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Lochs, Islands & the Military Tattoo

30th Jul 2018 9 nights Sails from Dover Boudicca D1815
FROM ONLY £1,299 per person
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FROM ONLY £1,299 per person

Experience the very best of Scotland on this special, nine night summer cruise aboard Boudicca. You’ll visit quaint towns, immerse yourself in the natural beauty of remote islands and enjoy scenic cruising along breathtaking lochs; all before stopping overnight in the capital for two of Britain’s most iconic events.

After departing from Dover the highlights of Dublin – including St Patrick’s Cathedral, the vibrant Temple Bar district and the Guinness Storehouse – await discovery first, with your ship diverting to the Irish capital before venturing into the stunning Scottish lochs. The next morning you’ll be cruising by the historic Duart Castle and gliding through Loch Linnhe en route to Fort William, a picturesque town situated within the shadows of Ben Nevis – Britain’s highest mountain – in the heart of the Highlands. You could spend the day on a tour to Glencoe and marvel at the mountainous scenery, or take a steam train across the magnificent Glenfinnan Viaduct, part of the Hogwarts Express route in Harry Potter. The Isle of Skye – the first of two beautiful islands on your itinerary – is then yours to explore from Portree. Unearth natural wonders, from Kilt Rock to the ‘Old Man of Storr’; or perhaps visit the historic Dunvegan and Eilean Donan Castles, set amongst the island’s rugged landscapes. [ReadMore]

A memorable evening on board Boudicca follows, with the scenic highlights of the Sound of Raasay, Loch Torridon and Loch Shieldaig to capture from the ship’s decks as you sail towards the Orkney Islands. From Kirkwall you can discover the 5,000 Neolithic village of Skara Brae and the ancient stone circles of Stenness and Brodgar; as well as some of the Orkneys’ most spectacular coastal scenery. Calling into Rosyth – gateway to Edinburgh – is the perfect way to end such an incredible Scottish exploration, especially when your overnight stay coincides with two of the Scottish capital’s most famous events. You’ll have the chance to enjoy all the theatre, music, opera, dance and excitement of the Edinburgh festival; or even experience the thrill of the unique and quintessentially British Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Taking place on the esplanade of Edinburgh’s iconic castle, the incredible performances from Britain’s talented military bands are broadcast to millions of viewers around the globe; but there’s nothing like experiencing all the pomp and ceremony live and in person. 

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.