Atlantic, Pacific & Central America Discovery
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Sailing halfway around the world on board Boudicca, you’re in for an incredible voyage of discovery taking in culture-rich cities, some of the world’s most idyllic islands and an abundance of inspirational experiences, including unforgettable voyages across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.[ReadMoreMob]
Before heading across the Atlantic though, your holiday kicks-off with a very special celebration; for ‘Four Ladies in Lisbon’, Boudicca, Black Watch, Braemar and Balmoral will dock alongside each other in the Portuguese capital. You’ll get to you’ll get to enjoy fantastic live entertainment from local performers and crews from all four ships; take part in exciting activities; tuck-in to delicious, specially prepared menus; visit the other ships in the fleet, to explore and meet up with guests and crew you may know from previous cruises; and much more. Then, on your transatlantic voyage, you’ll feel the Atlantic breeze, delight in the unspoilt ocean vistas and visit the hard-to-reach Azores – verdant lands of volcanic craters, lakes and valleys – en route to Bermuda, where gorgeous Caribbean sunshine and soft pink-sand beaches await. When you arrive in the Americas, you’ve an opportunity to absorb indomitable Cuban spirit, learn to dance the rumba and mambo, sip traditional rum cocktails and much more during an extended stay in Havana; explore Colombian history and culture in Cartagena de Indias; and seek-out the legendary Mayan ruins of Cozumel and Belize. There are chances to embrace nature too; in Costa Rica, Puerto Caldera and Puerto Limón are gateways to nature reserves and rainforest teeming with wildlife.
Then, after visiting the Mexican beach resorts of Acapulco and Puerto Vallarta, and sailing by the volcanic islands of San Benedicto, Socorro and Clarión, it is time to embark on your Pacific crossing, beginning with five days to simply relax and enjoy every memorable moment of sailing the world’s largest ocean. When the stunning South Pacific Islands finally appear on your horizon, prepare for the epitome of paradise. You’re in for incredible explorations of Nuku Hiva, a wonderland of volcanic scenes; and Fakarava, a UNESCO-listed Biosphere Reserve famed for its rare plant and animal life. Meanwhile, on the islands of Tahiti, Raiatea, Moorea and Bora-Bora, you’ll be immersed in a mix of uncanny tranquillity and unmolested beauty as you uncover their out-of-this-world beaches and crystal clear waters, set to back-drops of rolling valleys and towering peaks. And, you’ll even get to visit Tonga, the iconic ‘island where time begins’, as you complete your journey with a relaxing week of Pacific Ocean cruising to New Zealand.
- Experience an unforgettable voyage of discovery as you sail halfway around the world via the vast Atlantic and Pacific oceans on board smaller-sized
- After a very special celebration at the ‘Four Ladies in Lisbon’ event, your Atlantic journey takes in the verdant Azores and beautiful Bermuda, before it’s on to delve into the rich cultures of Cuba, Colombia, Mexico and more.
- In the Pacific, idyllic French Polynesian islands await; visiting unmolested islands such as Bora Bora, Fakarava and Tahiti provides a taste of postcard-perfect paradise.
Dover, EnglandOct 18 | Depart - late evening
Home of the famous White Cliffs, Dover is one of England's most iconic towns. Located on the south-east coast of England just 21 miles across the English Channel from France, Dover – home of the world's busiest passenger port – is the first sight for many visitors arriving from around the world.
This historic town is much more than a gateway to Britain, and offers much to discover, including the 12th century Dover Castle – which overlooks the pretty harbour and houses the extensive Secret Wartime Tunnels – Archcliffe Fort, and the Western Heights, where a series of coastal defences and unspoilt nature reserves await exploration.
Vigo, SpainOct 21 | Arrive - early morning | Depart - early afternoon
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.
Lisbon, PortugalOct 22 | Arrive - early morning | Depart - early evening
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. The city was decimated by an earthquake in 1755, and 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.
Horta, PortugalOct 25 | Arrive - early morning | Depart - early afternoon
The tranquil little port of Horta on the Azores island of Faial, has played host to transatlantic yachtsmen since it was discovered by the Portuguese in the 15th century.
Regarded as one of the most colourful marinas in the world, Horta is the location of several international regattas each year, and its harbour is known for its vast open-air exhibition of paintings installed on the jetty by visiting sailors.
This emerald-green, volcanic island is an unspoilt environment of craters, lakes, sheer cliffs and lush valleys, to which only picturesque whitewashed houses and stately little baroque churches have been added.
King's Wharf, BermudaOct 30 | Arrive - early morning | Depart - early evening
King’s Wharf is one of two ports in Bermuda, a British Overseas Territory in the North Atlantic. Situated on Ireland Island in the country’s West End, King’s Wharf is also known as the Royal Naval Dockyard. This historic area has plenty to offer, yet is only a 20-minute drive from the capital of Hamilton.
Used by the Royal Navy until 1995, the Dockyard has since been transformed into a popular tourist hub with restaurants, bars, shops and water sports available in the area. Remnants of its use as a naval base are still evident across the sprawling site, including stone buildings and fortifications.
The National Museum of Bermuda, in the grounds of the Dockyard, tells the story of the island’s history and contains numerous artefacts, from shipwrecked treasure to cannons to art. Hamilton is one of the smallest capitals in the world, and can be reached easily via road or ferry. This pretty harbour city has some lovely beaches as well as a picturesque harbour front lined with pastel-coloured buildings.
Havana, CubaNov 03 - 05 | Arrive - early morning | Depart - late night
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Havana, the capital city, major port, and leading commercial centre of Cuba, is famed for its colonial history and vibrant culture.The city is home to exquisite Spanish colonial architecture, classic American cars, irresistible rhythms of mambo and a confusing jigsaw of grand avenues and cobbled streets.
A stroll around Habana Vieja, Old Havana, quickly reveals the audacious Latin atmosphere within the imposing coastal fortifications and intimate, traffic-free squares. At its centre, the buildings reflect the city’s vivacious architectural mix: the Castillo de la Real Fuerza, the iconic National Capitol Building, the Baroque Catedral de San Cristóbal, and the Plaza Vieja are all worth the effort to uncover.
The art culture is one of the city's biggest revelations, and Cuban creativity is accessible through the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, the Fusterlandia public art project and the Fábrica de Arte Cubano, which champions the movement of Havana's more contemporary art scene. The city is awash with experimentation, exemplified by the explosion of uber cool cafes and Bohemian bars.
Columbus believed this was the most beautiful land he'd ever seen, and it’s hard not to agree given Cuba's 2,000 miles of tropical coastline, lush mountains and some 300 beaches that melt into azure seas.
Cozumel, MexicoNov 07 | Arrive - early morning | Depart - early evening
Cozumel, is famed for its Mayan history, coral reefs and scuba diving. Lying off the Yucatan coast, the island has over 40 shrines to Ixchel, the Mayan goddess of the moon, the sea and fertility. Many are carved from coral – the island is part of the Great Maya Barrier Reef – and archaeologists regularly find the small clay dolls, which were offerings to the goddess.
The eco-park, Chankanaab, is the number one attraction in Cozumel; a lagoon with underwater caverns, and home to dolphins, manatees, iguanas and sea turtles. The relaxing haven of the National Marine Park boasts stunning beaches and beautiful botanical gardens. The popular diving spot around a section of the Mesoamerican Reef is the location of the amazing submerged sculptures of Museo Subacuático de Arte.
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, in the small town of San Miguel, has interesting exhibits about the island, its flora and fauna, and the formation of the coral reef. There are also Mayan artefacts and various items from its time as a Spanish colony, including cannons, swords and armour.
Belize City, BelizeNov 08 | Arrive - early morning | Depart - early evening
Belize City is an intriguingly beautiful jumble of narrow streets and canals to explore, the perfect destination for those who love a little adventure. Largely surrounded by water, the city has a vast maritime history and was formerly a pirate base before the British turned Belize into an important timber city.
Among the paths and water ways you will find beautiful architecture that harks back to Belize City’s past. Old Belize is a living museum with entertaining and interesting exhibits that showcase the history of the nation, while the Museum of Belize, a former prison, is filled with a vast collection of archaeological finds and documents. The Eco-museum - a living museum that showcases some of Belize's finest treasures is also well worth a visit.
Cartagena de Indias, ColombiaNov 11 | Arrive - early morning | Depart - early evening
An enthralling and staggeringly beautiful city, Cartagena is one of Colombia's true gems bursting with Spanish heritage. Dominated by the Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, the captivating city of Cartagena is also home to the wonderful Santo Domingo Plaza, Palacio de la Inquisicion and its 16th century cathedral.
Taking time out to relax at one of Cartagena's many open-air cafés is a popular pastime; perfect for watching the parade of horse-drawn carriages, fashionable locals and romantic street life. From one of its many beaches, many take the opportunity to mingle with the sea life on a Cartegena snorkelling trip, passing San Jose and San Ferna en route.
Puerto Limon, Costa RicaNov 13 | Arrive - early morning | Depart - late afternoon
Although the harbour was not built until 1870 – to export Costa Rican bananas and grain – Puerto Limon is one of the oldest cities in Latin America. It was established in 1502 by Christopher Columbus and that long history has given the place some fascinating architecture and a vibrant atmosphere. The open-air market in the centre of town is a must-see, the place to buy anything from local handicrafts to clothes and household goods. In the side streets are interesting little bars and cafés: cashew nuts are an important crop locally, and the cashew wine is a speciality.
With enough time, it is fun to take a trip in a panga – a motorboat – along the Tortuguero Canal, which runs parallel with the coast for about 200km. Even during a short trip it is possible to see many unusual birds, as well as alligators, turtles and bats.
Cruising the Panama Canal, PanamaNov 14 | Arrive - early morning | Depart - late afternoon
The Panama Canal is one of the world’s greatest feats of engineering, stretching 48 miles across the continental divide, from Panama City on the Pacific side to Colón on the Atlantic side.
The canal transit takes approximately 8 hours which will give you time to relax on deck and witness the amazing mix of manmade construction and beautiful unspoilt scenery. Referred to by many as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’, your ship will pass through three locks, being lifted and lowered in excess of 170 feet in the process.
Between these locks is a 21-mile transit through Gatun Lake, which was once the largest artificial lake in the world, and is still surrounded by untouched, dense rainforest which plays host to a vast array of Central American animal and plant species. The lake forms a major part of the Panama Canal transit across the Isthmus of Panama.
Puerto Caldera, Costa RicaNov 16 - 17 | Arrive - early morning | Depart - early afternoon
The Pacific port and tiny town of Puerto Caldera is well-situated for many of Costa Rica's top attractions and most popular cities, including San Jose, Jaco and Puntarenas. This tropical city is located off of the Gulf of Nicoya and its unspoilt, natural beauty is a true spectacle.
The vast rainforest around Puerto Caldera spreads from the coastline up into breath-taking mountain ranges where rivers, waterfalls, parks and wildlife preserves are all waiting to be discovered.
Acapulco, MexicoNov 20 | Arrive - early morning | Depart - early evening
Mexico's Pacific coast town of Acapulco is a pulsating city that lies like a star-studded jewel on a sweeping bay backed by the Sierra Madre del Sur Mountains.
Once the playground of stars such as Judy Garland, Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra, Acapulco has lost none of its vivacity: it's still alive 24-hours a day. Known as the Riviera of Mexico, tourists are attracted by Acapulco’s climate, Mediterranean-style, excellent beaches and deep-sea fishing.
Originally, a port from which Spanish colonial fleets plied their trade between Mexico and Asia, the city still offers plenty of charm, with romantic cliff-side restaurants, classic golf courses and the world-class University Botanical Gardens. The old town’s shady zócalo (Main Square), plus the well-preserved, star-shaped San Diego Fort – home to the fascinating Acapulco Historical Museum, are worth a visit.
Puerto Vallarta, MexicoNov 22 | Arrive - early morning | Depart - late afternoon
Stretching around Banderas Bay, the enticing Puerto Vallarta is a resort town on Mexico’s Pacific coast, with a fine reputation for great beaches, fabulous weather, fun water sports and a buzzing nightlife scene.
The town’s cobblestone centre is a hot-potch of old and new with the ornate Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Church sat beside boutique shops and a mix of good restaurants and bars. El Malecón is a popular beachside promenade with contemporary sculptures along its path.
Beyond the city, the Vallarta Botanical Gardens or the Zoological Gardens, located in Mismaloya, are enjoyable diversions.
Cruising by San Benedicto & Sorocco Islands, MexicoNov 23 | Arrive - early afternoon | Depart - early evening
Part of Mexico’s Revillagigedo archipelago, San Benedicto and Sorocco Island are two imposing volcanic lands of ash smothered valleys, dramatic peaks and craggy cliff faces, providing incredible views to take in from the comfort of your smaller-sized ship.
But while the lava-formed landscapes of San Benedicto and Sorocco are truly impressive, the islands are actually better known for the waters that surround them, as they’re a haven for various species of marine life. Divers and snorkelers flock to explore the fauna-rich capes and guyots to go in search of manta rays, sharks, dolphins, tropical fish and much more; be sure to keep your eyes on the waters as you sail by, you never know what you might spot!
Cruising by Clarion Island, MexicoNov 24 | Arrive - early morning | Depart - early morning
The second largest island of Mexico’s volcanic Revillagigedo archipelago, Isla Clarion is a vast lava-formed land of imposing peaks, ash smothered landscapes and mighty cliffs.
Similar to the Revillagigedo islands of San Benedicto and Sorocco, which can also be discovered on board Fred. Olsen’s smaller-sized ships, Clarion is a sight to behold, presenting unmissable photo opportunities, but is actually better known as a key site for divers, snorkelers and marine explorers; the surrounding waters are home to an array of flora and fauna including sharks, rays and native Clarion angelfish. Be sure to keep your eyes on the waters as you sail by, you never know what you might spot!
Nuku Hiva, French PolynesiaNov 30 | Arrive - early morning | Depart - early evening
The beautiful French Polynesian Island of Nuku Hiva is the largest of the Marquesas Islands, and is dominated by two dormant volcanoes which have eroded to leave a 1,200m peak, surrounded by lush, green fertile valleys.
The hidden Taipivai valley is where Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick, set his other great novel, Typee. The island is resolutely unspoilt. In its farms, pastureland and fishing villages, life carries on pretty much as it has for generations. The islanders are very welcoming of visitors, although there’s little concession to the tourist trade apart from a couple of souvenir shops.
Fakarava, French PolynesiaDec 02 | Arrive - early morning | Depart - late afternoon
Part of a National Wildlife Reserve, with especially rare flora and fauna, it has a dream-like mood that will bring out Robinson Crusoe yearnings in most visitors! Fakarava’s immense lagoon offers superb snorkelling and diving as well as a chance to visit a black pearl farm.
Papeete, French PolynesiaDec 03 | Arrive - early morning | Depart - late night
Papeete, on Tahiti, is the capital of French Polynesia, a group of islands in the South Pacific. Its very name conjures up images of Gauguin paintings, palm trees, golden beaches and blue seas, and this near-perfect Polynesian island does not disappoint.
The bustling city of Papeete is home to the world’s only Pearl Museum, which traces the history and mythology of pearls, and has many examples of black, white and pink pearls on view. The town’s fine buildings include a number of interesting religious buildings: the red spire-topped, 19th century Notre Dame Cathedral plays an important part in Tahitian society.
Beside the port, the busy Place Vai’ete fills with food carts (roulottes) in the evenings, while the large Le Marché de Papeete is a favourite daily market. Le Marché, at the heart of the city, is packed with stalls selling fruit and vegetables, oils and scented soaps, jams and pickles, clothing, hats, bags and shell necklaces. Spread out over two floors, the sumptuous displays of flowers – Tahitian homes are considered incomplete without flowers everywhere – simply have to be seen to be believed.
French Polynesia is comprised of over 100 islands and atolls, with Tahiti possibly being the most famous thanks to its soaring peaks, lush valleys, cascading waterfalls and stunning vistas. The array of natural treasures includes the Faarumai Waterfalls and spring garden of Vaipahi.
Moorea, French PolynesiaDec 04 | Arrive - early morning | Depart - early evening
In keeping with French Polynesia’s better-known islands, such as nearby Tahiti and Bora Bora, Moorea – affectionately known as, for good reason too, the ‘Magical Island’ – is an idyllic haven of immaculate scenic beauty and peaceful serenity.
Dreams of paradise are made a reality here; the gloriously warm sunshine, inviting white sand beaches and crystal clear waters teeming with coral reefs and diverse marine life, spectacular landscapes of lush forested peaks, dramatic cliffs and tumbling waterfalls make you feel as if you’ve discovered another world.
The friendly locals soon bring you back down to earth though, in the best way possible. People lucky enough to have been born and raised in Moorea are as warm and inviting as the island itself, always ready to welcome you and help you experience the very best of the wonderland that they call home.
Raiatea, French PolynesiaDec 05 | Arrive - early morning | Depart - early evening
Raiatea, which translates to ‘faraway heaven’, certainly lives up to its name. The island boasts breathtaking scenes of lush jungle interiors, volcanic peaks – including 3337ft-high Mount Tafatua and Mount Olympus, where rare and scared Tiare Apetati flowers grow – and extensive coastal lagoons offering stunning seascapes of azure blue waters and coral reefs teeming with colourful flora and fauna.
Beyond the island’s abundant beauty, Raiatea is also rich with cultural and historical importance. It’s believed to be the original birthplace of Polynesia, and where the great Polynesian migration to Hawaii and New Zealand began many centuries ago. Today the island is a pilgrimage for those who wish to retrace the historic steps of their ancestors.
Amongst the awe-inspiring landscapes, many fascinating historical and archaeological treasures await discovery, including Marae Taputapuatea – the largest outdoor temple in French Polynesia – and Hauviri Marae, home of the famous Te-papa-tea-ia-ruea sacred stone.
Bora-Bora, French PolynesiaDec 06 | Arrive - early morning | Depart - early evening
The small South Pacific island of Bora Bora to the northwest of Tahiti in French Polynesia, is a special kind of paradise. This popular resort destination is surrounded by sand-fringed motu (islets) and a warm lagoon protected by a coral reef. With incredible sandy beaches that stretch on forever, grand palm trees swaying gently in the breeze, and turquoise waters filled with turtles, sharks, rays and tropical fish, many visitors find it hard to describe the magic that emanates from this island.
A haven for scuba divers, one of Bora Bora’s more unusual sites are the ‘bungalows’ perched over the water on stilts. Since water is a way of life here, popular lagoon excursions include snorkelling, diving, cruising, fishing, paddle boarding, kitesurfing and jet skiing.
At the island's centre the extinct volcanoes of Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu tower over the whole island, the latter rising to a height of 727m.
Crossing International Date Line, SamoaDec 10 | Arrive - late night | Depart - late night
The International Date Line runs from the North Pole to the South Pole and distinguishes the change of one calendar day to the next, passing through the middle of the Pacific Ocean, roughly following the 180° line of longitude, and is exactly halfway round the planet from Greenwich, London.
So, for guests sailing West on their World Cruise, it will result in a 'Lost Day', due to location of this imaginary line, and so it follows that for guests sailing East, it results in a day gained.
Nuku' Alofa, TongaDec 11 | Arrive - early morning | Depart - early evening
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Located on the north coast of the island of Tongatapu, Nukuʻalofa, the capital of Tonga, lies just west of the International Date Line. Nukuʻalofa has a hidden charm that includes a vibrant main street, a broad waterfront, and impressive views across the bay to neighbouring coral islands.
Tonga is a collection of 171 islands that are truly unique given they’re the first place on earth to greet each new day. Nuku’alofa - one of only 45 inhabited Tongan islands - is the capital of Tonga and home to the Talamahu Market and the Royal Palace - the historical residence of the King.
Talamahu Market is a buzzing, fresh-produce hub where bananas and other coloured fruits are piled into handmade woven-frond baskets. It has a few cooked-food stalls, plus some excellent (and affordable) Tongan arts and crafts on sale.
Auckland, New ZealandDec 15 | Arrive - early morning
Founded in 1840 by British settlers on a Maori site, Auckland is a cosmopolitan city with a large Polynesian population. Situated within two large harbours, the City of Sails is a major city on New Zealand’s North Island.
The iconic Sky Tower underlines the city’s prosperity and self-confidence, and offers fabulous views of Viaduct Harbour, which is full of millionaire yachts and lined with cafes and bars. Indeed, Auckland boasts more boats per head than any other city in the world.
The port is surrounded by stunning natural landscapes, which are perfect for wild adventures. Auckland Domain, the city’s oldest park, is based around an extinct volcano and home to the formal Winter gardens. Dense rainforests, beautiful black-sand beaches and pretty bays add to the natural beauty of the place, and Mission Bay Beach, near the downtown area, has a wonderful seaside promenade.
With its glittering high-rise developments and a delightful pier-side area brimming with tempting shops and restaurants, this modern metropolis is a joy to explore.