Braemar in Flåm
Braemar in Flåm / Fred. Olsen
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Our Ship Review
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger

Editor's note: This ship is no longer sailing as part of the Fred. Olsen fleet. 

With a capacity of 929 passengers, Braemar fits neatly into the midsize ship category. Originally the Crown Dynasty, the ship later sailed under the Cunard flag and has been in Britain-based Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' fleet since 2001. The five-deck atrium gives the ship’s interior a light and airy feel, and its outdoor space provides ample opportunity for sunbathing by two pools and alfresco dining at three casual venues.

What We Love

The Wraparound Promenade: Stroll or take a fitness walk on the Promenade Deck, where five laps equal 1 mile.

Dining Options: Try the inventive international fare in the Thistle and Grampian restaurants, or opt for fish and chips or burgers and salads at the casual Marquee Pool Bar. The Palms Café offers an eat-when-you-please alternative to the set times in the two main dining rooms, where formality is the rule.

Cabins for Disabled Passengers: Four cabins are specially equipped to accommodate passengers who use wheelchairs. The ship also has a medical center with a doctor and nurses.

Best Known For

British Ambience: You’ll find it displayed most prominently in the traditional English-style Morning Light Pub, during the afternoon teas served in the Coral Club, and at the Neptune Lounge, where lectures may include discourses on notorious British criminals. Most passengers are also British.

Who It's Best For

Traditionally Minded Cruisers: Braemar doesn’t come equipped with all the bells and whistles of newer, larger ships, but it does provide most of the basics: both elegant and casual dining, a number of bars and lounges, a casino, nightly cabaret entertainment, a fitness center and spa, a swimming pool and Jacuzzis, and a children’s playroom.

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

Beware of Small Cabins: Inside cabins are just 130 square feet — cramped and claustrophobic for two people. The snuggest Oceanview cabins are also 130 square feet (the roomiest are 175 square feet), while the smallest Balcony cabins measure 140 square feet (the largest are 225 square feet).