Braemar, Islands of the Caribbean with Colombia ex Santo Domingo to Bridgetown

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14 Night Cruise sailing from Santo Domingo to Bridgetown onboard Braemar.

14 Night Cruise sailing from Santo Domingo to Bridgetown onboard Braemar.

With no fewer than nine beautiful islands on the itinerary, plus a sailing past mountainous Montserrat at sunset, this quintessential Caribbean escape is full to the brim with highlights. You can uncover the essence of your destinations with authentic, immersive experiences; explore spectacular landscapes; and sample paradise at breathtaking beaches. What’s more, a visit to Colombia adds a touch of Hispanic flair too.

Your friendly home-from-home at sea will be waiting for you in the Dominican Republic, where you’ll have a morning to explore the charming cobbled streets of Santo Domingo – the Americas’ oldest European city – before setting sail. A relaxing day at sea will afford time to settle in on board, as Braemar diverts to Colombia and Cartagena de Indias, where you can learn of this captivating city’s rich emerald trading heritage, and admire its fine examples of Hispanic-influenced architecture. A memorable journey of Caribbean island discovery will then begin with visits to two of the beautiful ‘ABC’ islands. On Curacao, you can wander into the UNESCO-listed centre of Willemstad, packed with European-inspired, colonial-style structures and pastel-fronted houses. The beautifully unspoilt landscapes of Bonaire are then yours to explore, during a call into Kralendijk, before it’s on to St Maarten. At Philipsburg, you could enjoy panoramic views of the town from the centuries-old remains of the Amsterdam and Willem forts; simply unwind on golden beaches; and indulge in some retail therapy at the many malls, shops and busy markets. Show less
From St Maarten you’ll sail to St Kitts, where the undoubted highlight is the island’s famous scenic railway, regarded as one of the world’s great train journeys. Be sure to take a ride during your call into Basseterre to see the old sugar mills, windmills, and capture incredible vistas. Then there’s a visit to Antigua, famed for boasting over 365 breathtaking beaches, as well as historical highlights such as the English Harbour and Nelson’s Dockyard, and your very special glide past the volcanic peaks of Montserrat at sunset. Following on from that, authentic tours will offer opportunities to help students harvest produce at a school in St Lucia; and gain an insight into the life of Grenada’s local cocoa farmers. Alternatively, you could seek-out St Lucia’s soaring Twin Pitons during your call at Castries; and from St George’s, discover Grenadian delights such as Molinière Bay underwater sculpture park and Grand Etang National Park. Finally, you arrive in Bridgetown where, before disembarkation, you’ll have time to sample Barbados’ laidback vibes and authentic rum, admire gorgeous gardens, or even go in search of sea turtles aboard a catamaran.

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.

Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
An enthralling and staggeringly beautiful city, Cartagena is one of Colombia's true gems bursting with Spanish heritage. Dominated by the Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, the captivating city of Cartagena is also home to the wonderful Santo Domingo Plaza, Palacio de la Inquisicion and its 16th century cathedral.

Taking time out to relax at one of Cartagena's many open-air cafés is a popular pastime; perfect for watching the parade of horse-drawn carriages, fashionable locals and romantic street life. From one of its many beaches, many take the opportunity to mingle with the sea life on a Cartegena snorkelling trip, passing San Jose and San Ferna en route.

Kralendijk, Bonaire Netherlands
Kralendijk, the lively, Dutch-controlled capital of Bonaire, is renowned for its stunning natural beauty and fantastic Caribbean climate. This colourful town is characterised by its many beaches dotted with quaint stucco houses in pastel shades of pink, green and blue.

Surrounded by the protected Marine Park, the island’s waters are home to large numbers of tropical fauna, rare seabirds and sea life, including turtles, tuna, Blue Marlin and sailfish. Washington Slagbaai National Park is a great place to spot flamingos, iguanas and giant cacti, while sun-worshippers intent on pure relaxation can enjoy the gorgeous white-sand beach on the nearby uninhabited island of Klein Bonaire.

St John's, Antigua and Barbuda
A sunbather’s haven, St John’s is the capital city of Antigua and Barbuda, an island often referred to as the crown jewels of the Caribbean. With its large selection of beaches, typically hot climate and an array of cool seaside bars, the city of St John’s is a sun worshipper’s paradise.

In the city itself, the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda has exhibits on island history and St. John’s Cathedral, a 19th-century Anglican Church, sits sweetly on a hill near the 17th century Government House. The city’s vibrant red and yellow colonial buildings reflect the personality and warm welcome from locals, while a monument to the nation’s founder, V.C. Bird, is next to the colourful street market which sells flowers, fruit and handicrafts.

St. George’s fascinating history is brought to life on the stunning English Harbour and celebrated Nelson's Dockyard. Also known as Britain's West Indies naval base, it has now been restored to its 18th century glory.

Castries, St. Lucia
Castries, the capital of the island nation of St. Lucia, is known for its palm-lined, soft, white Vigie Beach. Like St. Lucia itself, the city combines heritage and culture with peace, relaxation and tranquillity, and Castries is a gateway to St. Lucia’s wealth of national parks with vast forests, native plants and wildlife.

The city’s streets are easy to navigate. Leafy Derek Walcott Square – named after a native noble laureate – is home to a 400-year-old Samaan tree and the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception built in 1897. The nearby market in Jeremie Street, sells a wide range of items including fresh local fruit.

Overlooking the town is Morne Fortune, which provides some splendid views alongside Royal Navy history. Here the original French colonists built La Toc Battery, but was taken by the British in 1796, replacing it with a new fort built in 1888 to protect the harbour.

Bridgetown, Barbados
With its balmy climate, buzzing atmosphere, glorious azure waters and incredible beaches, Bridgetown is a tropical city that epitomises paradise. There is rarely a dull day in the capital and largest city of Barbados.

This very British Caribbean island is a favourite with tourists; the city’s streets are lined with shops, boutiques, street vendors, bars and places to eat – there is always something to do. Broad Street, the main street of Bridgetown is often packed with welcoming locals. It's easy to see why Barbados is known as Little England given Bridgetown’s Georgian houses, the horse-racing track, Parliament Square, and a statue of Nelson.

The entire downtown area of Bridgetown and the 17th century Garrison were named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2012 in recognition of their historical significance. Near the central National Heroes Square, which fringes Constitution River, the Nidhe Israel Synagogue and museum explore Barbados' Jewish history.

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