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.
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 at Southampton and embark on board Braemar.
Day 5: Malaga, Spain
Nestling at the heart of Spain's Costa del Sol, Málaga is a chic and cosmopolitan city. From its lively port and historical buildings to the mouth-watering cuisine and stylish shopping streets, Malaga offers something for everyone.
Enjoy the panoramic vistas from Gibralfaro Castle and explore Picasso's birthplace, found in Plaza de la Merced. Unwind in the idyllic Jardin Botanico Historico La Concepcion, or view the paintings at the Picasso Museum. Explore the majestic cathedral or shop on the traffic-free Calle Marques de Larios. Relax with a coffee at Plaza de la Constitucion or spend the morning on La Malagueta beach.
Venture further afield and admire the stunning Alhambra Palace in Granada or the amazing underground caves in Nerja.
Day 7: Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona is one of the most famous cities in the world. Located between the gleaming Mediterranean Sea and the Serra de Collserola hills, this cosmopolitan Spanish city is known for its diverse art and architecture. Walk the iconic Las Ramblas promenade and see quirky street entertainers or stop for a coffee at a pavement cafe. View some of Antoni Gaudi's most famous works including the Sagrada Família Church and the mosaic wall in Park Güell. Explore the winding streets of the Gothic quarter and sample tapas in a traditional bar or relax in the city's biggest green space — Park Ciutadella.
Day 8: Marseille, Spain
Marseilles sits on the Cote d'Azur on the south coast of France. Meander around the Vieux-Port and watch the fishermen land their day's catch, before heading uphill to explore the local artisan boutiques and art galleries in Le Panier old quarter. Pay a visit to Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Cathedrale de la Major de Marseille. Step back in time at Musee des Civilisation de l'Europe et de la Mediterranee (MuCEM) and Musee d'Histoire de Marseille. Spend some time enjoying the grand park, 19th-century water features, and museums at Palais Longchamp. Take a short ferry ride to admire the 16th-century Chateau d'If fortress.
Day 9: Menorca, Spain
Mahon is the capital of the Balearic island of Menorca and sits on the island's east coast. Sail past old forts and picturesque islands and coves as you approach the sheltered natural harbour. Admire Fortaleza de La Mola at the harbour entrance and discover Menorca's unique history at Museu de Menorca. Meander through the old town streets to the spacious Plaza de Espana town square to admire the 18th-century neo-classical Iglesia del Carmen church and explore the traditional market. Sample the locally-produced gin at Xoriguer distillery or admire the local marine life on a glass-bottom boat tour.
Day 10: Cartagena, Spain
During the 16th and 17th centuries, when Spain held sway over the rest of Europe, much of its naval power was projected from the port of Cartagena. Many of the coastal fortifications from that era still exist, providing splendid views of the harbour.
Day 12: Lisbon, Portugal
Spread across seven hills on the shores of River Tagus is Portugal's capital city, Lisbon. Pavement cafes, bustling squares and serene gardens sit alongside palaces, bridges and castles in this waterside city. Immerse yourself in culture at Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and National Museum of Contemporary Art, or enjoy the colourful marine life at Oceanarium. Take a vintage tram ride through the city's cobbled streets, admiring Jerónimos Monastery and Belém Tower on the way. Haggle for bargains at the lively Thieves Market, or explore designer shops on Rua do Carmo, Rua Garrett and Avenida da Liberdade. Venture further afield and discover the fairytale places and ornate villas in Sintra or go dolphin-watching in Setúbal.
Day 15: Southampton, UK
Disembark at Southampton and make your way home.