Iconic India

2nd Feb 2022 15 nights Sails from Phuket Boudicca D2202
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With Boudicca as your guide, experience India at its most inspirational, authentic and iconic, uncovering contrasting traditional treasures and modern marvels, fascinating spiritual sites and areas of breathtaking natural beauty that present an unforgettable snapshot of this remarkable country.

Kochi, on Kerala State’s picturesque coast, makes for an intoxicating introduction to India; you’ve a day to see the famous Chinese cantilever fishing nets, visit the British Commonwealth’s oldest synagogue, taste the spicy flavours of traditional local cuisine, and much more. On to Goa, a visit to Mormugão is a treat to savour. It’s your gateway to Old Goa and the UNESCO-listed Latin Quarter, which, with their fine examples of Portuguese colonial architecture, beautiful churches and charming old houses, highlight India’s European heritage. Postcard-perfect beaches can be found just a short distance from your ship’s docking location too, while there are opportunities to tour to local spice plantations to learn about the creation of ingredients synonymous with Indian food and culture.

Magnificent Mumbai offers an enthralling mix of old and modern India. From admiring the British-style buildings of the historic Colaba quarter and the UNESCO-listed Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Railway Station, to visiting the world’s largest open-air laundry district and watching – or even working with – busy Dabbawallas delivering lunches across the city, a plethora of diverse experiences and sights await you here. Stopping overnight in Mumbai affords you time to fully immerse yourself in all the legendary hustle and bustle of the city too. Finally, your time in India will come to an end at Porbandar. As the birthplace of Gandhi – the ‘Father of India’ – this coastal city is the perfect place conclude 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.

Your Itinerary

  • Uncovering contrasting traditional and modern highlights, spiritual sights and areas of natural beauty will showcase India at its most inspirational, authentic and iconic.
  • Immerse yourself in the everyday life of bustling Mumbai, revelling in the city’s legendary hustle and bustle; and capture the spiritual importance of Porbandar – birthplace of Gandhi.
  • See Kochi’s famous cantilever fishing nets and stunning synagogue; delve into the European history of Goa; and taste the intense, taste bud-tingling spicy flavours of traditional Indian cuisine.
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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.

In recent years, we have seen a new era emerging in cruising.

There is a trend for everything to get bigger and busier, and for a cruise to be seen as an alternative to a large luxury resort, with a limitless flurry of activity. But this is not for us. Find out more 

1. WE ARE PROUD TO SAIL OUR OWN COURSE

We are free to do things a different way because we are family-run. Of course some people enjoy the bigger, busier cruises, but it is not for everyone, and it is not for us. We prefer to do things, 'The Olsen Way'.

2. SMALLER IS BETTER

We have fewer guests, so the atmosphere on board our ships is always warm and civilised. Our smaller ships allow us to visit the more interesting places that the world has to offer.

3. HAND-CRAFTED, NOT MASS PRODUCED

We pride ourselves on putting our all into the Fred. Olsen cruise experience. Our itineraries are created from scratch every year, our service is genuinely personal and each and every area of our ships is designed by hand.