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The Caribbean & Latin America

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These cruises venture into the cultural cornucopia of Central America. We are able to include many highlights in our 2 week cruises, from Mayan ruins in Mexico to the native wildlife of Belize and Costa Rica’s rainforests, national parks and gardens.

Venturing into the cultural cornucopia of Central America as well as dropping anchor at Caribbean Island ports. We pack many highlights in our two week cruises, from Mayan ruins in Mexico to the native wildlife of Belize and Costa Rica’s rainforests, national parks and gardens.

 SHORE WALKS AND EXCURSION HIGHLIGHTS:

 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - With a local guide we walk the cobbled streets lined with 15th and 16th century buildings that retrace the city’s unique history.

 Cozumel, Mexico - Lying off the coast of Yucatan, we visit the eco-park, Chankanaab, a lagoon with underwater caverns, home to dolphins, manatees, iguanas and sea turtles. The National Marine Park boasts stunning beaches and beautiful botanical gardens.

 Belize City, Belize - We visit the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary for a short walk along the trail where some 360 species of birds have been spotted, before taking a boat trip on the lagoon.

 Puerto Limón, Costa Rica - We travel south to the Cahuita National Park.

 Colón, Panama - Our day is split between a visit to one of the world’s great engineering feats, the Panama Canal and San Lorenzo Fort & Reserve, where we cross an old set of canal locks at Gatun.

 Cartagena de Indias, Colombia - We have a guide with us to explore the captivating old city, new town and the colonial district.

 Willemstad, Curaçao - We walk around Caracas Bay viewing the historical remains including the Dutch Colonial Fort. Later we explore Willemstad with its 750 historic buildings.

 Barbados - We discover the tropical world of Welchman’s Hall Gully, Andromeda Gardens and Gun Hill Signal station on foot. Why not enjoy a flying fish sandwich lunch at Sunbury Plantation?


Holiday Highlights

     

  • The Panama Canal 
  • Explore Willemstad with its 750 historic buildings. 
  • Discover the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary where 360 species of birds have been spotted 
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

    A shore visit programme organised by us and led by your tour leader. Almost all transport costs for our walking and sightseeing programmes from the ports visited. Occasionally there may be an optional museum entrance or cable car fare to pay for locally. Details are in our Holiday Information Sheets.

    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
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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

    Departure from London Heathrow via Madrid to Santo Domingo. On arrival in Santo Domingo, mid - afternoon you will be transferred by coach to Hodelpa Nicolas De Ovando Hotel in Santo Domingo, where you will immerse into the colonial past and discover the First City of the New World. Dinner will be taken at the hotel.

  2. Day 2

    Before boarding Braemar we go on an excursion to the real Dominican countryside and hop in our open-air safari truck. We begin our adventure with a walk through a sugar cane plantation and visit a small village inside it, where we learn about the traditional ways of living and working in the field. We continue our journey to the beautiful fishing village of Bayahibe, stop by a local baseball stadium home and learn how Dominicans have become the best baseball players in the world. We mesmerize our taste with fresh and juicy tropical fruits and organic cocoa.

  3. Day 3

    Overnight Braemar will cruise along the coast to bring us to Santo Domingo, where the local guide will take us through the city tour. We will pay homage to the First Cathedral of the Americas, and the birthplace of a fervent Catholic faith. Visit the National Pantheon, followed by a walk across the ‘Alcázar de Colón’ museum and come across the Presidential Palace. We plan to board Braemar in the early afternoon again.

  4. Day 4 to 5

    We have two days aboard Braemar as we sail west through the Caribbean towards the coast of Mexico. This is a good opportunity to relax and enjoy the ship’s facilities. 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, pamper yourself with a treatment in the spa or just simply relax in one of the lounges with a coffee and a book from the library.

  5. Day 6

    Today we will travel around the island of Cozumel, viewing the wild and untamed eastern shore. We’ll learn about the island’s history and visit the Mayan ruins of either San Gervasio or El Cedral. There will also be some free time to look around an historical village and go swimming.

  6. Day 7

    We drive inland to the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary. The Crooked Tree village is itself worth exploring, with its narrow sandy lanes lined with cashew trees, with a Creole population. It is on the mainland, but surrounded by lagoons, so considered an island. We’ll do a bit of bird-spotting - 300 species have been recorded here from the giant jabiru stork (the largest flying bird in the Americas) to hummingbirds. We can also walk some jungle trails and we will have a boat trip across the lagoon.

  7. Day 8 to 9

    We have another two days on board Braemar to kick back, soak up the sun, eat, relax and chat with our fellow travellers.

  8. Day 10

    On arrival in Puerto Limón we drive 45 minutes to the Cahuita National Park. With a local guide we follow a trail in the park starting at Kelly Creek. We follow the Caribbean shoreline, winding around Cahuita Point and Puerto Vargas Point before doubling back. There is a chance we will see some of the park’s extensive wildlife, including green iguanas, howler monkeys, armadillos and some 400 species of birds.

    8km, 200m ascent & descent, 3 hours

  9. Day 11

    We have a day ashore from Colón at the Atlantic end of the Panama Canal. We pay a visit to the Canal, then spend some time in the San Lorenzo Reserve with its abundant wildlife.

  10. Day 12

    Cartagena is an exquisitely beautiful city, one of the best-preserved colonial cities in the Americas. In the old walled town the narrow streets are a riot of colourful colonial buildings with lush greenery bursting from the balconies. With a local guide, we visit the La Popa Monastery for 360º degree views over the city and the sea, San Felipe Fortress, and in the ‘Ciudad Vieja’ the Church of San Pedro Claver and the handicraft zone of Bovedas. This is not a city you are likely to forget!

  11. Day 13

    We have a day at sea to relax and enjoy the ship’s facilities as we cross the southern Caribbean towards Curaçao.

  12. Day 14

    We come ashore today in Willemstad, the colourful capital of Curaçao. Curaçao has a dry climate and the landscape is somewhat barren. However, many plants have adapted to life on the island, and there is interesting and colourful wildlife as well. On arrival in Willemstad a coach will take us to Caracas Bay – we walk around the bay viewing the historical remains, including the old Quarantine Hospital and the Dutch Colonial Fort. After lunch by the bay we return to the ship, then have the afternoon to explore the very attractive and interesting city of Willemstad - it has 750 historic buildings including the oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere.

  13. Day 15

    We have another day aboard Braemar as we now sail east through the sunny Caribbean towards Barbados.

  14. Day 16

    After disembarking from Braemar we have a walking tour of Bridgetown. Following free time for lunch we transfer to the airport for our late afternoon flight back to the UK.

  15. Day 17

    We land back in Gatwick in time for an early breakfast.

Travel Details

Flights with British Airways from London Heathrow to Santo Domingo via Madrid, Dominican Republic returning from Bridgetown Barbados. Flight upgrades and/or domestic add-on flights available, please ask for a competitive quote. This cruise begins with an overnight hotel stay in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

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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. 

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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.