France & Spain

Boudicca

France & Spain Overview

Departs: 11 June 2020

9 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 • Honfleur, France • Santander, Cantabria, Spain • Avilés, Asturias, Spain • La Coruña, Galicia, Spain • Cruising Seine River • Rouen, France (overnight)• Dover

 

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France & Spain

Day 1

Depart Dover (PM)

Day 2

Honfleur, France

Historic Honfleur in northern France's Lower Normandy region is a quaint little port with a rich cultural and artistic heritage. One of France’s most visited towns, Honfleur – with its beautiful 15th and 16th century architecture and distinctive harbour – was the inspiration for Impressionist painters and poets.

Vieux-Bassin, Honfleur’s colourful old harbour, is lined with 16th to 18th-century lofty slate-and-timber fronted houses. Its sloping cobbled streets have long been a subject for artists including Claude Monet and native son, Eugène Boudin.

A visit to the 15th century St. Catherine's Church, a vaulted timber structure erected by shipbuilders, is a must, as is the maritime museum and Notre Dame de Grâce – a 17th century chapel containing various paintings and models. The chapel also offers fabulous views of the town, the Seine estuary and the impressively-engineered Normandy Bridge that crosses it.

  

Day 3

At Sea

 

Day 4

Santander, Cantabria, Spain

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. Many visitors also come to discover the region's prehistoric 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.

Day 5

Avilés, Spain

The Spanish city of Avilés 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 Avilés 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 – Avilés’ sole example of civil medieval architecture – plus a number of outstanding Gothic churches such as San Nicolás and San Francisco.

Day 6

La Coruña, Spain

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. 

Day 7

At sea

 

Days 8 - 9

Cruising River Seine, France / Rouen, France (overnight)

The Spanish city of El Ferrol in La Coruna province of Galicia, is named after the lighthouse that marks the entrance to the city’s harbour. Ferrol has been one of northern Spain’s most important seafaring cities since the time of Bourbon rule and is now a major naval shipbuilding and fishing centre. Impressive warships can often be seen being built, repaired and dismantled in Ferrol’s harbour. The quiet, compact city has a welcoming, laid back feel to it. The charming narrow streets are easy to navigate and are lined with many small shops and places to relax or get refreshment. The La Magdalena district - officially declared an area of national historic and artistic interest – has rows of delightful parallel streets created during the city’s enlightenment, and two large squares that feature beautiful 18th century houses and modernist style buildings. The Castle of San Filipe is a popular attraction that hints at Ferrol’s military past.  

Day 10

Arrive Dover

 

 

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