Christmas in the Caribbean

19th Dec 2023 14 nights Sails from Bridgetown Braemar M2331
Festive cruise
FREEDOM FARE FROM £3,299 per person
Tropical Caribbean beach with palm tree Tropical Caribbean beach with palm tree
FREEDOM FARE FROM £3,299 per person

Experience a magical festive season, discovering the delights of beautiful islands and revelling in all things classic Caribbean. You join Braemar in Barbados, where there’s time to experience Bridgetown’s laidback charm and taste locally produced rum, before it’s on to glorious Grenada and then Martinique for another taste of authentic Caribbean flavours – Fort de France is home to the famous St James Rum Distillery. As Christmas nears, a visit to Antigua affords a chance to enjoy a day of ambling around historic sites such as the English Harbour, or perhaps simply indulging in some soothing sunshine at your pick of the island’s 365 famous golden beaches.[ReadMore]

On Christmas Eve, discover the colonial landmarks and picturesque landscapes of colourful St Maarten, and then experience a wonderful, simply unforgettable Christmas at sea – a day of traditional food, fun and festivity enjoyed in the company of friends, loved ones and fellow guests on board, whilst Braemar’s attentive crew take care to everything. With 2023 drawing to a close, there are plenty more opportunities to delight in the Caribbean warmth, beauty and culture at Grand Turk and the Bahamas – opportunities for capturing the scenic beauty of Bahamian landscapes, sampling the local way of life and for relaxation on sugar-white sands await. Keep your eyes peeled for whales and dolphins as Braemar cruises the west coast of the Bahamas’ Abaco Islands too. Finally, for an unforgettable end to your Caribbean island discovery, visit Havana to revel in the very essence of Cuba. You’ve time to try out traditional Cuban dance, sample the island’s famous foods and drink, ride in a classic car around the city, and uncover its links to Ernest Hemingway. What’s more, you will get to celebrate the arrival of 2024 in style in the Cuban capital.

In recent years, we have seen a new era emerging in cruising.

There is a trend for everything to get bigger and busier, and for a cruise to be seen as an alternative to a large luxury resort, with a limitless flurry of activity. But this is not for us. Find out more 

1. WE ARE PROUD TO SAIL OUR OWN COURSE

We are free to do things a different way because we are family-run. Of course some people enjoy the bigger, busier cruises, but it is not for everyone, and it is not for us. We prefer to do things, 'The Olsen Way'.

2. SMALLER IS BETTER

We have fewer guests, so the atmosphere on board our ships is always warm and civilised. Our smaller ships allow us to visit the more interesting places that the world has to offer.

3. HAND-CRAFTED, NOT MASS PRODUCED

We pride ourselves on putting our all into the Fred. Olsen cruise experience. Our itineraries are created from scratch every year, our service is genuinely personal and each and every area of our ships is designed by hand.

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.