Amazon January 2019 -Braemar
First time cruising with Fred Olsen, smoth hassel free flight and transfer, a huge bonus having our luggage taken straight to the ship and not goung through security. Well organised by Fred Olsen Braemar was very clean and refurbished in places, comfortable seating areas , quite places enough bars especially the observatory. Music by pianist and singer in bars early evening which as lovely. Food was exceptional great choice every meal, plenty of fruit and vegetables, fabuloys meat . Staff excellent some even managed to remember your name a drink choice, drinks package good value. We changed our mind about late sitting, no problem at all and no charge for 1st sitting. We enjoyed the entertainment, excellent singers/dance group varied shows, great magician and comedian. Had a great sailing party on lido deck. Enjoyed the pool smallish but adequate, jacuzzi x 2 fun My room perfectly comfortable, very comfy bed big eenough, my room attendant excellent One moan the tours were overpriced and quite frankly a rip off, maybe due to it being a third world country they were sub standard, apart from Huntes garden and pink dolphin trip which were excelkent. The cycle trip in Santarem was an old cycle with wooden bar to sit on and a chap cycling 38 each !!!! We paid him 15 for 3 people.. i think cruise companies should stop charging such high fees. Management, staff, Captain all very approachable and i witnessed many kind gestures to the less able passengers by staff. Whilst i was dissappounted with the Amazon in general, saw very little wildlife, despite 2 very interesting wildlife experts on board who you coyld spend time every day with and listen to their excellent talks, one cannot blame Fred Olsen, nature is notoriously shy sometines. I may well book again , nice to have a smaller ship, only a third full, not sure i would be as happy with a full ship though. Unfortunately we had a very bad flight home with Thomas Cook flight took 20 hours due to some idiots in administration at Manous and Barbados airport.
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