Norwegian Fjords & Cities

Braemar

Norwegian Fjords & Cities Overview

Departs: 18 May 2019

8 Nights Full Board

Sailing from Southampton

 

PRICE INCLUDES:

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

Ports of Call

Southampton • Kristiansand, Norway • Oslo, Norway • Arendal, Norway • Cruising Karmsund, Norway • Furebergfoss Waterfall, Norway • Cruise Hardangerfjord, Norway • Eidfjord, Norway • Cruising Lysefjord, Norway • Southampton

 

 

 

Day 1

Depart Southampton (PM)

 

 

Day 2

At Sea

 

 

Day 3

Kristiansand, Norway

 

Part of the charm of Kristiansand lies in its Renaissance style, particularly of the Kvadraturen Quadrant with its formal street plans and elegant buildings. The town is also home to some of the best beaches in southern Norway, while just offshore there are small islands dotted with white houses, many of which have beautifully tended gardens.

The Christiansholm fortress on the waterfront dates from 1674 has only been used once in anger and is perfectly preserved offering great views out over the sea from the top of its two-metre thick walls. The tower of the Kristiansand Domkirke is also a great spot for seeing the town from above. As a building it is rather less attractive than the Oddernes Kirke, one of the oldest parish churches in Norway, parts of which date back nearly a thousand years. 

Don't miss Posebyen, Kristiansand’s Old Town district. Posebyen is packed with tiny but very attractive traditional houses, dating from the 17th century when the city was founded by King Christian IV. Said to be the most characteristic area in Kristiansand, Posebyen is well worth a visit.

Day 4

Oslo, Norway

 

Oslo, the capital and largest city of Norway, is one of Scandinavia’s most historic, interesting and welcoming destinations. Surrounded by mountains and its own fjord, this compact and cultured city is both easy and fun to explore on foot.

Oslo’s two most famous sons, Edvard Munch and Henrik Ibsen, are celebrated across the city – all part of the contemporary cultural experience. The National Gallery is home to Edvard Munch’s iconic ‘The Scream’, along with works by other European artists from Manet to Picasso, and the Munchmuseet contains over 5,000 works that Munch left to the city of Oslo.

Exploring one of Oslo’s many museums, uncovering its booming art scene at any number of its commercial galleries or simply marvelling at the extraordinary architecture that fills the skyline are all highlights of this fine city. The fabulous Viking Ship Museum has three ships recovered from royal burial mounds in the Oslofjord, while the medieval Akershus Castle that dominates the harbour front is well worth visiting. Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park – one of Oslo’s must-visit attractions, is a Norwegian institution and home to more than 200 bronze, granite and wrought iron sculptures from Gustav Vigeland.

Oslo is an overwhelmingly green city. It has recently been awarded European Green Capital for 2019, and boasts one of the lowest carbon footprints in the world. The city has excellent public transport, and the city planning has put pedestrians first. Most noticeable in the city, is Oslo’s commitment to sustainable food production and green space. From hotdogs to Michelin-starred restaurants, the dining is always of a high-quality, as is the city nightlife.

Outside of the city centre, the stunning natural landscapes of the Oslomarka and Oslofjord await discovery. The Oslomarka – the vast forests around Oslo, has lush green valleys and diverse fauna such as lynx, beaver, Eurasian elk and deer, while the impressive, photogenic Oslofjord stretches over 120 kilometres.

Day 5

Arendal, Norway

 

As the inspiration for the name of the fictional ‘Arendelle’ kingdom in the hit Disney animation Frozen, this quaint, sleepy town in Southern Norway is quickly becoming one of the country’s most sought-after tourist spots. And although much of the famous film’s settings are actually based on the beautiful city of Bergen, those who visit Arendal won’t be disappointed by the abundance of sights to discover.

Formerly an important shipbuilding and shipping town, Arendal’s pretty harbour was once a bustling industrial zone, but today it’s is where the town’s busy fish market, finest restaurants and welcoming pubs are found, as well as the striking Town Hall – the tallest wooden building in Norway. In Tyholmen – the delightful historic centre of the town – you’ll discover protected narrow alleyways, fantastic views of the surrounding landscapes and fine examples of 17th century architecture, including brightly-painted wooden houses and towering Trefoldighetskirken Church.

 

Day 6

Cruising Karmsund / Furebergfoss Waterfall / Cruise Hardangerfjord / Eidfjord, Norway

 

Cruising Karmsund

Karmsund, a narrow waterway separating Karmoey Island from Haugesund, is only navigable by smaller ships such as those in the Fred. Olsen fleet. 

So, while guests on board larger cruise ships have to spend more time out in the open sea to pass by Karmoey, on a Fred. Olsen cruise to this beautiful region you can enjoy memorable scenic cruising through Karmsund. 

As you sail the strait you'll take in views of pretty towns and gorgeous countryside scenes stretched along the shores, see rugged islands and islets up-close, and pass under the impressive Karmsund Bridge all while relaxing on board your ship. 

Furebergfoss Waterfall

Cruise along the Maurangerfjord, gliding past the pretty Furebergfossen Waterfall for wonderful views and great photo opportunities.

Maurangerfjord is a fjord in the municipality Kvinnherad in Hordaland, Norway. It is a 12 km long branch of the Hardangerfjord. The inner end of the fjord branches into Nordrepollen and Austrepollen. The Mauranger Hydroelectric Power Station is located in Austrepollen.

Cruise Hardangerfjord

Known as the queen of the Fjord, Hardangerfjord is situated centrally in the heart of Western Norway. The best way to experience this incredible Fjord is to sail along the 197 kilomteres, enjoying the spellbinding scenery, towering mountains, waterfalls and idyllic orchards.

Eidfjord

The picturesque village of Eidfjord set within the breath-taking Hardangerfjord, is a gateway to some of the region's most spectacular natural features. Eidfjord is possibly the most beautiful place in the Norwegian fjords. Located beneath a back-drop of soaring, snow-peaked mountains, engraved with rivers and waterfalls, Eidfjord simply cries out to be photographed. The village’s tranquil feel extends to the lush fields that run for miles, meandering through clusters of wood-slat homes in ice-cream hues.

Two quaint churches, one dated back to 1309, are both worth exploring, while the cute Troll Train offers a 50-minute guided tour of this stunning region. From the train you can experience Eidfjord’s exquisite scenery and Hæreid, the largest Viking burial site from the Iron Age. 

Hiking is very popular in the area, and for those keen sports enthusiasts, kayaking down the dramatic, mountain-flanked fjords is a must-do. Alternatively, visitors can head for the amazing Hardangervidda Nature Centre or the infamous Voringfossen Waterfall, a tumbling natural beauty set deep in the mountains of Måbødalen Valley.

Day 7

Cruising Lysefjord, Norway

 

The Lysefjord is a stunning example of the Norwegian fjords' spectacular natural beauty. Carved into the landscape by glacier movement in the Ice Age approximately 10,000 years ago, Lysefjord is lined by magnificent mountains and dramatic cliff faces – some soaring over 1,000 metres high into the unpolluted skies above.

In some sections of the fjord the water is as deep as the mountains are high, however at the shallowest point the water depth drops to just 13 metres. This means only small ships such as those in the Fred. Olsen fleet can cruise the Lysefjord.

Sailing along the glassy waters on board a smaller cruise ship is without doubt the best way to take in the fjord's eclectic sights. Lookout for tumbling waterfalls, wonderful wildlife and pretty settlements dotted along the shores; and marvel at the sight of the impressive Lysefjordbrua suspension bridge as so you sail into the fjord.

On a clear day it is possible to see the famous Preikestolen – a huge 604 metre-high flat mountain plateau – and Kjeragbolten, a large rock wedged in one of Mount Kjerag’s crevices. If you’re very lucky you may hear the gunshot-like bang of Kjeragsmellet – an unexplained natural phenomenon that’s particularly prominent in the winter months.

 

Day 8

At Sea

 

 

Day 9

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