Transatlantic Crossing & a Caribbean Christmas

3rd Dec 2019 30 nights Sails from Southampton Braemar M192930
Festive cruise
FROM ONLY £4,199 per person
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FROM ONLY £4,199 per person

A perfect escape from the typically British winter weather, as well as the usual stress of the busy Christmas period, this 30-night voyage takes you across the Atlantic to the sun-kissed Caribbean, where you can indulge with pure relaxation, wonderfully rewarding island exploration and magical Christmas and New Year celebrations.

After your memorable transatlantic crossing, which includes a stop at the beautiful Azorean island of São Miguel en route, you’re in for almost three weeks of unforgettable island-hopping packed with authentic Caribbean experiences. [ReadMore] The first week of this immersive, in-depth exploration of one of the world’s most breathtaking regions sees Braemar sail between seven gorgeous islands on consecutive days. You’ll have chances to explore St Maarten’s impressive 17th century battlements; soak-up soothing sunshine on your pick of Antigua’s 365 inviting beaches; and take a ride on one of the greatest scenic railways on earth in St Kitts. St Lucia’s natural wonders – such as the soaring Twin Pitons – await you too, while in Grenada the underwater sculpture park at Molinière Bay is not-to-be-missed. Stopping overnight in Bridgetown affords you time to immerse yourself in the Barbadian way of life - perhaps explore the city, with it’s Georgian-style architecture and friendly bars; visit the Mount Gay Rum Factory on a tour; or even take a dip in the azure waters and swim with Sea Turtles. There’s a stop at Tobago, for the animated city of Scarborough and the historical site of Fort King George, too.

Your Christmas to remember kicks-off with calls at two of the ‘ABC’ islands. You can go in search of Bonaire’s native flamingos and vast salt flats from Kralendijk; and, on Christmas Eve, seek-out Aruba’s unique Casibari Rocks or admire the colourful Amsterdam-esque architecture of Oranjestad. Christmas Day will be spent at sea, with a festive feast of fun, food and entertainment to enjoy on board Braemar, before visiting Grenada once again on Boxing Day. As 2019 comes to an end you’ll see out the year in style with second stops at St Lucia, Antigua, St Kitts, and St Maarten providing opportunities to see more of these idyllic islands, or simply enjoy some post-Christmas relaxation. On New Year’s Eve, a full-day docked in Road Town affords you time to uncover Tortola’s fascinating pirate history on a scenic boat tour, followed by an exhilarating open-top safari bus adventure, before welcoming the arrival of 2020 with an evening of celebration and a magnificent New Year’s fireworks display. A day at sea to relax and catch your breath kicks-off the New Year, before finally disembarking in the Dominican Republic.  

Bringing the world closer
Braemar in Bordeux, France

Our size advantage means we can take you to places that some of the larger cruise vessels simply can’t. We dock close to the heart of some of the world’s most beautiful cities and can take you on scenic cruising adventures showcasing inspirational landscapes. Our itineraries are expertly crafted to make the most of this advantage.

Smaller but spacious
Guest swimming in pool, Marquee deck, Boudicca

Aboard our smaller, friendlier ships you'll find there's plenty of room to stretch out by the pool, enjoy a drink and great conversation with like-minded guests, and make the most of your time away. Sailing with hundreds, not thousands, of others allows you to get ashore faster too, and make the most of each destination.

Service with a smile
Waitress with drinks and guest on deck, Boudicca

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 fact, 97% of guests rated Fred. Olsen’s friendly, attentive staff ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’.

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.