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Do you cater for guests with specific dietary requirements?

We do our utmost to ensure that the needs of guests with special dietary requirements are met wherever possible. All we ask is that guests inform of us of such requirements at the time of booking so that we can plan accordingly. We’ll do our best to source exact products, or provide certain foods, however we may not be able to source specific brands due to the boat's location or the availability of produce at local ports. Guests with food allergies/intolerances will also have the opportunity at the beginning of their cruise to meet with the Maitre'd or Executive Chef to discuss any special requests.

What food will be available?

No matter which gorgeous European river you are sailing along or which engrossing destinations you’re visiting, the delicious cuisine you enjoy on board Brabant – which is all included in your cruise price – is sure to be a highlight of each day of your holiday. From the moment you wake up you’ll find there are plenty of tempting dishes to indulge with. You can start the day off right with ‘Early Riser’ coffee, tea and pastries followed by hearty breakfast buffet offering a range of choices; then at lunch, enjoy three perfectly prepared courses in the Panorama Restaurant – with buffet options available too – or perhaps opt for the lighter snack alternatives served in the Panorama Lounge. Satisfying Afternoon Tea treats are available daily in the Panorama Lounge too. The pièce de résistance of the dining experience aboard Brabant are the sumptuous five-course à la carte dinners enjoyed every evening in the Panorama Restaurant. Before retiring to the boat’s comfortable accommodation, guests who are – somehow – still peckish can succumb to their cravings with tasty late night snacks too. Our carefully crafted lunch and dinner menus feature a number of classic favourites, regional dishes inspired by the destinations on your itinerary and of course, vegetarian alternatives are available too. If you have any other special dietary requirements we will do all we can to cater to your needs too; all we ask is that you advise us of your needs at the time of booking. To complement the delicious food on offer on board Brabant, guests may also wish to take advantage of our Dining Drinks Upgrade Package, where for £10 per person, per night, guests can choose to enjoy as much red and white house wines, European lager, bitter and branded soft drinks at lunch and dinner as you like, without having to worry about a rising bar bill.

What are the dining times?

Dining Times can vary depending on when the boat is in port. Typically dining times are as follows: Breakfast is usually between 7 – 8.30am in the Panorama Restaurant Lunch is usually around 1pm, but can change from day-to-day to suit tour times Dinner is served at 7.30pm - please note there is only one open sitting dinner time on board Between 11pm and midnight, late night supper is served in the Panorama Bar

What drinks will be available?

A wide selection of drinks are served at the bars aboard Brabant. We know that many guests prefer to have a glass of their favourite tipple to hand while enjoying their well-earned break, which is why you’ll find there is a great choice of wines, beers, spirits and perfectly-prepared cocktails available – after all, a Fred. Olsen river cruise is all about relaxing and making the most of your time away from it all. What’s more, the price of the drinks on board are in Sterling, so it’s easy to keep track of the cost as you indulge. Guests may wish to purchase our Dining Drinks Upgrade package, where, for £10 per person, per night, you are able to enjoy as much red and white house wines, European lager, bitter and branded soft drinks at lunch and dinner as you like, without having to worry about a large bar bill.

Do you have a drinks upgrade package?

The time you spend away aboard Brabant on one of Fred. Olsen’s inspirational journeys along Europe’s spellbinding rivers and canals should be a relaxing and enjoyable experience from the moment you embark, to the moment you head home, after taking in some of the most breathtaking sights on the continent. This is why we offer – on top of everything that’s already included in the price of our River Cruises – a great value Dining Drinks Upgrade*. For just £10 per person, per night, you can enjoy as much red and white house wines, European lager, bitter and branded soft drinks at lunch and dinner as you like, without having to worry about a rising bar bill. The Dining Drinks Package is available on all Brabant river cruises. What’s included in the Dining Drinks Upgrade Served with food at lunch & dinner only: A choice of red and white quality house wines, by the glass European lager and bitter (300ml servings) A selection of branded bottled soft drinks, including Coca Cola, Coca Cola Light, Sprite, Fanta, apple juice, orange juice and mineral water Please note: You must be aged 18 or over to enjoy alcoholic drinks on board. Guests aged between 12 and 17 will only be served soft drinks.   Terms & Conditions *Dining Drinks Upgrade only includes draught European lager and bitter (300ml servings), selected house red and white wines by the glass and selected soft drinks when served with food at lunch and dinner on board. Subject to availability. Spirits and premium drinks are not included in the upgrade and standard prices apply to all drinks ordered outside of lunch and dinner. Dining Drinks Upgrade is charged at £10 per person, per night. Dining Drinks Upgrade much be booked at least six days prior to departure and purchased for the full duration of the cruise by all guests on a booking. Dining Drinks Upgrade is only available on board Brabant and is available on all Brabant river cruises.

Can I upgrade to All Inclusive?

Unfortunately, unlike on our Ocean Cruises, we do not offer an All Inclusive package on board our river boat. However we do offer a Dining Drinks Upgrade package - find out more.