Sailing to the Heart of the Baltic

  • 15 days / 14 nights
  • $3,500.00
By docking closer to the heart of historic, culture-rich cities, Braemar puts you within easy reach of the greatest sights and attractions the Baltic has to offer. Ornate architectural treasures, iconic museums, legendary landmarks and much more awaits your discovery, all on an immersive, in-depth summertime exploration of one of the world’s most absorbing regions.

Sailing to the Heart of the Baltic

$3,500.00

By docking closer to the heart of historic, culture-rich cities, Braemar puts you within easy reach of the greatest sights and attractions the Baltic has to offer. Ornate architectural treasures, iconic museums, legendary landmarks and much more awaits your discovery, all on an immersive, in-depth summertime exploration of one of the world’s most absorbing regions.

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Daily Overview

Day Arrive Depart Destination
28/Jul Late PM Southampton, UK
29/Jul At sea
30/Jul Early AM Late PM Kiel Canal Transit, Germany
31/Jul At sea
01/Aug Early AM Late PM Riga, Latvia
02/Aug Early AM Late PM Mariehamn, Finland
03/Aug Early AM Late PM Helsinki, Finland
04/Aug Early PM St. Petersburg, Russia
05/Aug Late PM St. Petersburg, Russia
06/Aug Late PM Late night Cruising Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden
07/Aug Early AM Late PM Visby, Sweden
08/Aug Early PM Late night Copenhagen, Denmark
09/Aug Early PM Late night Kiel Canal transit, Germany
10/Aug At sea
11./Aug Early AM Southampton, UK

28/July

Southampton, United Kingdom

Board the ship in the late afternoon. After settling into your cabin, enjoy a welcome drink and dinner. Overnight cruising towards Kiel Canal Transit, Germany.

30/July

Kiel Canal Transit, Germany

01/August

Riga, Latvia

Eight hundred years have shaped the unique appearance and rich traditions of Latvia’s capital, Riga. The Gothic spires that dominate its skyline imply a sombre heart, but the rich Art Nouveau spirit of this diverse city, the largest of all three Baltic capitals, is a delight to discover.

02/August

Mariehamn, Finland

The port of Mariehamn is situated in the heart of the Baltic Sea, halfway between Finland and Sweden. It is the capital of the Åland Islands, a breath-taking amalgam of nearly 7000 islands which boasts a unique archipelago culture, maritime heritage and natural beauty.

03/August

Helsinki, Finland

Finland's capital since 1812, built on a peninsula amid a cluster of islands, stately Helsinki is The Daughter of the Baltic.This striking seaside port is surrounded by uplifting natural landscapes that are easily accessible from each area of the city. The opportunities to get out and about includes boating around the archipelago islands, hiking Helsinki’s forests or strolling its beaches, smart parks and gardens. The port also boasts a UNESCO-listed sea fortress just a short distance from the shore, which is worth the short ferry journey to explore its historic walls and gates.

04-05/August

St. Petersburg, Russia

The jewel in the Baltic crown and Russia's most European city, elegant St Petersburg was the imperial capital for two centuries, and Tsar Peter the Great's 'Window on the West'. The sheer grandeur of the city, and its revolutionary spirit, never fail to impress.

St Petersburg is utterly captivating, with baroque palaces, wide elegant streets, ornate bridges and broad curving canals – the city is built on 40 islands at the mouth of the River Neva. The main street, Nevsky Prospekt, is 5km long and lined with cafés, bars and restaurants mixed in with upmarket hotels and sumptuous shops.

06/August

Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden

A cruise through the mesmerising Stockholm Archipelago is always a memorable experience. En route to Stockholm you'll pass by and between some 30,000 beautiful islands and islets, taking in unforgettable views from the decks of your smaller cruise ship. Each rocky isle is unique; some are inhabited and feature ancient villages and colourful wooden houses, others are untouched and boast rugged woodland, craggy cliffs and sandy beaches. This ensures that there's always something new to see, whichever way you look.

07/August

Visby, Sweden

Located on the Swedish island of Gotland, the UNESCO World Heritage Town of Visby is one of the most remarkable in Scandinavia. Known for its incredible scenic beauty and stunning historic sites, this former Hanseatic City has to be seen to be truly appreciated. The “City of Roses and Ruins” is like a living museum, and is renowned for its well-preserved medieval wall and defensive towers. Uncovering the 12th century Gunpowder Tower, Love Gate and Långa Lisa – the wall’s tallest tower, is highly recommended. Visby’s wonderful Old Town is home to 15 of Visby’s 17 medieval churches, and the Burmeister House – the town’s oldest merchant house – St. Mary’s Cathedral, and a beautiful botanical garden can also be found within its ancient walls. The main square, Stora Torget, has cobblestone streets lined with charming cafés and restaurants.

08/August

Copenhagen, Denmark

With its vibrant atmosphere, modern culture and beautiful architecture, Copenhagen is the essence of Scandinavian cool. One of Europe's oldest and most popular cities, Copenhagen is also one of the cleanest and most cosmopolitan.

Nyhavn – Copenhagen’s 17th century waterfront and canal – is home to a number of wooden ships and many brightly coloured 17th and 18th century townhouses that have been converted into bars and restaurants.

09/August

Kiel Canal Transit, Germany

Connecting the North Sea, at the mouth of the Elbe River, to the Baltic Sea at Holtenau, the Kiel Canal is one of the world’s busiest and most important shipping routes. Slicing a man-made path through the German countryside, this 61-mile-long marvel of engineering allows vessels to avoid 250 nautical miles of sea sailing on average, ensuring a faster and safer passage through Europe.

11/August

Southampton, United Kingdom

Late morning arrival in Southampton, UK. Disembark and prepare for your onward journey.

Start / End Nights Sailing Schedule Starting From*
Southampton, UK / Southampton UK 14 July 28th, 2020 $3,500

*Price per person for cruise only, based on double occupancy. Due to the dynamic nature of availability and pricing, please click here to contact us directly for sailing schedule and full pricing.

Braemar

Braemar

Ship name Year of refurbished Length Decks Cabins Passengers Tonnage (GRT)
Braemar 2017 195.92m 8 485 924 24.344 More Details
  1. Passport

    Canadian citizens should ensure that their passports must be valid for at least the expected duration of your stay in the U.K. This requirement may also apply when travelling to Northern Ireland from other parts of the United Kingdom, and vice versa.

    Citizens of other countries should consult with their travel agent or our office.

  2. Visa

    Canadian citizens are allowed entry into the United Kingdom without tourist visas for stays of 6 months or less.

A handy checklist of what to bring on your trip can be downloaded here.

We strongly recommend the purchase of appropriate travel insurance for any trip outside of Canada. Information on travel insurance options can be found here.

We operate a strict ‘no smoking’ policy in all inside areas. Smoking will only be permitted on room balconies (excluding Deck 7 Terrace Balconies on Black Watch and Boudicca), and in designated open deck areas.

Electronic cigarettes that don't emit vapour, may be used in rooms or on room balconies but are not permitted in any non-smoking public areas. They can easily be mistaken for real cigarettes, which may result in an unnecessary confrontation that requires staff intervention. Electronic cigarettes emitting any vapour - even water vapour - may only be smoked in designated external smoking areas.

Please ask a member of staff for the designated smoking areas when you board your ship.

Just like airports, the facilities between the UK cruise departure ports does differ.

However, the majority of them offer comfortable seating areas, refreshments and Wi-Fi, enabling you to relax and start to enjoy your cruise holiday from the moment you arrive at the cruise terminal.

We kindly request you arrive at your departure port during the time period indicated on your final cruise ticket; this is to ensure we are able to operate a smooth and timely embarkation process.

The currency you need during your cruise will depend on the destinations on your itinerary. The on board currency for cash payments is Sterling.

Typically, gratuities are charged at £5.00 per person, per day for guests aged 12 and over. This amount is split equally between your stewardess and restaurant waiter, and will be automatically added to your on board account. While very much appreciated, these gratuities are voluntary, and therefore can be adjusted or removed completely at Guest Services on board the ship if you wish.

For your convenience, you can also pay gratuities before your cruise. We'll check with you at the time of booking if you’d like to pay prior to your cruise.

Each of our cruise ships has at least one fully equipped Laundry Room, complete with self service washing machines complete with detergent, tumble driers, irons and ironing boards. Just collect a token from Guest Services (there is a small fee for this service) and pop it in the machine.

We also offer a paid laundry service on all of our cruises. A laundry bag will be supplied to you in your cabin welcome pack for your use, if you wish to return home with a case full of clean clothes. Details of prices can be found in your cabin welcome pack.

Please note: travel irons are not permitted on any of our cruise ships.

Shore Tours are bookable online from approximately twelve weeks prior to departure. You will receive an email, if you have registered an email address with us, from the Destination Experience team, advising you when they are available to view and book online through My Cruises.

You will also receive a detailed tours brochure in the post to assist in your choice.

Once you've booked your tours you will receive an e-mail confirmation and your tickets will be printed for you and placed in your cabin for your arrival.

Each of our ships feature a selection of stylish dining venues, all serving a range of indulgent, expertly-prepared dishes. At breakfast, lunch and dinner, you’ll always find delicious treats which will tempt your taste buds. And, as all food is included on your cruise, you can indulge as much or as little as you like.

Start the day with eggs made to order; a hearty full English, or a lighter breakfast from the buffet if you prefer. Lunchtime offers a select á la carte menu alongside a tempting buffet for you to indulge in up to three courses.

Experience evening dining just how it should be in the spacious restaurants on board, serving up a sumptuous five-course á la carte menu each evening. You can request a table size at the time you make your booking, although this cannot be guaranteed. Alternatively you can opt to dine in our self-service restaurant on each vessel, for a more relaxed experience.

As each evening winds down, our buffet restaurants open for late-night snacks if you’re still feeling peckish.

For an extra special dining experience, you can pay a small supplement and enjoy made-to-order á la carte dishes including perfectly cooked steak and seafood at The Grill; or book a table at The Poolside, offering themed menus based on your cruise destination.

The language spoken on board is primarily English. In general, there is a multilingual environment and you will have a chance to mix with a variety of nationalities. Excursions and public announcements are always in English.

For your peace of mind, all of our cruise ships have a Medical Centre offering primary and emergency care, with a doctor and/or nurse on call at all times. All our cruise ships also have two qualified nurses on board.

Staying connected with family and friends at home while on a Fred. Olsen cruise has never been easier.

Choosing a pay-as-you-go or day WiFi package will allow you to connect to the internet via your smartphone, tablet, laptop and other devices to send email, keep up-to-date with the latest news and share your holiday experiences on social media as you cruise.

Simply connect to our WiFi once aboard, select your package and you're set up. WiFi is available throughout our ships, so you can connect to the internet in your room or whilst relaxing in any of the public areas.

Any charges will be billed directly to your on board account. Charges for our WiFi service* are as follows:

- 60 minutes ‘pay as you go’ - £26
- 120 minutes ‘pay as you go’ - £41
- 5 days unlimited - £50
- 7 days unlimited - £63
- 8 days+ unlimited - £6 per day

To make the most of your WiFi package, we recommend writing any emails you wish to send before you log on. This will help you save internet minutes for browsing, checking social media and other tasks.

Please note: this internet service is operated via a maritime satellite connection, and speeds are often slower than you experience at home. The availability of the service is subject to environmental factors outside of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines control.

There are no vaccinations required to travel to the U.K. However, we suggest you consult your physician with any specific personal requirements for this program.

As always, we recommend being in good health prior to any long distance travel.

Once on board, we kindly request that all guests attend a safety procedure demonstration (also known as a muster drill). This simply requires guests to gather in their allocated meeting point which will be detailed on your guest cabin card. Once at your meeting point, you are required to log your name with the member of staff, and listen to the demonstration and safety instructions.

More information on this from the Canadian government can be obtained at:

https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/united-kingdom

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