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Brabant Cruise Reviews

 

 

 

 

 

  • Crew: 40
  • Launched: 2018
  • Decks: 4
  • Passengers: 160
  • Registry: Germany
  • CDC Score: N/A

 

Debuting in April 2018, Brabant is Fred. Olsen River Cruise Lines’ first venture into the river cruise market.

The 156-passenger ship — currently sailing as Amadeus Princess — will offer a mix of 30 sailings from April to November 2018 on the Rhine, Moselle and Danube rivers of Europe.  

The ship will not receive a refurbishment before being chartered by Fred. Olsen, with all hardware and furnishings remaining as they are. Branding and livery will get a refresh, however, and there’ll be a dedicated Fred. Olsen River Cruise Lines crew member onboard to ensure the line’s standards are met. The rest of the ship’s crew will be carried over from Amadeus. 

Fred. Olsen has described its river cruise offering as comfortable, with an understated style that’s not too modern or flashy — much like its ocean-going fleet.

The ship features four cabin types: Standard, Juliette Balcony Room Strauss and Juliette Balcony Room Mozart, which all measure at 161 square feet; plus two Juliette Balcony Suites, measuring 236 square feet.

Although all of the ship’s non-suite cabins cover the same floor area, they offer different size windows — from smaller windows that cannot be opened to floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors with a Juliette balcony — and occupy different positions on the ship.

The four-deck river vessel also features: a lift, a fitness room, a hair salon and massage room, a shop, a reception, the Panorama Restaurant, Amadeus-Club, a bar, the River Terrace, bicycle rack, pool, giant chess board, a Lido Deck and shuffleboard.

As with Fred. Olsen’s ocean ships, Brabant’s passengers will be British. The onboard language will be in English and the currency will be in British pounds.

% Brabant Cruise Reviews

Paul FossJune 2nd, 2018 at 4:24 pm

Staff Rating: 3 Stars
Cleanliness: 5 Stars
Entertainment: 1 Star
Food: 5 Stars
Overall Experience: 3 Stars
Date Travelled From: 05/13/2018
Date Travelled To: 05/23/2018

As a regular Fred Olsen passenger I expected the same sort of service, with river ship differences However, one of the things that will undoubtedly happen is that comparisons are made between the ocean ships and the river ship. The first thing I noticed was the lack of a tour brochure that would normally arrive weeks before departure. The tours are there on line but their slow website is no place to browse. Anyway, there is a tour book in your cabin but the maps in it are useless. There is neither scale nor orientation and the print is grey, minute and mostly in Cyrillic script which I don’t read well.
The Amadeus Princess was launched twelve years ago and it shows in the rather thin, stained and shabby carpets and soft furnishings, though the cabin was comfortable and largely in good order. The shower cubicle is certainly a model that Fred could do well to use on the other ships.
The food is exceptionally good (though that did not stop some complaining) though this of course shows in a bad light the inferior quality of some food on the other ships.
One big moan – ice is in such short supply that one must have tepid water at mealtimes. If you ask for ice you merely get a smile.
The restaurant service is willing and pleasant but rather inefficient and slow at times.
A rather strange fault that needs remedying is the tea and coffee self-service in the Amadeus Club. If you are catering for about 160 British people it is a safe bet that that you’ll need plenty of tea – English breakfast, Typhoo or whatever. There’s no end of herb teabags with German names, so they were probably inherited but ordinary tea was often in very short supply.
Overall, whilst I enjoyed the trip, I feel they are charging four star prices for a very three star product (except the food) and although I shall no doubt be travelling with Fred again it will not be on the Brabant.

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