Caribbean Christmas & New Year

23rd Dec 2020 15 nights Sails from Santo Domingo Braemar M2033
FROM ONLY £3,107 per person
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FROM ONLY £3,107 per person

A cruise during the festive period is always a magical experience, and this exhilarating Caribbean adventure is no exception. You’re in for an fortnight packed with sun, sea, sand and an abundance of authentic experiences, as you sail from one spectacular island paradise to the next, while very special celebrations will ensure Christmas and New Year’s Eve are simply unforgettable.

Your friendly home-from-home at sea will be waiting for you in the Dominican Republic, where you’ll have Christmas Eve morning to explore the charming cobbled streets of Santo Domingo – the Americas’ oldest European city – before setting sail. [ReadMoreMob]A magical Christmas Day at sea will combine a traditional feast of food, fun and festivity with time to indulge in relaxing sunbathing on deck, as Braemar diverts to Colombia and Cartagena de Indias, a captivating city bursting with Hispanic architectural and cultural highlights. As 2020 ends, your journey of Caribbean island discovery begins with visits to two of the beautiful ‘ABC’ islands. On Curacao, you can wander into the UNESCO-listed centre of Willemstad, packed with European-inspired, colonial-style structures and pastel-fronted houses. The beautifully unspoilt landscapes of Bonaire are then yours to explore, during a call into Kralendijk, before it’s on to St Maarten for a memorable end to the year. Take a day to uncover historic sites such as Willem and Amsterdam Forts, or simply relax at the beach, and then enjoy an evening of New Year’s Eve festivity topped-off by a spectacular fireworks display at midnight. [ReadMoreDesk]

After celebrating the arrival of 2021 in St Maarten, the island-hopping continues, kicking-off the New Year in style. You’ll sail to St Kitts, where the undoubted highlight is the island’s famous scenic railway, regarded as one of the world’s great train journeys. Be sure to take a ride during your call into Basseterre to see the old sugar mills, windmills, and capture incredible vistas. Then there’s Tortola, where you can unravel the myths and legends of fascinating pirate history, and Antigua, famed for boasting over 365 breathtaking beaches, as well as historical highlights such as the English Harbour and Nelson’s Dockyard. Following on from that, authentic tours will offer opportunities to help students harvest produce at a school in St Lucia; and gain an insight into the life of Grenada’s local cocoa farmers. Alternatively, you could seek-out St Lucia’s soaring Twin Pitons during your call at Castries; and from St George’s, discover Grenadian delights such as Molinière Bay underwater sculpture park and Grand Etang National Park. Finally, you arrive in Bridgetown where, before disembarkation, you’ll have time to sample Barbados’ laidback vibes and authentic rum, admire gorgeous gardens, or even go in search of sea turtles aboard a catamaran.  

Real ships
We don’t have boastful megaships. We take immense pride in our fleet of smaller-scaled vessels that retain the style, ambience and understated quality of a country house hotel.  We ensure they remain contemporary too: from winter 2016 to spring 2018 the whole fleet underwent dry dock refits to further enhance the facilities for guests. With the fifth generation Fred. Olsen as Chairman and 170 years of seafaring heritage behind us, we believe we’ve found the perfect formula for you to get the best out of your holiday with us.

Smaller but spacious
A smaller ship doesn’t mean less space; far from it. Each room is comfortably sized, with all that you’ll need to enjoy your holiday. In fact, our rooms are comparable to those on some of the mammoth cruise ships. While our vessels are on a more accessible scale, you can have just as much private space.  With fewer people on board it’s easy to find a quiet spot to relax in peace with a drink or a good book. There’s room to stretch out by the pool and you can get ashore more quickly too. And when you’re ashore, you’re seeing the best of each port of call with hundreds – not thousands – of others, giving you a much more authentic experience.

Service with a smile
Each member of the Fred. Olsen team has been carefully selected for their warm and welcoming personalities. The quality of our people, supported by training and development, ensures they will give you a great holiday: in guest feedback our staff are always the most highly-rated aspect of the whole experience.

Refurbished in 2017, elegant Braemar is the shortest of Fred. Olsen's four smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships, with dimensions perfect for cruising picturesque, size-restricted rivers and docking in the heart of fascinating towns and cities.

Like the rest of the fleet, Braemar assumes the welcoming feel and intimacy of a country house hotel, and a sense of timeless style and elegance flows through the ship's comfortable bars and lounges, restaurants and spacious accommodation for up to 929 guests.