Caribbean Christmas & New Year

23rd Dec 2020 15 nights Sails from Santo Domingo Braemar M2033
Festive cruise
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.  

Bringing the world closer
Braemar in Bordeux, France

Our size advantage means we can take you to places that some of the larger cruise vessels simply can’t. We dock close to the heart of some of the world’s most beautiful cities and can take you on scenic cruising adventures showcasing inspirational landscapes. Our itineraries are expertly crafted to make the most of this advantage.

Smaller but spacious
Guest swimming in pool, Marquee deck, Boudicca

Aboard our smaller, friendlier ships you'll find there's plenty of room to stretch out by the pool, enjoy a drink and great conversation with like-minded guests, and make the most of your time away. Sailing with hundreds, not thousands, of others allows you to get ashore faster too, and make the most of each destination.

Service with a smile
Waitress with drinks and guest on deck, Boudicca

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 fact, 97% of guests rated Fred. Olsen’s friendly, attentive staff ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’.

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.