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.
10 Telephone 01473 742424 or contact your travel agentAbove top, Boudicca sailing along the Tagus River entering the port of Lisbon.All Fred. Olsen ships have well equipped gyms, above centre.Boudicca's Secret Garden Café offers casual, informal buffet-style dining, complementing the ship's formal restaurants, left.Boudicca has a high proportion of large cabins and suites, many with sea views, and a very spacious ambience, emphasized by the large windows in the elegant and stylish public rooms. This is a reflection of the fact that the ship was originally designed for world cruises.As with all Fred. Olsen ships, there is a choice of dining. The Secret Garden Café has an oriental style, and is a great place to enjoy an informal meal, while the Tintagel and Four Seasons restaurants both offer more formal dining. These have fine displays of original landscape and botanical paintings, which can also be seen in the Heligan Room, named after the stunning "lost gardens" which have been recreated in Cornwall. On the lounge deck are two Jacuzzis in which to relax, as well as an exercise pool and two larger swimming pools if you are feeling energetic. In fine weather, a poolside buffet is available at mealtimes. Boudicca's on-board Fitness Centre has recently been repositioned high up on the Sun Deck, so that you can enjoy panoramic views while exercising.The 28,000-tonne Boudicca carries around 850 passengers and operates out of ports around the UK, including Portsmouth, Southampton, Greenock (for Glasgow), Rosyth (for Edinburgh) and Newcastle. During 2012 and 2013, there is a wide variety of exciting cruises taking in established favourites such as the Canary Islands, Scandinavia and the Baltic, as well as voyages around the Med, up the River Amazon and to the Caribbean.