Waterways & Cities of Holland & Belgium

18th May 2020 7 nights Sails from Dover Boudicca D2011
FROM ONLY £949 per person
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FROM ONLY £949 per person

Legendary museums, iconic canals, architectural wonders, mouth-watering chocolates and more: you’ll uncover quintessential highlights to savour in four charming Dutch and Belgian cities. In typical Fred. Olsen style, you’ll get closer to the main attractions of each destination and have ample time to explore, while there’s hours of scenic river cruising to experience too.

In Belgium, the Western Scheldt River is your picturesque route into alluring Antwerp, where Boudicca can dock close to the city centre. [ReadMoreMob]After a relaxing morning sailing through countryside scenes of green fields and lush marshlands, you can simply step ashore and discover Antwerp’s most prized possessions. Grote Markt, with its intricate 16th century guild houses and famous Brabo Fountain, is just a short stroll from your ship. [ReadMoreDesk]Venture a little further and you’ll find the legendary diamond district and mighty Cathedral of Our Lady, as well as artisan chocolate shops serving authentic Belgian delights. Elsewhere, you’ll visit medieval Ghent, renowned for its impressive trio of towers – St Bavo’s Cathedral, St Nicholas’ Church and the UNESCO-listed, 91-metre-high Belfry. Ghent’s charming historic centre is home to a wealth of historic treasures and easily explore on foot or via tram. Spending the day here also affords another opportunity to indulge with delectable Belgian chocolates. 

Your rewarding two days in the Netherlands begins with laidback scenic cruising too, sailing the North Sea Canal to Amsterdam. Once docked in the diverse Dutch capital, you’ll once again have an array of highlights to hand, from the haunting Anne Frank House to a collection of world-renowned galleries and museums including the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum. A full-day stop allows for an in-depth exploration, as well as time to take a romantic boat tour of city’s iconic canals. Rotterdam – Holland’s stylish second city – brings futuristic end to your cruise. The modern bridges and towers here are a sight to behold as you glide into port, while there are plenty of impressive sights to discover once you head ashore too; the innovative 1970’s Cube Houses and magnificent Markthal are well worth taking the time to visit.  

Real ships
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.

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.