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Ancient Arabia, India & the Med

10th Jan 2019 34 nights Sails from Colombo Boudicca D1901
FROM ONLY £3,899 per person
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FROM ONLY £3,899 per person
Spanning 34 nights and a string of incredible destinations in India, Arabia and the ancient Middle East, this stunning cruise adventure – packed with a seemingly endless list of iconic sights and inspirational experiences – promises to be simply unforgettable from the moment you embark.

After stepping on board Boudicca in the Sri Lankan city of Colombo, you’ll begin your memorable voyage with a relaxing day at sea as you sail to India. Three enticing Indian cities feature on your itinerary, each showcasing this remarkable country’s fascinating diversity. First up is Cochin, where you can see the famous Chinese fishing nets dotted along the city’s idyllic shores, visit the British Commonwealth’s oldest synagogue and admire fine examples of India’s European-influenced architecture. Bustling Mumbai will then present glimpses of old and new India, with its mix of centuries-old structures, impressive Hindu temples and vibrant commercial districts. The British-style buildings of the historic Colaba quarter and the grand Victoria Railway Terminus are well worth a visit; while you could also opt to take in the unique Dhobi Ghat laundry district and Dadar Flower Market during your overnight stay. Be on the lookout for the dabbawallas at lunchtime too. Your final Indian call is the spiritual city of Porbandar, birthplace of Gandhi – the ‘Father of India – and Sudama, devotee of Lord Krishna. [ReadMore]

In Arabia, a day of high-end shopping and sightseeing in Dubai – home of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building – is highly recommended, before Boudicca takes you on an enlightening exploration of Oman. Your day in Khasab could be spent venturing into the beautiful Musandam Fjords via traditional Dhow Boat; while in Muscat you can marvel at the magnificent modern Arabic architecture of the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and Qasr Al Alam Royal Palace. Alternatively you could tour from the Omani capital to the pre-Islamic Nakhal Fort, or the ancient city of Nizwa. The Lost City of Ubar, which is celebrated in the Qur’an, will await your discovery from Salalah too before you sail onwards to Aqaba, Jordan for the chance to explore the Lost City of Petra – one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Don’t miss the chance to discover the huge tombs and temples carved into sandstone over 2,000 years ago. In Egypt, memorable scenic cruising along the Suez Canal is sandwiched between an overnight stay in Safaga, gateway to the remarkable Valley of the Kings; and a call into Alexandria, for tours to the Pyramids of Giza – the world’s oldest ancient wonder. As if all that wasn’t enough, you’ll also visit Malta and sail Valletta’s Grand Harbour into the walled capital city; and sail to Spain, stopping at the beautiful island of Mallorca and pretty Cádiz. 

Please note, this is an adult only sailing (18+).

Named after the British warrior Queen, Boudicca has built up a loyal following, combining style and space with the renowned personal Fred. Olsen service. Up to 880 guests can sail in comfort on board Boudicca, enjoying the welcoming, home-from-home ambience, ample space and fantastic restaurants, lounges, bars and facilities of a smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ship. 

Rest assured, all of the following comes as standard on every Fred. Olsen cruise:

  • Comfortable rooms and suites with TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and individually controlled air conditioning
  • Tempting cuisine every day throughout your cruise - with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets and late-night snacks
  • Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee at selected venues, afternoon tea* with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks
  • All evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, dancing and live music
  • Captain's Drinks Party and Gala Buffet (on cruises of 5 nights or more)
  • On board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym
  • A wide choice of on board activities and lectures throughout the day
  • All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)
  • Luggage porterage between your room and the drop-off/pick-up point
  • Flights, as confirmed as part of a fly-cruise holiday

​Cruise descriptions include optional, chargeable experiences that may be enjoyed independently and/or with optional Fred. Olsen Shore Tours. *Premium Traditional Afternoon Tea not included.

Real ships
We’re not interested in gimmicks like zip wires, climbing walls or celebrity chefs. We don’t have boastful megaships. We take immense pride in our fleet of smaller-scaled vessels that retain the style, ambience and understated quality of a country house hotel.  We ensure they remain contemporary too: from winter 2016 to spring 2018 the whole fleet underwent dry dock refits to further enhance the facilities for guests. With the fifth generation Fred. Olsen as Chairman and 170 years of seafaring heritage behind us, we believe we’ve found the perfect formula for you to get the best out of your holiday with us.

Smaller but spacious
A smaller ship doesn’t mean less space; far from it. Each room is comfortably sized, with all that you’ll need to enjoy your holiday. In fact, our rooms are comparable to those on some of the mammoth cruise ships. While our vessels are on a more accessible scale, you can have just as much private space.  With fewer people on board it’s easy to find a quiet spot to relax in peace with a drink or a good book. There’s room to stretch out by the pool and you can get ashore more quickly too. And when you’re ashore, you’re seeing the best of each port of call with hundreds – not thousands – of others, giving you a much more authentic experience.

Service with a smile
Each member of the Fred. Olsen team has been carefully selected for their warm and welcoming personalities. The quality of our people, supported by training and development, ensures they will give you a great holiday: in guest feedback our staff are always the most highly-rated aspect of the whole experience.