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Voyage to the Islands of the Caribbean

3rd Dec 2018 17 nights Sails from Southampton Braemar M1830
Festive cruise
FROM ONLY £1,399 per person *
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FROM ONLY £1,399 per person *
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Escape the cold winter weather on an incredible voyage to Caribbean aboard Braemar and prepare for the busy festive period with some well-earned rest and relaxation in the sunshine.
Before taking in a string of stunning Caribbean islands you’ll visit two very different, yet equally rewarding Portuguese destinations. First on your itinerary is Lisbon, where historic structures and monuments such as the Belém Tower and Jeronimos Monastery are found within the pretty streets. Be sure to visit Pasteis de Belém for one of the famous egg tarts too. Then on the floral island of Madeira, sweet-scented gardens and the leafy levada trails are yours to explore while enjoying the beautifully benign climate. This is sure to whet your appetite for the sun-kissed beauty awaiting you in the Caribbean. A glide across the Atlantic follows, allowing plenty of time to relax and enjoy the facilities on board your ship before arriving in St John’s, Antigua. Here you can take your pick of over 365 beautiful beaches; visit the historic English Harbour and Nelson’s Dockyard; and marvel at the views on offer from the Shirley Heights lookout. Whatever you choose to do, your stop at St John’s is sure to be the perfect start to your Caribbean adventure. [ReadMore]
Up next is a full day on the dual-controlled island of St Maarten. Philipsburg – capital of the Dutch side of the island – boasts gorgeous golden beaches, a host of historic landmarks including the Amsterdam and Willem forts and fantastic tax-free shopping. For a simply unforgettable experience, discover the island’s spectacular scenery in style via Harley Davidson; or ride a catamaran along the unspoilt coast. Then it’s on Road Town, Tortola for the chance to sample authentic Caribbean rum at the world-famous Pussers Bar; or perhaps go swimming with dolphins – a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Alternatively you could opt to uncover the island’s legendary pirate-influenced past on a scenic boat cruise and safari bus tour before sailing on to St Kitts. From Basseterre be sure to ride the St Kitts Scenic Railway – one of the world’s greatest train journeys – and admire the incredible island scenery. Finally you’ll revel in Barbados’ laid-back atmosphere during a stay in Bridgetown, where you’ll have opportunities to indulge with local cuisine; kick-back at the beach; or even embark on a boat tour in search of sea turtles.

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.