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Island-Hopping in the Tropics

15th Nov 2018 18 nights Sails from Southampton Braemar M1829
Adult only sailing
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There aren’t many better places to escape the autumn gloom than the gorgeous islands of Macaronesia, and on this 18 night cruise you’ll feel a world away from the wet weather and longer nights back home as you hop between six stunning destinations.

First up is Funchal, where you can wander the pretty streets of Madeira’s capital and enjoy an exquisite afternoon tea at the world-famous Reid’s Hotel; or take in the many natural delights of the ‘garden island’. You could also ride a cable car to the enchanting Monte Palace Tropical Garden; head to the Cabo Girão sea cliff for unforgettable ocean vistas; or perhaps explore the Levada trails and admire the lush island landscapes. Speaking of lush landscapes, the prehistoric laurel forests of La Palma – the Canaries’ ‘pretty island’ – await your exploration next. Santa Cruz de La Palma is also your gateway to the soaring San Antonio Volcano and its vast craters. Braemar will then cruise to Cape Verde and visit two of the archipelago’s most distinctive islands. On Santiago Island you'll visit the Cape Verdean capital, Praia. Here you can unearth fascinating local history at the Archaeology Museum; browse at the busy market; or simply unwind on the nearby beaches. [ReadMore]

São Vicente Island is a showcase of some of Cape Verde’s most spectacular landscapes, with vast volcanic valleys and breathtaking peaks, including Monte Verde – the island’s highest point – awaiting your discovery. Alternatively you may prefer to stay in Mindelo to experience the bustle of the fantastic African market and explore the historic quarter. Returning to the Canaries, calls into Tenerife and Lanzarote will ensure a memorable end to your island-hopping adventure. From Santa Cruz de Tenerife you can head to the popular sun-bathed sands of Playa de Las Americas and soak up the rays; or marvel at magnificent Mount Teide – the world’s third highest volcano – on an unforgettable tour of the island. Then from Arrecife you can take in Lanzarote’s awe-inspiring Timanfaya National Park and the Fire Mountains; visit the beautiful saltwater lagoon of Jameos Del Agua Cave; and much more. En route back to Southampton Braemar will also stop off in Lisbon, offering you the chance to enjoy a relaxing day of sightseeing in the Portuguese capital. 

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.

Real ships
We’re not interested in gimmicks like zip wires, climbing walls or celebrity chefs. 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.