Escape to the Caribbean on this relaxing voyage and you’ll fly out to join
Braemar in paradise before sailing to a string of beautiful destinations. From
rainforest plantations and historic forts to golden beaches and stunning
snorkelling opportunities, you can indulge in a rich slice of the Caribbean,
showcased through its finest islands. To add to that, the relaxing sailing back
to the UK takes in the verdant Azores and laidback charms of La Coruña.
On arrival into Bridgetown, you can squeeze in
some time to experience the lively and atmospheric
centre of the city, with its Georgian houses and
Parliament Square, before you set sail on your
island-hopping exploration. On tranquil St Lucia,
the quintessential town of Castries beats with life
and culture, though it’s the Diamond Botanical
Gardens, towering volcanic twin Pitons and lush
rainforest of the surrounding island that regularly
lure the visitors.
Braemar then glides onward to St Kitts, docking at
the historic capital of Basseterre for a full day’s
encounters. Should you opt to ride the St Kitts Scenic
Railway it’d surely be the highlight of your time on
the island. Brimstone Hill Fortress will fascinate too;
it has witnessed more battles than any other single
site in British and French naval history. Soon after
your time on St Kitts, Antigua will appear on the
horizon. The historic English Harbour and Nelson’s
Dockyard here – which can be taken in from the
490-foot high lookout at Shirley Heights – are
complemented by a choice of 365 beaches: one
for each day of the year, if you ask the locals.
The tropical feel of St Maarten, ‘the Friendly Island’,
is almost tangible in Philipsburg’s maze of alley
ways and courtyards between the aptly named
Back Street and Front Street. Offering a contrasting
experience to this Dutch flavour is a tour to the
town of Marigot, the French capital of the island.
Alternatively, during your stay here, you can visit the
nearby 17th century battlements of Fort Amsterdam
and Fort Willem, or enjoy a luxury catamaran cruise
before departing the Caribbean.
The voyage back to the UK begins by setting sail
for the awe-inspiring Azores archipelago. Crater
lakes – especially those of the extinct Sete Cidades
Volcano – rich vegetation and hot springs form part
of this captivating natural environment, with potential
sightings of whales and dolphins in the surrounding
waters a further treat.
A final call into the laidback Spanish city of La Coruña
presents a feast for the eyes, with the city’s Old
Quarter, stunning seafront promenade, Tower of
Hercules and array of galleries and museums ideal
for a memorable day’s exploration.
View destination and ship videos at www.cruisewithfred.tv