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Panoramic view of the city of Bordeaux in France

Uncover the highlights of attraction-packed cities in France and Spain with ease; Braemar's smaller size allows us to dock closer to the heart of each destination! Discover historical monuments and fascinating museums in the UNESCO-listed centre of Bordeaux, and discover Santander, Avilés and La Coruña - three gorgeous cities in Spain’s picturesque northern region.

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Itinerary

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Depart from Southampton in the late afternoon.

Note: In the event of adverse weather/sea conditions that prevent the ship from calling at one of the scheduled ports, alternative arrangements will be made where possible.

  • Accommodation 3 * Braemar
  • MEALS Dinner included

Relax and enjoy all the facilities on offer on Braemar.

  • Accommodation 3 * Braemar
  • MEALS All meals included

Widely regarded as the world’s wine capital, the graceful French city of Bordeaux offers far more than just vineyards and claret. Having rid itself of a rather sleepy image over the last decade, Bordeaux is now among one of France's most exciting and dynamic cities. While a sizeable number of its visitors still visit the city to get a taste of what makes this wine-rich region so special, Bordeaux has many other surprising secrets.

Stretched along the banks of the Garonne River, this City of Art and History is home to 362 historic monuments, with some buildings dating back to Roman times. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site back in 2007, Bordeaux’s Gothic Cathédrale Saint-André, 18th Century mansions and popular art museums, such as the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux, are rare treats to discover. This urban and architectural ensemble includes public gardens that line the curving river quays, and the imposing Place de la Bourse, which overlooks the reflecting pool, Miroir d’Eau. The Place des Quinconces, one of the largest squares in Europe, is a fine space to while away some hours. Alternatively, other distractions include barista-run coffee shops, delicious food trucks, exceptional restaurants and, of course, more fine wine than can ever be possibly drunk.

  • Accommodation 3 * Braemar
  • MEALS All meals included

Located between Gijon and Bilbao on Spain’s north coast, Santander is an elegant city with impressive buildings set against a natural backdrop of sea and mountains. The belle-époque elegance of Estadio El Sardinero underlines the engaging qualities of Cantabria’s capital. The Palacio de la Magdalena, once the royal summer residence, sits on the rocky peninsula, while the city centre is home to the octagonal cupola and Gothic cloisters of the Catedral de Santander. Inside is the tomb of Marcelino Menéndez Pelayo, a work by the sculptor Victorio Macho, and under the main chapel lies the crypt of El Cristo, a vaulted chamber with artefacts from the Roman era.

Nearby, the Paseo de Pereda promenade runs along one side of the Jardines de Pereda gardens; the houses with their miradors (balconies) are a favourite feature of this lively boulevard. The beaches in Santander are protected from the wind by the bay, resulting in wonderful, calm waters. Also worth seeing are the Altamira Caves, situated a few miles from the city, which contain some of the most important cave paintings of Quaternary art.

For seafood lovers, the local fried squid or breaded whitebait are a treat, while the popular cocido montañés (stew made of beans, meat and cabbage) is symbolic of this region of Spain.

  • Accommodation 3 * Braemar
  • MEALS All meals included

The Spanish city of Aviles, in the north-western province of Asturias, is steeped in history and architectural gems just waiting to be discovered. A former maritime and farming town, the scenic city of Aviles is now one of the country’s most important industrial centres. The city centre remains stylish and easy to navigate, with plenty of high street stores, pretty cafes and a number of museums and galleries to visit, while the Old Town quarter is Aviles’ finest feature. Largely pedestrianised, the Old Town consists of several historic squares and plazas, interlinked by a series of pretty boulevards from centuries past. The collection of stunning historic buildings includes the Camposagrado Palace, the Palacio de Valdecarzana - Aviles’ sole example of civil medieval architecture – plus a number of outstanding Gothic churches such as San Nicolás and San Francisco.

  • Accommodation 3 * Braemar
  • MEALS All meals included

The city of La Coruña is the capital of the province and a busy seaport situated in the Galicia region of northwest Spain. Most famous for its Roman lighthouse, the diverse architectural styles of La Coruña make the city an absolute delight for sightseeing. La Coruña boasts an impressive seafront promenade, beautiful beaches and a host of attractions such as the Domus Museum, the Casa del Hombre and Torre De Hercules – said to be the only Roman lighthouse in existence – which offers sweeping coastal views from the top of its 60 metre high tower. The Paseo Marítimo, a lovely 13km walkway and bike path, runs from the port, around the peninsula, and along the ocean beaches.

The compact Ciudad Vieja – La Coruña’s old quarter – is a must-visit area. Often referred to as “the city” by the locals, the medieval centre contains remains of the centuries-old Roman wall that once protected it. The arcaded Plaza de María Pita, surrounded by narrow pedestrianized lanes, is a popular spot, and features the Estatua de María Pita, a statue of a 16th century woman who warned the town of an invasion by Sir Francis Drake. The medieval Church of Santiago, the Museum of Sacred Art and the Military Museum are all fine places of interest.  Beyond the historic city is a proud, modern metropolis, which boasts a superb food scene and a buzzing nightlife. The world’s best picnic food, empanadas, and the locally produced beer, Estrella, both demand trying.

  • Accommodation 3 * Braemar
  • MEALS All meals included

After all that sightseeing, you have a day at sea to relax, do some on-board shopping or treat yourself to a spa treatment. The choices on board are endless!

  • Accommodation 3 * Braemar
  • MEALS All meals included

Early morning arrival into Southampton. After breakfast, disembark Braemar.

  • Accommodation 3 * Braemar
  • MEALS All meals included

Braemar

Capable of comfortably accommodating up to 929 passengers, Braemar has a uncrowded, intimate feel, with friendly staff providing a fantastic level personal, attentive service and catering to your every need. On board, guests can enjoy an unforgettable cruise holiday in the comfort and ample space of recently refreshed rooms and suites, and updated restaurants, bars and lounges and fantastic daily entertainment from talented performers.

Cruising Braemar

With its large windows showcasing spectacular views, Braemar oozes timeless style and elegance. Polished wooden fixtures, shining brass fittings, decadent fabrics and carefully designed decor give the feel of a traditional country house hotel. Capable of comfortably accommodating up to 929 guests, Braemar has a unique, intimate feel with friendly staff offering a fantastic level of personal service.

Facilities on-board

On board Braemar you’ll find a superb selection of restaurants, bars and lounges offering sumptuous cuisine, a wide range of beers, wines and spirits and fantastic entertainment. Traditional afternoon tea in the Observatory Lounge is not-to-be-missed, and be sure to take in a show in the Neptune Lounge. One of the focal points on Braemar is a beautiful, five-deck high Atrium which leads to the fully-equipped Fitness Centre, Palms Café, Coral Club and the Thistle Restaurant; while the cascading decks at the stern enhance the ship’s elegant profile and offer stunning vistas no matter which deck you’re on.

Your cabin

All cabins provide comfortable, en-suite accommodation with a shower. Facilities include climate control, an interactive Smart TV, a desk, phone, mini-fridge, hairdryer & tea & coffee making facilities.

Outside cabins have either two portholes or a picture window, depending on the category of cabin chosen.

All rooms are non-smoking, have room service available until 11pm, and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).

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What's included:

  • Inside cabin
  • Welcome drink and information meeting
  • Entertainment on-board
  • Porterage and port taxes
  • Full Board: Breakfast, lunch & dinner, afternoon teas and late night snacks, self-service tea & coffee
    All-inclusive drinks package including wine, beer and house spirits and 50% off premium and branded drinks and spirits
  • Port parking
  • £50 on board credit
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader (with groups of 8 & over)

What's Extra:

  • Cabin upgrades
  • Gratuities
  • Shore excursions
  • Insurance see here

Temperature:

  • Average daily maximum:
    Santander 15°C, Bordeaux 15°C, La Coruña 12°C

 

  • Note:  Please note that regardless of group sizes our cruises will still operate.

Useful Information

Passport
Absolutely. It is a condition of carriage that all guests embarking on a cruise holiday, even those visiting the British Isles, must hold a full and valid passport that conforms to the entry requirements of each destination visited, and is valid for at least 6 months after the date of return to the UK. It is your responsibility to ensure you hold a valid passport. If you need to renew your passport, please allow at least one month for your application to be processed - and more time during peak holiday periods. As you will be denied boarding if unable to present your passport at check-in, please ensure your passport is kept in your hand luggage.

Visas
Visa and health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you check with a professionally qualified source and comply with such requirements. UK passport holders will need visas for certain Fred. Olsen cruise holidays and will advised at the time of booking. Your cruise booking information will also detail any requirements applicable to your holiday.

It is the responsibility of all non-British passport holders to ensure that they are in possession of a valid passport and, where necessary, entry visas or permits for their chosen cruise. If you are unsure as to whether you are requires to obtain such documents, you must contact the relevant Embassy or Consulate. Failure to comply with this request may result in refusal of carriage, or the imposition of individual fines by local immigration authorities.

Payment on Board
You will be asked to register your credit or debit card at the start of the cruise. Anything you buy can then be charged to your room account and, when your cruise is over, your bill is automatically charged back to your card for your convenience. You can see your room account balance at anytime via the TV in your room, or Guest Services can provide you with a printed copy of your balance at any point during your cruise. Fred. Olsen accept most credit cards - Eurocard, Mastercard and Visa. (We regret we are unable to accept American Express cards.) They cannot accept Maestro, Solo, Electron, Diners Club or travel agent debit cards or pre-paid currency or travellers cheque cards. Please note: If you plan to settle your on board account in cash the currency on board is Sterling.

What's the dress code on board?
Packing for your cruise holiday with Fred. Olsen is simple. The dress code is designed to ensure you feel relaxed and comfortable during your days and evenings on board, as well as your time ashore. This handy guide will help you decide what to pack for your cruise holiday.

Evening wear
Evening wear is simple on a Fred. Olsen cruise. Most evenings are smart casual with a few formal nights providing the chance to dress up. And just to add some fun to the cruise, there may also be some optional theme nights on longer sailings.

Formal evenings
Depending on the length of your cruise holiday there will be one or more formal evenings whilst you are on board for cruise durations longer than six nights. This is your chance to ‘dress to impress’ and add glitz and glamour to your dining experience. Most men opt to wear either a dinner jacket, or dark suit and tie. Ladies are often seen looking fabulous in anything from a cocktail-style dress to a full-length ball gown.

All Fred. Olsen cruise ships feature a casual dining experience for those guests who do not wish to join the formal evenings. Dress code for these restaurants is smart casual every evening.

Smart casual evenings
Most evenings during your cruise holiday will be smart casual evenings so you can feel relaxed and comfortable whilst enjoying your dinner. For men, a pair of trousers, chinos or smart white or dark jeans, coupled with a polo shirt or shirt is perfectly acceptable. Some guests prefer to wear a jacket or tie which is also fine. The choice is yours. Ladies’ dress can often range from tailored trouser suits and stylish dresses to casual separates and summer dresses.

Please note: trainers, T-shirts, shorts and tracksuits are not allowed in the restaurants for evening dining. We reserve the right to decline entry to those who refuse to show this courtesy to their fellow guests.

British Night  Most cruises of over 5 nights duration have a British Night, so dress in your best red, white and blue outfit, wave your Union Jack and sing-a-long as we celebrate Britain in style. With a feast of British-themed food, music and entertainment to enjoy, this special evening is sure to be a highlight of your holiday.

Day wear on board
Whether enjoying the sea views from the deck, or participating in the many activities available, we want you to feel at ease. Casual wear is perfectly acceptable for your days on board with many guests opting for shorts and a T-shirt or polo shirt while cruising in sunny climes, and a pair of light-weight trousers and a sweater or jacket for cooler daytime temperatures.

Whilst on deck, bathing suits are a must to ensure you can make the most of the pools and Jacuzzis on board. A pair of flip flops or sandals are advisable as the decks can sometimes get very warm (please take care, as the decks can be slippery too). A T-shirt and casual shorts is often preferred for lounging by the pool. Don’t forget your hat, sunglasses and sun cream, as the sun can be a lot stronger at sea.

Dress is smart casual during lunch time and as a courtesy to their fellow cruisers, guests are asked not to wear bathing suits or vests in the restaurants. However, smart shorts and a T-shirt are perfectly acceptable.

Day wear ashore 
The weather can vary greatly depending on your destination and the time of year you cruise. For warm weather destinations like the Canaries, Mediterranean and the Caribbean, typical summertime wear such as T-shirts, shorts or swimwear are fine. For Shore Tours that include visits to churches, museums or cathedrals, it is advisable to dress a little more conservatively.

For cruises to cooler destinations, a pair of trousers, a jumper or jacket and a raincoat are recommended, as the weather can be changeable.

Whichever type of cruise you choose to embark on, a pair of comfortable walking shoes is strongly recommended to explore some of the fabulous destinations you will be visiting in comfort.

Formal Nights
What should I wear on formal night?
Depending on the length of your cruise holiday there will be one or more formal evenings whilst you are on board. This is your chance to ‘dress to impress’ and add glitz and glamour to your dining experience.

Most men opt to wear either a dinner jacket, or dark suit and tie. Ladies are often seen looking fabulous in anything from a cocktail-style dress to a full-length ball gown.

All Fred. Olsen cruise ships feature a casual dining experience for those guests who do not wish to join the formal evenings. Dress code for these restaurants is smart casual every evening. One of our most popular evenings is British Night, where guests choose to dress in red, white and blue.

The exact number of formal nights, including any theme nights will be highlighted on your cruise ticket. Below is a guide to the number of formal nights you can expect to enjoy on cruises of various durations.

3 nights or less -Smart casual throughout

3 - 5 nights- Captain's Welcome Party, but no formal nights

6 nights -Captain's Welcome Party + 1 x formal night

7- 12 nights - Captain's Welcome Party + 2 x formal nights

13- 20 nights - Captain's Welcome Party + 3 x formal nights

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Choose a cruise holiday with confidence. A Solos Tour Leader will accompany groups of 8 and over, and all our cruises will operate as shown - irrespective of the number of bookings taken and subject to the Cruise company’s schedule. If necessary our itineraries may be subject to change, and in the event of adverse weather/sea conditions that prevent the ship from calling at one of the scheduled ports, alternative arrangements will be made where possible. All our non-UK cruises include flights and transfers and are ATOL protected.

 

Depart Return Nights Age Group Price From COMMENTS  
30 Mar 2019 07 Apr 2019 8 All Ages £ 1365 Call to book

What's included:

  • Inside cabin
  • Welcome drink and information meeting
  • Entertainment on-board
  • Porterage and port taxes
  • Full Board: Breakfast, lunch & dinner, afternoon teas and late night snacks, self-service tea & coffee
    All-inclusive drinks package including wine, beer and house spirits and 50% off premium and branded drinks and spirits
  • Port parking
  • £50 on board credit
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader (with groups of 8 & over)

What's Extra:

  • Cabin upgrades
  • Gratuities
  • Shore excursions
  • Insurance see here

Temperature:

  • Average daily maximum:
    Santander 15°C, Bordeaux 15°C, La Coruña 12°C

 

  • Note:  Please note that regardless of group sizes our cruises will still operate.

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