Braemar, The Eastern Caribbean Xmas ex Bridgetown to La Romana

Caribbean

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14 Night Cruise sailing from Bridgetown to La Romana aboard Braemar.

14 Night Cruise sailing from Bridgetown to La Romana aboard Braemar.

For a simply unforgettable festive season, meet Braemar in Barbados and embark on an incredible island-hopping adventure packed with authentic Caribbean experiences. You can immerse yourself in vibrant culture; unearth rich history; marvel at stunning landscapes; indulge in pure relaxation at postcard-perfect beaches; and celebrate Christmas and the New Year in style, all on one very special 14-night holiday.

Your ship will be waiting for you in Bridgetown, where you’ll have time to sample Barbadian life before setting sail. Perhaps you’ll take advantage of the tax-free shopping, admire the Georgian-style architecture, or simply enjoy the sunshine at one of the nearby beaches. Then it’s on to Tobago, for the animated city of Scarborough and the historical site of Fort King George, before stops at two of the ‘ABC’ islands bring a Dutch flavour to your Caribbean exploration. Visit Bonaire to go in search of native flamingos and visit the island’s vast salt flats from Kralendijk; and, on Christmas Eve, call at the beautiful island of Aruba, where the colourful, Amsterdam-esque architecture of Oranjestad and the unique Casibari Rocks await. Christmas Day will be spent at sea, with a festive feast of fun, food and entertainment to enjoy as Braemar heads for the ‘Spice Island’, Grenada. You’re in for a wonderfully rewarding Boxing Day during your stop at St George’s, where the tempting scents of nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla fill the air, and attractions such as Molinière Bay underwater sculpture park and Grand Etang National Park are within reach.

As 2019 comes to an end, you’ll see out the year in style visiting five spectacular destinations on consecutive days. Your smaller, friendlier cruise ship will guide you to St Lucia, where the soaring Twin Pitons, bubbling Soufrière Volcano and the Diamond Botanical Gardens are among a wealth of astonishing natural wonders; and to Antigua, an island famed for boasting over 365 breathtaking beaches, as well as historical highlights such as the English Harbour and Nelson’s Dockyard. Then there’s St Kitts, for a chance to ride on one of the world’s greatest scenic railways and witness unspoilt scenes of sugarcane fields, dense forests and spectacular coastline. At St Maarten, you could explore the 17th century battlements of Fort Amsterdam and Fort Willem during a call at Philipsburg, or opt to join a thrilling catamaran sailing on the Caribbean Sea. 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.

Highlights of this cruise:

Oranjestad, Aruba
Oranjestad is the capital of the Dutch island of Aruba, in the Caribbean Sea. The vividly coloured colonial buildings that mirror those in Amsterdam, clearly point to Oranjestad’s rich Dutch heritage. The city is one of the Caribbean’s true gems, combining European-style architecture with glorious white sand beaches, palm trees and flamingos.

Along the waterfront, L.G. Smith Boulevard is dotted with boutiques, shopping malls, restaurants and bars. The harbour, packed with fishing boats and yachts, has stalls selling fresh fruit and fish, and the open-air cafés are to perfect spot to enjoy the sights and sounds of this busy port.

The 18th century Fort Zoutman and the Willem III Tower, formerly a lighthouse, is now the Historical Museum, while The Archaeological Museum displays indigenous artefacts - ceramics, ancient tools, burial urns and other relics, dating back as far as 2500 BC. The Numismatic Museum has almost 50,000 coins, collected by three generations of a single local family.

Queen Wilhelmina Park is a peaceful place to walk, with formal lawns and tropical plants, and other sights include the island’s Butterfly Farm and the Natural Bridge of Aruba. Of course, visitors can simply relax on the glorious beaches, where flamingos are occasionally spotted balancing on the pristine sands.

Philipsburg, St Maarten, Netherlands Antilles
Philipsburg is the capital of the Dutch half of St. Maarten, a Caribbean island amicably shared between Holland and France for centuries. The town is known as a shopper’s paradise, while its charming sandy beach, studded with colourful clapboard restaurants and outdoor cafés, is accessible via water taxi.

Front Street, Philipsburg’s long main street, is festooned with shops, but the alleys and courtyards down to Back Street are also worth exploring. There are some stylish restaurants, but the Lo-Lo huts, which sell grilled chicken, fish and cakes from home-made barbecues, are great for a cheap snack of authentic Caribbean food.

This tiny island was divided between the Dutch and French in the 1600s, as a bastion against the Spanish. This melting pot of rich cultures and old-world charm was supposedly divided up by someone from each country walking round the coastline in opposite directions until they met up again.

Two historic forts reflect the island’s colonial past: Fort Amsterdam, built in 1631 and soon after captured by the Spanish, offers fine views over Philipsburg from the original walls, and Fort Willem, built by the British during the Napoleonic War.

La Romana, Dominican Republic
La Romana is the Dominican Republic’s 7th largest city and one of the country’s top holiday destinations, boasting gorgeous beaches bathed in tropical sunshine, fantastic scuba-diving hotspots rich in marine fauna and flora, and luxury resorts such as Casa de Campo, famous for its world-class gold courses and the artists’ village of Altos de Chavón.

Situated on the Caribbean coast, La Romana is also an ideal place from which to embark on Caribbean cruises, thanks to the city’s convenient proximity to the stunning islands found just a short sail southeast from the Dominican.

Pricing (per person)

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Quad Triple Twin Single

H - Twin Inside

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I - Twin Inside

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F - Twin Outside

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G - Twin Inside

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E - Twin Outside

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D - Twin Outside

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C - Twin Outside

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B - Superior Twin Outside

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A - Superior Twin Outside

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BC - Balcony

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BA - Superior Balcony

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BS - Balcony Suite

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SS - Superior Suite

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M - Single Inside

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L - Single Outside

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K - Single Outside

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