Classic Caribbean & Havana Highlights

7th Jan 2021 14 nights Sails from Bridgetown Braemar M2101
FROM ONLY £2,399 per person
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FROM ONLY £2,399 per person

Taking in seven absorbing island destinations, this exotic journey of discovery blends immersive history and authentic cultures with blissful indulgence. You’ll get to revel in the sun-drenched splendour of stunning landscapes; explore captivating cities; seek-out ancient sites and unravel myths and legends; and much more, for an unforgettable start to 2021.

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 setting sail. [ReadMoreMob]A rare call to Pointe-á-Pitre will then afford an opportunity to visit the Mémorial ACTe Museum, to learn of Guadaloupe’s fascinating slave history and colonial heritage, before the historic highlights continue with time in Tortola, where you can delve into tales of swashbuckling pirate legends. Continuing onwards to Cuba, an overnight stay in the fable city of Havana 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. [ReadMoreDesk]

Off Mexico’s glorious Caribbean coast, the island of Cozumel – famed for its remarkable Mayan history and marine life-rich lagoons – awaits you next. 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 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 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.