The ship was purchased by Fred Olsen Cruise Lines in spring 2001 and renamed Braemar. Following an extensive refurbishment, it started operating cruises targeted mostly at British and Scandinavian passengers. A handsome looking mid-sized ship for casual cruising, it has attractive interior
styling, and a lot of glass space. It’s a refreshing change for those who don’t want to cruise aboard larger ship. But the ship does roll somewhat, probably due to its shallow draft design (meant for warm weather cruise areas).
Braemar in Kiel Canal on June 10, 2010. Photo: Dex Sularte
|Cruise Line:||Fred Olsen Cruise Lines|
|Entered Service:||July 1993 / August 2001|
|Original Cost:||$100 million|
|Builder:||Union Navale de Levante (Spain)|
|Former names:||Crown Dynasty, Norwegian Dynasty, Crown Majesty, Cunard Dynasty, Crown Dynasty|
|Gross Tonnage||23,000 tons|
Extracted from the Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships 2010 http://www.berlitzpublishing.com/
This is a family-owned and family-run company which was founded in Hvitstein, a town on Oslofjord, Norway in 1848. Today, a fifth-generation Olsen, Fred Jr. runs the company from its headquarters in Suffolk, England. The group also has interests in the hotels, aviation, shipbuilding, ferries and offshore industries. The company specializes in cruises for adults who are usually retired and of senior years – typically over 65.