Latin American Civilisations

2nd Jan 2024 14 nights Sails from Havana Braemar M2401
FREEDOM FARE FROM £2,699 per person
Classic cars in Havana, Cuba Vintage cars in Havana, Cuba
FREEDOM FARE FROM £2,699 per person

See beyond the surface of fascinating Latin American cities and witness how they’ve been shaped by the influences of their civilisations over the centuries. You’ll not only meet Braemar in Cuba, but also get to learn of Havana’s connections to pirates, explorers and colonial powers, and the history of the Cuban revolution, which began with the Castro-led attack at Santiago de Cuba’s Moncada Barracks. Experience the cultural icons of Cuba too; you could see Havana via classic American car, sip mojito and daiquiri in the city these drinks were created, and even watch – and have a go at – traditional mambo and salsa dance.[ReadMore]

For a taste of Colombia’s authentic flavours, history and heritage, take chances to discover the delights of two of the country’s most fascinating cities. As you take in the sights of Santa Marta, the unmistakable scent of fresh coffee is sure to tempt you into tasting, and speaking with locals about, the finest Colombian brews. Meanwhile, in Cartagena de Indias, you can learn of this UNESCO-listed city’s rich emerald trading heritage, and see its Spanish influences in the colourful buildings and monuments. In Panama, Colon is the starting point for tours to Portobelo, shaped by historical attacks from privateers as well as the Royal Navy, and to the Panama Canal – a wonder of engineering. Meanwhile, in Mexico you could be in for an unforgettable insight into the life of the Maya. Remarkably well-preserved ancient Mayan landmarks await your discovery; opt for a tour from Progresso and you can visit the heritage sites near to Merida, Dzibilchaltún and Uxmal, while at Cozumel you’ll find arguably the most famous Mayan treasures – the ruins, shrines and monuments of Chichén-Itzá and Tulum.

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 


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'.


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.


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.