Author: An Eighteen Year Old
I am eighteen years old. If you are over the age of 60, you may actually read this as a six star review for the Braemar. I'll start by saying that without exception every single member of staff on board I encountered was very friendly and helpful. Food was delicious and there was a lot of it. All inclusive drinks package is incredibly good value for money. We cruise the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Norway, and enjoyed all seven ports very much. There was a lot to be enjoyed about the Braemar and it seemed everyone on board was having a great time, and I did thoroughly enjoy myself, as did my family. However, my parents (45), my brother (15) and I found that, frankly, this cruise was not targeted at us. The clientele for the Braemar, despite the fact it was a school holdiay, is very elderly. Of course that's fine, but it also means that everything onboard the Braemar is designed to suit the needs of it clientele, which of course is totally fair. It just means that if you are like my family (especially my brother and I), you may find some things on the Braemar frustrating. Firstly, breakfast finishes at 9 on port days and 9:30 on sea days. I'm sure that any of your teenage children (or grandchildren) will tell you that this is obscenely early for a holiday. If like me, you want to stay up until about 2 every night chatting and drinking, this is difficult to get up for. What is more annoying is that food is served only between certain hours. Lunch is at twelve, meaning thers is a 3 hour gap on some days where no food is available. Not ideal if you've missed breakfast. Secondly, although almost without exception everyone on board was very nice, as a teenager I struggled to make friends, simply because there wasn't really anyone my age. I always have made friends on holdiay, but was unable to on this one. I had a drink with some of the younger staff throughout the fortnight, such as a musician, the kids club staff etc, and that's about as far as I got. (They were lovely though.) So you, or your children, may struggle to make friends, simply because there aren't many candidates. Also, if I had made friends, thers would have been nowhere for us to go after about 12. I stayed up to watch the aforementioned musician pretty much every night. This will give you an idea of the average clientele. He literally had as many requests to turn his music down than he did for songs. By 12, the pub in which he played, and indeed seemingly the whole ship itself, had gone to bed, probably ready to get up for the obsenely early breakfasts sittings. Anyway, the thing with cruises is that even when they're "bad", they're incredible. I did have a great time, and if you and your young family want to see these parts of the world and the Braemar is your only option, I can assure you, you can make the best of it and have a brilliant holdiay. However, I personally can't see why a family like mine would chose the Braemar for a set of ports that a more family-orientated ship would cater for (such as the Canaries). And to reiterate, if you are elderly yourself, there is nothing at all wrong with this cruise.