Scenic Isles, Irish Loughs & Cities

28th May 2023 10 nights Sails from Southampton Braemar M2312
FREEDOM FARE FROM £1,599 per person
Fanad Head Lighthouse County Donegal Lough Swilly Fanad Head Lighthouse County Donegal Lough Swilly and Mulroy Bay
FREEDOM FARE FROM £1,599 per person
£150pp FREE On Board Spend or £300pp when booking a Suite

*Applicable to new bookings from 16/03/2022 on 2022/23 cruises sailing from the UK, of 10 to 12 nights in duration, see terms & conditions.

Circumnavigating the ‘Emerald Isle’, taking in scenic and city highlights along the way, makes for an immersion into Ireland’s incredible beauty, rich culture and history. Within glacial Killary Harbour and Lough Swilly – only navigable by smaller ship – quintessentially Irish vistas of rolling valleys and craggy mountains await, while the mighty Cliffs of Moher are a natural masterpiece and sight to behold from the decks of Braemar. Elsewhere, with your small-scaled ship as your guide, you’ll revel in unspoilt scenery of picturesque islands, islets and rock formations, such as Spike Island, Inishabro and the Skelligs.[ReadMore]

Ashore, four enchanting cities reveal many highlights and famous tales of folklore. In Dublin, you can learn of the city’s historic links to writers including Oscar Wilde, James Joyce and Bram Stoker. Don’t miss iconic sites in the Republic of Ireland’s capital, such as vibrant Temple Bar, the Guinness Storehouse and Trinity College. A visit to Belfast is a chance to explore the connection between Titanic and Northern Ireland’s capital, a city entrenched in centuries of maritime history. Cobh is famed for its brightly coloured harbour and impressive cathedral, and for its fascinating links to the infamous, ill-fated ocean liner RMS Titanic too, while it also serves as your gateway to Blarney Castle – on tour you can visit the castle and kiss the famous Blarney Stone. Charming Galway meanwhile is sure to delight, with its delicious seafood, remarkable medieval history and dramatic west coast scenery.

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.