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Papua New Guinea & Indonesian Culture

9th Jan 2020 14 nights Sails from Cairns Boudicca D2001
FROM ONLY £2,999 per person *
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After meeting Boudicca on the gorgeous northeast coast of Australia, visits to a trio of destinations in Papua New Guinea, including two maiden calls for Fred. Olsen, and three breathtaking Indonesian islands will offer a feast of history, culture and natural beauty on this colourful 14-night cruise.

Cairns is not only the starting point for this rewarding journey, but also your gateway to botanical gardens, tropical rainforests and dense wetlands alive with native Australian wildlife. Also within reach is the awe-inspiring Great Barrier Reef, a wonderland of over 400 coral species, over 1,500 species of fish and various other exotic fauna and flora. Take your pick of these natural wonders before you set sail to Papua New Guinea, where you’ll have a chance to experience Alotau’s Cultural Festival, an extravagant expression of tribal culture. The festival is rich in performances of traditional music, dance and chanting from groups from around the country, and with locally made gifts and souvenirs available for you to take home too; this very special event is not-to-be-missed. During your time in Papua New Guinea, your maiden calls at Alotau and Wewak, as well as a stop at Madang, will also present opportunities to connect with the country’s fascinating war history and go in search of war ‘relics’ such as battle-scarred airfields and impressive cave and tunnels networks that were used by the Japanese in World War II. [ReadMore]

Once in Indonesia, the world’s largest archipelagic country, a myriad of magical island scenes await you. Ambon City, another maiden call for Fred. Olsen, welcomes you to the fertile lands of Ambon Island, boasting gently mountainous landscapes and picturesque bays that beg for exploration. The city, which was one of the first places in Indonesia to be ruled by Colonial powers, is a delight to explore in itself; its rich history is highlighted in the mix of Ambonese and European architecture. Then, when your ship drops anchor at Komodo Island, you can head ashore to seek-out Komodo Dragons – the world’s largest lizards – in their extraordinary, UNESCO-listed natural habitat; and discover the shimmering Pink Beach. Finally, it is on to beautiful Bali. Before heading home, Bali’s remarkable Ubud rice terraces, sacred Goa Gajah Elephant Cave and an abundance of ancient temples are just some of the many attractions you could discover, if you can manage to leave the inviting sun-soaked beaches of Benoa behind.

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.