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Braemar
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Braemar, Classic Caribbean & Havana Highlights ex Bridgetown to Santo Domingo
Ship: Braemar
Selected Sailing Date: 07 Jan 2021
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Inside Cabin: AU $2,779.00
Outside Cabin: AU $3,229.00
Balcony: AU $5,739.00
Suite: AU $6,449.00
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An exotic journey of discovery blending immersive history, authentic cultures with blissful indulgence, this cruise takes in seven absorbing island destinations for stunning landscapes, captivating cities, remarkable ancient sites and much more.
You’ll get to uncover Tortola’s swashbuckling pirate legends; explore Mayan ruins or snorkel coral reefs in Cozumel; and take a rare opportunity to learn of Guadaloupe’s fascinating slave history and colonial heritage.
Time in Cuba is sure to be an undoubted highlight: you’ll stop overnight in Havana, an opportunity to explore historic districts, sample authentic Cuban rum, and even see the sights from an iconic classic car.

CRUISE FARE INCLUDES:
- 14 night Classic Caribbean & Havana Highlights cruise aboard Braemar from Bridgetown (Barbados) to Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic)
- All meals on board (excludes specialty dining)
- Entertainment on board
- Port charges & government taxes


Special Conditions

Conditions Apply: Prices are per person, capacity controlled and listed in Australian dollars twin share including port taxes. Prices may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change, and may be withdrawn at any time. Prices shown here are not shown in real time. While we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here may differ from the live prices in our booking system. Gratuities are payable on board and will be charged at £5.00 per person per day. Guests can vary the amount on board at the ship's Reception. Gratuities cannot be paid in advance prior to departure.The prices shown are for a cash payment. Credit card fees of up to 2.5% will apply. Offer correct as at 08Jul19 and subject to live availability at time of booking. Prices are per person twin share, inclusive of all discounts unless otherwise stated. Offer valid for new bookings only. All offers are capacity controlled and can be withdrawn or modified at any time without notice and subject to availability at time of booking. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees not included. Prices do not include airfares, hotel accommodation or transfers. Please refer to Fred. Olsen Cruises Worldwide 2020/2021 brochure for full conditions prior to booking. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. Offer ends 31Oct19 or until sold out/withdrawn from sale. This cruise offer is provided by Cruise Abroad, please ask your travel agent to contact us for more information.


Cruise Description

14 Night Cruise sailing from Bridgetown to Santo Domingo onboard Braemar.

Taking in seven absorbing island destinations, this exotic journey of discovery blends immersive history and authentic cultures with blissful indulgence. You’ll get to revel in the sun-drenched splendour of stunning landscapes; explore captivating cities; seek-out ancient sites and unravel myths and legends; and much more, for an unforgettable start to 2021.

Your fortnight of Caribbean exploration starts in fine style in Barbados, with time to sample laidback vibes and authentic rum in Bridgetown; head to the beach for your first taste of paradise; or even tour to Harrison’s Cave to see its impressive stalactites and stalagmites, before setting sail. A rare call to Pointe-á-Pitre will then afford an opportunity to visit the Mémorial ACTe Museum, to learn of Guadaloupe’s fascinating slave history and colonial heritage, before the historic highlights continue with time in Tortola, where you can delve into tales of swashbuckling pirate legends. Continuing onwards to Cuba, an overnight stay in the fable city of Havana is sure to be one of the undoubted highlights of your holiday. Enjoy time to stroll around the UNESCO-listed Habana Vieja district to soak up the Latin atmosphere; and visit one the bustling bars to sample locally produced rum, perhaps accompanied by a smooth Cuban cigar. You could coast through the streets and see the sights from one of Havana’s iconic classic cars; and catch a spectacular Tropicana cabaret show too. Show less
Off Mexico’s glorious Caribbean coast, the island of Cozumel – famed for its remarkable Mayan history and marine life-rich lagoons – awaits you next. Here you can seek-out ancient ruins and incredible shrines dedicated to Ixchel; encounter native wildlife such as dolphins, iguanas and sea turtles amongst the idyllic waters and landscapes of spectacular national parks; or perhaps snorkel colourful coral reefs. A visit to Jamaica will then present you with an opportunity to delight in the intricate architecture, English heritage and bustling, quintessential markets of Falmouth – one of the Caribbean’s best-preserved Georgian towns – before your island-hopping concludes in the Dominican Republic. A call to Santo Domingo is your chance to explore the cobbled streets of the Dominican capital and America’s oldest European city – founded by Christopher Columbus’ brother, Bartholomew – and admire its picturesque 15th and 16th century architecture.

Highlights of this cruise:

Bridgetown, Barbados
Barbados has a balmy, tropical climate, making this very British Caribbean island a favourite with well-heeled tourists. Admire the impressive stalactites and stalagmites in Harrison’s Cave; sail the gorgeous azure waters in search of sea turtles; or simply relax on one of the many sandy beaches, soaking up the laid-back atmosphere.

Pointe-á-Pitre, Guadeloupe
An example of the Caribbean at its most authentic, Pointe-á-Pitre – the largest city of Guadeloupe – blends French tradition and style with Creole culture and the spectacular scenery you have probably come to expect from one of the world’s most beautiful regions.

Compact and easily navigable, yet energetic and oozing with the Caribbean’s renowned vibrancy, this colourful city makes for the perfect spot for a few rewarding hours of exploration. Taking to the busy streets and squares on foot reveals bustling markets, where exotic fruits, vegetables and traditional Creole cuisine is on offer, as well as impressive colonial monuments and fine examples of European-influenced architecture, such as Église Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul and Museum Saint John Perse.

In amongst the centuries-old sites, the futuristic Mémorial ACTe Museum – built in 2015 in dedication to the influences of slavery and colonialism – is a must-visit to delve into the fascinating history of Pointe-á-Pitre and Guadeloupe. Meanwhile, the picturesque park and plaza of Place de la Victoire, with its palm trees, historic houses, sidewalk cafés and views of the harbour is an ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.

Road Town, Tortola, Virgin Islands
Tortola Island is a famous pirate haunt of old, and Road Town is typically old-world Caribbean and still retains a surreal charm. Capital of the British Virgin Islands, this picturesque town sat between rolling hills and white sandy bays, has a history to match its beguiling beauty.

Situated on the horseshoe-shaped Road Harbour, Road Town is home to the Sunday Morning Well, the site where the Emancipation Proclamation was read in 1834. Among the old buildings of Main Street – some still complete with their original red tin roofs, shops stacked with local produce and an abundance of restaurants can be found. The oldest building on the street, HM Prison, was built in 1774.

Away from the town along the waterfront, the town’s craftsmen and women sell their own textiles, paintings, rugs and ornaments. The legendary Pussers Bar is the perfect place to try some authentic Caribbean rum, while nearby Cane Garden Bay offers an expanse of gorgeous, sugar-white sands.

Exploring further will reveal the popular JR O'Neal Botanic Gardens – home to various exotic plant species, and the 'baths' – an unmissable natural rock formation accessible via a short boat trip.​

Havana, Cuba
Havana, the capital city, major port, and leading commercial centre of Cuba, is famed for its colonial history and vibrant culture.The city is home to exquisite Spanish colonial architecture, classic American cars, irresistible rhythms of mambo and a confusing jigsaw of grand avenues and cobbled streets.

A stroll around Habana Vieja, Old Havana, quickly reveals the audacious Latin atmosphere within the imposing coastal fortifications and intimate, traffic-free squares. At its centre, the buildings reflect the city’s vivacious architectural mix: the Castillo de la Real Fuerza, the iconic National Capitol Building, the Baroque Catedral de San Cristóbal, and the Plaza Vieja are all worth the effort to uncover.

The art culture is one of the city's biggest revelations, and Cuban creativity is accessible through the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, the Fusterlandia public art project and the Fábrica de Arte Cubano, which champions the movement of Havana's more contemporary art scene. The city is awash with experimentation, exemplified by the explosion of uber cool cafes and Bohemian bars.

Columbus believed this was the most beautiful land he'd ever seen, and it’s hard not to agree given Cuba's 2,000 miles of tropical coastline, lush mountains and some 300 beaches that melt into azure seas.

Cozumel, Mexico
Cozumel, is famed for its Mayan history, coral reefs and scuba diving. Lying off the Yucatan coast, the island has over 40 shrines to Ixchel, the Mayan goddess of the moon, the sea and fertility. Many are carved from coral – the island is part of the Great Maya Barrier Reef – and archaeologists regularly find the small clay dolls, which were offerings to the goddess.

The eco-park, Chankanaab, is the number one attraction in Cozumel; a lagoon with underwater caverns, and home to dolphins, manatees, iguanas and sea turtles. The relaxing haven of the National Marine Park boasts stunning beaches and beautiful botanical gardens. The popular diving spot around a section of the Mesoamerican Reef is the location of the amazing submerged sculptures of Museo Subacuático de Arte.

Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, in the small town of San Miguel, has interesting exhibits about the island, its flora and fauna, and the formation of the coral reef. There are also Mayan artefacts and various items from its time as a Spanish colony, including cannons, swords and armour.

Falmouth, Jamaica
The beautiful town of Falmouth, Jamaica – much like its English namesake – has gorgeous sandy beaches, lush fields, dense woodland areas and rolling hills to explore along the length of its golden shores. But, unlike Cornwall’s gorgeous coastal town, the Trelawny parish’s capital boasts a glorious Caribbean climate and soothing sunshine all-year-round.

Regarded as one of the Caribbean’s best-preserved Georgian towns, Falmouth attracts lovers of architecture and heritage as well as sun-seekers, and the array of Georgian structures and monuments within the town are said to be the largest and finest collection in the West Indies. The solid mahogany beams and intricate floors of St. Peter’s Anglican Church – one of the oldest in Jamaica – are not-to-be-missed, as are the old colonial buildings of the historic Market Street, where traders still sell rum, food, clothing and other locally produced goods in the same place where sugar was traded in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Discovered by Columbus in 1496, Santo Domingo is the New World’s oldest colonial city. A beautiful place to simply walk around, the cobbled streets of Santo Domingo are lined with 15th & 16th century buildings that remind you of the city’s unique history.

Among the historic buildings you will also find modern creature comforts such as shopping malls, restaurants, bars and cafes. Events and festivals often take place and visitors are encouraged to get involved and experience the Dominican’s exciting, vibrant atmosphere. Be sure to explore the Colonial Zone and the Malecon. These are the most pedestrian friendly areas in the city and are home to the finest architecture, the best places to visit and finest cuisine.

For those who wish to simply lie back, relax and soak up incredible weather, there are several beautiful beaches within easy reach.

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