Landscapes of Canary Islands

Boudicca

Landscapes of Canary Islands Overview

Departs: 09 March 2019

14 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 • Leixões (for Oporto), Portugal • Funchal, Portgual (Madeira) • Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain • Las Palmas, Gran Canaria • Arrecife, Spain • Lisbon, Portugal • Vigo, Spain • Dover

 

 

 

Day 1

Depart Dover (PM)

 

 

Days 2 - 3

At Sea

 

 

Day 4

Leixões (for Oporto), Portugal

 

 

A short journey from Leixões takes you into the heart of Oporto, with its fortress-like Cathedral and the Baroque Church of Clérigos. Head to the historic Ribeira District, where the narrow, cobbled lanes wind their way down to the Douro River. Don’t forget to visit one of the many wine cellars for a taste of the tipple named after the city, Port. On the ground floor of the Museu Romantico is the Port Wine Institute, where port is served with great ceremony. 

Oporto sits deep in the gorge of the River Douro and on the riverside – dominated by the two-level Luis I bridge – it’s possible to look up at the narrow old town streets climbing out of the valley. Pastel-fronted houses with red-tiled roofs line the streets, mixed with neo-classical buildings and wonderful baroque churches. Dominating the centre of the city is the fortress-like Cathedral, which is worth visiting for the views alone.

Day 5

At Sea

 

Day 6

Funchal, Portugal (Madeira)

 

Funchal, the capital of Portugal's Madeiran archipelago, has a timeless old-world charm. Enhanced by a subtropical climate that fills this 'floating garden' with the year-round colours and perfumes of flowers and fruit, Funchal was a favourite of Sir Winston Churchill. His praise of the city has ensured British visitors always receive a warm welcome from locals.

Backed by rolling hills, the town is famous for its harbour, the 17th century São Tiago Fortress (now the Contemporary Art Museum) and world renowned Madeiran wine cellars. Funchal’s parks and gardens are a delight, and a hike through the Laurel Forest nearby is highly recommended. The ancient Funchal Cathedral mixes Gothic and Romanesque architecture, and is noted for its impressive carved wooden ceiling.

Day 7

Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain

 

Sophisticated Santa Cruz - Tenerife's capital - is built around boulevards and wide avenues that link elegant squares and parks. Well-preserved buildings feature in the old town, including the colonial Church of the Immaculate Conception and the 18th century Palacio de Carta, which has impressive Baroque and neoclassical features. Recently redesigned by the architects Herzog & de Meuron, the city’s largest square, Plaza de España, is a pleasant spot to lose a few hours. Lively beaches such as Playa de Las Americas are within easy reach of Santa Cruz too. 

Away from the capital, many of Tenerife's highlights await on tours, including the exotic Botanical Gardens or the mystical lava stone Pyramids of Guimar. Exploring the volcanic El Teide National Park to marvel at majestic Mount Teide, or even climb Spain's highest peak, is an unmissable experience. 

Day 8

Las Palmas, Spain (Gran Canaria)

 

With its feel of mainland-Spain, spiced up with an eclectic mix of Asian and African cultures, Las Palmas is one of the Canary Island's most popular destinations, attracting sun-seekers who come to relax on its golden-sand beaches and soak up the gorgeous, year-round climate of Gran Canaria.

Founded over 500 years ago, Las Palmas is the largest city in the Canary Islands, and has three gorgeous beaches, including Playa de las Canteras, regarded as one of the world's best beaches, to enjoy.

Vegueta, the oldest quarter, is both atmospheric and fashionable, with extensive historical architecture plus a fine selection of boutiques and smart bars. At its centre stand the twin towers of Santa Ana Cathedral; started in 1500 but still unfinished, the cathedral has a unique mix of Renaissance, Gothic and Neoclassical styles in its construction. In Plaza Santa Ana, bronze statues of dogs – the Romans named the islands after legendary canines – stand guard over the 17th-century Palacio Regental, the Town Hall and the Bishop's Palace.

The sweet arc of Playa de las Canteras at the town’s other end offers the tantalising possibility of taking a dip between sightseeing and shopping. The bewildering maze of streets behind the beach hides many fine restaurants serving an array of wonderful Canarian cuisine.

Day 9

Arrecife, Spain (Lanzarote)

 

The bustling port of Arrecife on Lanzarote’s east coast is home to the biggest fishing fleet in the Canaries. Back in the 16th and 17th centuries the city was regularly attacked by pirates. To defend against these raiders, the court of Spain ordered two castles to be built. The first built in 1590, Castillo San Gabriel, now houses the island’s Ethnographic Museum, which tells the fascinating story of the islands' original inhabitants: the Guanche.

Castillo San Jose followed later, providing employment and alleviating poverty on the island following volcanic eruptions in the 1730s - it became known as the Fortress of Hunger. Today, it is home to the Museum of International and Contemporary Art, with a small but impressive collection of modern paintings and sculpture. The excellent restaurant in its basement offers diners panoramic views over the harbour. Today, Arrecife is a quirky hotchpotch of sun-bleached buildings and has a pleasant Mediterranean-style promenade.

Day 10

At Sea

 

Day 11

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 12

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 13 - 14 

At Sea

 

 

Day 15

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