Three Fred Olsen Cruise Lines ships – Braemar, Balmoral (pictured) and Black Watch – will undergo general maintenance and refurbishment during their dry docks at the Blohm+Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, this winter, in preparation for the 2020/21 cruise season. The works will include the creation of several new public areas and cabin enhancements.
“We are very proud of our smaller, classic cruise ships and we recognise the importance of investing in ongoing upgrades to ensure that our guests can continue to enjoy them at their very best,” said Peter Deer, managing director of Fred Olsen Cruise Lines. “Our refreshed and renewed fleet has been very well-received by both new and existing guests following the last round of improvements at Blohm+Voss in 2017 and 2018, and we are keen to showcase the latest enhancements to our guests before Christmas – the ideal surroundings in which to enjoy the festive season!”
As well as extensive refurbishment of the accommodation on board both Braemar and Balmoral, the bathrooms on a number of cabins on Black Watch will be upgraded.
Main Deck 6 on Balmoral will have a new Oriental Room in the forward area, where exotic teas and Far Eastern-themed cocktails and drinks will be served. A new Photo Gallery will be added mid-ship portside, and a new Flower Shop will be installed mid-ship starboard side.
The 929-guest Braemar arrived at Blohm+Voss on 14 November 2019, and embarked on a nine-night French, Belgian and Spanish city overnights cruise from Southampton, UK, on 24 November 2019.
The 1,350-guest Balmoral will be dry-docked on 10 December 2019, and will depart on a two-night French Escape mini-break from Southampton, UK, on 20 December 2019, calling at Honfleur.
The 804-guest Black Watch will enter dry dock on 11 December 2019, and will host a one-night Christmas Party Night in Southampton, UK, on 21 December 2019.
The fourth ship in the Fred Olsen ocean fleet, the 880-guest Boudicca, will receive its own refit in Autumn 2020, having previously undergone a transformation at Blohm+Voss in Spring 2018.
Fred Olsen has a long-established partnership with Blohm+Voss, spanning nearly 50 years.
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