Classic Caribbean & Havana Highlights

10th Dec 2020 13 nights Sails from Bridgetown Braemar M2032
FROM ONLY £2,099 per person
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FROM ONLY £2,099 per person

Join Braemar in Barbados for a pre-Christmas cruise to the Caribbean and Cuba packed with rich rewards every step of the way. Visiting a collection of stunning destinations, you’ll get to explore untouched landscapes, immerse yourself in authentic cultures and engrossing history, and relax at gorgeous, sun-soaked beaches – a perfect way to prepare for the busy festive period.

After flying to Bridgetown to meet your smaller, friendlier ship, your Caribbean escapade begins with a short overnight sail 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 unique Casibari Rocks, and Aruba’s tropical Butterfly Farm & Gardens. Cruising to Cuba next, you’ll uncover a multitude of architectural, cultural and historical delights in Santiago de Cuba. Visit the Moncada Barracks and the Plaza de la Revolucion – key landmarks from the Cuban Revolution – or perhaps head to Céspedes Park and sample a slice of Cuban culture amid an abundance of fine colonial structures. [ReadMoreDesk]

Continuing your Cuban adventures in Havana, an overnight stay in this fabled city is sure to be one of the undoubted highlights of your holiday. Enjoy time to stroll around the UNESCO-listed Habana Vieja district to soak up the Latin atmosphere; and visit one the bustling bars to sample locally produced rum, perhaps accompanied by a smooth Cuban cigar. You could coast through the streets and see the sights from one of Havana’s iconic classic cars; and catch a spectacular Tropicana cabaret show too. 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 island-hopping concludes in the Dominican Republic. A call to Santo Domingo is your chance to explore the cobbled streets of the Dominican capital and America’s oldest European city – founded by Christopher Columbus’ brother, Bartholomew – and admire the 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.