Classic Caribbean & Central America

4th Feb 2021 14 nights Sails from Bridgetown Braemar M2103
FROM ONLY £2,499 per person
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FROM ONLY £2,499 per person

Join Braemar for an exotic journey of discovery and tick a diverse array of memorable sights and experiences – from uncovering coral reefs and amazing wildlife to exploring ancient ruins and culture-rich cities – off your list, as you cruise between spectacular Caribbean islands and a trio of intoxicating countries in North and Central America.

Your fortnight of Caribbean exploration starts in fine style in Barbados, with time to sample laidback vibes and authentic rum in Bridgetown; head to the beach for your first taste of paradise; or even tour to Harrison’s Cave to see its impressive stalactites and stalagmites, before sailing to St Vincent. [ReadMoreMob]Stopping at Kingstown affords an opportunity to explore one of the Caribbean’s unspoilt gems and feel unique black sand between your toes at beautiful beaches. Off the beaten track, the Vermont Nature Trail is made for encountering breathtaking flora and fauna. Then there’s Aruba, where colourful Oranjestad, with its colourful, Amsterdam-esque architecture and iconic waterfront, awaits. Oranjestad is also the gateway to the unique Casibari Rocks, and Aruba’s tropical Butterfly Farm & Gardens. The North and Central American leg of your adventure will then begin in Honduras. At Roatan Island, you’ll discover idyllic scenes of astonishingly diverse coral reefs teeming with tropical fish, exquisite white-sand beaches and a mountainous island interior smothered with verdant, pine-forested hills. [ReadMoreDesk]

Next Braemar will head to Belize, where you could opt to explore Belize City for historic sites such as St John’s Cathedral, the oldest Anglican Church in Central America; or go in search of native wildlife on a Jungle Walk or guided boat tour of the scenic Belize River. Off Mexico’s glorious Caribbean coast, the island of Cozumel – famed for its remarkable Mayan history and marine life-rich lagoons – awaits also you. Here you can seek-out ancient ruins and incredible shrines dedicated to Ixchel; encounter native wildlife such as dolphins, iguanas and sea turtles amongst the idyllic waters and landscapes of spectacular national parks; or perhaps snorkel colourful coral reefs. A visit to Jamaica will then present you with an opportunity to delight in the intricate architecture, English heritage and bustling, quintessential markets of Falmouth – one of the Caribbean’s best-preserved Georgian towns – before your voyage concludes in the Dominican Republic. A call to Santo Domingo is your chance to explore the cobbled streets of America’s oldest European city – founded by Christopher Columbus’ brother, Bartholomew – and admire its picturesque 15th and 16th century architecture.

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.