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Islands of the Indian Ocean & Zanzibar

29th Nov 2018 28 nights Sails from Port Louis Boudicca D182526
FROM ONLY £5,949 per person *
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Journey between paradise islands and a few lesser-known destinations found off the beaten track and discover stunning beaches, spectacular scenery, captivating wildlife and much more on this epic exotic adventure on board Boudicca.

You’ll have chances to experience the cultural diversity of Mauritius during time spent in Port Louis. Perhaps explore the city’s lively central market, try local teas at the beautiful Chinese Pagoda and visit the impressive Kaylasson Temple for a taste of everyday Mauritian life. You could take the opportunity to tour to the breathtaking Trou-aux-Cerfs Volcano and striking ‘Seven-Coloured Earth’ sand dunes too. In the Seychelles, some of this spectacular archipelago’s most incredible sights and experiences await. With calls at Praslin Island and Mahé, you can explore the UNESCO-listed forests of Vallée de Mai in search of huge Coco de Mer nuts and rare Black Parrots; soak up the sunshine on the idyllic Anse Lazio beach; and take a boat tour to Moyenne Island to encounter giant land tortoises. Cruising by Silhouette Island at sunset will be a magical, simply unforgettable spectacle. [ReadMore]

The marvels of Mayotte are yours to uncover during stops at Mamoudzou, the French island’s sprawling capital. Don’t miss the chance to snorkel the Indian Ocean’s largest lagoon to see a variety of coral and tropical fish species up-close. On dry land you might choose to explore Mayotte’s lush landscapes and beautiful botanical gardens. Amazing plant and animal life awaits in Madagascar too, with two days to explore this world-famous natural wonderland. Hell-Ville is perfectly placed for tours to Nosy Be’s tropical, 740-hectare Lokobe National Park; while Amber Mountain National Park is within easy reach of Diego Suarez. Both of these calls offer you the chance to see wonderful wildlife such as lemurs, chameleons, geckos, boa constrictors and much more in their unspoilt natural habitat. You’ll also have chance to explore the fascinating history of Zanzibar. It’s well worth taking in the historic sites of the Stone Town area, such as the old fort, harrowing slave chambers, the sultana market and 19th century Anglican Church. Inviting sugar-like beaches and barrier reefs are close-by too. As if all that wasn’t enough, you will also celebrate a magical Christmas at sea and spend Boxing Day in Port Reunion, gateway to the breathtaking volcanic landscapes of Reunion Island. 

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.

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.