throughout its casual and formal dining venues. For a sophisticated affair, there are the elegant Gala Dinner events at The Thistle Restaurant. Add some variety with a buffet featuring worldwide cuisines or a mouth-watering lunch on the sun terrace. Then again, you could always savour a speciality hot drink and sweet treat at the coffee and chocolate cafe!
During days at sea, you can take a dip in the swimming pool, sunbathe on a lounger, unwind in a hot tub, and enjoy afternoon tea at Coral Club. You also have a library, as well as a spa that offers professional massages, facials, and reflexology sessions. For active guests, there are golf nets, arts and crafts sessions, and walks along the scenic promenade — perfect for a moonlit meander or sunny stroll. You can even treat yourself to some duty-free shopping at the ship's designer boutiques, too.
Braemar comes alive with dazzling shows and live music in the evening. Head to Neptune Lounge for cabarets, Observatory Lounge for panoramic views, or Morning Light Pub for beers, wines and live bands.
Personal, friendly and welcoming perfectly describe Braemar's atmosphere. With much easier access to shorelines and a mix of contemporary facilities on board, this ship is sure to give you a memorable cruise experience.
There are casual and fine dining venues to choose from on Braemar. The Thistle Restaurant features ocean views, a varied a la carte menu, and elegant Gala Dinner evenings. Grampian Restaurant offers a sophisticated dining setting, while Palms Cafe serves casual buffets of international cuisines.
For al fresco light bites including chicken, burgers, pizzas, ice creams, and fish and chips, try Marquee Bar. Go to The Grill for beef and onion pie, chicken Caesar salad and blueberry cheesecake at lunchtime, as well as succulent steaks and tasty panna cotta for dinner. A menu of teas, mochas, lattes, and espressos are on offer at The Bookmark Cafe — you can treat yourself to its range of luxury chocolates including pralines and champagne truffles, too. Why not also make the most of Balmoral's complimentary room service between 10:00 and 22:00 every day?
While cruising on Braemar, Coral Club is the place to go for afternoon tea and entertainment day or night. Lido Bar offers a relaxing atmosphere and refreshments on the terrace, while Observatory Lounge features panoramic views, piano music and tasty beverages. Head to Neptune Lounge for dazzling entertainment and a large choice of alcoholic and soft drinks.
If you fancy a traditional British tavern environment, there's the lively Morning Light Pub. For sangria, cocktails, beers, lagers, ciders, wines, and soft drinks beside the pool, you have the stylish Marquee Pool Bar.
For entertainment, take part in creative activities at the arts and crafts room or join in yoga, Pilates and fitness classes at the gym. Evenings bring an amazing variety of music, cabarets and dances to the glamorous Neptune Lounge. Coral Club features lively dance songs, bands and acts at night, as well as daytime games of bingo.
Have fun at the parties held at Lido Bar, enjoy the comedy acts in Morning Light Pub and relax with piano music at Observatory Lounge. There's something to suit everyone on Braemar.
Day 1: Southampton, UK
Arrive in Southampton and embark on board Braemar.
Day 4: Hellesylt, Norway
This morning the ship makes a stop at Hellesylt at the head of the Sunnylvsfjorden. This UNESCO World Heritage listed town boasts beautifully restored farmhouses scattered on the surrounding hills and mountains. Visit Sunnylven Church and the unique wood carvings illustrating the legend of Henrik Ibsen's 'Peer Gynt' at the Peer Gynt Gallery.
Day 5: Alesund, Norway
Spend time exploring The Art Nouveau Centre in Ålesund before paying a visit to the Holmbua landmark by the harbour; an 1861 warehouse which houses the fishing displays of Ålesund Museum. Relax with coffee and cake in a pavement cafe or dine on locally-caught fish in one of the many restaurants. Sail onto Bergen, which is framed by seven hills on Norway's south-west shore. Ride the funicular railway up Mount Floyen for city views or visit Troldhaugen Museum to see Edvard Grieg's musical heritage come to life. Stroll around the 900-year old Bryggen wharf and admire the colourful sights at Bergen Fish Market.
Day 7: Harstad, Norway
Harstad sits on the Norwegian island of Hinnoya in Troms county. Harstad is one of the best places in Norway to see both the Midnight Sun in the summer and the Northern Lights in the wintertime. Discover splashing times galore at Grottebadet - a spectacular water park inside a mountain beneath Harstad city centre - or experience Sami culture at Harstad Wildlife Center. Explore Rokenes Manor and Guesthous on the outskirts of Harstad; this historic property dates back to 1673 and boasts the Harr gallery in its once cow barn. Pay a visit to Adolfkanonen open museum at nearby Trondenes; built by German occupying forces during World War II, it is one of the largest battleship cannons to be used during the conflict. The nearby Trondenes Historical Centre and Trondenes Church are well worth a visit too.
Day 8: Honningsvag, Norway
Honningsvag is your gateway to Norway's North Cape on Magerøya Island. This is the northernmost point in Europe, and the true land of the midnight sun. From mid-May to July, the full disc of the sun never dips below the horizon. In winter, the days barely lighten to a spectral gloom. To the north lies only the remote Svalbard Archipelago, Jan Mayan Island, and the polar ice cap. From the cliffs of North Cape, perched 1,000 feet above the Arctic Ocean, one stares into the arctic silence. During the summer months, vast reindeer herds roam Magerøya Island's treeless, central plateau.
Day 9: Tromso, Norway
Arrive in Tromsø - the 'Gateway to the Arctic'. Enjoy a thrilling husky sled ride through snow-covered landscapes from the Tromso Wilderness Centre or visit the iceberg-shaped Arctic Cathedral. Ride the cable car to the top of Mount Storsteinen for amazing views, admire the artworks at the Art Museum of Norway, or step back in time at Perspektivet Museum. Taste authentic local brews on a tour of Mack Brewery or get up close to local fish and bearded seals at Polaria Arctic Aquarium.
Day 10: Leknes Lofoten, Norway
Arrive in Leknes, an area rich in Viking history and Arctic nature. Leknes looks out over the jagged peaks of the Lofoten Islands, which also boast white sand beaches, distinctive cliffs, and spectacular panoramic views. Visit the Viking Museum at the nearby village of Borg, explore the historic fishing village of Nusfjord, stop by the pebble beach at Eggum and Unstad, and the cave paintings at Kollhellaren Cave.
Day 12: Molde, Norway
Molde sits on the banks of the Romsdalsfjord in the north-west of Norway. Also known as the Town of Roses, thanks to the many pretty rose gardens dotted around the city, Molde hosts the oldest annual jazz festival in Europe each July. Stroll through the city centre and stop by the Jazzgutten statue and the impressive Molde Cathedral or indulge in retail therapy on Storgata Street. Pay a visit to the modern artworks, handicrafts, and exhibitions at More & Romsdal Art Center, or step back in time at the open-air Romsdal Museum. Escape to the tranquil surroundings of Chateauet Molde or admire the granite and glass facade of Aker Stadium. Venture up to the Varden viewpoint to take in the panorama of 222 mountain peaks spread out before you.
Day 15: Southampton, UK
Disembark in Southampton and make your way home.