Exploring Iconic Australia

28th Dec 2021 21 nights Sails from Sydney Boudicca D2129
Festive cruise
Under the Sydney Bridge at night Under the Sydney Bridge at night

Australian icons aplenty await discovery as you explore the land ‘Down Under’ on board small ship Boudicca, with visits to coastal towns, cities and islands offering chances to encounter native wildlife; relax at quintessential beaches; see famous landmarks; and even celebrate the arrival of 2022 in unforgettable style.

Meeting your ship in Sydney makes for a memorable start to your journey; before setting sail, there’s time to climb the Harbour Bridge and take in the views of the impressive cityscape from the summit, visit the Opera House, head to Bondi Beach, and much more. Upon departure from Sydney, excitement will build on board as you and your fellow guests anticipate your visit to Hobart. The call at Tasmania’s rugged capital is timed to catch the city’s New Year’s Eve celebrations, and Boudicca will dock in the perfect location for watching the festive fireworks illuminate the midnight sky when 2022 arrives. Heading back along the east coast, there are stops at the beautiful town of Eden, and Newcastle – gateway to the historic Hunter Valley vineyards – before three destinations of Queensland’s glorious coast await.

You’ll have a day in Brisbane, to delight in its exquisite cityscape of colonial sandstone structures stood alongside impressive modern glass skyscrapers; a boat tour along the Brisbane River is a great way to see the sights. Perhaps you’ll opt for a leisurely bike ride through the city botanic gardens, or tour to the Lone Pine Sanctuary to meet cuddly koalas. There are unmissable opportunities to immerse yourself in Australia’s incredible biodiversity too; you can see amazing marine life up-close at Reef HQ in Townsville, or tour to Magnetic Island – home to the largest colony of wild koalas, and even take a boat tour from Cairns to the magnificent Great Barrier Reef. And, for a taste of authentic Aboriginal culture, you could venture into the Daintree Rainforest from Cairns or Kakadu National Park from Darwin – gateway to the Northern Territory – to meet local indigenous people and learn of their traditions.

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’.