A Revitalised Fred. Olsen Fleet

Following on from the successful refurbishment of Fred. Olsen's smaller, classic cruise ships in 2017 and 2018, which included a programme of extensive engineering, maintenance and interior work across our ocean-going fleet, BraemarBalmoral and Black Watch are to enter dry dock at Blohm+Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany once again in November and December 2019, in preparation for the 2020/21 cruise season. 

During their dry docks, the ships will be undergoing further engineering works, general maintenance and refurbishment, as well as accomodation enhancements and the creation of several new public areas. 

Fred. Olsen recognise the importance of investing in ongoing upgrades and improvements to our ships, so both new and existing guests can continue to enjoy them at their very best. This multi-million-Pound investment will help to ensure that we can offer unique, simply unforgettable cruise experiences across the fleet for many years to come. 


Braemar is the first of the three Fred. Olsen ships to enter dry dock in 2019, stopping at Blohm+Voss between 14th - 24th November. During this time, the accommodation on Main Deck 4 will benefit from thorough refurbishment, which includes new furnishings, fabrics, carpets and décor, while the Owners Suite on Bridge Deck 7 will be refreshed and refurbished too. 

In addition, new flooring will be laid in the Palms Café and in the Coral Club. 


During Balmoral's dry dock, between 8th - 20th December, Main Deck 6 will see a number of enhancements. As well as the extensive refurbishment of selected accomodation on this deck, a brand new 'Oriental Room', where exotic teas and Far Eastern-themed cocktails and drinks will be served; a brand new 'Photo Gallery'; and a 'Flower Shop', where guests can choose from a selection of stunning seasonal and year-round flowers to create a personalised bouquet, or select one of the expertly-crafted, ready-made arrangements. 

Elsewhere, the two Owners Suites on Highland Deck 10 will undergo a thorough refresh and refurbishment too, while new stylish carpets will be laid in the Lido Lounge on Lido Deck 8. 

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Black Watch

On Black Watch, a number of the ship's cabins and suites – which were recently refurbished and revitalised during the previous dry dock – will be enhanced further with new bathroom upgrades. New public toilets will be installed too, for guests to use as they make use of the elegant bars, lounges and public spaces around the ship. 

In keeping with the improvements on Braemar and BalmoralBlack Watch's Owners Suite on Bridge Deck 8 will undergo extensive refurbishment, while elegant new carpets will be fitted in the Glentanar Restaurant on Lounge Deck 6 during the ship's dry dock between 7th - 21st December.

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