I was really pleased to be invited to go on Fred Olsens Braemar to get experience of the ship to pass on to my customers.
The flight was from Gatwick, so I travelled up by train on Sunday the 15th. To get to Gatwick from Bristol, I got a train to London Paddington, the underground to Victoria and then the Gatwick express to the Airport and the shuttle from the south terminal (which is where the train station is) to the North Terminal. I had booked a night at the Hampton by Hilton which was just outside the North Teminal which is where the flight for Bordeaux was leaving from.
I was up at 4.30am to get ready to across to the terminal. It is the first time in a long time that I have flown from Gatwick. Everything is automated and you check your baggage in yourself (for Easyjet). You scan your boarding pass, hit ‘yes’ to state you haven’t any hazardous items in your luggage, print off your luggage label and attach to your suitcase and watch as your suitcase goes off to your flight. It was quick.
The flight was around and hour and a half to Bordeaux. Bordeaux Airport was really small and there was only one mens and one ladies toilet in the arrivals area. The group of us (Jake, Michelle, Zena, Zoe, Matthew, Robert, Stacie and Lyndsey) all headed to the ship on a coach. The trip was around half an hour away.
We arrived in port and checked in, and went to our cabins. I was in cabin 6052 which is on deck 6. Braemar is a small ship. it has a passenger capacity of 924 with 485 rooms (which I will cover later in the blog as I was shown around some of the different grades of cabins).
We were free to have the rest of the day to ourselves so I opted to have a walk around the ship while it was quiet. We were going to be in Bordeaux overnight, so the ship was pretty quiet for most of the day.
In the evening, we all met up for pre dinner drinks in the Observatory before heading to dinner at 8.30pm. The dinner was good. I had pre-ordered at lunch time, so there was no messing around getting the correct meal for my diet. After dinner, we then went to the Coral Lounge for the karaoke.
We then went for a short walk to the Water Mirror which was near where the ship was docked. It was really pretty and a nice warm evening.
The following day the cruise ship left to cruise down the river Garonne.
During the day, we had an opportunity to look around some more cabins.
Here are some other photos from around the ship.
During the seaday, we all partipated in a game of shuffleboard.
Followed by a trip to the bridge.
Then we had afternoon tea in the observatory. They even gave me my own items in my dietary requirements (gluten free/vegan).
We then had another sea day. During that sea day, they had a Great British Tea Party.
The evening started off with the Great British Singalong which was fun and entertaining.
The following day, we docked in Cadiz and enjoyed a tour to a vinyard and winery. I took lots of photos and here is a few!
That evening on the ship we had a sailaway from port, which, as always, was great fun.
This was our last sail away as tomorrow we would be leaving the ship, but not before we had a tour of Seville which was especially organised for us.
Again, I took plenty of photos, Seville was a very pretty place. We visited the Alcazar Palace, and had a walking tour of seville.
I had a great #freducational and learnt lots about the Fred Olsen brand. Fred. Olsen definitly has its place in the market and is a fantastic small ship cruise line. If you don’t like large ships, want to visit the heart of a city (without having to take a 2 hour coach ride), are 55 plus, then I would say that Fred. Olsen is definitely the ship for you. Please contact me if you would like any further information about Fred. Olsen cruises and itineraries or to book. I will try to get you a great deal.