16 Night Cruise sailing from Southampton to Bridgetown aboard Braemar.
Providing the perfect escape from the cold, wet weather of the British winter, as well as the usual pre-Christmas stress, this 16-night voyage takes you across the Atlantic to the gorgeous, sun-soaked islands of the Caribbean, where you can indulge yourself with well-earned rest, relaxation and wonderfully rewarding exploration.
Cruising across the Atlantic is always a memorable and magical experience, and your glide across this vast ocean will be no exception. This incredible journey will afford you time to settle in on board smaller, friendlier cruise ship, acquaint yourself with your fellow-like minded guests, and soak-up all the excitement as anticipation for your Caribbean island-hopping adventure builds. En route, you’ll also visit the Azorean island of São Miguel, for chances to whet your appetite with tours to the stunning Sete Cidades Volcano and Terra Nostra Gardens. Once you finally reach the Caribbean, an immersive, in-depth exploration of this breathtaking region awaits, with Braemar sailing between six captivating islands on consecutive days. Show less
At St Maarten, you could explore the 17th century battlements of Fort Amsterdam and Fort Willem during a call at Philipsburg, from where you could also opt to join a thrilling catamaran sailing on the Caribbean Sea. Antigua boasts 365 beautiful beaches that tempt you into hours of soothing relaxation, a kaleidoscope of coral reefs, and historical highlights such as the English Harbour and Nelson’s Dockyard; St John’s is your starting point for discovering it all. Then there’s an opportunity to ride one of the world’s great scenic railways in St Kitts, before the natural wonders of St Lucia are revealed. The volcanic Twin Pitons and Diamond Botanical Garden are among the highlights within reach on tour from Castries. As your unforgettable Caribbean adventure nears its conclusion, you’ll then head for the ‘Spice Island’ of Grenada, where an infectious aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla fills the air. Here you can learn of life as a local cocoa farmer, and even have a go at harvesting cocoa yourself. Vibrant Bridgetown, gateway to exploring Barbados, is where you disembark. Before flying home, perhaps take a dip in the azure waters and swim with Sea Turtles; visit the Mount Gay Rum Factory; or simply make the most of the glorious Caribbean sunshine at inviting beaches one last time.
Highlights of this cruise:
Ponta Delgada, Portugal
Ponta Delgada, the main town on the island of São Miguel, is the capital of the Azores archipelago of Portugal. The town’s cosmopolitan atmosphere belies its 500 year history, and the surrounding island boasts beautiful lakes, mountains, sandy beaches and the stunning crater lakes of the extinct Sete Cidades volcano.
Ponta Delgada’s fine collection of buildings, narrow cobbled streets and squares, are a firm reminder that this was once a key staging post between Europe and the Americas. Intermingled are cool parks, enchanting squares, a modern marina, restaurants and waterside cafés. Its lakeside, whitewashed houses with terracotta roofs look out to enchanting mountain plains.
The striking, three-arched city gates, Portas da Cidade – which once stood in the harbour and now reside in Gonçalo Velho Cabral Square, were dedicated to the Portuguese navigator who discovered the Azores. The Gothic Church of St. Sebastian and The Convent and Chapel of Our Lady of Hope, which is home to a revered image of Christ, are both worth uncovering. The Carlos Machado Museum offers diverse artefacts of Azorean culture, while Igreja Matriz Church, with its splendid clock tower, is one of many beautifully ornate towers to be found.
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.
St John's, Antigua
The great bay of stunning English Harbour and historic Nelson’s Dockyard are two of pretty Antigua’s highlights. The colourful street market in St. John’s, selling flowers, fruit and handicrafts, is a must-see, along with a stop at one of the 365 stunning beaches – one for each day of the year say the Antiguans.
Basseterre, St Kitts
The elegant St. Kitts capital, Basseterre, has some of the oldest buildings in the Caribbean. Take a tour to Brimstone Hill Fortress to admire magnificent views across the island, travel on the St. Kitts Scenic Railway – said to be one of the most attractive train journeys in the world – or simply relax on one of the tranquil beaches in the balmy climate.
Castries, St. Lucia
Castries, the capital of the island nation of St. Lucia, is known for its palm-lined, soft, white Vigie Beach. Like St. Lucia itself, the city combines heritage and culture with peace, relaxation and tranquillity, and Castries is a gateway to St. Lucia’s wealth of national parks with vast forests, native plants and wildlife.
The city’s streets are easy to navigate. Leafy Derek Walcott Square – named after a native noble laureate – is home to a 400-year-old Samaan tree and the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception built in 1897. The nearby market in Jeremie Street, sells a wide range of items including fresh local fruit.
Overlooking the town is Morne Fortune, which provides some splendid views alongside Royal Navy history. Here the original French colonists built La Toc Battery, but was taken by the British in 1796, replacing it with a new fort built in 1888 to protect the harbour.
St George's, Grenada
The popular destination of St. George’s is the capital of Grenada, a tiny Caribbean island with a long history of British and French rule. The town is a gateway to a volcanic island, with a jaw-dropping landscape of crater lakes, rainforests, coral reefs and white-sand beaches.
Granted independence in 1974, it is famous for its cinnamon, mace, nutmeg and vanilla plantations, and Grenada is affectionately known as the ‘Spice Island’. The aromas literally fill the air and make for a most remarkable experience when visiting the island.
The town is located on a stunning horseshoe-shaped harbour. At its centre, the 18th century Fort George offers panoramic views of the island and nearby Fort Matthew, formerly a battleground and an asylum, boasts a network of underground tunnels. The Grenada National Museum hosts exhibits about the region’s history, including the plantation economy and the whaling industry.
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.
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