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We want you to feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible while enjoying your European river cruise, therefore the dress code on board Fred. Olsen’s Brabant is smart casual. Evening on board For men, a pair of trousers, chinos or smart (dark) jeans, coupled with a polo shirt or shirt is perfectly acceptable, though some guests may prefer to wear a jacket while dining in the Panorama Restaurant. Ladies’ dress can range from tailored trouser suits or stylish dresses to casual separates or summer dresses. There is no requirement for black tie/formal wear on Fred. Olsen River Cruises, however, some guests may wish to opt for something a little dressier for the Captain’s Welcome Dinner. Daytime You can feel at ease while enjoying the relaxing scenic cruising aboard Brabant. Casual wear such as shorts and t-shirt or a polo shirt is ideal for cruising in the summer months. During spring and autumn we recommend packing something a little warmer for when on deck as the breeze can be a little cooler. A pair of comfortable shoes is a must for when ashore exploring the fascinating ports of call and please remember to dress appropriately if visiting religious sites or places of worship during your explorations. Other essentials to consider Sunscreen, sunglasses and hat for summer months Light weight jacket for the cooler months Lightweight umbrella
Gratuities are not included in the cost of your holiday. However, we pride ourselves on the service offered to our guests, and are confident that you’ll wish to reward staff on board for this service, although tipping is entirely at your discretion. As a general rule, gratuities are charged at £8.00 per person, per night. This is split between your stewardess and restaurant waiter, and will be automatically added to your on board account. Please remember that our gratuities, while very much appreciated, are voluntary and therefore can be adjusted or removed completely at Reception on board the boat if you wish. For your convenience, you are also able to pay gratuities before your cruise. At the time of booking you will be asked if you’d like to pay prior to travel. If so, you’ll pay 15% of the charge as part of your deposit, and pay the rest when the final balance of your cruise is collected. If you do not pre-pay at the time of booking, but wish to pay your gratuities before you join the boat, simply call our Reservations department at least 5 days before departure and the team will be happy to help.
Occasional musicians and local entertainment will be available to enjoy on your river cruise, depending on the port of calls being visited. You will be advised of any entertainment and performances once you board. Key timings for each day and entertainment information will be published in your Daily Times.
Yes, there are 5 bikes on board Brabant which are available for use when in port. Use of these bicycles is complementary and includes safety helmets, which must be used at all times while riding the bikes. The bikes are loaned out to guests on a first come first served basis - please speak to the friendly staff at Reception on board for more information.
We operate a strict ‘no smoking’ policy in all inside areas on board Brabant, smoking will only be permitted outside on Mozart Deck 3, aft. Electronic cigarettes are also restricted to use in the smoking area only, this includes vapourless e-cigarettes. These can easily be mistaken for a real cigarette and result in potential confrontation and necessitate staff intervention.
Brabant features a Fitness Room which is open round the clock, so you can work out to your heart's content and stay in shape at any time that suits you. Located on Haydn Deck 1, the Fitness Room benefits from the following equipment: Cross-trainers Exercise balls Exercise bikes Training mats A limited selection of hand weights Towels are provided for guests.
We aim to ensure that every moment of your Fred. Olsen river cruise is a relaxing and rejuvenating experience, which is why Brabant has everything you need to refresh and revitalise your mind, body and spirit during your time away from it all. On Haydn Deck you can perfect your look or treat yourself to a new style at the hands of the expert stylists in the Hair Salon; or indulge yourself with a massage treatment or soothing bath experience at the Vital Club. Please note that all hair and beauty treatments must be booked once on board.
On arrival at the port, you will be greeted by a member of our friendly team who will ensure your cases are carried on board the boat for you. At Reception you will be welcomed aboard Brabant and directed to your room. Check in is usually around 4pm, please check your documentation for exact timings. Embarkation tours will be available and guests will be asked to take part in a safety drill before the vessel sets sail.
There's no need to request a dining time or table size for dinner as the Panorama Restaurant on board Brabant operates open seating dinner, served at 19.00. This offers you the flexibility to enjoy the company of new, like-minded friends each night, or dine with those you met early on in your cruise. The tables in the Panorama Restaurant each seat six guests, perfect for a sociable and enjoyable dining experience. Should you have any special dietary requests, simply let us know at the time of booking and we’ll do our utmost to make sure your needs are met wherever we can. Guests may also wish to take advantage of our superb Dining Drinks Upgrade package, where 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 your bar bill increasing.
Standard Rooms offer a limited view, with a panoramic window positioned high towards the ceiling. Juliette Balcony Strauss rooms, Juliette Balcony Mozart rooms and Juliette Balcony Suites, all offer full floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, which bathe the rooms in pleasant sunlight and provide unspoilt scenic views. (Note - there are minor restrictions to the view in cabins 335, 336, 233 & 234, due to the vessels construction).
Each room on board Brabant has a safe, hair dryer, telephone, TV and controllable air conditioning. Towels and toiletries are provided along with bottled water, but tap water in the rooms is drinkable. All bathrooms have showers, apart from the Suites (301 & 303) which each have a bathtub with overhead shower. Suites also offer binoculars, bathrobes, slippers, an atlas and a mini bar - please note the benefits available to Suite guests differs from the 'Suite Dreams' package on our Ocean ships. Cabin stewardess services will be provided twice a day. Please note, a European 2 pin plug adaptor is required. Tea & coffee is not provided within the rooms, but is available for guests 24 hours a day in the Amadeus Club.