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Cruising to the Heart of the Baltic

14th Sep 2018 14 nights Sails from Southampton Braemar M1823
FROM ONLY £1,899 per person
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FROM ONLY £1,899 per person
Cruise to the heart of the Baltic aboard Braemar and immerse yourself in the diverse cultures and outstanding beauty of this incredible part of world. In two weeks you’ll experience the very best of the region, visiting a string of stunning cities in Denmark, Finland, Russia, Latvia and Germany.

In Copenhagen you’ll be closer the many highlights of the Danish capital, thanks to your smaller ship’s ability to dock near the very centre of the city. The iconic Little Mermaid statue, the pretty Nyhavn waterfront district and the famous Tivoli Gardens will all be within easy reach when you step ashore. Further afield it’s possible to tour to Kronborg Castle – the setting of Shakespeare’s Hamlet – too. The enticing Finnish capital will then await your exploration. An abundance of attractions vie for your attention in Helsinki, including the Neoclassical structures of Senate Square, one of Finland’s most photographed locations; several captivating museums and galleries; and the unique Kamppi Chapel of Silence. There’s even a chance to delight in an authentic Finnish sauna experience before continuing your unforgettable journey of Baltic discovery in Russia. [ReadMore]

As your ship sails into St Petersburg via the River Neva, be sure to take your place on deck to savour views of the city’s legendary golden domes and magnificent architecture. Once docked, you could see the sights up-close on a fascinating guided tour of the city, taking in ‘must-visit’ landmarks such as Peterhof Palace and The Church of Our Saviour on the Spilled Blood. You could also stop by the remarkable Hermitage; or perhaps marvel at the jewelled eggs on display at the Fabergé Museum. An overnight stay here offers you the chance to experience an evening at the Russian ballet too. From Russia its on to Riga, Latvia’s enchanting capital. A wander around the awe-inspiring medieval Old Town is always rewarding, so be sure to take time to admire the striking castles, houses and churches; and stop for photos at the iconic Freedom Monument. Finally your tour of the Baltic concludes with two days in Germany, calling into Travemünde – your gateway to the UNESCO-listed Hanseatic city of Lübeck – before Braemar navigates the size-restricted Kiel Canal.

Elegant Braemar is the shortest of Fred. Olsen's four smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships, with dimensions perfect for cruising picturesque, size-restricted rivers and docking in the heart of fascinating towns and cities. Like the rest of the fleet, Braemar assumes the welcoming feel and intimacy of a country house hotel, and a sense of timeless style and elegance flows through the ship's comfortable bars and lounges, restaurants and spacious accommodation for up to 929 guests.

Rest assured, all of the following comes as standard on every Fred. Olsen cruise:

  • Comfortable rooms and suites with TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and individually controlled air conditioning
  • Tempting cuisine every day throughout your cruise - with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets and late-night snacks
  • Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee at selected venues, afternoon tea* with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks
  • All evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, dancing and live music
  • Captain's Drinks Party and Gala Buffet (on cruises of 5 nights or more)
  • On board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym
  • A wide choice of on board activities and lectures throughout the day
  • All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)
  • Luggage porterage between your room and the drop-off/pick-up point
  • Flights, as confirmed as part of a fly-cruise holiday

​Cruise descriptions include optional, chargeable experiences that may be enjoyed independently and/or with optional Fred. Olsen Shore Tours. *Premium Traditional Afternoon Tea not included.

Real ships
We’re not interested in gimmicks like zip wires, climbing walls or celebrity chefs. We don’t have boastful megaships. We take immense pride in our fleet of smaller-scaled vessels that retain the style, ambience and understated quality of a country house hotel.  We ensure they remain contemporary too: from winter 2016 to spring 2018 the whole fleet underwent dry dock refits to further enhance the facilities for guests. With the fifth generation Fred. Olsen as Chairman and 170 years of seafaring heritage behind us, we believe we’ve found the perfect formula for you to get the best out of your holiday with us.

Smaller but spacious
A smaller ship doesn’t mean less space; far from it. Each room is comfortably sized, with all that you’ll need to enjoy your holiday. In fact, our rooms are comparable to those on some of the mammoth cruise ships. While our vessels are on a more accessible scale, you can have just as much private space.  With fewer people on board it’s easy to find a quiet spot to relax in peace with a drink or a good book. There’s room to stretch out by the pool and you can get ashore more quickly too. And when you’re ashore, you’re seeing the best of each port of call with hundreds – not thousands – of others, giving you a much more authentic experience.

Service with a smile
Each member of the Fred. Olsen team has been carefully selected for their warm and welcoming personalities. The quality of our people, supported by training and development, ensures they will give you a great holiday: in guest feedback our staff are always the most highly-rated aspect of the whole experience.