8 Telephone 01473 742424 or contact your travel agentStylish & highly individualThe largest of our ships, with room for about 1,350 passengers, Balmoral is the first to be named after the ancestral Scottish home of the Royal Family. Appropriately, the public areas have a Scottish theme: the main restaurant is named after Ballindalloch, a Speyside village and castle, while the other formal restaurants are the Avon and the Spey - two lovely Scottish salmon rivers. For informal, buffet-style dining, Balmoral has the Palms Café. You can also enjoy our on board pub where there is live evening entertainment as an alternative to the main cabarets and dancing that you'll find in the Neptune and Lido Lounges. Or you could sit with a drink and enjoy panoramic views from the Observatory Lounge. If you want to get some gentle exercise, Balmoral has two open-air swimming pools, a gym with magnificent sea-views, as well as golf-nets where you can practice your swing. On the other hand, you don't really need to do anything energetic: it's all your choice. You can sit and chat with friends in one of the on-deck Jacuzzis, or have a little pampering - after all, you deserve it - in one of our on board spas. And anytime you want, you can just top-up the tan while relaxing on a comfortable lounger: maybe while dipping into one of the many books you can borrow from our on board library. All of our ships are very special, with a character of their own: if you're one of our regular cruisers you may well choose the vessel first, then the holiday! Whatever your choice, you will enjoy cruising on a ship that's stylish and comfortable - small enough for you to feel completely relaxed, yet with everything needed for your complete comfort and enjoyment. Fred. Olsen ships are the perfect size for cruising: not a floating city, but a village that has everything you need to make your holiday unforgettableAbove, the dramatic staircase which links Balmoral's Lounge and Main Decks - perfect for grand entrances.Balmoral, Fred. Olsen's largest cruise ship off the coast of Antigua in the Caribbean, below.Balmoral cruises start from Southampton with voyages to the Mediterranean, Scandinavia, the Canary Islands and the fjords of Norway. In January 2013, she sets off on a fantastic world voyage - more than three months long - visiting mouthwatering destinations in Central America, the South Pacific, Australasia, the Far East and the Middle East.
www.fredolsencruises.com 9The public rooms on Braemar feature polished wood and gleaming brass fittings, while the subtle lighting and fabrics make for real comfort and stylish elegance. The five-deck atrium gives the vessel interior a very light and spacious feel. The ship carries around 900 passengers and there are more than 80 suites and passenger cabins with balconies. In common with all Fred. Olsen ships, Braemar has a very human scale, but still has everything you need to make your time on board a real pleasure. You can relax with friends in the Morning Light Pub, or enjoy magnificent views over the bow of the ship from the Observatory Lounge: just the spot for a pre-dinner drink. There are a number of restaurants, ranging from informal dining in the Palms Café to the Thistle Restaurant which offers a choice of fine food on the Main Deck. Alternatively, the Grampian Restaurant offers formal dining in an intimate setting. The Arts & Crafts Room is used for activities during the cruises with special-interest themes that are a regular feature of Braemar's sailing programme, but it can be used by all passengers at other times. You can also enjoy a swim in one of the two open-air pools - there's a lovely pool area with poolside bar for a post-swim drink - and there's also a children's pool. Winter 2011 is your last chance to enjoy Braemar's fly-cruises in the Caribbean. Once that programme has been completed (in March 2012), the ship will cruise all-year-round from Southampton and Dover to Europe, the Canary Islands, the Cape Verde Islands and the Baltic. The programme also includes several fascinating Mediterranean and Iberian cruises.Braemar, in Sognefjord, Norway, top.Cascading decks, above centre right, at Braemar's stern provide plenty of opportunities for alfresco dining and sun bathing. The relaxing Observatory Lounge, overlooking Braemar's bow is a great place for pre-dinner drinks, right.