Braemar November 2019 Dry Dock

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 entered dry dock at Blohm+Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany once again in November and December 2019, in preparation for the 2020/21 cruise season. [ReadMoreMob]

During their dry docks, the ships underwent further engineering works, general maintenance and refurbishment, as well as accomodation enhancements and the creation of 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 was 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 benefited from thorough refurbishment, which included new furnishings, fabrics, carpets and décor, while the Owners Suite on Bridge Deck 7 was refreshed and refurbished too. 

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


During Balmoral's dry dock, between 8th - 20th December, Main Deck 6 saw a number of enhancements. As well as the extensive refurbishment of selected accomodation on this deck, a brand new 'Oriental Room' has been created just along from Guest Services.

Main Deck 6 also had a brand new 'Photo Gallery'; and a 'Flower Shop' added, 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 underwent thorough refurbishment and brand new stylish carpets were laid in the Lido Lounge.


Balmoral's new Oriental Room

Black Watch

On Black Watch, a number of the ship's cabins and suites – which were 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. 

New wall murals were painted in the Brigadoon restuarant by the very talented artist, Paul Staveley. Inspired by the 1954 movie starring Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse and Van Johnson.

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