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About james33

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    Cool Cruiser

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  • Location
    north east england
  • Interests
    walking/red wine
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    fred olsen
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  1. james33

    Boudicca 29 July 08

    We are going on this cruise We live in Chester Le Street and have done 8 or 9 cruises including Fred Olsen on Braemar I am 53 but do not let that put you off -we like a good time and although I suspect the average passenger age is likely to be older than you you will find in practice that this will not matter much I do not use a dinner jacket-I wear a dark suit for formal nights which is sufficient When we were on Braemar it was January in the Caribbean and there were few children as it was term time However those that were there had a good time and as has been said the mainly Phillipino staff make a fuss of them (and everyone else for that matter) -they are delightful -just show a bit of interest in them and where they come from and you quickly have a friend I gather Bouddica is more child friendly and I am sure your daughter will love it As to Fred Olsen as a company expect lovely friendly service nice food and spotless cabins We were hooked by our first cruise-its the only way to travel and as you say no flights is a big bonus Hope to see you there
  2. james33

    braemar cruise

    I have done RCI / Princess/Celebrity and Thomsons (awful!) as well as Braemar They are very different! The Braemar is small and very friendly The food is in my view better than Princess and RCI and even the self service cafe sports china and white table cloths Prices on board are very reasonable-i understand that a beer currently costs about £2.30 The entertainment is very different to the big ships There was a troup who did reviews in the relatively small show lounge They tried hard but were rather poor There was a "mind reader" who did an act with his wife (dire) and a comedian who was OK In the other lounge they had a resident husband and wife duo who were excellent As I say everyone was friendly including the captain who had a great sense of humour and also the acts (other than the mind reader) would happily chat to you on deck One warning We had a low deck inside cabin and were awoke every night by a horrendous racket People we me who had higher cabins did not have a problem Other than that cabins were small for a 14 day cruise but comfortable and very clean The staff mainly Phillipino are a joy If you want an intimate cruise where you will readily make friends you will love Braemar If you expect the glitz and facilities of the huge liners it is not for you