Cuba Transatlantic to explore the Mediterranean Islands and Corinth Canal

27th Feb 2024 57 nights Sails from Havana Braemar M240509
FREEDOM FARE FROM £8,299 per person
The Odeon of Herodes Atticus Roman theater structure at the Acropolis of Athens, Greece. The Odeon of Herodes Atticus Roman theater structure at the Acropolis of Athens, Greece.
FREEDOM FARE FROM £8,299 per person

Featuring an itinerary that combines a mix of Caribbean, Balkan and Mediterranean destinations, as well as unforgettable ocean and scenic cruising experiences, this is a unique cruise adventure. Spend a full day in Havana, with ample time to see the city’s iconic sites, enjoy authentic daiquiri and mojito, learn local dance and more, and enjoy visits to the beautiful Bahamas and Bermuda before setting sail across the Atlantic. You’ll stop at the volcanic Azores along the way, before visiting Spain for an abundance of Andalusian delights. Your Balkan discovery includes explorations of UNESCO-listed Dubrovnik and Split, with their ancient ruins and fortifications, and Kotor, which also boasts fascinating sites such as the Venetian Works of Defence, built between the 15th and 17th centuries. You’ve rare opportunities to visit and explore the Albanian city of Durres and ancient Crotone – dating back to 4th century BC – on the Italian Calabrese coast too, while there’s also relaxing scenic cruising of the Strait of Messina and fjord-like Bay of Kotor.[ReadMore]

The Greek leg of your journey includes a chance to experience the unique excitement and wonder of sailing the Corinth Canal, between its carefully carved, pinching cliffs – made possible thanks to Braemar’s smaller size. You’ve also chances to take in the Cretan charms of Agios Nikolaos and Rhodes’ ancient sites; and delight in the palm-lined promenades, Ouzeries and beaches in of Syros and Kefalonia, Ermoupoli and Argostoli. Meanwhile, Katakolon and Pireaus are gateways to the iconic ancient cities of Olympia and Athens. On a journey across the Med, a string of island sights and highlights await; see the medieval treasures of Malta, and the pretty coastlines and historic sites of Trapani and Cagliari in Italy. On Spanish shores, discover Monte Toro and golden beaches on Menorca, and delve into the history of places found off the beaten track on Ibiza. Finally, it’s on to Seville. The Guadalquivir River is your scenic route into the heart of the city, where Braemar docks close to attractions such as Plaza de España, the Moorish Alcázar Palace and the Gothic Cathedral. An overnight stay in Seville also affords time to not only savour a traditional flamenco performance, but learn the dance from a local bailaora.

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.