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M/S Braemar vital statistics
Company: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Home Port: Nassau
Gross Tonnage: 24,344 tons
Cruising Speed: 17 knots
Passenger Capacity: 927
Passenger Decks: 9
Voyages sailed on this ship: Amazon (2011),
Cape Verde Islands (2014),
Fred. Olsen’s Braemar is a traditional, attractive little
ship and one of my personal favourites. At just over
24,000 tons she is tiny by today’s standards, but the
overall feel on board is one of spaciousness and elegance.
The self-service Palms Café at the stern opens onto the
lovely cascading decks that overlook the pool area and
there is ample sunbathing space on deck.
There are lots of lounges and bars as well as two main
dining rooms. We have cruised three times on the
Braemar; in 2011, 2014 and in 2017.
Read my review of the Braemar on cruisecritic.co.uk.
We enjoyed a superb voyage from Barbados to the
Amazon on the Braemar in February 2011, and here she
is at anchor off the tiny Amazonian village of Boca da
Valeria. You can read all about our Amazon adventures
in my blog. Certainly somewhere different to cruise.
The Braemar at anchor off Alter do Chão in Brazil, from
our vantage point on board the liberty boat.
Our comfortable balcony cabin, number 7054, on board
Braemar in 2011. My bed (on the right) converted to a
sofa during the day as you can see.
The Skylark Club venue as it was in 2011. It now
serves as the ship’s gym and fitness centre; the old
gym location (on deck 3) is now the Crafts Room.
The main swimming pool on the Braemar, with the
mountains of Cape Verde in the background. Photo
taken January 2014.
Cabin 7050 on board Braemar in 2014. As you can see
in the photo above, it’s practically identical to cabin
Another view of cabin 7050, showing the many mirrors
that created a spacious, airy feeling.
The attractive cascading rear decks on the Braemar,
against a cloudy Tenerife sky in January 2014. Much
nicer than the horrible squared-off shape of the new
mammoth cruise ships.
The Marquee deck with its swimming pool and open-air
bar, which also served light meals and sandwiches
The attractive and unpretentious atrium
area on the Braemar.
One of several figureheads around the
ship. You will often see figureheads on
the Fred Olsen ships, taken from retired
ships of the fleet.
The Morning Light pub, a pleasant place
to relax over a drink and listen to low-key
Pat Shannon, the Irish musician and
singer who entertained the passengers
each day in the Morning Light pub. You
can visit Pat’s web site at
The Braemar docked in Bridgetown,
Barbados in March 2016, taken from our
vantage point on board M/S Adonia.
Braemar underwent refurbishment in 2014
and here we can see her in her new