Life on the Ocean Waves
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Artemis Braemar Arcadia M/S Braemar The Braemar in Barbados in February 2011
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 Built: 1993 Voyages sailed on this ship: Amazon (2011), Cape Verde Islands (2014), Caribbean/Transatlantic (2017)
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.
Cabin 7054 on the Braemar M/S Braemar at anchor in Boca da Valeria, Brazil The Braemar at anchor off Alter do Chao, Brazil The Skylark Club on board the Braemar
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.
Swimming pool deck Balcony cabin 7050 on the Braemar
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 7054.
The attractive cascading rear decks of the Braemar Another view of cabin 7050 Marquee pool and bar
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 during lunchtimes.
The light and pleasant atrium in the Braemar The Morning Light pub Pat Shannon, Irish musician and singer One of the many figureheads on Braemar
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 music.
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 www.patshannonmusic.com.
The Braemar docked in Barbados in March 2016
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 colours.