Netherlands & Belgium City Break

Overview

Netherlands & Belgium City Break

Providing a taste of Fred. Olsen’s small ship cruising experience, and a chance to savour the cultures of two captivating cities, this five-night cruise makes for a perfect short break. Visiting Belgium, you’ll enjoy a scenic journey along the Western Scheldt River before Braemar docks in the heart of Antwerp, closer to the city’s attractions. Head ashore and you’ll soon discover highlights such as the iconic Cathedral of Our Lady, traditional Belgian chocolate shops; Grote Markt; and the legendary Diamond District, where you could not only see some of the world’s greatest gems, but help to polish a rough diamond too. Then it’s on to the Netherlands, where Braemar will once again dock closer to the centre of one of Europe’s most attraction-packed cities, Amsterdam. An abundance of attractions, from Anne Frank House to the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum, await just a short distance from the gangway. Don’t miss the chance to explore iconic canals and marvel at the magnificent architecture of the UNESCO-listed Canal Ring. Perhaps see the sights by bicycle, or opt for a romantic canal boat tour in the evening.

What's Included:

  • Comfortable, stylish rooms and suites equipped with a Smart TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities, a fridge and individually controlled air conditioning
  • A tempting choice of cuisine every day throughout your cruise – with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets, late-night snacks and much more
  • Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee available 24hrs at selected venues, complimentary afternoon tea* with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks
  • A full programme of evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, comedy, dancing and live music
  • Full use of on board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym
  • A wide choice of engaging on board activities and lectures throughout the day
  • All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)
  • Luggage porterage between your room and the drop-off/pick-up point

Hand Picked By

Nina Robertshaw

Having cruised many times with Fred. Olsen, I am always confident in recommending their cruises to our customers. In our featured cruise, 'Amazon River Adventure', you can experience an exhilarating exploration of the Amazon. This cruise offers the opportunity to enjoy some of the most beautiful and once-in-a-lifetime experiences in South America.

Nina Robertshaw

Additional Information

  • Departure Date: 18th November 2021
  • Duration: 5 nights
  • Highlights: Providing a taste of Fred. Olsen’s small ship cruising experience, and a chance to savour the cultures of two captivating cities, this five-night cruise makes for a perfect short break.

Ship Overview

Braemar

It's all about you on board the Braemar. And with 150 years’ of sailing heritage behind us, the service and cruise ship will delight you.

Braemar will capture your senses - with large windows, polished wood, shining brass fittings and decadent fabrics. A five-deck high atrium area and cascading decks at the stern give Braemar space and intimacy in perfect balance.

Have a tasty lunch at the Palms Café and a delicious dinner at our grand Thistle and Grampian restaurants. Refresh at the Marquee poolside bar, or have a cosy drink in the Morning Light Pub. Spin to the music at the Neptune Lounge, and take afternoon tea at the Coral Club. Leave the world behind in the serene Atlantis Spa, and surround yourself with horizon, as you walk the promenade.

The Olsen family business can be traced back to 1848. Here a young ship-master called Fredrik Christian Olsen (known as First Fred. Olsen) entered ship-owning on his own account. His earliest vessels were wooden schooners of little more than 50 gross tones.

Braemar Profile

  • Gross Tonnage: 24,344 grt
  • Passenger Capacity: 929
  • Cruising Speed: 17
  • Passenger Decks: 7
  • Lifts: 4
  • Stabilised and air conditioned
  • Officers & Crew: International
  • Cruise Staff & Entertainers: British & International
  • Dimensions
  • Length: 195.92m
  • Beam: 22.5m

Braemar Deck Plan

Full Itinerary

Day 1: Southampton, United Kingdom

Days 2 & 3: Antwerp, Belgium

Belgium’s charming, medieval city of Antwerp is the country’s biggest port and often recognised as its capital of cool. It has proved an alluring city for centuries, attracting lovers of art, fashion and, of course, diamonds – over 80% of the world's rough diamonds pass through the city's famous diamond district at some point or other. Renowned for its charm and sparkle, Antwerp was one of Europe’s principle cities in the mid-16th century and has maintained the essence of its medieval past, despite severe bombing during World War II.

A riverside fortress and numerous intriguing cobbled streets are overshadowed by the 123m high tower of the imposing Cathedral of Our Lady, the biggest church in Benelux. Its construction started in 1352 on the site of a 10th century chapel, but like many medieval religious buildings, it took several centuries to complete. The cathedral interior has four altarpieces by Peter Paul Rubens, a legendary artist from the Baroque era. The Royal Museum of Fine Arts is dedicated to Rubens and houses many of his finest works, along with those of other Flemish masters.

Day 4: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Golden Age canals lined with elegant merchant homes is the familiar backdrop for the Netherlands' historic capital, Amsterdam. Established in the 17th century with the construction of the River Amstel dam, this celebrated port offers everything from treasure-packed museums and antiquarian bookshops to chic boutiques and convivial cafés. Equally, art is never far away in this hub of uber-creative design. One noticeable thing about the city is that, some 150 years after its industrial heyday, Amsterdam is once again awash with producers.

Amsterdam has some 40 museums, and the Museum Quarter boasts three of the most famous: the Rijksmuseum has paintings from Rembrandt, Vermeer and Frans Hals; the Van Gogh Museum; and the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art, displays work from Manet to Picasso. The Anne Frankhuis where Anne Frank and her family hid from German troops during the World War II, is an experience many visitors seek.

Day 5: At Sea

Day 6: Southampton, United Kingdom

Additional Information

  • Departure Date: 18th November 2021
  • Duration: 5 nights
  • Highlights: Providing a taste of Fred. Olsen’s small ship cruising experience, and a chance to savour the cultures of two captivating cities, this five-night cruise makes for a perfect short break.

Cabin and Fares

Cabin TypeGuide PriceAdditional InfoCabinEnquire
Inside Cabin£599ppIncluded tips and £50pp on board spendView Cabin

Inside Cabin

This room is approximately 130 square feet in size

This room is approximately 130 square feet in size and can be found on Atlantic Deck 3. It has a bathroom with shower. Facilities include climate control, Interactive Smart TV, desk, phone, mini-fridge, hairdryer & tea & coffee making facilities.

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Inside Cabin

This room is approximately 130 square feet in size

This room is approximately 130 square feet in size and can be found on Atlantic Deck 3. It has a bathroom with shower. Facilities include climate control, Interactive Smart TV, desk, phone, mini-fridge, hairdryer & tea & coffee making facilities.

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Ocean View£699ppIncluded tips and £50pp on board spendView Cabin

Ocean View

This cabin is approximately 130 square feet in size and can be found on Marina Deck 2.

This cabin has 2 portholes and a bathroom with shower. Facilities include air conditioning, an interactive television, telephone, safe and a hairdryer. All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).

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Ocean View

This cabin is approximately 130 square feet in size and can be found on Marina Deck 2.

This cabin has 2 portholes and a bathroom with shower. Facilities include air conditioning, an interactive television, telephone, safe and a hairdryer. All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).

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Balcony Cabin£999ppIncluded tips and £50pp on board spendView Cabin

Balcony Cabin

This cabin is approximately 140 square feet in size and can be found on Bridge deck 7 and Lido Deck 6.

These Balcony Cabins have a cabin with balcony, bathroom with shower (Deluxe Balcony Cabins may also have a bathtub and/or shower). All Balcony Cabins on board Braemar have interactive television and a safe.

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View Cabin

Balcony Cabin

This cabin is approximately 140 square feet in size and can be found on Bridge deck 7 and Lido Deck 6.

These Balcony Cabins have a cabin with balcony, bathroom with shower (Deluxe Balcony Cabins may also have a bathtub and/or shower). All Balcony Cabins on board Braemar have interactive television and a safe.

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Single Inside Cabin£999Included tips and £50pp on board spendView Cabin

Single Inside Cabin

This room is approximately 130 square feet in size

These rooms can be found on Marina Deck 2, and is approximately 130 square feet. They have a bathroom with shower. Facilities include climate control, Interactive Smart TV, desk, phone, mini-fridge, hairdryer & tea & coffee making facilities.

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Single Inside Cabin

This room is approximately 130 square feet in size

These rooms can be found on Marina Deck 2, and is approximately 130 square feet. They have a bathroom with shower. Facilities include climate control, Interactive Smart TV, desk, phone, mini-fridge, hairdryer & tea & coffee making facilities.

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