Cruising to the Heart of the Baltic

Braemar

Cruising to the Heart of the Baltic Overview

Departs: 26 May 2019

13 Nights Full Board

Sailing from Southampton

 

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Cruise
  • All meals and entertainment onboard
  • All port & passenger taxes

Ports of Call

Southampton • Copenhagen, Denmark • Helsinki, Finland • St. Petersburg, Russia (overnight) • Rønne, Denmark • Travemünde, Germany • Kiel Canal Transit, Germany • Southampton

 

 

 

 

Day 1

Depart Southampton (PM)

 

 

Days 2 - 3

At Sea

 

 

Day 4

Copenhagen, Denmark

 

 

With its vibrant atmosphere, modern culture and beautiful architecture, Copenhagen is the essence of Scandinavian cool. One of Europe's oldest and most popular cities, Copenhagen is also one of the cleanest and most cosmopolitan. Its narrow streets are always busy with welcoming locals and are lined with colourful cafes, bars, shops and places to eat. Its bridges ring with cycling commuters and the pristine waterways make visiting this city a wonderful experience. 

The historic centre of Denmark’s capital, an 18th-century rococo district, is home to the Royal Family’s Amalienborg Palace, Christiansborg Palace and Rosenborg Castle, surrounded by gardens and home to the crown jewels. The Little Mermaid sculpture at Langelinje Pier is a must-visit attraction too. 

Nyhavn – Copenhagen’s 17th century waterfront and canal – is home to a number of wooden ships and many brightly coloured 17th and 18th century townhouses that have been converted into bars and restaurants.

Day 5

At Sea

 

 

Day 6

Helsinki, Finland

 

Finland's capital since 1812, built on a peninsula amid a cluster of islands, stately Helsinki is The Daughter of the Baltic.This striking seaside port is surrounded by uplifting natural landscapes that are easily accessible from each area of the city. The opportunities to get out and about includes boating around the archipelago islands, hiking Helsinki’s forests or strolling its beaches, smart parks and gardens.

The port also boasts a UNESCO-listed sea fortress just a short distance from the shore, which is worth the short ferry journey to explore its historic walls and gates.  

Senate Square, one of Finland’s most photographed places, is home to fine examples of neoclassical architecture, including unique designs from renowned architect, Carl Ludvig Engel. Other architectural delights include the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, the imposing concert hall, Musiikkitalo, and the Temppeliaukio, an astonishing rock-carved church. Helsinki's stunning train station built in 1919, also demands discovery. 

Finnish cuisine can be found across the city, from the historic kauppahalli (covered market) to popular, creative bistros. Locally-sourced reindeer, elk, bear, Arctic char and snow grouse, often find their way onto the menu.

Days 7 - 8

St. Petersburg, Russia (overnight)

 

The jewel in the Baltic crown and Russia's most European city, elegant St Petersburg was the imperial capital for two centuries, and Tsar Peter the Great's 'Window on the West'. The sheer grandeur of the city, and its revolutionary spirit, never fail to impress.

Founded in 1703 by Peter the Great – immortalised by the city's iconic Bronze Horseman statue – St Petersburg remains Russia's cultural centre. The Mariinsky Theatre hosts world-class opera and ballet, and the State Russian Museum showcases a wide collection of superb Russian art.

St Petersburg is utterly captivating, with baroque palaces, wide elegant streets, ornate bridges and broad curving canals – the city is built on 40 islands at the mouth of the River Neva. The main street, Nevsky Prospekt, is 5km long and lined with cafés, bars and restaurants mixed in with upmarket hotels and sumptuous shops.

On Neva embankment, the Winter Palace, with over a thousand rooms, is the most magnificent of six buildings that make up the Hermitage Museum. It is one of 125 museums and galleries, including the imposing seafront Peterhof Royal Palace and Park. The city is enchanting during the “White Nights” of midsummer, when a brief twilight blends into dawn, and street entertainment lasts throughout the long days and short, white nights.

 

Day 9

At Sea

 

Day 10

Rønne, Denmark

 

Rønne is the largest town on the small rocky island of Bornholm. The Danish town offers an historical charm with its cobblestoned streets and cross-timbered houses.

With its harbour, Rønne is Bornholm's centre of trade and culture, and home to the fortress ruins of Hammerhus and the island’s distinctive round churches. Although large amounts of the town were destroyed during the war, it was rebuilt during the post war years, and many buildings look older than they actually are.

Hjorths Fabrik, the town’s ceramics museum, features a working studio and master artisans who turn clay into beautiful works of art. Bornholm’s Museum exhibits prehistoric finds including weapons, tools and jewellery. Both are fascinating highlights.

During the summer months Rønne’s vast stretches of sand to the south and north of the town, are popular destinations.

Day 11

Travemünde, Germany

 

Beautiful and historic Travemünde is a short journey from the centre of this magnificent Lübeck, the former capital of the Hanseatic League.

Travemünde is a coastal suburb of Lübeck - a magnificent UNESCO-listed town steeped in history and former capital of the Hanseatic League. Home to many wealthy merchants during the Hanseatic era, an array of wonderful gabled houses, stunning churches and public buildings with huge gates, vast towers and gilded steeples were built in Lübeck. These monuments of a by-gone era have to be seen to be believed and all are within easy reach of Travemünde.

If you wish to stay in Travemünde to see what this delightful coastal resort has to offer, you won’t be disappointed. An appealing tourist attraction in its own right, Travemünde is more than just a gateway to Lübeck. With a beautiful beach – famous for its roofed wicker beach chairs and many cafes and restaurants, Travemünde is a great place to relax. Be sure to visit the borough’s lighthouse – the oldest on the German Baltic coast.

Day 12

Kiel Canal Transit

 

Connecting the North Sea, at the mouth of the Elbe River, to the Baltic Sea at Holtenau, the Kiel Canal is one of the world’s busiest and most important shipping routes. Slicing a man-made path through the German countryside, this 61-mile-long marvel of engineering allows vessels to avoid 250 nautical miles of sea sailing on average, ensuring a faster and safer passage through Europe.

As picturesque as it is important, the Kiel Canal is a popular route for ‘pleasure’ crafts and smaller-sized cruise ships such as those in the Fred. Olsen fleet. Sailing slowly along the canal presents an opportunity to take in gorgeous scenes of lush-green countryside and a collection of interesting villages and towns flanking the still waters, and marvel at several impressive bridges. Maritime enthusiasts will delight at the various shapes, sizes and sheer volume of the ships and vessels navigating this busy waterway too.  

Day 13

At Sea

 

Day 14

Arrive Southampton (AM)

 

Welcome aboard Fred. Olsen Braemar

At a glance....

  • 4 restaurants
  • 2 Cafés
  • 7 Lounges and Bars
  • Library and Card Room
  • Fitness Centre
  • 2 swimming pools
  • 2 whirlpools

Braemar will capture your senses. A five-deck high atrium area and cascading decks at the stern give Braemar space and intimacy in perfect balance.
Braemar has a number of restaurant and bar facilities for passengers. Have a tasty lunch at the Palms Café and a delicious dinner at our grand Thistle and Grampian restaurants. Refresh at the Marquee poolside bar, or have a cosy drink in the Morning Light Pub. Spin to the music at the Neptune Lounge, and take afternoon tea at the Coral Club, or leave the world behind in the serene Atlantis Spa.

Dining on Braemar

  • The Thistle Restaurant: The Thistle Restaurant on board Braemar is surrounded by ocean views and offers a la carte dining. Evenings assume an air of dignity on board your cruise holiday, from the lavish affair that is the Gala Dinner to less formal evenings where menus are varied and mouth-watering. As the main restaurant on board, it is tastefully decorated in a medley of creamy-beige and mochas.
  • Grampian Restaurant: This delightful restaurant, allows the light to flow through the large round windows on either side of your cruise ship. The Grampian Restaurant offers more formal dining in an intimate setting to enhance your cruise holiday experience.
  • The Palms Café: The slightly less formal Palms Café is an excellent place to dine with a relaxed buffet style of service. The Palms Cafe offers the perfect alternative for those times when you wish for a meal which is a little less formal during your cruise holiday, or for those guests who prefer not to stick to the set dinner times. Of course you will still be offered a fine choice of dishes, prepared to the same high standard you expect with Fred. Olsen.
    Your taste buds will be tempted by the delicious dishes on offer on your cruise ship Braemar. Whether it’s a formal night or one of our special themed nights you will be assured of a wonderful and intimate atmosphere as you enjoy your meal.

Entertainment on Braemar

  • Braemar Room: The Braemar Room retains an atmosphere of refined elegance. Ideal for meeting fellow passengers, catching up on that best-seller or listening to the resident string trio. The Braemar Room is also adjacent to the Library, Card Room, Morning Light Pub and Boutique, so is an integral area of the cruise ship.
  • Coral Club: This sophicated lounge, seating 170 guests, is the venue for intimate evening shows, great music for dancing to resident live bands, as well as occasional late night cabarets. It offers alternative shows to those in the Neptune Lounge, which are also given in two performances.  Afternoon tea is often served in the Coral Club, which is also the location for the ever-popular on-board Bingo.
  • Lido Bar: Enjoy a relaxing drink or an al fresco meal and soak up the sunshine from this vantage point on board Braemar. This area of the cruise ship is perfect for enjoying breakfast or lunch (weather permitting) and the sailaway parties, or just a quiet drink before or after dinner.
  • Marquee Pool Bar: The pool bar provides plenty of choice of soft drinks, cocktails, wines and beers during warmer days on your cruise holiday. Situated on Deck 7, the Marquee Bar on board Braemar is the perfect way to settle down with a drink or a light lunch, or just to enjoy some cool shade for a while, on a hot, sunny day. The canopied area lets the sun flood in. Enjoy an ice cold drink up at the Pool bar, before taking a dip in the pool, or relaxing in one of the Jacuzzis.
  • Morning Light Pub: The Morning Light Pub is like your own local on board your cruise ship Braemar. The Morning Light Pub is decorated in a traditional style, depicting the century and a half of Fred. Olsen history and is the ideal location to socialise with friends, both new and old. Daytime or evening you can be entertained by occasional live music or stand-up comedians.
  • Neptune Lounge: Take your seat in the Neptune Lounge as the sun goes down and experience a glamorous variety of entertainment, music, dance, lights and costumes. The Neptune Lounge is one of Braemar's two show theatres, although music and entertainment is on offer throughout the cruise ship. There are normally two performances here each evening, giving guests a chance to see the show whatever their dining time. There's also a different show in the Coral Club at the same times, adding to the variety and enjoyment.
  • Observatory Lounge: Set at the forward end of the ship, this lounge allows you a panoramic view of your journey throughout your cruise holiday. The large windows in the Observatory Lounge afford fantastic views which are enhanced with plenty of binoculars spaced around the lounge. A grand piano provides the perfect background music as you enjoy a pre-dinner drink.

Relax & Fitness on Braemar

  • Atlantis Spa & Salon: Drift away and submerge yourself with one of the lush treatments. From the ‘Extreme Comfort’ facial to an ‘Aromaceane Wrap’, massages, reflexology and more, they can’t help but soothe you. Or glam up for the evening - we’ll make you feel extra special in our sleek salon. Our team of stylists will treat you to a new style, cut, blow-dry or maybe some holiday highlights - whatever you’d like. Just sit back and let us do the pampering. So treat yourself on your cruise, we have something for everyone. The Atlantis Spa is open from 8am till 8pm whilst at sea and in port. On occasional evenings the spa will remain open until 10pm. These services tend to be in high demand, so please do make sure you book your treatment early. Remember when you’re on board to check your cruise ship’s Daily Times – there may be a special offer to take advantage of.
  • Fitness Centre: Visit our Fitness Centre for classes with our qualified instructors, who are always available to advise you. On board your cruise ship Braemar, we offer regular classes in yoga, pilates or fitness, catering for people of all levels and experience. The gym is equipped with modern facilities which staff will be pleased to demonstrate for you. Situated on Bridge Deck, it offers you the same facilities you can expect at home.
  • Swimming pools: Slide into cooling pool waters, under the shining sun. Enjoy a bubbling Jacuzzi on deck. Lie on a lounger to dry off, and sip on your favourite drink. It could be a recipe for the perfect day on deck. For those wishing to be more active why not challenge the tides using the Swimex machines?
  • Library: A delightful cruise ship retreat filled with histories, geographies, biographies, novels, board games, a selection of CDs and DVDs and more. Our library is stocked from floor to ceiling. Relax in the mahogany surroundings and lose yourself in a good book.
  • Card room: Share a game in our specially set up Card Room with card tables and comfy chairs for you to enjoy a competitive hand or just a bit of fun. Bridge is always a popular pursuit on board, so you’re sure to find players for a hand or two and more – whether casual or competitive is up to you! There’s always time to settle into a classic card or board game, whilst on your cruise. Perfect for when you feel like a break from the elements.
  • Arts & crafts room: There’s never much time to let your creativity flow at home. Now you have the luxury, to do so,  you can take time to explore ideas and designs in our Arts and Crafts Room. So whether you’re creative or just feel like some fun, come and join us on the Atlantic Deck. The activities will be listed in the Daily Times, delivered to your cabin every evening.
  • Promenade: Feel a gentle morning sea breeze, take an afternoon meander, or a stroll by moonlight. Take a walk on the decks of our cruise ship and watch the ocean pass by. You can play shuffle board or deck quoits on the promenade, but don’t forget to look up. There could be beautiful scenery coming up on your horizon.
  • Golf: Take in sweeping sea views as you hone your perfect swing during your cruise holiday on board Braemar. Take some time to yourself in our practice golf nets. You could come home with a new technique up your sleeve!

Other Facilities on Braemar

  • Atrium: From the Atrium you have access to the Fitness Centre, Palms Café, Coral Club and Thistle Restaurant, making it the focal point of the ship.  it's light and airy feel, and beautifully painted mural gives the Atrium a feeling of being in a country garden.
  • Internet Centre: Share your cruise holiday adventures with friends and family back home in our fully equipped Internet Centre. Our guest are able to browse the web to keep up-to-date with the news and all the goings on back home, or just make everyone envious with stories and photos along the way by accessing web-based e-mail accounts.
  • Launderette: Leaving behind everyday chores is often the treat of taking a cruise holiday. And of course, there is a comprehensive on board laundry service which your cabin staff will be pleased to arrange for you. Details of our services can be found in the Welcome Pack waiting for you in your cabin. However, and especially during a longer cruise holiday we do appreciate that occasionally there maybe items you wish to deal with yourself, and the self-service launderette is very well equipped with washing machines, tumble dryers and ironing facilities.
  • Medical Centre: We hope that you never need to visit the medical centre, but you can relax and enjoy your holiday, reassured that any ailments you may have can be assessed by our medical staff. Our Medical Centre offers primary care with a doctor and/or nurse on permanent call if the requirement should arise during your cruise holiday.
  • Reception: Once on board your cruise ship Braemar the Reception area can be located on the Lounge Deck, at the heart of the ship. Our Reception Team is on hand 24 hours a day, to advise and answer your queries. With their breadth of knowledge, they are sure to be able to help make your cruise holiday as pleasurable as possible.

Vital Statistics

Cabins 485
Passengers 929 Standard Occupancy
Crew approx 371
Refitted 2008
Fully Stabilised Yes
Tonnage 24,344 grt
Length 195.92 m
Beam (width) 22.5 m
Speed 17.0 knots