Braemar, Uncrowded Caribbean Islands with Havana ex Santo Domingo Return



14 Night Cruise sailing from Santo Domingo roundtrip aboard Braemar.

14 Night Cruise sailing from Santo Domingo roundtrip aboard Braemar.

Contrasting experiences, from exploring islands when there are fewer people around to absorbing all the hustle and bustle of one of the region’s most iconic destinations, makes for an immersive, authentic and unforgettable taste of Caribbean culture, history and spellbinding beauty.

Beginning your blissful, insightful voyage in the Dominican Republic, there’s a morning to explore Santo Domingo – the Americas’ oldest capital city – and discover an abundance of centuries-old architectural highlights before setting sail. Soon after, you’re treated to what’s sure to be an undoubted highlight of your holiday – an extended stay in the fabled Cuban city of Havana. Soak up the Latin culture and vibrant atmosphere of the busy, UNESCO-listed Habana Vieja; or perhaps see the sights via classic American car. By the evening, you could be learning to dance the rumba, mambo and cha cha; or simply enjoying the company of the friendly locals over a glass of locally produced rum at one of the lively bars.

After Havana, the pace slows a little for a less energetic, but no less rewarding experience. Braemar will be the only ship in port when you visit the enchanting Jamaican village of Port Royal and beautiful Basse-Terre in Guadeloupe, so you’re in for a less crowded exploration of both destinations. Port Royal is sure to captivate and inspire, with its impressively preserved landmarks and fascinating pirate history, while thick rainforest and volcanic peaks await in Basse-Terre. In between, there’s also a call at Kralendijk, gateway to the unspoilt landscapes of colourful Bonaire, where flamingos and other native wildlife can be spotted in their natural habitat, while you conclude your Caribbean adventure with a chance to ride St Kitts’ world-famous scenic railway and marvel at vistas of ocean surf, mighty cliffs and rolling, lush-green landscapes.

Highlights of this cruise:

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Discovered by Columbus in 1496, Santo Domingo is the New World’s oldest colonial city. A beautiful place to simply walk around, the cobbled streets of Santo Domingo are lined with 15th & 16th century buildings that remind you of the city’s unique history.

Among the historic buildings you will also find modern creature comforts such as shopping malls, restaurants, bars and cafes. Events and festivals often take place and visitors are encouraged to get involved and experience the Dominican’s exciting, vibrant atmosphere. Be sure to explore the Colonial Zone and the Malecon. These are the most pedestrian friendly areas in the city and are home to the finest architecture, the best places to visit and finest cuisine.

For those who wish to simply lie back, relax and soak up incredible weather, there are several beautiful beaches within easy reach.

Port Royal, Jamaica
Once the largest city in the Caribbean, until an earthquake struck in 1692 and submerged more than half the city, Port Royal today is a historically important settlement in Jamaica, which opened in early 2020 to cruise ships for the first time. Located at the end of an 18-mile long sand spit close to Kingston, Port Royal has a colourful history and was known for being a pirate hub in the Caribbean during the 17th century, earning it the nickname of ‘the wickedest city in the west’.

Today, the small town has some interesting historical sites, including Fort Charles, which was built in the 1600s and houses a small museum. In addition, the portion of the city that sank has been recognised as an important archaeological site. Jamaica’s capital, Kingston, was founded after the 1692 earthquake, and is around 16 miles from Port Royal. The vibrant city is known for being the birthplace of Bob Marley, who grew up in Trench Town, as well as the beautiful Devon House, a landmark of the city which serves some truly delicious ice cream.

Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe
Basse-Terre, the main city on the island of the same name, is the administrative capital of French overseas region Guadeloupe, and the ideal place from which to explore all of the natural beauty that the island has to offer. Separated from Grand-Terre by a narrow river, the island of Basse-Terre is an ecological paradise, with the sprawling Parc National de la Guadeloupe in the centre of the island and one of the country’s most glorious beaches in the north.

The city of Basse-Terre sits in the shadow of La Soufrière, an active volcano reaching almost 1,500 metres high. Located within Parc National de la Guadeloupe, La Soufrière is the highest point in the Lesser Antilles. Another highlight within the national park is Les Chutes du Carbet, a series of waterfalls that cascade down through La Soufrière’s forested slopes. In the northwest of the island, Grand Anse beach in Deshaies is picture perfect. A kilometre stretch of glorious sandy beach that sits between the vibrant ocean and lush rolling hills.

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