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Authentic Arabia

20th Sep 2018 14 nights Sails from Aqaba Boudicca D1820
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From ancient cities, spectacular palaces and historic forts to breathtaking fjords, rolling sand dunes and bustling souks, you’ll immerse yourself in the fascinating diversity and authentic highlights of Arabia to the full on this epic exploration aboard Boudicca.  

This unforgettable fortnight begins in the Jordanian city of Aqaba, from where you can tour to the awe-inspiring ‘Lost City’ of Petra. Be sure to have your camera to hand to capture the ancient sandstone tombs, gates, archways and stunning temples of one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. You’ll then have time to relax and settle into life on board the ship as you navigate the Red Sea and the Arabian Peninsula’s southernmost point en route to Oman. A day in Salalah – the first of three Omani ports on this incredible itinerary – will provide a colourful welcome to this eye-catching country. Beautiful beaches, the impressive Sultan Qaboos Palace, and the energetic Al-Husn Souk – packed with stalls selling local wares such as real frankincense resin – are among the many highlights to discover in Oman’s second city. [ReadMore]

A wealth of unique sights and authentic experiences will await your discovery during an overnight stay in Muscat, where you can unearth the very essence of Omani culture. You could take in the glorious Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, bustling Mutrah Souk and striking Qasr Al Alam Royal Palace within the capital; tour to the rolling dunes of Wahiba Sands for a taste of traditional Bedouin life; or head for the imposing forts and arches of ancient Nizwa. From the man-made marvels of Muscat it’s on to Khasab for a chance to witness some of Arabia’s most spectacular natural scenery on an unmissable Dhow boat tour into the Musandam Fjords, before Boudicca continues onwards to Qatar. Doha is famed for its soaring skyline, though the Qatari capital's atmospheric Souq Waqif is an undoubted highlight. Recently reincarnated to exhibit a 19th century feel, there aren’t many better places in the city for delving into Arabian culture. Speaking of undoubted highlights, a full day in Abu Dhabi will round your holiday off in style. Explore the Emirates’ capital to capture the mix of magnificent modern skyscrapers and historic forts; visit the striking Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque; or perhaps simply indulge in some retail therapy at the high-end shopping malls. 

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.

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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.