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The 2023 Christmas in the Caribbean

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Cruise Overview

  • Duration 14 nights
  • Departs 19 Dec 2023
  • Sails from Bridgetown, Barbados
  • Ship Braemar
  • Flights and transfersNo
  • Cruise code ‍1954974
  • Voyage code ‍M2331

Your Itinerary

Cruises to Barbados

Bridgetown, Barbados Tue 19 Dec 2023

Cruises to Barbados

Though technically located in the Atlantic Ocean, this popular Caribbean island is the most easterly of the Lesser Antilles archipelago and a Commonwealth realm.

Cruises to Barbados

Barbados Wed 20 Dec 2023

Cruises to Barbados

Though technically located in the Atlantic Ocean, this popular Caribbean island is the most easterly of the Lesser Antilles archipelago and a Commonwealth realm.

St. Georges, Bermuda Thu 21 Dec 2023

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the town of St. George on the island of Bermuda has been largely untouched for over 100 years. The delightful, well-preserved colonial town has its inhabitants to thank for the well-maintained appearance, who insisted it would never lose its historic charm. The Old Town is full of original architecture and historic fortifications that illustrate St. George’s importance in the development of the British Military between the 17th and 20th century. A stroll along its alleys and gorgeous coast line is literally a step back in time. Colonial buildings on central King's Square include the 18th century town hall, while the Tucker House Museum is a typical home from this time, and has displays of crystal, silver and period furniture. The World Heritage Centre is worth a visit, along with St. Peter's Church, founded in 1612. Water Street is home to boutique shops and galleries and Somers Wharf – a shopping and dining complex that sits on the historic waterfront, offers a more modern shopping and dining experience away from the Old Town centre. Beautiful Somers Gardens and Tobacco Bay Beach are two popular spots to find peace and relaxation.

Fort De France, Martinique

Fort de France, Martinique Fri 22 Dec 2023

Fort De France, Martinique

Martinique's lively, unmistakably French capital is, like the island itself, a flamboyant fusion of Gallic sophistication and Creole exuberance. It was, after all, the birthplace of the Empress Josephine! Its many bistros, restaurants and boutiques will provide temptations in plenty, while to visit St. Pierre, engulfed a century ago by volcanic Mont Pelée, is to recall an epic moment of island history.

St John's, Antigua

St. John's, Antigua Sat 23 Dec 2023

St John's, Antigua

With its white sand beaches, glimmering blue seas and laid-back locals, Antigua is a quintessentially Caribbean island.

Cruises to the Caribbean

Philipsburg, St Maarten Sun 24 Dec 2023

Cruises to the Caribbean

The world's smallest island shared between two nations – its 16 miles square (and more developed) southern part is Dutch and the northern, French – hilly St Maarten in the Windwards is a dual personality setting of absorbing contrasts. Philipsburg, built on a sand bar, is the old capital and still preserves some attractive colonial architecture, though the island's enticing beaches, excellent restaurants, and shops stocked with duty-free bargains will probably detain you longer!

Braemar, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

★Spend Christmas Day relaxing at sea★ Mon 25 Dec 2023

Braemar, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Spending the festive season on board a smaller, friendlier cruise ship offers you the chance to celebrate with ‘all the trimmings’, including traditional Christmas food, thrilling on board entertainment and many other little touches, as the friendly, attentive staff take care of your every need. Simply sit back, relax and enjoy!

Cockburn Town

Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Tue 26 Dec 2023

Cockburn Town

The Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) are blessed with everything you could want from a desert island getaway.

Braemar, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

At Sea Wed 27 Dec 2023

Braemar, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Braemar, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Cruise west coast of Abaco Islands Thu 28 Dec 2023

Braemar, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Nassau Bahamas

Nassau, Bahamas Fri 29 Dec 2023

Nassau Bahamas

The capital city of The Bahamas is Nassau, found on New Providence Island. A captivating fusion of old and new, the historic heritage of this island is sure to capture your heart.

Braemar, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

At Sea Sat 30 Dec 2023

Braemar, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Capitol building, Havana

Havana, Cuba ★NEW YEAR’S EVE★ Sun 31 Dec 2023

Capitol building, Havana

The effervescent Cuban capital is home to exquisite Spanish colonial architecture, classic American cars, grand avenues and a vibrant culture characterised by the irresistible rhythms of mambo. Why not go for a stroll around Old Havana, or round off the year in style by sipping mojitos Ernest Hemingway-style

Capitol building, Havana

Havana, Cuba ★NEW YEAR’S DAY★ Mon 01 Jan 2024

Capitol building, Havana

A Caribbean island with a Latin American twist, Cuba is a riot of colour, music, heritage and culture.

Capitol building, Havana

Havana, Cuba Tue 02 Jan 2024

Capitol building, Havana

A Caribbean island with a Latin American twist, Cuba is a riot of colour, music, heritage and culture.

What's included *

  • All meals throughout your cruise - from five course a la carte dining to informal buffets and late-night snacks
  • All evening entertainment, including cabarets and dancing, with a different show each night
  • Captain’s drinks party and Gala Buffet
  • On board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and use of gym equipment
  • The currency on board is pound sterling, so you won’t be affected by any foreign exchange rate fluctuation
  • Book with ROL Cruise and earn exclusive Cruise Miles® + your Ocean Club rewards with Fred. Olsen*
  • Plus, book an Ocean View or above by 8pm 25th August 2022 and receive a FREE John Lewis gift card worth up to £75

Book today and earn up to £107.98 off your next ROL Cruise booking

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Twin Interior

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This cabin is approximately 130 square feet in size and can be found on Bridge Deck 7 and Lido Deck 6. It has a bathroom with shower. All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).

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Single Interior

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This cabin is approximately 130 square feet in size and can be found on Marina Deck 2. It has a shower. All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).

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Large Superior Ocean View Room

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These cabins are approximately 175 square feet in size and can be found on Lido Deck 6 and Bridge Deck 7. They have a bedroom with a large picture window and a bathroom with shower. All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).

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Superior Twin Ocean View

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This cabin is approximately 140 square feet in size and can be found on Lido Deck 6. It has a picture window and a bathroom with shower. All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts)

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Twin Ocean View

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This cabin is approximately 140 square feet in size and can be found on Atlantic Deck 3. It has two portholes and a bathroom with shower. All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).

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Superior Ocean View Cabin

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This cabin is approximately 140 square feet in size and can be found on Lido Deck 6 and Main Deck 4. It has a picture window and a bathroom with bath and/or shower. All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts). Please note, cabins 6097 and 6095 have been equipped for use by disabled passengers.

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Single Ocean View

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These cabins are approximately 130 square feet in size and can be found on Atlantic Deck 3 and Marina Deck 2. These cabins have 2 portholes and a bathroom with shower. All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).

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Single Superior Ocean View

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These cabins are approximately 140 square feet in size and can be found on Main Deck 4 and Bridge Deck 7. These cabins have a picture window and a bathroom with shower. Please note, room 4003 has a porthole. All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).

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Superior Balcony Cabin

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These cabins are approximately 248 square feet in size and can be found on Bridge Deck 7 and Lido Deck 6. They have a bedroom with balcony and bathroom with shower. All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts). Smoking is permitted on cabin balconies.

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Balcony Cabin

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This cabin is approximately 266 square feet in size and can be found on Bridge Deck 7 and Lido Deck 6. It has a bedroom with balcony and bathroom with shower. All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts). Smoking is permitted on cabin balconies.

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Deluxe Balcony Cabin

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This cabin is approximately 315 square feet in size and can be found on Marquee Deck 8. It has a bedroom with balcony, bathroom with shower and/ or bath. All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts). Smoking is permitted on cabin balconies.

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Single Superior Balcony

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This cabin is approximately 208 square feet in size and can be found on Bridge Deck 7 and Lido Deck 6. It has a balcony and bathroom with shower. All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts). Smoking is permitted on cabin balconies.

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Superior Suite

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These suites are approximately 499 square feet in size and can be found on Bridge Deck 7. They have a sitting area, picture windows, a balcony, bathroom with shower. All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts). Smoking is permitted on cabin balconies.

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Balcony Suite

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These suites are approximately 343 square feet in size and can be found on Bridge Deck 7 and Lido Deck 6. They have a sitting area, picture windows, a balcony, bathroom with shower. All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts). Smoking is permitted on cabin balconies.

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Single Balcony Suite

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This suite is approximately 291 square feet in size and can be found on Marquee Deck 8 and Bridge Deck 7. These single suites have a bedroom with balcony, sitting area, bathroom with shower and/ or bath. All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts). Smoking is permitted on cabin balconies.

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The Ship - Braemar

  • Occupancy924
  • Tonnage24,344 tons
  • Length537 ft (163.68 m)
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Braemar, the shortest of the Fred. Olsen ships, provides the perfect balance between space and intimacy, with its five-deck high atrium and cascading decks at the stern. Capable of comfortably accommodating 924 passengers, Braemar’s crew to guest ratio is 2:1 - and what a crew it is! The friendly and attentive staff offer a personal service throughout your trip, catering to your every need.

What’s on board: Arts & Crafts Room, Atlantis Spa, Coral Club, Fitness Centre, Future Bookings Desk, Gaming Tables, Grampian Restaurant, Jacuzzi, Laundry Room, Library, Marquee Bar, Morning Light Pub, Neptune Lounge, Observatory Lounge, Palms Cafe, Photo Gallery, Shore Tours Office, The Grill, Thistle Restaurant and much, much more.

Experience the Difference

  • Our ABTA membership & ATOL license protects all our package or tailormade holidays booked through ROL Cruise so you can book with confidence knowing you are fully protected
  • Award winning Cruise Miles® loyalty programme; with over 400,000 UK members
  • Winners of more than 50 Cruise Awards over the last 5 years
  • The UK's No.1 Independent Cruise Specialist; delivering impartial advice
  • Customer satisfaction at 98% and a Feefo score of 4.9/5.
  • Expert staff with over 1,000 years of combined travel expertise offering 5★ service
  • Flexible Payment Options Available
  • Celebrating over 25 years as a cruise-only specialist
  • Insurance Guidance - ROL Cruise will assist you with obtaining insurance cover, including Covid-cover.
  • Key strategic partner with the major cruise lines
  • Voted The UK & Ireland's No.1 Ocean Cruise Specialist in TTG's 2020 Top 50 Travel Agencies Awards
  • Ambassadors representing us and guiding our customers onboard and at key locations on their holidays

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines FAQs

Do Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines have a Flexible Cancellation Policy?

If guests test positive within 14 days of departure they are to contact Fred. Olsen to discuss their booking and their options.

Fred. Olsen wants you to have complete peace of mind when booking a cruise with us. That's why all new bookings for cruises in 2022 come with their ‘no-risk deposit’ as standard.

This means you can move your deposit to any other cruise within 12 months of your original sailing - with no transfer fees. All you have to do is let us know before your final balance has been paid (or before your interim payment on a longer cruise).


Do I need a COVID-19 vaccine to travel aboard a Fred. Olsen ship?

Yes, you will need to be fully vaccinated, including your booster dose, with the last date of your last dose administered at least ten days prior to sailing.

  • Guests aged 12 and over are required to be fully vaccinated, including a booster dose. Your booster dose must be administered at least 7 days prior to embarkation. 
  • Children aged 12 and over will be required to have both of their vaccinations, with the last administered date a minimum of 14 days prior to embarkation
  • If more than 9 months have passed since the second dose, a booster vaccine will be required at least 7 days prior to embarkation. 
  • If you have had your second dose less than three months before your cruise departs, you will not need a booster dose. Your last administered date will need to be at least 14 days prior to embarkation. 

For cruises departing in 2022 the following will apply:

  • All guests will be tested on their arrival at the port, prior to check-in, before joining the ship.
  • Whilst it is not a requirement for you to have a test prior to your arrival, Fred. Olsen recommends that you follow the Government’s latest guidance on taking lateral flow tests regularly at home.
  • If you receive a positive lateral flow result in the days leading up to your cruise, please do not travel to the port.
  • If you need to notify Fred. Olsen of a positive result, please contact the Guest Services team on 0800 0355 145.

From 8th July - cruises L2218A, T2215 and S2218 onwards; in order to offer a quicker and more enjoyable check-in experience for guests, Fred. Olsen will no longer carry out pre-departure Covid-19 testing as part of the check-in process.

All guests are now required to take their own Lateral Flow Test at home within 24 hours of the departure date of the cruise and bring the proof of a negative test result to show at check-in. Accepted proof is the test cassette showing a negative test result or an email, letter or text confirmation from the test kit provider confirming a negative test result. 

Lateral Flow Test kits are readily available at most high street chemists and online.You can also order a Lateral Flow Test via our test kit partner Bupa at https://bupatesting.everythinggeneticltd.co.uk/index.php and record your result at https://my.everythinggeneticltd.co.uk/self_reporting

If you arrive at the port without confirmation of a negative result, you will be asked to complete a test at the terminal, which will result in a delay at check-in. Testing at the terminal will be charged at £25 per test and will be added to your on board account.

A small number of guests will be randomly re-tested at check-in. These guests will not be required to pay for their tests and their testing will be prioritised.


What is included in my cruise fare?

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines offer incredible value via inclusive fares. The following will be included in the price of your cruise: comfortable cabins with tv, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and individually controlled air conditioning, tempting cuisine, self-service tea and coffee at selected venues, in-room sandwiches and snacks, evening entertainment, Captain’s Drinks Party and Gala Buffet, use of leisure facilities including pools and gym, a vast range of on board activities, all UK port taxes, luggage porterage at embarkation and disembarkation and flights (as part of fly-cruises).


What isn’t included in my cruise fare?

There isn’t much Fred. Olsen doesn’t include in the price of their cruises! But do bear in mind the following (unless stated otherwise): travel to/from your port or airports, car parking, all drinks on board, Shore Tours and RIB Tours, hairdressing, health & beauty treatments and selected fitness classes, personal laundry and dry cleaning, WiFi, passport and visa costs, holiday insurance, discretionary gratuities, evening dining in premium restaurants, premium Traditional Afternoon Tea and games of Blackjack and Roulette.


Is there a dress code on board?

Yes, there is a dress code on board. Most evenings, your chosen ship will have a smart casual dress code. For men, trousers, chinos or smart dark jeans with a shirt or polo shirt are required. For ladies, outfits range from tailored trouser suits/casual separates to stylish dresses. Depending on the length of your chosen cruise, there may be one or more formal evenings. On these occasions, men wear either a dinner jacket or dark suit and tie while ladies may wear cocktail-style dresses or full-length ball gowns.


What dining options are available on board?

Upon arrival, you’ll find a Restaurant Seating Card in your cabin which will detail your evening dining time and allocated table number for the duration of your cruise. Dining times consist of two sittings; First Sitting (18:15) and Second Sitting (20:30). For guests on Freedom Fare, you will be offered the choice of your preferred slot at the time of booking, subject to availability. While guests on Saver Fares can select their dining time for a nominal supplement in advance of sailing. Informal open seating is offered to evening diners in Palms Café on Balmoral and Braemar. On selected evenings, The Grill restaurant offers premium speciality dining (for a small supplement) in exclusive indoor or al fresco locations. Here, expect to dine on succulent steaks and seafood as well as world cuisine inspired by the waters you sail in.


Are drinks packages available?

Yes, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines offer an All Inclusive Drinks Upgrade package. From only £24.99 per person, per night (£35 per person, per night on cruises of five nights or less and Speciality Sailings), you can enjoy selected white, red and rosé wine by the glass and selected house beers, house spirits and soft drinks all day, every day throughout your cruise. This package also extends to the restaurants on board where you can choose from a selection of soft drinks, a choice of wines by the glass and selected branded beers in cans.


What entertainment is available in the evenings?

Each evening you can enjoy a live show after dinner courtesy of resident and guest entertainers. From music to magic, cabaret to comedy, there’s so much to keep you entertained during your time on board - all you need to do is sit back and enjoy it all with your tipple of choice.


How do I pay for gratuities?

Gratuities (applicable to youths aged 12 to 17 and all adults) will be applied to your on board account. The amount (around £5 per person, per night) is not compulsory and can easily be altered by visiting Guest Services on board. You are welcome to tip personally if you prefer. You can also pre-pay gratuities before travelling (please ask at the time of booking).


Last Updated: 21/03/2022

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5% Oceans Member Discount is applicable to Oceans Members, is tiered depending on membership level and is subject to T&Cs.

John Lewis Gift Card is based on one per booking, for UK mainland addresses only when booking an Oceanview or above by 8pm 25th August 2022. The amount is tiered on cabin grade booked.

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