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Black Watch, Braemar & Balmoral to enter dry dock during Nov & Dec

Postby cruiseselect » 06 Nov 2014 14:32

Fred. Olsen’s three ships Black Watch, Braemar and Balmoral will all undergo refurbishment during November and December 2014 at Hamburg’s Blohm+Voss shipyard.

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Black Watch is currently being refurbished and will be ready for the 15 November when she sails on Fred. Olsen’s first ever sellout ‘Mystery Cruise’. 27 of her cabins on Lido Deck will be fitted with balcony terraces which will extend out 1.2 metres from the ship's bulkhead.

Braemar will enter dry dock next on the 12 November before departing on a 3 night mini cruise to France. And finally Balmoral will arrive in Hamburg on the 9 December. Each ship will have general refurbishment, interior and exterior painting plus various engineering works. Both Braemar & Balmoral will have the popular ‘Cafe Venus’ installed which is currently only available on Black Watch and Boudicca.

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Postby Dave » 06 Nov 2014 15:34

cruiseselect wrote:Black Watch is currently being refurbished and will be ready for the 15 November when she sails on Fred. Olsen’s first ever sellout ‘Mystery Cruise’. 27 of her cabins on Lido Deck will be fitted with balcony terraces which will extend out 1.2 metres from the ship's bulkhead.


I find the news about the 'balcony terraces' intriguing. :think:

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At present, these 27 cabins (mainly 'Junior Suites') have windows looking out onto the promenade deck:

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So it looks to me as if the windows will be replaced with doors and these 'balcony terraces' will simply be 'fenced off' areas of the promenade deck.

Unless I'm missing something...
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Re: Black Watch, Braemar & Balmoral to enter dry dock during Nov & Dec

Postby cruiseselect » 06 Nov 2014 15:46

Hi Dave,
This is the latest we have received - The new Balcony Terrace cabins will extend out 1.2 metres from the ship's bulkhead, and will provide guests with an increased choice of cost-effective balcony cabins with access to the outside.
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Postby tomvet » 06 Nov 2014 18:25

Dave wrote:
cruiseselect wrote:Black Watch is currently being refurbished and will be ready for the 15 November when she sails on Fred. Olsen’s first ever sellout ‘Mystery Cruise’. 27 of her cabins on Lido Deck will be fitted with balcony terraces which will extend out 1.2 metres from the ship's bulkhead.


I find the news about the 'balcony terraces' intriguing. :think:

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At present, these 27 cabins (mainly 'Junior Suites') have windows looking out onto the promenade deck:

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So it looks to me as if the windows will be replaced with doors and these 'balcony terraces' will simply be 'fenced off' areas of the promenade deck.

Unless I'm missing something...


Does that mean the promenade will be obliterated or will there be a narrow strip outside the 'balcony' to allow folk to complete a circuit of the ship!
I don't think you missed anything Dave, think FO has a bit of a nerve though!
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Postby tomvet » 06 Nov 2014 21:48

From Cruise Industry News

Fred. Olsen to Send Three Ships to Blohm+Voss

on 06 November 2014.


Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ three ships the Black Watch, Braemar and Balmoral are all due to enter dry dock at the Blohm+Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany in November and December 2014, in preparation for the forthcoming 2015/16 cruise season. This is the first time that so many Fred. Olsen ships have undergone refurbishment within such short succession.

Work has started with 804-guest Black Watch, which arrived at Blohm+Voss on 4th November 2014. The ship will then continue on Fred. Olsen’s first-ever sellout ‘Mystery Cruise’ of 14 nights, W1417, which sails from Tilbury on 15th November 2014.

Braemar will then arrive in Hamburg on 12th November 2014, after which the 929-guest ship will depart on a three-night M1430 ‘France Mini-Cruise’ from Southampton on 20th November 2014.

Balmoral, which carries 1,350 guests, rounds off the planned dry dock works. The ship will arrive on 9th December 2014, and will leave the shipyard to start a two-night pre-Christmas L1418 ‘France Mini-Cruise’ from Southampton on 19th December 2014.

The Blohm+Voss schedule for the three Fred. Olsen cruise ships comprises various engineering works, general refurbishment and interior and exterior painting.

During the dry dock, Black Watch will also see 27 cabins on Lido Deck 7 fitted with balcony terraces. These new Balcony Terrace cabins will extend out 1.2 metres from the ship’s bulkhead, and will provide guests with an increased choice of cost-effective balcony cabins with access to the outside.

During their dry docks, Balmoral and Braemar will also follow on from Boudicca and Black Watch by having Fred. Olsen’s popular ‘Café Venus’ installed on board, serving high-quality coffee and luxury chocolates. The new Café will be created on Balmoral on Lounge Deck 7, by reconfiguring the Library area, to create a more open, sociable public space.

On Braemar, Café Venus will be installed on Lounge Deck 5 by reconfiguring the Library area, and the Card Room will be moved and integrated with the Arts and Crafts Centre on Atlantic Deck 3.

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.

“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.”

In November 2007, Balmoral was extended by a section of 30.27 metres. Braemar followed in May 2008, being extended amidships by a section of 31.20 metres.
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Postby adogap » 07 Nov 2014 18:58

I do prefer the wider promenade deck on Boudicca and Black Watch to the narrower one on Balmoral. Will be watching with interest to see the first ‘new look’ photos.

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Re: Black Watch, Braemar & Balmoral to enter dry dock during Nov & Dec

Postby SandraDJ » 11 Nov 2014 16:16

I received a letter from FO when I got back from my Epic cruise as I am on the Braemar mini-cruise 0n 20 November. Passengers are asked not to arrive at Ocean Terminal before the check-in time as the ship will be repositioning empty from Hamburg.
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Postby adogap » 18 Nov 2014 09:47

I am surprised Fred Olsen have not published photographs of the ‘new look’ Black Watch since its recent refurbishment. Ship is in Vigo today and I acquired this photo from a webcam. I am aware the quality if very poor, however it would appear all sun loungers have been removed from Lido Deck and have not even been replaced with chairs. Balcony doors seem to open directly onto the promenade.
I wonder have FO shot themselves in the foot?

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Postby SandraDJ » 18 Nov 2014 18:22

I'll be on Braemar in two days, so will be able to have a good look round. My check in time is 4.30 pm!
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Postby adogap » 18 Nov 2014 18:47

Have a great cruise Sandra. I have not travelled on Braemar yet but have spoken to many people who say it is their favourite FO ship. Will be interested to hear your views.
You will be embarking in the dark :shh:

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