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Fred Olsen Upgrading fleet for the 2015 Cruise Season

 Fred Olsen Balmoral Blog

Three ships of the Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines fleet are all sent to enter dry dock at the Blohm+Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany in order to undergo major refurbishments. Black Watch, Braemar and Balmoral will all receive major upgrades throughout November and December to ready them for the 2015/16 cruise season.

Work began on the 804-berth Black Watch on November 4 and it will be followed by the 929-guest Braemar which will enter the docks on 12 November, and finally the larger 1,359-guest will be refurbished with work starting on 20 November 2014. The ships will undergo various engineering works and will also be given new paint jobs inside and out.

The Balmoral and Braemar  will have the Café Venus installed, with this high-quality coffee venue already proving popular on other Fred. Olsen Cruise Line ships. On the Balmoral the library area on deck 7 will be reconfigured to accommodate the venue, while on the Braemar, it will be on deck 5 with the library being reconfigured and card room incorporated into the Arts and Crafts centre on deck 3.

Black Watch will have balcony terraces added to 27 of its cabins providing guests with an additional outdoor space to enjoy the great ocean views.

Mike Rodwell, Managing Director of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines said, “We experience extremely high demand for balcony cabins across our fleet, and in particular on board the smaller-sized Black Watch, and our new Balcony Terrace cabins are an innovative response to this. We are also looking forward to being able to give guests the experience of fine coffee and chocolates on board Balmoral and Braemar, as they have already been enjoying on Boudicca and Black Watch.”

Complimenting the great work done by the ship yards, he continued stating, “Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is pleased to be returning to Blohm+Voss for this important work. Balmoral and Braemar are both well-known to the Hamburg shipyard, as they both underwent mid-section extensions in 2007 and 2008 respectively.”

British travellers will soon be able to see the fruits of Blohm+Voss’s labours with cruises soon after. Black Watch will embark on its first ever “Mystery Cruise” sailing from London Tilbury on 15 November 2014 on a 14 night voyage. Braemar will then leave from Southampton on 20 November for a three night mini-cruise to France. Balmoral will be embarking on a similar trip, leaving Southampton on December 19 2014.

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