Caribbean Christmas & New Year

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Departed Bridgetown, Barbados  •  21st December 2017  •  14 nights
Braemar  •  M1731
Couple strolling along a beach in the Caribbean
Couple strolling along a beach in the Caribbean

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Embark Braemar in Barbados and celebrate the festive season in style on this exciting Caribbean cruise. Enjoy a relaxing Christmas Day without the usual stress and strain; visit a string of stunning paradise islands; and experience an unforgettable New Year’s Eve on one incredible 14-night adventure.

See St. Lucia’s soaring Twin Pitons and visit the spectacular Diamond Botanical Gardens and Waterfalls on tours from Castries; discover the unique black-sand volcanic beaches of St. Vincent during a full day in Kingstown; and visit the ‘Spice Island’ of Grenada, where you could spend Christmas Eve birdwatching in the rainforests of Grand Etang National Park. Christmas Day on a Fred. Olsen ship is always special, and on this cruise you can combine delicious traditional food and festive fun with hours of relaxing sunbathing on deck as Braemar cruises in the Caribbean Sea. On Boxing Day, work-off your Christmas indulgences with a delightful stroll in Oranjestad, Aruba which boasts striking colonial architecture and inviting beaches. 

The beautiful landscapes of Bonaire beg for exploration during your call into Kralendijk. Take the scenic route around the island on an exhilarating Harley Davidson ride, encountering salt mounds and possibly pink flamingos along the way. Discover the delights of Willemstad, Curacao, an UNESCO World Heritage Site; and ride the stunning St. Kitts Scenic Railway from Basseterre before calling into Antigua on New Year’s Eve. Perhaps spend the day topping-up your tan on gorgeous, sun-drenched beaches or exploring the historic Nelson’s Dockyard; then head into the centre of St. John’s to celebrate with the locals as the clock strikes midnight. Next you’ll experience a memorable circumnavigation of Montserrat – home of the Soufrière Hills Volcano which famously erupted in 1995 – and immerse yourself in the French style and culture of Martinique before sailing back to Barbados to enjoy the gorgeous Caribbean sunshine for one last time.

Hurricane Irma update: The itinerary for this sailing has been adjusted due to the devastation caused to some Caribbean islands by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria, so differs from that shown in our Worldwide 2017/18 brochure. The thoughts of all at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines are with those affected by the hurricanes. 

Single supplement offers are available on selected grades on this sailing, please call for details.

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Itinerary & Port Information

Caribbean Christmas & New Year
Date
Arrive
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Destination
December 2017
Thu 21
Late Night Airport
Bridgetown, Barbados
Bridgetown, Barbados

Bridgetown, Barbados

Barbados has a balmy, tropical climate, making this very British Caribbean island a favourite with well-heeled tourists. Admire the impressive stalactites and stalagmites in Harrison’s Cave; sail the gorgeous azure waters in search of sea turtles; or simply relax on one of the many sandy beaches, soaking up the laid-back atmosphere.

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Fri 22
Early AM
Late PM
Castries, St. Lucia
Castries, St. Lucia

Castries, St. Lucia

St Lucia is the sort of island that travellers to the Caribbean dream about – a small, lush tropical gem. With glorious soft white beaches, St. Lucia is the perfect place to lay back, relax and soak up the sun. Away from the beaches, there are many National Parks with beautiful fauna and native wildlife to explore. 

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4X4 JEEP SAFARI (TOUR D)

Castries, St. Lucia must do

4X4 JEEP SAFARI (TOUR D)

  • Explore the rustic charm and rugged beauty of St Lucia in a four-wheel drive vehicle
  • Have your camera at the ready to capture the beautiful vistas
  • Enjoy time at leisure to relax on one of the north east coast’s most spectacular beaches
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Sat 23
Early AM
Late Night
Kingstown, St Vincent
Kingstown, St Vincent

Kingstown, St Vincent

Kingstown - the capital city of St Vincent - is affectionately known by locals and visitors alike as the “City of Arches”, with intertwining cobbled streets that lead to magnificent churches, and an array of historic stone buildings. The town's waterfront has dramatic black sand beaches framed by lush mountains and a busy local fish market to explore.

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Sun 24
Early AM
Late PM
St. George's, Grenada
St. George's, Grenada

St. George's, Grenada

Grenada boasts 45 pristine beaches and numerous secluded coves waiting to be discovered. Known as the ‘Spice Island’, an aromatic blend of nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and vanilla fills the air. The island is of volcanic origin, with a landscape of crater lakes, rainforests, coral reefs and white-sand beaches.

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Mon 25
Late Night
Late Night
Cruising Caribbean Sea
Cruising Caribbean Sea

Cruising Caribbean Sea

Cruise the rich blue waters of the Caribbean Sea as your ship glides from one island paradise to the next. 

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Tue 26
Early AM
Late PM
Oranjestad, Aruba
Oranjestad, Aruba

Oranjestad, Aruba

With vividly coloured colonial buildings that mirror those in Amsterdam, Oranjestad’s Dutch heritage is clear for all to see. The capital of Aruba, this city is one of the Caribbean’s true gems, combining European style architecture with all the delights you expect to find on a Caribbean island, including glorious white sand beaches, palm trees and even Flamingos.

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Wed 27
Early AM
Late Night
Kralendijk, Bonaire
Kralendijk, Bonaire

Kralendijk, Bonaire

Bonaire’s capital, Kralendijk, lines one of the island’s many beaches with lovely stucco houses in pastel shades of pink, green and blue. Explore the Washington Slagbaai National Park, home to flamingos, iguanas and giant cacti, or visit the nearby uninhabited island of Klein Bonaire, to relax on the gorgeous white-sand beach.

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Thu 28
Early AM
Late PM
Willemstad, Curacao
Willemstad, Curacao

Willemstad, Curacao

An UNESCO World Heritage Site, there's much more to Willemstad than beautiful beaches and a wonderful warm climate. With charming 18th century houses decorated with cool pastel colours and striking yellows and royal blues, you would be forgiven for mistaking Willemstad with Amsterdam.

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Sat 30
Early AM
Late Night Anchor Port
Basseterre, St Kitts
Basseterre, St Kitts

Basseterre, St Kitts

The elegant St. Kitts capital, Basseterre, has some of the oldest buildings in the Caribbean. Take a tour to Brimstone Hill Fortress to admire magnificent views across the island, travel on the St. Kitts Scenic Railway – said to be one of the most attractive train journeys in the world – or simply relax on one of the tranquil beaches in the balmy climate.

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Sun 31
Early AM
St John's, Antigua
St John's, Antigua

St John's, Antigua

The great bay of stunning English Harbour and historic Nelson’s Dockyard are two of pretty Antigua’s highlights. The colourful street market in St. John’s, selling flowers, fruit and handicrafts, is a must-see, along with a stop at one of the 365 stunning beaches – one for each day of the year say the Antiguans.

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January 2018
Mon 01
Early AM
St John's, Antigua
St John's, Antigua

St John's, Antigua

The great bay of stunning English Harbour and historic Nelson’s Dockyard are two of pretty Antigua’s highlights. The colourful street market in St. John’s, selling flowers, fruit and handicrafts, is a must-see, along with a stop at one of the 365 stunning beaches – one for each day of the year say the Antiguans.

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Mon 01
Early PM
Late PM
Circumnavigate Montserrat

Circumnavigate Montserrat

Previously considered dormant, the volcanic Caribbean island of Montserrat was devastated by huge eruptions in 1995. The island’s simply stunning scenery has to be seen to be believed. 

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Tue 02
Early AM
Late PM
Fort de France, Martinique
Fort de France, Martinique

Fort de France, Martinique

Martinique's lively, unmistakably French capital.

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Wed 03
Early AM
Bridgetown, Barbados
Bridgetown, Barbados

Bridgetown, Barbados

Barbados has a balmy, tropical climate, making this very British Caribbean island a favourite with well-heeled tourists. Admire the impressive stalactites and stalagmites in Harrison’s Cave; sail the gorgeous azure waters in search of sea turtles; or simply relax on one of the many sandy beaches, soaking up the laid-back atmosphere.

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Thu 04
Airport
Bridgetown, Barbados
Bridgetown, Barbados

Bridgetown, Barbados

Barbados has a balmy, tropical climate, making this very British Caribbean island a favourite with well-heeled tourists. Admire the impressive stalactites and stalagmites in Harrison’s Cave; sail the gorgeous azure waters in search of sea turtles; or simply relax on one of the many sandy beaches, soaking up the laid-back atmosphere.

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