Exploring Australia & New Zealand

15th Dec 2021 34 nights Sails from Auckland Boudicca D212829
Koala bear in a tree, Australia Koala bear in a tree, Australia

With some of Australia and New Zealand’s most iconic sights and highlights awaiting discovery, you won’t regret flying to the other side of the world to experience it all. From famous landmarks to scenic landscapes, amazing wildlife to tribal culture, there is so much to look forward to on this cruise of a lifetime.

A mix of popular cities, beautiful waterways and few lesser-known gems will fully immerse you in the diverse culture and beauty of New Zealand. You could learn of ancient Maori traditions on tour to Rotoura from Tauranga; celebrate the history of the ‘All Blacks’ and the origins of the Haka in Auckland; and, from Picton, visit the Marlborough wine region, famed for its Sauvignon Blanc. Experience a taste of modern Kiwi culture in the energetic cities of Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin, contrasting the slower-paced lifestyle of historic, Bluff – a maiden Fred. Olsen call, and witness New Zealand’s natural beauty too, as you sail the fjord-like Dusky, Doubtful and Milford sounds.

Visiting Sydney makes for a memorable start to your time ‘Down Under’; perhaps climb Harbour Bridge and visit the Opera House, or simply head to sunny shore of Bondi Beach. Your visit to Hobart will be one to remember too, timed to catch the city’s New Year’s Eve celebrations including a spectacular fireworks display at the harbour. On Australia’s east coast, there are stops at beautiful Eden and Newcastle – gateway to the historic Hunter Valley vineyards – before three glorious destinations on Queensland’s coast await. You’ve opportunities to meet cuddly koalas at Lone Pine Sanctuary on tour from Brisbane, or at Magnetic Island on tour from Townsville; while Cairns is the starting point for boat tours of the magnificent Great Barrier Reef. You could venture into the Daintree Rainforest from Cairns, or Kakadu National Park from Darwin, to meet local Aboriginal people and learn of their traditions too.

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.

Bringing the world closer

Our size advantage means we can take you to places that some of the larger cruise vessels simply can’t. We dock close to the heart of some of the world’s most beautiful cities and can take you on scenic cruising adventures showcasing inspirational landscapes. Our itineraries are expertly crafted to make the most of this advantage.

Smaller but spacious

Aboard our smaller, friendlier ships you'll find there's plenty of room to stretch out by the pool, enjoy a drink and great conversation with like-minded guests, and make the most of your time away. Sailing with hundreds, not thousands, of others allows you to get ashore faster too, and make the most of each destination.

Service with a smile
Waitress with drinks and guest on deck, Boudicca

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 fact, 97% of guests rated Fred. Olsen’s friendly, attentive staff ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’.