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Islands in the Caribbean

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Cruise the Spanish Main of pirate legend. Discover rainforests, tropical wildlife, colonial cities, blue skies, sandy beaches and salsa. 

Our programme of fly-cruises which visit the sun-kissed Caribbean are always popular. They offer the opportunity to discover rainforests, tropical wildlife, colonial cities, blue skies, sandy beaches and exotic cocktails, all rolled in to one experience.

 SHORE WALKS AND EXCURSION HIGHLIGHTS:

 St Kitts & Nevis - Travelling by converted long wheel base Land Rovers, we transfer to Romney Manor for the opportunity of two walks. St Kitts is a birding paradise and we finish with some free time in the capital Basseterre.

 Antigua & Barbuda - Hike with a local guide through the rainforest to Signal Hill for 360º views over the island. We may also visit English Harbour, the old naval base for Admiral Nelsons Fleet.

 Bonaire - We visit the high point of the island, before descending to the interior and spending some time in the capital Kralendijk, visiting the bustling outdoor craft and produce market.

 Santiago de Cuba, Cuba - We view the ‘Changing of the Guard’ ceremony at the Cemetery of Santa Ifigenia, visit the Bacardi rum distillery, Revolution Square and enjoy a guided city tour.

 Aruba - Walk in the island’s National Park over hilly terrain with views of the coastline. Of particular interest are the rock bridges and candelabra cacti.

 Havana, Cuba - Experience Havana with a guided walking tour of the four leafy plazas of old Havana and its cobbled streets, before continuing through the city using its famous open-top taxis.

 Kingston, St Vincent & Grenadines - We explore the St Vincent Parrot Reserve through cultivated fields, forest plantation and rainforest, with any luck seeing plenty of wildlife.

 St Lucia - A new walk for 2020 takes us through the countryside to view ancient rock carvings. Continuing on foot to a farm, we'll take lunch surrounded by 300 exotic fruit trees.

 Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe - We walk between two beaches through scenery from the TV series, Death in Paradise. We follow this with a cruise in a glass-bottomed boat.

 Please see our ‘Caribbean & Latin America’ cruises for details of ports visited on these cruises not listed here. Visit our website for full details and view our Holiday Information Sheet for the full range of included shore walks and excursions.

 


Holiday Highlights

  • Tropical white sand beaches, swim, relax, snorkel...
  • Coastal walks with stunning seascapes
  • Endemic birdlife
  • Beautiful gardens to explore

 

The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

    Walking tours with local guides around many of the cities we visit.

    Tips to the restaurant staff on the ship – we ask you to tip your cabin staff, however.

    A full on board entertainment programme including stage shows, ship’s band and musicians, comedy and guest speakers. You can enjoy as much or as little as you choose.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
Please select Departure Date to view:

Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 4/SS/P

  1. Day 1

    We depart from London Gatwick and on arrival, mid afternoon in Bridgetown, Barbados, transfer by coach to:

    Accra Beach Hotel & Spa

    P.O. Box 73W Rockley, Christ Church, Barbados WI

    +1 (246)-435-8920

    [email protected]

    www.accrabeachhotel.com

    for one night. Dinner this evening will be in the hotel.

  2. Day 2

    After checking out of our hotel we start our day with a visit to Welchman Hall Gully, an area of collapsed caves and one of the island’s few remaining sites of indigenous plants. Our next stop is the Andromeda Gardens where we see many tropical plants, the regular winners at the Chelsea Flower Show.

  3. Day 3

    On our second full day in Barbados we start with a short walk around the island’s capital, Bridgetown. We continue past the Garrison area and Savannah to Gun Hill Signal station for fine views across much of Barbados. Finally, we visit one of the earliest sugar cane planters, where there is a museum of farm implements and pictures depicting the life of slave workers. We return to Braemar and set sail into the Caribbean late afternoon.

  4. Day 4

    Today we travel with a local guide up to the main ridge of Tobago. We walk along the Gilpin Trace Trail, well known for its birds. We then drive down to the coast for some more bird spotting and sightseeing.

    4km (2 ½ miles), 100m ascent & descent, 2 ½ hours

  5. Day 5

    We have a day at sea on Braemar to relax and enjoy the ship’s facilities as we sail west towards Bonaire in the Lesser Antilles Islands. There is usually a range of activities available on board – you may choose to join a fitness class or visit the on-board gym, attend one of the on board lectures, treat yourself to a treatment in the spa or just simply relax in one of the lounges with a coffee and a book from the library.

  6. Day 6

    From Kralendijk where we come ashore we drive up into the hilly interior with our local guide. From the Millennium Cross where there are great views across the island we descend the Seru Largu trail, mostly on dirt tracks, passing kunukus (small farms) as well as Brazil, saddle and mesquite trees on the way. Our guide is great at pointing out birds and explaining the use of medicinal plants. At the bottom of the trail you can complete a circular walk back up the hill, or take the coach. After lunch on the ship we can swim or visit Kralendijk’s excellent craft market

    6-8km (4-5 miles), 130m descent (optional 130m ascent), 2 ½ –3 hours

  7. Day 7

    We come ashore in Oranjestad. From here we drive to the Arikok National Park Visitor Centre. Our walk with a park ranger takes us through the park’s rugged, hilly terrain with views over the breathtaking coastline. Particular features of the park are the rock bridges on the coast and candelabra cacti.

    5.5km (3 ½ miles), 100m ascent & 150m descent

  8. Day 8

    We have at sea to enjoy the comforts of Braemar as we sail east to the spice island of Grenada.

  9. Day 9

    Today we explore Grenada’s southern peninsulas. We start with a short drive past colourful local houses to the Tower Estate, where we visit the gardens containing exotic trees, and also an organic vegetable garden. From here we continue to La Sagesse Beach for a short walk. This is an idyllic Caribbean beach – waves lapping the white sands overhung by palm trees. After a picnic and a swim we return to the capital St George’s for free time.

  10. Day 10

    From Castries where we come ashore we drive to the Dauphin area, one of the first places to be settled on the island. Our walk takes us along an unpaved track to interesting rock formations and petroglyphs. After a short walk along the beach to look at the sargassum seaweed in the ocean, we continue uphill past farms to meet our coach. A buffet lunch is included today at Greenwood Terrace gardens where there are 300 fruits and flowering trees.

    7km, (4 miles), 200m ascent & descent, 2 – 2 ½ hours

  11. Day 11

    Our local guide Dassa will accompany us to the summit of Signal Hill for excellent views over the south side of the island. After the walk there will be free time in St John’s for sightseeing or visiting the beach.

    4km (2 ½ miles), 250m ascent & descent, 2 hours

  12. Day 12

    We come ashore at Basseterre on St Kitts. We have a half day excursion with a local guide to the Valley of the Giants, so called because of the huge rainforest trees which grow there. During our walk we have the opportunity to climb to a ridge from where there are fabulous views over the rainforest. We also make a stop at Romney Manor, home of the Caribelle Batik Factory, which has wonderfully landscaped gardens overlooking the Caribbean coast.

    4km (2 ½ miles), 200m ascent & descent, 3 hours

  13. Day 13

    St Maarten is split between the southern half with a Dutch heritage and the northern, historically French St Martin. We come ashore in Philipsburg from where a coach and guide take us to Anse Marcel. From here we walk around the northern tip of the island along the ‘Sentier des Froussards’. There are very attractive views throughout the walk, and a stop at the Petites Cayes beach half way around is very pleasant. We will see red gum trees, tamarinds, frangipani trees and several species of cacti such as ‘tête à l’anglais’, an endangered species.

    3km (2 miles), 100m ascent & descent, 2 hours

  14. Day 14

    Today Braemar docks in Road Town on the island of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. At the time of writing the island is still recovering from Hurricane Irma in 2017, so our itinerary might change. Our current intention is to visit the Botanic Garden, then walk with our local guide in the Sage Mountain area. This is a forest walk on the edge of a former plantation. We then continue to Cone Garden Bay for a swim, before having the rest of the afternoon available to sightsee in Road Town.

  15. Day 15

    We have another day to relax aboard Braemar as we head northwest towards the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti.

  16. Day 16

    We’re not planning a final day of packing and thumb twiddling at the airport. Before you board your flight, you will have had a taste of the Dominican Republic around La Romana, where we come ashore. We go to the National Park of the East, an area of subtropical forest, underground lakes, mangrove swamps and two small islands. Our forest walk takes us to caves and there should be lots of local flora and fauna, as well as traces of the indigenous Taino culture. A great day before we transfer to the airport and bid farewell to the Caribbean!

    2.5km, little ascent & descent, 1½ - 2 hours

  17. Day 17

    We arrive back in Gatwick in time for breakfast.

Travel Details

Flights with British Airways to and from London Gatwick to Barbados, 2020 dates return from the Dominican Republic. Flight upgrades and/or domestic add on flights available, please ask for a competitive quote.

All Caribbean fly-cruises begin with an overnight hotel stay in Barbados.

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Braemar

Capable of comfortably accommodating up to 929 passengers, Braemar has a un-crowded, intimate feel, with friendly staff. Large windows bathe the ship's public areas in natural light and provide spectacular views. One of the focal points on Braemar is the beautifully painted, five-deck-high Atrium area, while the cascading outside decks at the stern really enhance the ship's elegant profile and offer stunning vistas no matter which outside deck you're on. 

View the deck plan for Braemar

Refreshed with new fixtures, décor and furnishings during her extensive refit in late 2017, there are updated restaurants, bars and lounges offering sumptuous cuisine, and fantastic daily entertainment.  From the grand Neptune Lounge, which hosts lectures and live shows, and the Coral Club, with its resident bands and large dance floor, to the welcoming Morning Light Pub and the intimate Observatory Lounge, there's a venue to suit every occasion on board Braemar. Spend time at the fully-equipped Fitness Centre, indulge yourself at the Atlantis Spa, relax in the pools or Jacuzzi or feel the sea breeze on a walk around the ship's open promenade. 

On board facilities also include two swimming pools, a fitness centre including a sauna, steam room and beauty salon, two sun decks, Jacuzzis, several lounges and bars, a card room, small casino, library, coffee shop, internet room and restaurants. The ship has a medical centre, a boutique, a shop where you can buy essentials such as sun cream or toiletries, and there is also a self service laundrette and ironing room on board.

All guest cabins are are equipped with climate control, an interactive smart TV, hairdryer, desk, phone, fridge (which can be stocked as a mini-bar) and tea and coffee making facilities as standard.  Allocated cabins will be an inside cabin unless you have paid a supplement to upgrade. 

Your cabin steward will keep your cabin in immaculate condition, replacing any linen or towels as or when required. Separate towels are provided for poolside use. Braemar operates a satellite telephone system, with telephones in each cabin, and personal mobile phones enabled for international roaming should work on board. The voltage on board the Braemar is supplied at 220 volts (requiring a continental style 2-pin plug).

Payment on board is in Sterling, and a credit account system is operated on board allowing purchases to be charged to your account which must be settled at the end of your cruise.