Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines to lengthen the Braemar

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines revealed plans to lengthen a second cruise ship in 2008. The Braemar, a 727-passenger vessel, will be given a 102-foot extension to its mid-section, along with extended fore and aft sections on Deck 8, the British line said.

The project is similar to one that will stretch the line's latest acquisition, the Balmoral, which is currently operated by Norwegian Cruise Line as the Norwegian Crown. The Balmoral will transfer to Fred. Olsen in November.

Fred. Olsen said that there will be no disruption to its cruise schedule as it had scheduled its 2008 itineraries in anticipation of the work being carried out.

"This project to lengthen the Braemar has been on the drawing board for several months," said Mike Rodwell, managing director for Fred. Olsen, in a statement. "Fred. Olsen intends to maintain its strong position in the cruise market and this additional capacity will allow us to grow our market in keeping with the increasing demand for cruise holidays."

The Braemar will enter dry-dock sometime during May or June 2008 at Blohm + Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany. The extension will increase the capacity of the ship by 250 passengers, from 727 to 977, the line said. The added accommodations will include more cabins and suites with balconies.

The extra public space will include a second swimming pool with a children's play area and a bar designed like a British pub. Beyond balcony suites, the Deck 8 space will accommodate a new restaurant and an Observatory Lounge like the ones found on other Fred. Olsen ships.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Johanna Jainchill at [email protected].

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