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Get Closer To The Action With Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

The gigantic cruise ships of today seem to divide opinion within the cruising world. You either love their increased activities, technological advancements and varied restaurant options or you see them as overcrowded and removed from the traditions of cruising.

Whichever way you look at it, though, there are some advantages to sailing off into the sunset on board a smaller, more intimate ship. Regular cruisers on these vessels love the way you can get to know people better on board, how the staff create a more meaningful bond with guests and how the ships can reach destinations that are restricted to the larger vessels.

This is definitely the case with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ four ships - Braemar, Balmoral, Boudicca and Black Watch. The line has recently launched a range of ‘closer’ itineraries on board Braemar which highlight her ability to dock in places that are typically off limits for others. Here are a few examples.

Cruise Down Lysefjord


One region where a smaller ship is really beneficial is the Norwegian Fjords. These narrow stretches of water are home to fantastic scenery that can only really be enjoyed from the decks of a cruise vessel. Many ships can navigate this part of the world, but only those of a certain size can sail all the way into the stunning Lysefjord – which is exactly what Braemar will be doing on her ‘Cruising the Fjords of Norway’ itinerary, which departs Southampton on August 14th 2019.

Other highlights include the chance to see the beautiful Bryggen Wharf in Bergen, a 900-year-old UNESCO Heritage Site, and a stop amongst the lush meadows of Olden. Your experience is also sure to be enhanced by Braemar’s new rib boats which, for an extra cost, will take you even closer on a thrilling adventure.

River Cruise On An Ocean Ship


Who says that you have to choose a dedicated river cruise in order to sail some of Europe’s best inland waterways? With small ships like Braemer, you can sail directly down rivers such as the Garonne and Gironde in France and Spain’s Guadalquivir. Choose the ‘Cruising to the Heart of Seville & Bordeaux’ cruise from Southampton on 14th September 2019 and you’ll be doing exactly that. Plus, you will get to dock right in the heart of Bordeaux (where the ship will stay until the next morning), meaning you’ll spend more time exploring its 18th-century splendour and less time waiting around for a tender.

This cruise also includes a wonderful overnight stay in Seville and a visit the Donana National Park, home to hundreds of bird species and the endangered Iberian Lynx.

Dock Direct In Travemünde


You may not be too familiar with the German port of Travemünde, but its small size means that cruise vessels usually have to dock 5 miles away and transfer their guests via coach. However, with Braemar being so small, she will be gliding into the heart of town during her ‘Cruising to the Heart of the Baltic’ itineraries from Southampton on 26th May 2019. The town is famous for its beachside promenade and you’ll be wasting little time in discovering it.

This insightful Baltic cruise will also include an overnight stop in the magnificent city of St. Petersburg and will call into the colourful capitals of Copenhagen and Helsinki.

If you would like to learn more about this range of ‘closer’ cruises, you can call us on 0808 301 2851. Alternatively, you can contact us via a form on the website.

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