Fred. Olsen's stunning Braemar ship offers a remarkable balance of relaxation and activity. This intimate ship is served by a devoted crew of approximately 370, with plenty of leisure facilities and lively venues to create an unforgettable sociable atmosphere.
Braemar features an assortment of delicious cuisines throughout its casual and formal dining venues. For a sophisticated affair, there are the elegant Gala Dinner events at The Thistle Restaurant. Add some variety with a buffet featuring worldwide cuisines or a mouth-watering lunch on the sun terrace. Then again, you could always savour a speciality hot drink and sweet treat at the coffee and chocolate cafe!
During days at sea, you can take a dip in the swimming pool, sunbathe on a lounger, unwind in a hot tub, and enjoy afternoon tea at Coral Club. You also have a library, as well as a spa that offers professional massages, facials, and reflexology sessions. For active guests, there are golf nets, arts and crafts sessions, and walks along the scenic promenade — perfect for a moonlit meander or sunny stroll. You can even treat yourself to some duty-free shopping at the ship's designer boutiques, too.
Braemar comes alive with dazzling shows and live music in the evening. Head to Neptune Lounge for cabarets, Observatory Lounge for panoramic views, or Morning Light Pub for beers, wines and live bands.
Personal, friendly and welcoming perfectly describe Braemar's atmosphere. With much easier access to shorelines and a mix of contemporary facilities on board, this ship is sure to give you a memorable cruise experience.
There are casual and fine dining venues to choose from on Braemar. The Thistle Restaurant features ocean views, a varied a la carte menu, and elegant Gala Dinner evenings. Grampian Restaurant offers a sophisticated dining setting, while Palms Cafe serves casual buffets of international cuisines.
For al fresco light bites including chicken, burgers, pizzas, ice creams, and fish and chips, try Marquee Bar. Go to The Grill for beef and onion pie, chicken Caesar salad and blueberry cheesecake at lunchtime, as well as succulent steaks and tasty panna cotta for dinner. A menu of teas, mochas, lattes, and espressos are on offer at The Bookmark Cafe — you can treat yourself to its range of luxury chocolates including pralines and champagne truffles, too. Why not also make the most of Balmoral's complimentary room service between 10:00 and 22:00 every day?
While cruising on Braemar, Coral Club is the place to go for afternoon tea and entertainment day or night. Lido Bar offers a relaxing atmosphere and refreshments on the terrace, while Observatory Lounge features panoramic views, piano music and tasty beverages. Head to Neptune Lounge for dazzling entertainment and a large choice of alcoholic and soft drinks.
If you fancy a traditional British tavern environment, there's the lively Morning Light Pub. For sangria, cocktails, beers, lagers, ciders, wines, and soft drinks beside the pool, you have the stylish Marquee Pool Bar.
For entertainment, take part in creative activities at the arts and crafts room or join in yoga, Pilates and fitness classes at the gym. Evenings bring an amazing variety of music, cabarets and dances to the glamorous Neptune Lounge. Coral Club features lively dance songs, bands and acts at night, as well as daytime games of bingo.
Have fun at the parties held at Lido Bar, enjoy the comedy acts in Morning Light Pub and relax with piano music at Observatory Lounge. There's something to suit everyone on Braemar.
Day 1-2: UK to Bridgetown, Barbados
Fly from your chosen UK airport to Barbados and enjoy a coach transfer to the port. Board Fred. Olsen’s Braemar and set sail for St Lucia
Day 3: Castries, St Lucia< West Indies
Arrive in Castries, the capital city of St Lucia. Step ashore and shop for bargains at La Place Carenage Shopping Plaza in downtown Castries, or venture to the heart of the city to the vibrant Central Market. Pay a visit to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Derek Walcott Square and the Government House; before climbing to the top of Morne Fortune to view Fort Charlotte. Spend a few hours at Vigie Beach or head south to Marigot Bay. Take an island tour and admire the majestic Piton Mountains, snorkel in the crystal-clear waters of Half-Moon Bay, or enjoy a picnic on a lemon grass lawn at Pigeon Island National Park.
Day 4: St George’s, Grenada
Stop at St. George's on the 'Spice Island' of Grenada. Nestling alongside horseshoe-shaped Carenage harbour, the cobbled streets of St. George's are lined with pretty pastel-coloured heritage buildings. Step back in time at Grenada National Museum or explore Fort George and Fort Frederick. Head to the golden sand of Grand Anse Beach for a morning of sunbathing. The submerged gallery at Underwater Sculpture Park is a unique sight, or you can discover how the island's spices are grown and processed at Dougalston Spice Estate. Venture further to view local wildlife at Grand Etang National Park and cascading waters at Annandale Falls.
Day 6: Willemstad, Curacao
Arrive in Willemstad — founded in 1634 and now the capital city of Curaçao. Explore the Hato Caves or see beautiful flora and fauna at Christoffel National Park. There are sea lions to visit at Curaçao Sea Aquarium; lots of shops at Punda; and a church and museum at the nearly 400-year-old Fort Amsterdam. Stroll by pastel-coloured buildings with a hint of Dutch design in the city centre and head to Maritime Museum or Kura Hulanda to learn about the island's history. You can buy souvenirs from Willemstad's floating market and even visit a distillery to try the local liquor. Sunbathe on the beach, have a go at snorkelling and diving, swim with dolphins, and dine on cuisine influenced by Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America.
Day 8: Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis
Basseterre is the capital city of St Kitts and Nevis in the West Indies. Explore the shops and bars of The Circus or pay a visit to the cathedral, courthouse, and fountain of Independence Square. On the outskirts of the city, you'll discover Fairview Great House and Botanical Gardens and to the northwest are Romney Manor and the Wingfield Estate. Take a ride on the St Kitts Scenic Railway to discover deep ravines, black-sand beaches, and Mount Liamuiga volcano. Admire the views over sugarcane fields from the 17th-century Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park.
Day 9: Road Town, Tortola, BVI
Rich in history and old-world Caribbean charm, Road Town – the capital of the British Virgin Islands - is the perfect place to spend the day. Visit the historic Sunday Morning Well where the 'Proclamation of Emancipation' - giving freedom from slavery - was read in 1834. Explore the shops and eateries on Main Street or pick up locally-made crafts by the waterfront. Taste authentic Caribbean rum cocktails at the legendary Pusser's Bar or unwind on the powder-white sand of Cane Garden Bay. Discover colourful exotic plants at JR O'Neal Botanic Gardens or join a hiking trip to Sage Mountain National Park. A short boat trip to view The Baths rock formations on Virgin Gorda's north shore is a must-do, too.
Day 11: Grand Turks, Turks and Caicos
Grand Turk is the capital island of the Turks and Caicos and the place where Christopher Columbus first made landfall on his initial voyage to the New World in 1492. Find many Colonial-style buildings and ruins and explore the Turks and Caicos National Museum to discover the islands' history. Try snorkelling and diving off the reefs or whale watch for humpback whales off the coast. Cockburn Town is the centre piece of the island; discover a wonderful selection of historical buildings and an unforgettable rustic charm.
Day 13-14: Philipsburg, St. Maarten
The ship drops anchor today at St Maarten's Dutch capital city - Philipsburg. Stroll along the shops on bustling Front Street or enjoy a couple of hours’ beach time on Great Bay beach. Fly through the trees at the Fly Zone at Loterie Farm or explore the island by quad bike. See local plant and animal life at St Maarten Zoological and Botanical Garden, and caterpillars and butterflies at the Butterfly Farm. You can also swim with dolphins at Dolphin Discovery Anguilla or admire heart-stopping views in the Pic du Paradis hills.
Day 15: Bridgetown, Barbados
It's easy to see why Barbados is known as 'Little England' with its Georgian houses, Lord Nelson Statue and Parliament Square. Indulge in retail therapy on Broad Street, admire stunning views and rugged island landscapes on a jeep island safari, or visit the dramatic stalactites and stalagmites of Harrison's Cave. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience - sail on a catamaran to swim with once-endangered hawksbill and green sea turtles.
Day 16: Bridgetown, Barbados
Your cruise comes to an end in Barbados where you disembark the ship. Enjoy a coach transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.