Bad cabin noise and high single cabin price ...
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|Reviewed By: Perkin, Weybridge on 24th Jan 2011|
|Cruise Line: Fred. Olsen Cruises||Times cruised before: 1-2|
|Cruise Ship: Braemar||Sailed: December, 2010|
|Destination: Caribbean||Age: 65+|
I travelled on Fred Olsen Braemar for the Christmas in the Caribbean cruise 2010/2011.The experience was definitely 3 star, not 4 star as some sites seem to state.
If I'd had the chance to read reviews about engine noise in some cabins I would have been very wary about travelling on this ship. Unfortunately I was allocated cabin 3148 which was, according to the ship plan, 1 cabin away from the engine casing. Many nights the engine noise was horrific and the experience was similar to trying to sleep in a washing machine. My travel agent warned that I might experience some vibration in this cabin! I have since found a review about a passenger who travelled in 3146, right next door, and this person had to be treated for exhaustion after the experience. I made up my sleep in the afternoons when in port but this meant that I missed out on some activities. I did not complain to passenger services as I was warned by a fellow passenger that the woman in charge of this desk was very unpleasant to deal with.
What really upset me was to find out that I was charged around 85% more than the shared fare for what was an identical cabin on the same deck. Another single passenger at our dining table had paid around 95% extra. Why crucify single passengers - it's bad enough being solo without such high penalties. I know that some of the luxury cruise lines are charging between 10% and 25% single supplement which I feel is more like it.
On the positive side, the crew were fantastic and I'm sure this is what brings much repeat business. Unfortunately it's not going to be enough to make me choose Fred Olsen again. I'll have to save a bit longer to get a better, more comfortable cruise.
|Quality of Food|
|Food mostly good - lack of variety at lunch buffet. Dinners were good.|
|Good choice but the Neptune Room was so crowded that the second sitting dinner passengers were unable to find seats.|
|Shore excursions very pricey for what was on offer. The 55 minute helicopter trip over Montserrat was £50 more expensive that that offered on Azamara at the same time of year. Others were mediocre but costly.|
|My cabin attendant & dinner waiter were both outstanding. I have gluten intolerance and the staff went out of their way to help me enjoy the dining experience.|
|Cabin very noisy when sailing, overpriced, decor very dated - stuck in the 80s.|
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