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Islands of the Caribbean & the Azores

12th Mar 2020 16 nights Sails from Bridgetown Braemar M2006
FROM ONLY £1,149 per person
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FROM ONLY £1,149 per person
Free drinks plus your tips covered
OR three cruises for the price of two (must inc. Oct-Dec'18 cruise)

Escape to the Caribbean and indulge with a slice of paradise as you hop between a string of stunning islands. With opportunities to marvel at breathtaking natural wonders, relax on glorious beaches, take a dip in warm, azure waters and explore charming cities, you’re in for an authentic, typically Caribbean experience.

After flying into Barbados, where your ship will be waiting for you to embark, you could squeeze in some time to explore Bridgetown, with its Georgian houses and Parliament Square, or simply climatise yourself with the Caribbean’s renowned warmth at your pick of over 70 inviting beaches. Braemar will then set sail to St Lucia, the first of four spectacular islands you’ll visit on consecutive days. Oozing with culture, the quintessentially Caribbean town of Castries is a delight to explore, though you may be tempted to take tours from here in search of the Diamond Botanical Gardens and towering Twin Pitons instead. Continuing on to St Kitts, you’ll have a chance to take a ride on one of the world’s greatest scenic railways and witness unspoilt scenes of sugarcane fields, dense forests and spectacular coastline. Brimstone Hill Fortress, offering a fascinating insight into British and French naval history, is sure to catch your attention during your full-day stop at Basseterre also. [ReadMore]

Antigua appears on your horizon next. Enticing, sun-soaked beaches and a kaleidoscope of coral reefs bathed in warm, crystal-clear waters await you here; stopping at St John’s for another full-day stay affords you plenty of time to fully immerse yourself in Antigua’s paradise lifestyle. Be sure to visit the historic English Harbour and Nelson’s Dockyard too. Concluding your time in the Caribbean is a call at tropical St Maarten. This dual-controlled island provides plenty of diverse experiences; perhaps you’ll choose to stay within the island’s Dutch side and explore Philipsburg’s maze of alleyways and courtyards, or tour to Marigot to sample St Maarten’s French flavours. After departing the Caribbean full of lasting memories, you’ll share plenty of unforgettable moments with friends and fellow guests on board Braemar as you cross the Atlantic – one of the great cruise experiences – back to the UK. En route, you’ll stop-by the awe-inspiring Azores to uncover São Miguel Island’s Sete Cidades Volcano and Terra Nostra Gardens, before visiting the laidback Spanish city of La Coruña for one final day of memorable sightseeing. 

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.

Rest assured, all of the following comes as standard on every Fred. Olsen cruise:

  • Comfortable rooms and suites with TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and individually controlled air conditioning
  • Tempting cuisine every day throughout your cruise - with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets and late-night snacks
  • Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee at selected venues, afternoon tea* with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks
  • All evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, dancing and live music
  • Captain's Drinks Party and Gala Buffet (on cruises of 5 nights or more)
  • On board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym
  • A wide choice of on board activities and lectures throughout the day
  • All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)
  • Luggage porterage between your room and the drop-off/pick-up point
  • Flights, as confirmed as part of a fly-cruise holiday

​Cruise descriptions include optional, chargeable experiences that may be enjoyed independently and/or with optional Fred. Olsen Shore Tours. *Premium Traditional Afternoon Tea not included.

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.