Fred Olsen Braemar Seine Mini Cruise – 28th September 2018

Torn between an ocean cruise and a river cruise? Try both, as Fred Olsen's Braemar takes to the River Seine.

The ship that thinks it is a river boat will sail from Southampton on a four-night mini cruise to Rouen and Honfleur in France.

About this cruise

The itinerary is busy, with an overnight call to Rouen, scenic cruising along the River Seine, and another overnight in Honfleur. While there are no sea days in the itinerary, it is taken at a leisurely pace so you will have plenty of time to relax and enjoy the facilities onboard.

For newcomers, this four night cruise gives you a better understanding of cruise holidays, the Fred Olsen brand, and of small ship cruising, especially when compared to a massive resort-like ship or a rushed two-night break.

Your four-night break begins on a Friday where Braemar will await in Southampton. Sailing in the early evening, you can watch the Hampshire coastline pass on by as you head out to sea. Early on Saturday, the ship will arrive in Rouen where it will stay overnight. It leaves early in the morning which means you could book into a fine French restaurant for a long, relaxed dinner should you wish.

Scenic river cruising follows as the ship sails back up the River Seine to Honfleur. The stay here is another overnighter, so you have plenty of sightseeing options available to you. You can even opt to dine in a French restaurant on the Sunday night if you prefer, or head back onboard for a meal included in your cruise fare.

Braemar departs Honfleur on Monday evening charting a course back to Southampton early on Tuesday.

(Photo credit to Skeeze)

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The Route

The itinerary for this mini cruise is:

1Friday 28th September 2018SouthamptonLate afternoon
2Saturday 29th September 2018RouenArrives early morning
3Sunday 30th September 2018Rouen; HonfleurDeparts early morning and arrives late afternoon
4Monday 1st October 2018HonfleurDeparts late afternoon
5Tuesday 2nd October 2018SouthamptonEarly morning

Why choose this taster cruise?

  • 4 nights on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' small ship, Braemar
  • Voyage L1802 departs on Friday 28th September 2018
  • Enjoy overnight calls to both Rouen and Honfleur
  • Enjoy scenic river cruising aboard Braemar on the River Seine

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So you know, the map above shows point-to-point lines which may cross land. Don't worry, your cruise ship will not sprout legs and run across dry land. Instead it's water all the way! Mapping is approximate, and the scheduled times are estimates. Your trip is subject to change as, occasionally, operators have to alter itineraries due to bad weather or unforeseen events.

The Price


On Thursday 9th August 2018, I found a starting price from £399 per person based on two sharing the cheapest cabin (usually this is an inside cabin). 1 month prior it started from £499 per person, a saving of £100 per person.


What's that per night?

Want to compare this short break to a hotel stay? A starting price of 'from £399 per person' equates to 'from £99.75 per person per night'.

Here's a trend line showing the movement of the lead-in price for this cruise. I aim to check prices daily and this graph shows only those readings. I love geeky stuff like this and thought it might be handy when planning when to book your next cruise.

In my last 3 checks, the cheapest I have seen this cruise start at is from £399 per person, and the highest I've seen it go is from £549 per person.


Are there any extras?

This price normally includes some meals but excludes drinks, gratuities, optional shore excursions, and any applicable flights and transfers (if needed and if excluded). If you want a cabin or suite with a view, these come at a premium (if available).

Cruise prices are based on supply and demand so the more spare cabins there are closer to the sail date, the cheaper the prices often become. After all, no cruise line likes sailing with empty cabins and this cruise sails in 1 month.

I regularly check for price changes by hand, but as they can occur rapidly, please use the link below to get the latest prices.

Remember, prices were correct when I last checked, but may have since changed. Prices are usually based on two adults sharing the cheapest available cabin.

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