Transatlantic voyage to the Islands of the Caribbean

3rd Dec 2023 30 nights Sails from Southampton Braemar M233031
FREEDOM FARE FROM £4,199 per person
Twin pitons, Castries, St Lucia Twin pitons, Castries, St Lucia
FREEDOM FARE FROM £4,199 per person

Swapping the UK’s winter gloom for some well-earned rest, relaxation and celebration, enjoyed in and amongst beautiful Caribbean islands, makes for a simply unforgettable festive period. Leaving cold British shores behind, you’ll experience a transatlantic crossing on Braemar, stopping in the Azores to see São Miguel’s volcanic craters and lakes en route, before your Caribbean adventures begin. On St Kitts, perhaps ride the island’s scenic railway for vistas of ocean surf, mighty cliffs and rolling, lush-green landscapes; then enjoy a less crowded discovery of Guadeloupe’s capital, thick rainforest and volcanic peaks. Exotic, rainforest-smothered volcanic landscapes await exploration on Dominica too, as well as St Lucia, home to some of the Caribbean’s most majestic wonders – including the peaks of Twin Pitons – and St Vincent. At Barbados, step ashore and sample Bridgetown’s laidback vibes, and perhaps taste the locally produced rum for which the island is famous.[ReadMore]

As Christmas nears, you’ve another chance to sample authentic Caribbean flavours at Martinique, in Fort de France – home to the famous St James Rum Distillery, while a visit to Antigua is an opportunity to enjoy soothing sunshine on your pick of the island’s 365 beaches. Spend Christmas Eve on colourful St Maarten, then experience a wonderful, simply unforgettable Christmas at sea – a day of traditional food, fun and festivity enjoyed in the company of friends, loved ones and fellow guests on board, whilst Braemar’s attentive crew take care to everything. With 2023 drawing to a close, enjoy more of the Caribbean’s warmth, beauty and culture at Grand Turk and the Bahamas – keep your eyes peeled for whales and dolphins as Braemar cruises the west coast of the Bahamas’ Abaco Islands too. For an unforgettable finale, visit Havana and perhaps have a go at traditional Cuban dance, sample the island’s famous foods and drink, ride in a classic car around the city, and uncover its links to Ernest Hemmingway. You’ll even get to celebrate the arrival of 2024 in style in the Cuban capital.

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.