My advice to you is just to go and enjoy it. Everyone has a different opinion about ships, cruise lines etc. It all depends on what you expect.
Just go for it.
Regards Jenny of Derby.
Hi,There have been 19 reviews posted about the Braemar on this site during Aug and Sept of this year.I think you will find that a lot of them were prompted by the problems encountered on the ship after she had been stretched as there were a lot of problems due to the refit not been fully completed.I sailed on here in July,1st voyage after the refit,having sailed on her before the refit also.
I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone looking for a value for money cruise on a small friendly ship with excellent food and without the glamour and glitz of the large cruiselines.
A welcome note of reassurance, as we too have been a bit concerned about our upcoming voyage on Braemar. It seems the 19 comments are about evenly divided between thumbs up or thumbs down.
We are willing to chance a 50/50 cruise as long as we can avoid those mega-monsters.
We have not cruised on Braemar since she has been stretched but she was our first cruise ship. We flew to Barbados and cruised round the Caribbean. She is a lovely ship. She has not got the glitz or the climbing walls or the surfing pools etc. of the large ships but we had a fantastic time. The service is excellent and we will always have fond memories of her. We are shortly off on a short cruise on Boudicca so will be interested to see what she is like.
We haven't cruised on the Braemar since she has been refitted but prior to that we cruised around the Carribean for our silver wedding and came up to all expectations - so much so we are crusing again on the Braemar in January 2009 around the Carribean. Would thoroughly recommend this ship all crew are friendly and helpful. Regards Rosemary of Stonehaven.
Went down the Amazon in Braemar about 18 months ago. My abiding memories are of Shepherds Pie as a main course, jelly & blancmange all the time and the worlds worst resident showteam. The Ship, however, was wonderfully fitted and some of the staff were very polite.
That is funny, we were on the Blackwatch to the Baltic last year and my husband has very fond memorys of the excellent sheperds pie that he was served. He still talks about it. Quality of food superb. Heading to Carribbean in November, Im sure he will enjoy the sheperds pie on the Breamae too.
Funny, we were on the Braemar Amazon trip and I think he must not have looked at the Buffet at lunchtime as it was excellent. If you sat at the table and took the table d'hote there was a restricted choice but my attempts to eat less were always stymied by the lovely choice. The meals at night were excellent . We shared a table with a couple who spend their lives on cruise ships as guest lecturers and they , too, thought the food great.
We have been on the Braemar, and the Black Watch. It is difficult to find a more friendly cruise line. especially amounst the companies with slightly smaller ships serving approximaley 1000 passengers. The food, entertainment, and service is always first class, and we have been on 3 caribean cruies with FO with another booked in January 2008. In addition we have been to the Baltic, Norway and Caneries, all of which we would recommend. We haven't yet experienced the new 'stretched' boats, but we look forward to cruising with FO again verysoon. As far as we are concerned the only real draw back are the Monarch flights, which are a real let down, especially after being looked after so well whilst on the cruise. I am one of those who cannot sleep on a long flight, and the conditions are so cramped and uncomfortable, and very unpleasant, especially if you are unlucky and get a 'middle seat'.
We have decided to try the P&O cruise to the Caribean on the Artimis in October/November and we will post our findings on return. This is mainly due to the flights which we hope will be an improvement over the Monach flights with FO.
Don't cancel! you will enjoy every minute. don't expect the facilities of the outrageously large modern ships but go with the flow. get to know your fellow passengers as well as the crew who will help you in any way they can. you won't have lobster every night but make sure you go to the fish lunch when it is on the programme. entertainment is modest but enjoyable with quirky events, like a british night (waving flags and singing "land of hope and glory!") and an interdepartmental tug 'o war on deck. don't take too many tours. the ship will still be in port after a leisurely breakfast and you can take a taxi with others at a fraction of the price, except maybe in st kitts where you should book the plantation train trip on board. in antigua go to the bus station and ride the local bus to english harbour for a couple of dollars. make sure you take the water taxi to the grand anse beach in granada. it is beautiful. in my opinion once you have seen one rain forest and waterfall, you've seen them all! have a great cruise!