Brabant

Fred. Olsen River Cruises are delighted to introduce you to Brabant, their first-ever dedicated river cruising boat. Built in 2006, this elegant and comfortable vessel is in keeping with the fleet of their ocean-going cruise ships. Brabant’s bright and spacious public areas and 79 well-equipped rooms and suites, spread across four decks, provide the intimate, home-from-home feel which Fred. Olsen’s guests already know and love. Cruise ship staples such as swimming pools, a number of lounges and on-going activities are not in evidence on board, making way for a comfortable ambience and ample space in which to relax and enjoy the river cruise experience with around 150 fellow guests.

Smaller-sized and classically designed, Brabant lends herself perfectly to Fred. Olsen's approach to cruising. Making the most of the boat's size advantage, they can expertly craft simply unforgettable river cruise itineraries which do not only feature some of Europe's most breathtaking river scenery and cities, but also include chances to enjoy journeys along spellbinding, size-restricted sections of rivers and calls into stunning destinations that larger boats can't access.

No matter which incredible Fred. Olsen river cruise you choose you’re in for a very special experience aboard Brabant.


Accomodation Types

You’re sure to settle in straight away aboard Brabant, thanks to the boat’s comfortable and contemporary accommodation. Each bedroom features cherry wood interiors, stylish décor and generous storage space to make you relaxed and right at home from the moment you step on board. Juliette balconies and panoramic windows are a welcome feature in many of the rooms – perfect for admiring gorgeous river scenery from the comfort of your own space. A wide range of in-room facilities include a large flat-screen TV, complementary Wi-Fi, individual climate control, an in-room safe and a well-equipped en suite bathroom, all provided to ensure your stay is relaxing and stress-free.

There are two thoughtfully designed Suites on Mozart Deck, complete with a long sofa, minibar (payable), desk, cabinet and more room to stretch out. The Suites come with a bathtub and complimentary bathrobe and slippers too, allowing you to indulge and unwind in style after exploring ashore.

Juliette Balcony Suite

There are just two Suites on board Brabant, both beautifully furnished and with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors. Features include a choice of bed configuration (double or twin), ample wardrobe space, a flat-screen TV, a direct-dial telephone, a hairdryer, individual climate control and a safe. Extra benefits include a large comfortable seating area, an en suite bathroom with bathtub and toilet, complimentary bathrobe and a mini-bar (payable).

  • Sleeps 2
  • 236 sq. ft.

Juliette Balcony Room Mozart

The roomy Juliette Balcony Rooms on Mozart Deck 3 offer everything needed for an enjoyable stay. Facilities include floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, an en-suite bathroom with a shower & toilet, a choice of bed configuration (double or twin) plenty of wardrobe space, flat screen television, a direct-dial telephone, hairdryer, individual climate control and an in-room safe.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 161 sq. ft.

Juliette Balcony Room Strauss

The spacious Juliette Balcony Rooms on Strauss Deck 2 offer a generous amount of room for an enjoyable river cruise experience. These rooms also include floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, plenty of wardrobe space, a choice of bed configuration (double or twin), an en suite bathroom with shower and toilet, a direct-dial telephone, a hairdryer, a flat-screen TV, individual climate control and a safe.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 161 sq. ft.

Standard Room

In the Standard Rooms on Haydn Deck 1, there’s plenty of room to relax and each is fully equipped with everything you need for a comfortable and enjoyable holiday. Amenities include an en suite bathroom with shower and toilet, ample wardrobe space, a flat-screen TV, a choice of bed configuration (double or twin), a direct-dial telephone, a hairdryer, individual climate control and a safe. Please note: the windows in the Standard Rooms are positioned high up and cannot be opened.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 161 sq. ft.

Deck Plans

You’re sure to settle in straight away aboard Brabant, thanks to the boat’s comfortable and contemporary accommodation. Each bedroom features cherry wood interiors, stylish décor and generous storage space to make you relaxed and right at home from the moment you step on board. Juliette balconies and panoramic windows are a welcome feature in many of the rooms – perfect for admiring gorgeous river scenery from the comfort of your own space. A wide range of in-room facilities include a large flat-screen TV, complementary Wi-Fi, individual climate control, an in-room safe and a well-equipped en suite bathroom, all provided to ensure your stay is relaxing and stress-free.

There are two thoughtfully designed Suites on Mozart Deck, complete with a long sofa, minibar (payable), desk, cabinet and more room to stretch out. The Suites come with a bathtub and complimentary bathrobe and slippers too, allowing you to indulge and unwind in style after exploring ashore.

Sun Deck 4

  • Bicycle Rack
  • Pool
  • Chess Board
  • Lido Deck
  • Shuffleboard

Mozart Deck 3

  • Amadeus Club
  • Bar
  • Panorama Bar
  • River Terrace
  • Juliette Balcony Room Mozart
  • Juliette Balcony Suite

Strauss Deck 2

  • Shop
  • Reception
  • Panorama Restaurant
  • Juliette Balcony Room Strauss

Haydn Deck 1

  • Fitness Room
  • Vital-Club
  • Massage
  • Hair Salon
  • Standard Rooms


Dining

Great food has become synonymous with a Fred. Olsen cruise, and like our ocean-going ships – the quality and variety of the cuisine on board Brabant is sure to be a highlight of your holiday.

In the morning you can wake up with 'Early Riser' coffee, tea and pastries, all before tucking into a hearty breakfast buffet. At lunch, you have the option to indulge with three delicious courses, supplemented by a variety of buffet options, in the Panorama Restaurant. Mid-afternoon the Panorama Lounge will serve up a sweet tooth-satisfying Afternoon Tea to help refuel after a morning of exploration. The crowning moment is sure to be the sumptuous five-course à la carte dinner*, served every evening in the Panorama Restaurant. To round the day off, late night snacks are available for those who are – somehow – still peckish. What's more, all this is included in your cruise price.

The carefully crafted lunch and dinner menus feature a few classic favourites and vegetarian options too, as well as regional dishes inspired by the stunning destinations on your itinerary. Should you have any special dietary requests, simply let us know at the time of booking – we’ll do our utmost to ensure your needs are met wherever possible.

Restaurant

Experience complimentary · Cuisine varies

The carefully crafted lunch and dinner menus feature a few classic favourites and vegetarian options too, as well as regional dishes inspired by the stunning destinations on your itinerary. Should you have any special dietary requests, simply let us know at the time of booking – we’ll do our utmost to ensure your needs are met wherever possible.


Entertainment

With so much time in port, river boats tend to have less activities on offer than ocean ships. While Brabant may be a little smaller than many other river boats, that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to keep you entertained throughout the time you spend on board.

Amadeus Club

During the day you might choose to relax at the Amadeus Club, where you can play cards, games and challenge yourself with brain-teasing puzzles; lose yourself in a good book; and browse the internet to catch up with the latest news, or friends and family at home. Or of course you could simply sit back and marvel at the ever-changing countryside scenery with a cup of tea or coffee in hand.

Sun Deck

Alternatively, you might prefer to spend your time out on the Sun Deck, where you can take in spectacular views over a drink from the Lido Bar; top up your tan on one of the many sun chairs; or even try your hand at shuffleboard and giant chess.

Panorama Bar

In the evening, be sure to take a seat at the stylish Panorama Bar to enjoy gentle live entertainment from a host of talented performers. Whether you’ve spent the day sailing along beautiful rivers or exploring ashore in a captivating town or city, you’re sure to savour soothing sounds of singers, pianists and other musicians here.

The Panorama Bar and Lounge is always a great place to relax, enjoy a glass of your favourite tipple and socialise, however it’s in the evenings when this stylish venue on Mozart Deck really comes to life. Gentle live entertainment rounds off each day here, with performances from singers, pianists and other musicians, complemented by specially-chosen regional acts where available.

Shuffleboard

Outdoor chess


Enrichment

More information coming soon.


Health & Fitness

Vital-Club

For the ultimate indulgence, you might want to treat yourself to a soothing massage or luxurious bath experience at the Vital-Club on Haydn Deck. Next door to the Vital-Club is the Hair Salon, where you can perfect your current look or perhaps try something new at the hands of the expert stylist.

Fitness Room

If you want to ensure you stay in shape during your river cruise, you can do so at Brabant’s on board Fitness Room. It’s open around the clock, so you can work out to your heart’s content and at a time that suits you. 

Splash pool


Kids & Teens

Please note: There are no dedicated children's facilities onboard.


Useful Information

Disabled Facilities

Fred. Olsen welcomes all guests relying on wheelchairs for mobility onboard cruise ships, but they do ask that you advise them of your mobility needs at the time of booking in order to meet their health & safety requirements.

Dietary Requirements

Individual needs are as catered for as possible. So, vegetarian, low fat, dairy-free, lactose-free and gluten-free food are all on the menu.

Please make any special requests when you make your cruise booking, and Fred. Olsen will do their best to source exact products, or provide certain foods, such as diabetic desserts. They may not be able to source specific brands given our location or the availability at local ports.

Dress Code

Fred. Olsen want you to feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible while enjoying your European river cruise, therefore the dress code on board Fred. Olsen’s Brabant is smart casual.

Evening on board

For men, a pair of trousers, chinos or smart (dark) jeans, coupled with a polo shirt or shirt is perfectly acceptable, though some guests may prefer to wear a jacket while dining in the Panorama Restaurant. Ladies’ dress can range from tailored trouser suits or stylish dresses to casual separates or summer dresses.

There is no requirement for black tie/formal wear on Fred. Olsen River Cruises, however, some guests may wish to opt for something a little dressier for the Captain’s Welcome Dinner.

Daytime

They want you to feel at ease while enjoying the relaxing scenic cruising aboard Brabant. Casual wear such as shorts and t-shirt or a polo shirt is ideal for cruising in the summer months. During spring and autumn we recommend packing something a little warmer for when on deck as the breeze can be a little cooler.

A pair of comfortable shoes is a must for when ashore exploring the fascinating ports of call and please remember to dress appropriately if visiting religious sites or places of worship during your explorations.

Other essentials to consider

  • Sunscreen, sunglasses and hat for summer months
  • Light weight jacket for the cooler months
  • Lightweight umbrella