Transatlantic to Spain & the Balkans

2nd Mar 2023 25 nights Sails from Havana Braemar M230506
FROM ONLY £3,149 per person
Braemar Braemar
FROM ONLY £3,149 per person

Experience a rare combination of Caribbean, Spanish and Balkan sights and highlights, with a memorable transatlantic crossing[ReadMoreMob] – one of the great ocean cruise journeys – included for good measure too, on this unique cruise adventure. After meeting Braemar in Cuba, you’ve two days to capture the essence of Havana; see the city from a classic American car perhaps, sip ‘proper’ daiquiri and mojito, and even enjoy an evening at the Tropicana. Then it’s on to Bermuda, for a few relaxing hours amongst Hamilton’s colourful architecture, monuments and beaches, before setting sail across the Atlantic. It’ll be much more than a simple ocean crossing; you’ll get to look out for sea birds, whales and more with help from ORCA’s experts, enjoy time out relaxing on your ship’s decks, and even visit the Azores to see São Miguel Island’s crater lakes and hot springs en route.

When you reach Spain, two cities will showcase their Andalusian delights; there are visits to Cádiz, for ancient sites, traditional tapas and a chance to tour to nearby Jerez, the home of sherry, and to Malaga, famed for its historic landmarks, exhibitions of art from great painters such as Picasso, and beaches. Finally, you’re then in for an unforgettable Balkan discovery, with time in Dubrovnik at its pinnacle; capture the beauty, as well as the history, of this UNESCO-listed city, with its imposing fortifications and terracotta-topped buildings. In Split, see the influences of Emperor Diocletian in the ruins of his 4th century palace, and – along the coast in Montenegro – discover Kotor amongst magnificent landscapes, where the Venetian Works of Defence, built between the 15th and 17th centuries, awaits. Enjoy rare visits to the Albanian city of Durres, a city awash with the contrasting architectural wonders of various eras, and ancient Crotone, which has stood on Italy’s Calabrese coast since 4th century BC, too. Plus, delight in the scenic splendour of the Strait of Messina and fjord-like Bay of Kotor.

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.

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 

1. WE ARE PROUD TO SAIL OUR OWN COURSE

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'.

2. SMALLER IS BETTER

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.

3. HAND-CRAFTED, NOT MASS PRODUCED

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.