The lengthening of a Fred Olsen ship, the Braemar, has been completed. The ship began sailing out of Dover, England, on Sunday. 

The vessel’s new 102-foot midsection increases passenger capacity from 727 to 950.  

Many of the new accommodations include balconies, bringing the total number of cabins and suites with verandas to 70.

“By lengthening and enhancing Braemar, we have created space to carry more passengers on one of our most popular ships, but have retained that ‘small-ship’ friendly feeling,” said Nigel Lingard, Fred Olsen’s marketing director.

In addition to the passenger cabins, the lengthened ship now has a new observatory lounge; a new restaurant, the Grampian; and a transformed pool area with two swimming pools, a dedicated children’s pool and pool bar, all on Deck 8.

Deck 7 now has an arts and crafts room for talks, lectures and crafting. Deck 5 has a new bar, the Morning Light Pub, named after the largest fully rigged vessel owned by the Olsen family in the 19th century.

The Braemar will offer 14-day Caribbean cruises from Miami in 2008-09.

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