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Transatlantic Crossing & a Caribbean Christmas

3rd Dec 2018 31 nights Sails from Southampton Braemar M183031
Festive cruise
FROM ONLY £3,699 per person *
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FROM ONLY £3,699 per person *

You’re in for a December to remember on this very special sailing, as Braemar whisks you away from the UK’s wet winter weather to the sun-kissed Caribbean for an unforgettable end to 2018. A memorable journey across the Atlantic; visits to a collection of spectacular islands; and even magical Christmas and New Year celebrations await.

Your transatlantic crossing will include ample time to settle in on board your home-from-home at sea, and a chance to explore beautifully floral Madeira, before you arrive in the Caribbean to see out the year in style on an island-hopping adventure packed with incredible experiences. Antigua, home to 365 glorious beaches and the historic English Harbour, provides the perfect introduction to one of the world’s most beautiful and bewitching regions. Then it’s on to St Maarten, with its tax-free shopping – perfect for last minute Christmas gifts – and landmarks such as the Amsterdam and Willem forts; Tortola, synonymous with fascinating pirate history and authentic Caribbean rum; and St Kitts, boasting one of the greatest scenic railways on earth. Barbados’ famed laid-back atmosphere is yours to absorb during an overnight stop in Bridgetown, while a call at Castries affords an opportunity to marvel at St Lucia’s towering Twin Pitons and the bubbling springs of Soufriere. [ReadMore]

The festivities will be in full swing on board Braemar by the time you visit gorgeous Grenada and, on Christmas Eve, stop at Curacao to uncover the Dutch-influenced colourful architecture of Willemstad’s UNESCO-listed centre. Christmas Day will be spent at sea, with traditional food, drink, fun and celebration to enjoy in the company of loved ones and friends, before it’s back to dry land on Boxing Day for another stop at St Kitts. After a return to Tortola, you’ll continue on to Grand Turk for white-sand beaches, warm crystal-clear waters and fauna-rich tropical reefs, and then end 2018 in St Maarten. Your second visit to Philipsburg could be spent unwinding at the beach, or perhaps touring the island on the back of a Harley Davidson. No matter what you choose to do during the day, watching the New Year’s fireworks at midnight will be an experience you won’t forget. Finally, after a day at sea to catch your breath, you’ll return to Barbados for chances to admire floral displays at Hunte’s Gardens, go in search of Sea Turtles and much more.

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.