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Australia, Papua New Guinea & Indonesia

11th Dec 2019 42 nights Sails from Benoa Boudicca D192901
Festive cruise
FROM ONLY £6,799 per person *
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Explore three sides of the land ‘Down Under’ for an abundance of Australian icons before Papua New Guinea and Indonesia offer a feast of history, culture and natural beauty. You can see native wildlife, visit world-famous landmarks, immerse yourself in authentic tribal cultures and marvel at unspoilt island landscapes; while there’s even a chance to experience one of the world’s greatest New Year’s Eve celebrations.

On Australia’s picturesque west coast, you’ll stop at the beautiful beach resort town of Broome, Fremantle – for tours to cosmopolitan Perth, Western Australia’s attraction-packed capital – and Albany, where you can follow in the footsteps of Australia’s first European settlers. Your sail along the stunning south coast will include a call at Kangaroo Island, to see wild kangaroo and koalas in the natural habitat; and an overnight stop at Melbourne, the ‘World’s Most Liveable City’, boasting a mix of architectural styles and attractions such as the Royal Botanic Gardens and Melbourne Zoo. Boudicca will call at Hobart – capital of rugged Tasmania – too, and guide you on a memorable journey along the east coast. In Sydney, you can be part of the city’s New Year’s Eve celebrations and welcome 2020 in style as the legendary firework display lights up the midnight sky. Your extended stay allows time to uncover Sydney’s icons too, such as the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and Bondi Beach. A day in Brisbane, where a boat tour of the Brisbane River is highly recommended, follows, before the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef await. Enjoy scenic cruising of the reef, which is home to thousands of species of colourful fauna and flora; visit Townville, where you can see magnificent marine life up-close at Reef HQ; and call at Cairns, for tours to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree, the oldest rainforest in the world. [ReadMore]

After your unforgettable Australian exploration, it’s on to Papua New Guinea for a chance to experience Alotau’s Cultural Festival. Rich in performances of traditional music, dance and chanting from groups from around the country, this extravagant expression of tribal culture is not-to-be-missed. Be sure to pick up few locally made souvenirs to take home with you too. Your calls at Alotau, Wewak and Madang also present opportunities to connect with Papua New Guinea’s fascinating war history and go in search of war ‘relics’ including impressive networks of caves and tunnels used by the Japanese in World War II. Finally, you’ll explore Indonesia – the world’s largest archipelagic country – for a myriad of magical island scenes. Ambon City welcomes you to Ambon Island, where fertile lands of gently mountainous landscapes and picturesque bays beg for exploration. Then, when your ship drops anchor at Komodo Island, you can head ashore to seek-out Komodo Dragons – the world’s largest lizards – in their extraordinary, UNESCO-listed natural habitat; and discover the shimmering Pink Beach. Finally, beautiful Bali appears on your horizon. You could discover attractions such as the Ubus rice terraces and the sacred Goa Gajah Elephant Cave; or simply take advantage of sun-soaked beaches on offer in Benoa before heading home.

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.

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.