German Cities & Scenic Waterways

8th Oct 2023 8 nights Sails from Dover Braemar M2325
FREEDOM FARE FROM £1,099 per person
Balmoral cruising the Kiel Canal, Germany Balmoral cruising the Kiel Canal, Germany
FREEDOM FARE FROM £1,099 per person
£100pp FREE On Board Spend or £200pp when booking a Suite

*Applicable to new bookings made from 16/03/2022 on 2022/23 cruises sailing from the UK, of 7 to 9 nights in duration, see terms & conditions.

With a focus on centuries of maritime history and heritage, and the beauty of countryside scenes, this discovery of German waterways and cities packs in plenty of sights and highlights. Delve into the maritime industry of Hamburg, with its busy ship yards, naval base and International Maritime Museum, and of Bremen, home to imposing World War II U-boat bunkers and another of Germany’s important ship yards. Be sure to visit the Shipyard Museum during your visit to Flensburg too, to learn about boats and ships which sailed the Baltic Sea in the 18th and 19th centuries were built.[ReadMore]

You’ve ample time in Hamburg to visit attractions such as the Rathaus, towering St Nikolai Church and Miniatur Wunderland, and take a boat tour of Alster Lake too, while you could also seek out sights including the UNESCO-listed Market Square, 15th century town hall and medieval Schnoor district in Bremen. Docking close to the centre of Travemünde puts traditional German shops, markets and a beautiful beach within easy reach, while you’ll also be ideally placed for tours to UNESCO-listed Lübeck, with its rich Hanseatic history and collection of gabled houses, stunning churches and gilded steeples. Sailing the Kiel Canal – only navigable by smaller ships such as Braemar – and the winding River Elbe will bring picturesque, peaceful scenes of beautiful countryside into view, and help you make your own special maritime-based memories.

In recent years, we have seen a new era emerging in cruising.

There is a trend for everything to get bigger and busier, and for a cruise to be seen as an alternative to a large luxury resort, with a limitless flurry of activity. But this is not for us. Find out more 

1. WE ARE PROUD TO SAIL OUR OWN COURSE

We are free to do things a different way because we are family-run. Of course some people enjoy the bigger, busier cruises, but it is not for everyone, and it is not for us. We prefer to do things, 'The Olsen Way'.

2. SMALLER IS BETTER

We have fewer guests, so the atmosphere on board our ships is always warm and civilised. Our smaller ships allow us to visit the more interesting places that the world has to offer.

3. HAND-CRAFTED, NOT MASS PRODUCED

We pride ourselves on putting our all into the Fred. Olsen cruise experience. Our itineraries are created from scratch every year, our service is genuinely personal and each and every area of our ships is designed by hand.

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.