Bars & Lounges
As part of Fred. Olsen’s fleet-wide, multi-million-pound refurbishment programme every lounge and public room has been refreshed with elegant décor and furnishings. Layouts and rooms have been changed too to ensure they are always a comfortable, stylish place to be, at any time of day. Among other updates, guests travelling on Boudicca will find a new concept for Fred. Olsen, the Oriental Room, serving a delightful collection of speciality teas in an inspirational setting.
With fewer people on board our smaller, more intimate fleet, it's easy to find live entertainment to enjoy, a bar stool to perch on as you chat with new-found friends or a quiet spot to relax in peace with a drink and a good book. While each Fred. Olsen ship has its own distinctive personality, across the fleet you’ll find a consistent approach to bar and lounge themes which help to create the familiar, home-from-home feel that our guests know – and love to enjoy time and time again.
Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch all host a Neptune Lounge, the main entertainment venue; an Observatory Lounge, with a panoramic outlook; a Morning Light Pub; a Bookmark Café for coffee, fresh chocolates and more; and an al fresco Marquee Bar.
In addition to this list, the individual ships also have:
Balmoral | Lido Lounge, Lido Bar & Neptune Bar
Braemar | The Coral Club
Black Watch | Lido Lounge
Boudicca | Lido Lounge, Oriental Room & Iceni Room
When you’ve finished every last morsel of your sumptuous five course á la carte meal or tempting buffet, perhaps retire to the Neptune Lounge and settle into a comfortable chair to enjoy fantastic entertainment from a wide range of performers over a glass or two of your favourite tipple, served with a smile by our ever-friendly waiters.
There’s ample space to sit back and relax in the Neptune Lounge and shows are performed after each dinner sitting every evening, so there’s no reason to miss out on the feast of music, dance, comedy and costume.
Located on upper decks towards the bow of our ships, the Observatory Lounge boasts spectacular panoramic views and is a wonderful place to enjoy a pre-dinner drink. Take a seat at the bar, or perhaps sit by one of the large windows, and listen to the twinkling sounds of a grand piano and stunning scenes come into view.
The Observatory Lounge is also the venue for our premium Traditional Afternoon Tea service, which offers guests a selection of delicious sandwiches, cakes, pastries and scones accompanied by top quality teas and unforgettable views.
Morning Light Pub
The Morning Light Pub is your ‘local’ on board our ships, featuring soft, comfortable furniture, a large bar and friendly, attentive staff. Decorated to resemble a British Pub or Inn but with a Scandinavian twist, the Morning Light Pub has a welcoming atmosphere and charming traditional style.
Open throughout the day and the evening, this spacious venue is the perfect place to socialise with your friends and fellow guests. You could enjoy a quick pint or a glass of wine at lunch before spending the afternoon ashore; stop by for a pre-dinner drink; or settle into your seat and relax long into the night while live bands and musicians perform for your enjoyment.
The Bookmark Café
The Bookmark Café is an indulgent delight that’s not to be missed. You’ll find an assortment of delectable chocolates to devour, alongside a tempting menu of speciality hot drinks – choose from Taylors of Harrogate’s coffees and a selection of traditional teas such as earl grey and English breakfast. The popular Bookmark Bestseller, which includes seven quality beverages and a bag of luxurious truffles for just £15.95 per person, can be booked before you cruise.
You could take a seat in the café's comfortable chairs and relax with your drink as the ship's picture windows provide fantastic views; or perhaps stop-by and grab a drink to takeaway. The friendly Barista will be happy to fill your reusable cup with the beverage of your choice, to enjoy on a stroll around deck or as you explore ashore.
The Marquee Bar is the ideal place to take a break from relaxing in the sunshine next to the nearby pool. Find shade under the awning at the bar, where you could chat to your hearts content with the friendly staff; or perhaps grab a table with friends and watch the world sail by over a glass of your favourite tipple.
Enjoy a cold beer, a fruity wine, exotic cocktail or even treat yourself to premium gins such as The Botanist Islay or Bols Jonge, perfectly complemented by Fevertree tonic water.