Villa Vie Residences welcomes ‘Braemar’

2024-03-15T18:59:04+00:00 March 15th, 2024|Ships|

Residential cruising newcomer, Villa Vie Residences has taken delivery of the former Fred.Olsen cruise ship ‘Braemar’ at Rosyth, Scotland, where she had been laid up.

To be renamed, ‘Villa Vie Odyssey’, she is set to undergo an eight-week renovation programme at Harland & Wolff, Belfast.

Following the refurbishment, she will sail from Southampton on 15th May, marking the beginning of a three and a half year cruise across seven continents.

Among the enhancements planned are the creation of a business centre, rejuvenation of the pool deck, a pickleball court, an observation deck, a culinary centre, and the comprehensive refurbishments of all 480 staterooms.

“We are thrilled to announce the possession of the ship and its transformation into ’Villa Vie Odyssey’,” said Mikael Petterson, Villa Vie Residences CEO.

“This marks a significant step forward in our journey to provide residents with an unmatched quality of life and flexibility in residential cruising.

‘Villa Vie Odyssey’ will set a new standard for global exploration, offering residents an exceptional blend of opulence, immersive travel, and personalised service,” he claimed.

Villa Vie Residences has hired Capt Jozo Glavic as her Master. Capt Jozo, who has over 20 years’ experience at sea, had previously navigated the ‘Braemar’ through the Corinth Canal as her Master and successfully completed her last three drydockings for Fred.Olsen.

“We are excited to welcome Capt Jozo to our team and look forward to his leadership as he helms our ship on our global adventure,” added Kathy Villalba, Villa Vie Residences COO.

The 24,344 gt, 924 pax Braemar was built in Spain in 1993 as the ‘Crown Dynasty’. She then had several names and operators before being sold to Fred.Olsen in 2001. She was lengthened in 2009 and underwent a refurbishment project in 2019 before being laid up at Rosyth due to the pandemic.

Fred.Olsen circulated her for sale in November, 2022.