Amalfi, Tuscany & The Italian Riviera

Boudicca

Amalfi, Tuscany & The Italian Riviera Overview

Departs: 25 April 2019

22 Nights Full Board

Sailing from Dover

What's Included

Price Includes:

  • All meals
  • A varied and professional entertainment programme
  • Cruise
  • Baggage Allowance

Ports of call

Dover • Malaga, Spain • Mahon, Spain (Menorca) • Sorrento, Italy ⚓ • Naples, Italy (overnight) • Amalfi, Italy ⚓  • Cruising Amalfi Coast & Capri, Italy • Civitavecchia (for Rome), Italy • Livorno (for Florence & Pisa), Italy • Portofino, Italy ⚓  • Genoa, Italy (overnight) • Cartagena, Spain • Lisbon, Portugal • Vigo, Spain • Dover

 

 

 

 

Day 1

Depart Dover (PM)

 

 

Days 2 - 4

At Sea

 

 

 

 

Day 5

Malaga, Spain 

 

Situated on Andalusia's beautiful Mediterranean coast, Malaga offers everything you would expect from a city on the Costa del Sol: seemingly endless stretches of golden sand beaches, fantastic restaurants serving traditional tapas and friendly bars attract locals and holidaymakers alike.

There's much more to the region's captivating capital than busy beach resorts though. Dig a little deeper and a wealth of cultural, historical, artistic and architectural treasures reveal themselves, such as Catedral de Málaga, the statuesque and striking Alcazaba Fortress and Castillo de Gibralfaro. Not-to-be-missed is the Picasso Museum, which exhibits a fantastic collection of masterpieces from arguably Malaga's most famous 'son', Pablo Picasso.

What's more, Malaga is also your gateway to Granada and the glorious Alhambra, where proud 14th century palaces and exotic gardens are Spain's finest expression of Moorish art; as well as the Ronda Valley, where on tour you can explore a charming old town and the picturesque El Tajo gorge.

Day 6

At Sea

 

 

 

Day 7

Mahón, Spain (Menorca)

 

Mahón, or Maó, is the capital of the Spanish island of Menorca, the smallest and calmest of the Balearic Islands, and known for its British-style Georgian houses and fine, sheltered harbour. The narrow streets of Mahón have a charming mixture of chic shops, restaurants and bars.

Santa María Church, with its ornate 19th century organ, is worth discovery on central Plaça de la Constitució, and City Hall has a Renaissance facade and a clock donated by the island’s first British governor. The Menorca Museum displays art and exhibits on the island's history.

From Mahón the true beauty of Menorca – its sleepy fishing villages, stunning beaches and Monte Toro, the island’s highest peak – is all waiting to be uncovered.

Day 8

At Sea

 

 

Days 9 - 10

Sorrento, Italy ⚓ / Naples, Italy (overnight)

 

Sorrento

Fronted by glorious blue waters and surrounded by deep valleys, rugged cliffs and soaring mountains; Sorrento looks simply breathtaking as you glide along the Amalfi Coast towards the town. Once ashore, be sure to look back across the Bay of Naples to savour the incredible views of Capri Island and Mount Vesuvius.  

Sorrento’s charming streets are an absolute delight to explore in search of an abundance of attractions and historic structures, many of which date back to Roman times. The Cathedral, St. Francis Monastery and the Basilica di Sant’Antonino are not-to-be-missed; while the Villa Pollio Roman ruins, Archaeological Museum and Puntacampanella Nature Reserve are well worth a visit too. You’ll also discover hundreds of tourist-centric shops, lovely cafes and fine restaurants.

Sorrento is also ideally placed for tours to the UNESCO-listed towns of Herculaneum and Pompei, which were both famously destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD79.

Naples

The southern Italian city of Naples, dates to the 2nd millennium BC, and has centuries of volcanic drama, art and architecture all robustly perched on the Bay of Naples.Naples can feel chaotic, tattered and neglected on first sight, but go beyond the ruggedness and a city of breath-taking frescoes, elegant sculptures and superb panoramas can be uncovered.

Naples' centro storico (historic centre) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its cache of archaeological treasures are among the most important globally. The city’s collection of palaces, castles and churches almost puts Rome to shame. The Duomo di San Gennaro cathedral is filled with sublime frescoes, while the lavish Royal Palace and Castel Nuovo ensure a spot for Italy's third largest city on any must-see list.

The bustling maze of shops, boutiques and open-air cafés are a constant distraction, and the local cuisine – derived from rich volcanic soils, an abundant sea, and years of cooking excellence – makes Naples one of the true Italian heavyweights.

Day 11

Amalfi, Italy ⚓  / Cruising Amalfi Coast & Capri, Italy

 

Amalfi

The stunning UNESCO-listed town of Amalfi, with its incredible scenery, charming narrow streets, medieval architecture and delightful marina is the heart of Italy’s glorious Amalfi Coast. Situated within a deep ravine at the foot of the 4,314ft-high Monte Cerreto, Amalfi is on many people’s must-see list. It's dearth of notable historical buildings is because most of the old city, and its populace, dropped into the Mediterranean during an earthquake in 1343.

However, the past can still be experienced through the Arab-Romanesque architecture of Amalfi’s Sant'Andrea Cathedral, with its striking Byzantine facade, the Museo Arsenale, a medieval shipyard converted to an exhibition space and the magnificent Moorish-style Cloister of Paradise. The intriguing Paper Mill Museum is also visit worthy. The town’s network of narrow streets are lined with an array of smart cafes and restaurants serving the finest local cuisine. The picturesque harbour is also perfect for exploring and strolling.

Cruising Amalfi Coast & Capri

Renowned for its beautiful landscapes and glorious blue waters, the Amalfi Coast should be on every ‘must-visit’ list. A cruise past the towering mountains, grand villas, lush forests and stunning towns which line this breathtakingly beautiful, UNESCO-listed gem is always a memorable experience. Be sure to take your place on deck and have your camera to hand as your ship glides along gorgeous azure waters.

Cruising out towards the Bay of Naples, you will also see the idyllic island of Capri – once the home of Emperor Augustus. Capri’s Roman ruins, rugged seascapes, secluded coves and vibrant flora have attracted visitors for decades, and you have the chance to admire superb views of the island from the comfort of your Fred. Olsen cruise ship.

Day 12

Civitavecchia (for Rome), Italy

 

Civitavecchia is the coastal port to the northwest of Rome, and gateway to the Eternal City. This 2nd century port retains many features from its long history, including the Roman Dock and the 16th-century Michelangelo Fort. The National Archaeological Museum exhibits many ancient artefacts, and many visitors discover Terme Taurine, the ruins of a Roman thermal bath.

Principally, however, the port is the main access point for Italy’s capital. From the Colosseum and Forum of Ancient Rome to the city's great masterpieces of Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture, the emblems of past grandeur and wealth provide a grandiose backdrop for the elegant designer boutiques, pavement cafes, inviting trattoria and countless sophisticated pleasures of today's vibrant capital.

Day 13

Livorno (for Florence & Pisa), Italy

 

Livorno is a quintessential Italian port city on the west coast of Tuscany, known for its seafood, Renaissance-era fortifications and modern harbour. It is also the gateway to many of Italy’s ancient treasures. Tuscany’s second largest city and the central Terrazza Mascagni, a waterside promenade with checked paving, is the city's main spot for booth locals and visitors to converge.

The bastions of the 16th-century Fortezza Vecchia face the harbour and open onto Livorno's canal-laced Venezia Nuova quarter. This shabby, historic district is full of character and its elegant belle époque buildings point to a prosperous past.

An easy train from this Ligurian port opens up Florence, Pisa and Rome. Pisa has the 11th century Duomo Cathedral and the world-famous Leaning Tower, while the legendary Florence offers a truly stunning Renaissance city of the Medici grand dukes. The peerless art treasures of the Uffizi and a majestic prospect of domes, towers and spires are all framed by the distant Tuscan hills.

Days 14 - 15

Portofino, Italy ⚓  / Genoa, Italy (overnight)

 

Portofino

Sailing along the glorious Italian Riviera coastline, it’s easy to miss Portofino, the perfect fishing village tucked away in a beautiful tree-sheltered bay just south of Genoa. However its pastel-coloured houses, overlooking the harbour lined with super-yachts, is a gem waiting to be discovered.

Chic boutiques and fabulous seafood restaurants fringe the small, cobbled Portofino Piazzetta. A path leads from the square to the imposing Castello Brown, a 16th century fortress that towers over a gorgeous hanging garden. Its museum has art exhibitions and offers panoramic views of the Ligurian Sea. The 12th century Church of San Giorgio – Portofino’s patron saint, and the lighthouse on Punta del Capo both merit a visit, and also offer unspoilt views of the bay.

Arriving at Portofino via the warm, aquamarine waters surrounding the peninsula is an unforgettable experience in itself. Little wonder so many artists, celebrities and members of the ‘jet-set’ dock their expensive yachts here every summer. A drink by Portofino's harbour or a stroll around its designer shops provides a rich slice of the good life.

Genoa

The port city, Genoa, is the capital of Italy's Liguria region and the birthplace of Christopher Columbus and pesto sauce. With a maritime trade that rivalled Venice over the centuries, Genoa’s medieval Old Town is as stunning as any in Europe.

Genoa’s famously winding, narrow lanes open onto majestic squares like Piazza de Ferrari, site of an iconic bronze fountain and the Teatro Carlo Felice opera house. The city boasts a moored submarine, an aquarium and on the harbour front is the 14th century Palazzo San Giorgio.

 

Mahón, or Maó, is the capital of the Spanish island of Menorca, the smallest and calmest of the Balearic Islands, and known for its British-style Georgian houses and fine, sheltered harbour. The narrow streets of Mahón have a charming mixture of chic shops, restaurants and bars.

Santa María Church, with its ornate 19th century organ, is worth discovery on central Plaça de la Constitució, and City Hall has a Renaissance facade and a clock donated by the island’s first British governor. The Menorca Museum displays art and exhibits on the island's history.

From Mahón the true beauty of Menorca – its sleepy fishing villages, stunning beaches and Monte Toro, the island’s highest peak – is all waiting to be uncovered.

Day 16

At Sea

 

 

Day 17

Cartagena, Spain

 

One of Spain’s most important port cities for over 2000 years, Cartagena is bursting with history and culture. Originally built over five hills by the Romans, Cartagena is strategically placed on the Mediterranean and boasts some wonderful architecture and historic monuments. They include Casa de la Fortuna, a villa with murals and mosaics, and the medieval Castillo de la Conception, which served as a fortress for the Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths, Arabs and Castilians, and overlooks the stunning natural harbour of the Murcia coast. 

Many of the buildings from Roman Cartagena have disappeared, but some important sites remain, including the amphitheatre which dates from around 100BC. 

Cartagena is also home to a number of Modernist buildings that were designed and built by the pupils of Antoni Gaudi, the world famous architect renowned for designing the stunning La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. The city’s tapas bars and vibrant bars on the marina offer some fabulous local wining and dining.

Day 18

At Sea

Day 19

Lisbon, Portugal

 

Stretched across its seven trademark hills overlooking the River Tagus estuary, Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital city of Lisbon, is a cinematic collection of cobbled alleyways, pastel-coloured buildings, ancient ruins and white-domed cathedrals. Decimated by an earthquake in 1755, modern Lisbon has been shaped by that eventful day. The Pombaline architecture that now defines the city represents some of the first seismically-protected buildings in Europe.

The city’s bridges include the Ponte 25 de Abril – similar to the Golden Gate in San Francisco – and the Ponte Vasco da Gama, which includes over 11km of viaducts. Lisbon’s many fascinating museums, include the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, the National Museum of Contemporary Art, the National Coach Museum and the Carmo Archaeological Museum.

Lisbon is also a shopper’s paradise, with the Centro Commercial Colombo – the biggest shopping mall on the Iberian peninsula – and the elegant Avenidas Novas, full of upmarket shops. Alternatively, there bargains to be had in the local flea market, Campo de Santa Clara. Don't miss the chance to sample iconic egg tarts at Pasteis de Belém too.

Day 20

Vigo, Spain

 

Situated on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, and with one of the world’s finest natural ports, the Galician gem of Vigo has been an important part of Spain’s maritime industry for centuries. Boasting a wonderful historic quarter, modern marina and pretty centre, this city is alive with attractions.

The historic old quarter – like many of Vigo’s other attractions – is a great example of the influence the sea has had on the city. Located around the port, the Cidade Vella has narrow streets lined with old fishing houses and large markets selling locally caught seafood. The Collegiate Church of Santa Maria is a neoclassical cathedral built on the site of a grand gothic church that was burnt down by Francis Drake.

In the newer part of town, La Colegiata de la Santa Maria la Mayor is a fine 16th century church with an authentic Renaissance façade. The Pazo de Castrelos, dating from the 17th century, is home to the Quiñones de León Municipal Museum and contains a vast collection of paintings and artefacts that demand discovery. Elsewhere, the Castro de Vigo archaeological site has reconstructed ancient dwellings.

Vigo is a firm favourite with many visitors. Its mild climate, renowned estuary and golden beaches of the Rías Baixas, fine mariscada (seafood platter) cuisine and expansive culture all add up to something very special.

Days 21 - 22

At Sea

 

 

Day 23

Arrive Dover (AM)

 

Welcome aboard Fred. Olsen Boudicca

At a glance....

  • 5 restaurants
  • Cafe
  • 7 lounges and bars
  • Library and Card Room
  • Fitness Centre
  • 3 swimming pools
  • 2 Jacuzzis

Up to 800 people can enjoy a cruise on board Boudicca – not the thousands to be found on most ships these days – so there’s plenty of space for everyone. And this cruise ship is small enough to reach shores many rival cruise ships cannot.
Inside, indulge yourself at the Tintagel and Four Seasons Restaurants. Lounge around on the Lounge Deck, or in one of our two Jacuzzis. Or splash around in one of our three pools. And when the sun’s shining, our tasty poolside buffet will hit the spot.
There’ll be days and nights to remember on board Boudicca.

Dining on Boudicca

  • Four Seasons Restaurant: This is the largest of the restaurants on board Boudicca, ideal for enjoying a gourmet meal freshly prepared by our award winning chefs. The Four Seasons Restaurant  is tastefully decorated in muted browns, hung with striking paintings of the seasons, and offers the perfect atmosphere for those in search of a more formal setting.
  • Tintagel Restaurant: The Tintagel Restaurant is intimate and cosy – serving the same high quality food as in the main restaurant during your cruise holiday on board Boudicca. This beautifully designed and intimate restaurant provides a fantastic setting to enjoy a delicious meal freshly prepared by our award winning chefs.
  • The Heligan Room: Named after the stunning “lost gardens” which have been recreated in Cornwall, the Heligan Room has views of the fine displays of original landscape and botanical paintings which are hung in the Fours Seasons and Tintagel restaurants. The Heligan Room offers more formal dining in an intimate setting to enhance your cruise holiday experience.
  • Secret Garden Café: The Secret Garden Café on board your cruise ship Boudicca conjures up feelings of Far Eastern calm and tranquility. This oriental looking restaurant is self-service, but the standard is as good as in the main restaurants. Being a little less formal it is perfect for those times during your cruise holiday for when you wish to be more relaxed, allowing you the option to just pop along whenever you feel hungry, rather than waiting for the set dining times.
  • Marquee Bar: Enjoy a more casual al-fresco lunch on board your cruise ship Boudicca, this is the perfect place to enjoy the sun and a more relaxed dining option, with delicacies such as fish and chips, burgers or salads (weather permitting)
    Evenings assume an air of dignity on board your cruise ship Boudicca, from the lavish affair that is the Gala dinner to the less formal evenings. Whatever the occasion our menus are varied and mouth-watering with dining options set to make your cruise holiday experience that little bit more memorable.

Entertainment on Boudicca

  • Lido Lounge: Bar staff in the contemporary Lido Lounge are always on hand to serve a whole array of exotic cocktails, beers, spirits or something refreshing and non-alcoholic. The perfect reward after a hard day sightseeing or lounging in the sun!
  • Neptune Lounge: After indulging in one of the sumptuous dinner menus take your seat in the Neptune Lounge and as the sun goes down experience the music, dancing, lights and costumes. Fred Olsen shows, reviews and evenings of cabaret are guaranteed to have you shouting “encore”. Music and entertainment is on offer throughout Boudicca during the evening on board your cruise holiday, but the Neptune Lounge has ample room for passengers whichever dinner sitting you are on, so you can find a seat to enjoy the glitz and glamour.
  • The Observatory: One of the most popular lounges on board Boudicca, the large windows in The Observatory afford stunning views. Set at the forward end of the cruise ship with its large panoramic windows, this lounge offers you fantastic views of your journey, or the port you are staying in that day. This lounge is popular for pre-dinner drinks, or simply just to sit and enjoy the resident pianist.
  • Gaming Tables: Try and beat our experienced Croupiers at the Gaming Tables. Your cruise ship Boudicca includes a gaming area where you may try your hand on the Black Jack table or Roulette wheel. Try and beat our experienced croupiers, and there is even the opportunity to learn how to play better, with daytime sessions teaching you how to win big.
  • Iceni room: This small lounge is popular with many guests before entering the Neptune Lounge for the Bouddica’s nightly show. The Iceni Room is tastefully decorated with leather chairs and contemporary lighting. Self service tea and coffee making facilities can be found in this Lounge for our guest’s convenience.
  • Library Lounge: The Braemar Lounge on board your cruise ship Boudicca, is located on the Lido Deck, outside the Library.  It is the perfect spot to enjoy a morning coffee and catch up on a good book, complete the crossword or Sudoku puzzles.
  • Secret Garden Café Lounge: Sip a pre-dinner cocktail here before venturing into dinner.

Relax & Fitness on Boudicca

  • Atlantis Spa & Salon: Feel your aches and worries float away, and submerge yourself with our lush treatments on board Boudicca. From our ‘Extreme Comfort’ facial to an ‘Aromaceane Wrap’, massages, reflexology and more, we can help you feel truly relaxed on your cruise holiday. Or maybe enjoy all the glamour of formal nights with a new salon style, holiday highlights or a nourishing conditioning treatment. Just sit back, and enjoy the pampering. The Atlantis Spa is open from 8am till 8pm whilst at sea and in port. On occasional evenings the spa will remain open until 10pm. These services tend to be in high demand, so please do make sure you book your treatment early.
  • Fitness Centre: Keep fit during your cruise holiday. The well-equipped fitness centre on board Boudicca has everything you could need from treadmills, rowing machines and weights for those energetic types to a dance floor for dance lessons and aerobics sessions.
  • Swimming Pools & Jacuzzis: As you cruise, lounge by one of Boudicca’s two swimming pools, and dust yourself with a cool sea breeze. Situated by the larger of the two pools on board Boudicca are two jacuzzi’s to relax into or for those wishing to be more active why not challenge the tides using the Swimex machines?
  • Sauna and Steam Rooms: Boudicca has sauna and steam room facilities for when you want to go and relax even further!
  • Library: You can explore histories, geographies, biographies, novels, audiobooks (if you have your own CD player), board games and more. Sit back and enjoy a peaceful haven on your cruise holiday.
  • Card Room: Maybe a game of Bridge with some friends or how about some backgammon? The large Card Room on board Boudicca is the perfect setting with plenty of card tables and comfortable chairs. On some of our cruises, Bridge tuition is on offer during the days, and selected cruises may also have competitive play. If you prefer, aside from playing cards, you can relax and there are jigsaws for the keen puzzler.
  • Arts and Crafts Room: If you feel like getting creative during your cruise holiday, then you can head to Boudicca’s Craft Room. This room is specifically available for crafts themes such as painting, or for Arts & Crafts themed Vistas cruises.
  • Promenade: The Promenade runs the complete circumference of deck 7 of Boudicca. For the energetic, this is the perfect place to have a brisk walk of a few laps in the morning for the duration of your the cruise holiday, but for others it’s ideal for a pleasant stroll as Boudicca steams to her next destination.
  • Sun Deck: Escape the hustle and bustle and catch some rays up on the Sun Deck. This area of the ship is as high as you can get to watch the world go by, and see that you are really the only ones there. For those wishing to practice their golf swing during their cruise holiday golf nets are also available on the deck.
  • Lido Deck: On the spacious deck space of the Lido Deck you can enjoy an early morning coffee, an al fresco lunch or the very traditional British afternoon tea all whilst you bask in beautiful sunshine as the world literally drifts by on your cruise holiday.

Other Facilities on Boudicca

  • Internet Room: Whilst enjoying the escapism from home during your cruise holiday on board Boudicca, you may like to keep up to date with current news, sporting events or with friends and family back home. By visiting our fully equipped Internet Room, our guests are able to browse the internet and e-mail is available via web-based e-mail accounts.
  • Launderette: On board your cruise ship Boudicca, there is a fully equipped launderette, with washing machines, tumble dryers and irons available for guests use throughout their cruise holiday. So even if you are on a world voyage, you can always look your best. Alternatively if you don’t fancy doing your own laundry whilst on holiday, you can take advantage of the ships laundry, dry cleaning and pressing service. A full price list and details will be found in your Welcome Pack waiting for you in your cabin.
  • Medical Centre: Be assured that on your cruise ship, we have a doctor and/or nurse on call. Our Medical Centre on board Boudicca offers primary care, whenever you might need it. We hope you won’t be in need of medical care during your cruise holiday, but our medical staffs are there for you if you do.
  • Reception : Our Reception can be found at the heart of your cruise ship Boudicca. Our friendly Receptionists are on hand 24 hours a day, to advise and answer your queries and with their breadth of knowledge, they are sure to be able to help make your cruise holiday as enjoyable as possible.

Vital Statistics

Cabins 462
Passengers 880 standard occupancy
Crew 329
Refitted 2011
Fully Stabilised Yes
Tonnage 28,388 grt
Length 205.47 m
Beam (width) 25.20 m
Speed 18.5 knots