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Cruising the Seine

24th Aug 2018 5 nights Sails from Dover Boudicca D1817
FROM ONLY £699 per person
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FROM ONLY £699 per person

Whether you have never sailed with Fred. Olsen before and want to experience the benefits of a cruising on board a smaller, more intimate ship, or are a regular guests looking for a short, relaxing break away from it all, this is the perfect getaway.

Your rewarding late summer escape to France begins with a short overnight sail from Dover to Honfleur, the first of two charming cities awaiting your exploration. A full day here affords time to wander the pretty, 16th century cobbled streets at your leisure in search of eye-catching architectural delights such as St Catherine’s Church – France’s largest timber church – and friendly cafés serving a range of tempting local treats. No visit is complete without visiting the Vieux Bassin district too, as the enchanting old harbour offers a fascinating glimpse into Normandy’s maritime past. Away from Honfleur there’s also the opportunity to embark on a tour to the Norman city of Bayeux, where you can see the iconic Bayeux Tapestry at the William the Conqueror Centre. [ReadMore]

Then it’s on to Rouen in the heart of Normandy, where the quaint, narrow streets lined with pretty half-timbered houses and a smorgasbord of historic highlights will beckon you ashore. You can uncover tales of Joan of Arc at Place du Vieux Marché, where the ‘Heroine of France’ was burnt at the stake in 1431; and visit the spectacular Cathédrale de Notre Dame, which houses the tomb of Richard the Lionheart’s heart. Alternatively you could tour to Claude Monet House and explore the colourful gardens that inspired the legendary painter’s work, ‘Water Lilies’; or head to Paris and see the iconic landmarks in all their illuminated glory on a romantic evening tour of the capital. Finally Boudicca will depart Rouen and head for home via the beautiful River Seine. Be sure to take your place on deck as your ship negotiates the winding meanders of the river and enjoy unspoilt views of the gorgeous, lush-green French countryside and pretty communes dotted along the riverbanks. 

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.