UK & Ireland

Boudicca

UK & Ireland Overview

Departs: 15 July 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 • St. Peter Port, Guernsey ⚓ • Falmouth, England • Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland ⚓ • Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Scotland • Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland • Aberdeen, Scotland • Dover

 

 

UK & Ireland

Day 1

Depart Dover (PM)

 

 

Day 2

St. Peter Port, Guernsey ⚓

The picturesque capital of Guernsey, and the main port of the Channel Islands, St. Peter Port, is a bustling, historic town where Georgian and Regency architecture has been refined by French émigrés.

The result of these influences is a charming mix of styles, with tumbling terraces and tiered gardens, stylish boutiques and chic cafés that are an absolute joy to explore. Of course, many visitors tour the town on the hunt for a bargain in the low-tax stores.

The author of Les Misérables, Victor Hugo, was exiled in Guernsey, living in Hauteville House for 15 years. Now known as Victor Hugo House, it is a museum owned and operated by the Paris city government. Castle Cornet, the ancient harbour fortress, sits atop a rock outcrop reached along a bridge and breakwater, and houses several museums.

 

Day 3

Falmouth, England

Blessed with stunning sandy beaches that stretch for miles along the gorgeous Cornish coastline, Falmouth – located at the southern end of the Fal Estuary, has arguably the UK's most picturesque network of creeks & rivers. It is a fine example of just how beautiful Britain really is and is the perfect place to lay back and soak up the summer sunshine, enjoy a relaxing stroll or try your hand at scuba diving and snorkelling.

There's also an abundance of sights and attractions to discover and explore during a stay in this fabulous seaside town, including St Michael's Mount – one of Britain's most famous historic sites – the Lizard Peninsula and the world-famous Eden Project, which is just a short distance away.

Day 4

At Sea

Day 5

Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland ⚓

Portree is the Isle of Skye's largest and liveliest town. Set within a pretty natural harbour with brightly-coloured houses and surrounded by rocky cliffs and rolling hills, Portree is a truly beautiful place to explore.

Its name (from the Gaelic for King's Harbour) commemorates James V, who arrived here in 1540 to pacify the local clans. The town is a popular tourist destination, thanks to its stunning coastline and interesting attractions that include the Aros Centre and the An Tuireann Arts Centre, which celebrate the island's Gaelic heritage.

Portree also serves as a gateway to other attractions on the island, such as the intriguing rock formations at Trotternish Ridge, north of the town, the ruins of Tusdale, and the peninsula unflatteringly known as ‘The Lump’, which once provided a setting for public hangings.

 

Day 6

Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Scotland

Kirkwall, the capital of the Orkney Islands, resonates with ancient echoes of Christian, Nordic and Celtic history. It’s a town that feels more Scandinavian than Scottish; in fact, the name Kirkwall comes from the Norse for 'Church Bay', relating to the town's 11th century Church of St Olaf of Norway. 

Exploring the town’s atmospheric paved streets and twisting lanes, reveals a number of highlights, including the ruins of the Earl and Bishop’s Palaces, dating from the mid-12th century and serving as a reminder of the Orkney's turbulent past. The palaces are considered by many to be the finest Renaissance buildings in Scotland. Also worth visiting is the recently restored St. Magnus Cathedral, founded in memory of Saint Magnus Erlendsson by Norseman Earl Rögnvald Kali.

Don't miss Tankerness House, a beautifully preserved 16th century townhouse, and the Orkney Wireless Museum, with it's fascinating insights into the history of radio, too.

Day 7

Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland

Lerwick is the friendly capital of the 100 islands and islets of the Shetland. The bustling, cosmopolitan seaport is the islands’ only town, and its wonderful natural harbour is a joy to explore.

Until the 1600s, Leir Vik – Norse for a muddy bay – was little more than a few huts. However, conflict between the British and Dutch, whose fishing fleet fished for herrings off the islands, led to the building of a permanent settlement. This included Fort Charlotte, which once overlooked the harbour but has now been enclosed by the town following land reclamation.

Despite the wealth created by North Sea oil, modern Lerwick retains many fascinating small shops and historic buildings. Wandering along atmospheric Commercial Street is a delight, and the Böd of Gremista – a “fishing booth” built in 1780, is now a fascinating museum. The ground floor has the salt store and the kitchen, where herrings were hung to dry. Outside the town are the well preserved remains of the Broch of Clickimin, a small Bronze-Age settlement excavated in the last century.

Day 8

Aberdeen, Scotland

A city of charming contrasts, Aberdeen is known as the ‘Flower of Scotland’ or ‘The Granite City’, depending on where you look or whom you speak to. It is famous for its iconic buildings, built from granite sourced from the now-abandoned Rubislaw Quarry, that twinkle with silver-grey hues when the sun shines, and its picturesque gardens and parks.

An ideal destination for hours of leisurely exploration and sightseeing, Aberdeen boasts architectural highlights and landmarks aplenty, such as the striking St. Machar's Cathedral; the University and King’s College, founded in the 15th century in the historic Old Aberdeen district; and the neo-Gothic Marischal College. Arts and culture are a big part of Aberdeen’s appeal too. There are several interesting museums and galleries, and the hordes of shops and markets – including those in Scotland’s second-biggest shopping centre – provide the perfect excuse for retail therapy.

As a traditional seafaring city, the harbour and waterfront has long been at the heart of Aberdeen, and remains one of the city’s main attractions. It’s a popular spot with nature lovers, as a starting point for boat tours seeking out marine wildlife such as dolphins and whales, while the Maritime Museum offers a fascinating insight into the harbour’s history and Aberdeen’s role in growth of North Sea gas and oil industries. There’s also a beautiful beach, complete with golden sands and quintessentially British promenade.  

Day 9

At Sea

 

Day 10

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