Authentic India

4th Oct 2018 14 nights Sails from Abu Dhabi Boudicca D1821
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Uncover the many sides of India on this authentic adventure aboard Boudicca, taking in incredible destinations showcasing the country’s spiritual beginnings, fascinating history and traditions, engrossing cultures and marvels of modern-day life.  

Before fully immersing yourself in the unique Indian experience you’ll sail from Abu Dhabi to Dubai for the chance to take in the remarkable man-made Palm Islands, awe-inspiring Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building – and many more world-famous attractions. Two days at sea follows before your ship arrives at Porbandar, a maiden Fred. Olsen call. As the birthplace of Gandhi – the ‘Father of India’ – this coastal city is the perfect place to begin your epic Indian exploration. Be sure to visit Kirti Mandir – Gandhi’s childhood home – and the Sudama Temple, a Hindu pilgrimage site dedicated to the devotee of Lord Krishna, to capture the spiritual importance of Porbandar. You’ll sample a mix of old and modern India during an overnight stay in vibrant Mumbai. From the British-style buildings of the historic Colaba quarter and the grand Victoria Railway Terminus, to the hustle and bustle of the iconic Dhobi Ghat laundry district and Dabbawallas delivering lunches across the city, a plethora of diverse experiences and sights await you here. [ReadMore]

From Mumbai it’s on to Goa, where the Portuguese colonial architecture of Old Goa and the UNESCO-listed Latin Quarter highlight India’s European heritage. Mormugão is your gateway to these historic centres – which boast colourful old houses, beautiful churches and striking cathedrals – and your overnight stay could be spent exploring them at your leisure. Your time in India will then come to an end in Kerala, visiting two of the state’s most 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. Finally your unforgettable adventure concludes in Colombo, a spectacular Sri Lankan city packed with beautiful Buddhist and Hindu temples, mosques, museums and busy bazaars. 

Real ships
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.

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.