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Authentic Arabia & India

20th Sep 2018 28 nights Sails from Aqaba Boudicca D182021
FROM ONLY £2,699 per person
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FROM ONLY £2,699 per person

An adventure full of inspirational sights and exciting, simply unforgettable experiences, this cruise presents Arabia and India at their most authentic. Visits to remarkable destinations will highlight the fascinating diversity of these incredible parts of the world, with a mix of modern and ancient marvels, spiritual sites and natural highlights awaiting your discovery.

On the Arabian leg of your exotic holiday, you’ll have a chance to uncover the legendary ‘Lost City’ of Petra – one of the New Seven Wonders of the World – on tour from the Jordanian city of Aqaba. Boudicca will also guide you through the Red Sea to Oman. Salalah, with it’s impressive Sultan Qaboos Palace and energetic souks, welcomes you to this eye-catching country, while in Muscat you can unearth the very essence of Omani culture. An overnight stay in the capital affords time to take highlights such as the glorious Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque; experience traditional Bedouin life on tour to Wahiba Sands; or head for the imposing forts and arches of ancient Nizwa. There’s a chance to witness spectacular landscapes on a Dhow boat tour into the Musandam Fjords from Khasab too, before Qatar, Abu Dhabi and Dubai provide a taste of modern Arabia. High-end shopping malls, atmospheric souks, striking mosques and magnificent skyscrapers – including the breathtaking Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building – await. [ReadMore]

As the birthplace of Gandhi – the ‘Father of India’ – Porbandar is the perfect place to begin your Indian exploration. Be sure to visit Kirti Mandir – Gandhi’s childhood home – and the Sudama Temple, a Hindu pilgrimage site, to capture the spiritual importance of the city. Then there’s Mumbai, for a mix of old and modern India. The historic Colaba quarter, iconic Dhobi Ghat laundry district and the Gateway of India are just a few of the attractions to discover. Look out for Dabbawallas delivering lunches across the city too. Stopping overnight in Mormugão also allows you to explore India’s European heritage in Old Goa and the UNESCO-listed Latin Quarter at your leisure. Your time in India ends in Kerala state, with two enticing ports. Intoxicating Kochi has attracted explorers, traders and travellers for centuries; and during yet another overnight stay you’ll have chance to see the famous Chinese cantilever fishing nets, the British Commonwealth’s oldest synagogue and much more. Then in Thiruvananthapuram you can marvel at an impressive array of mosques, temples and churches; and enjoy the impressive views on offer from the Kovalam Lighthouse.

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.