The intimate Boudicca delivers high-quality service and a welcoming atmosphere from the moment you step on board. With a total passenger capacity of 880 — rare in modern cruising — she is a ship that provides you with more space for relaxing, as well as greater access to shorelines that larger ships can't reach.
The range of dishes and dining venues on Boudicca is remarkable. Breakfast offers hot and continental options alongside fresh pancakes and omelettes, while dinner menus bring Scandinavian herring platter, Indian-spiced butterfish, Irish stew, Norwegian salmon, and braised venison. You also have Far East specialities and al fresco dining to enjoy during your time at sea.
Indulge yourself in some retail therapy, relax in a hot tub and unwind in a welcoming bar or traditional lounge. You can entertain yourself with swimming, ballroom dancing, spa sessions, and card games during the day before spending the evening watching live comedy acts and music performances.
A cruise on Boudicca offers you close-up views and limitless luxury.
On Boudicca, you have the chance to experience some of the best dining at sea. Choose from one of three main dining rooms — Tintagel Restaurant, The Heligan Room and Four Seasons Restaurant — which all offer a choice of high-quality food and varied menus each night. The Grill lets you relax poolside and dine al fresco with dishes here including: shrimp salad, burgers, blueberry cheesecake, grilled seafood, and fillet steak. Head to Secret Garden Café to enjoy a relaxed buffet-dining experience, or The Bookmark Cafe for espressos, teas and luxury chocolates.
During the day, The Marquee Bar offers refreshing drinks — including premium gins — to enjoy in the sun. One of the favourite spots for guests to have an early-evening drink is The Observatory, which offers a relaxing pianist, welcoming atmosphere and views of the sunset. Head to the traditional British-style Morning Light Pub for a relaxed and informal ambience where you can enjoy good company, then go to Lido Lounge for a range of beers, spirits and cocktails. The highlight of most nights is Neptune Lounge where there are cabarets, live music, bright costumes, and dancing shows. Or for some peace and quiet, try Iceni Room which offers leather seats along with tea and coffee making facilities.
Fred. Olsen's entertainment venues include swimming pools, hot tubs, spa, sauna, gym, shops, library, cards room, arts and crafts sessions, and golf nets. During the evening, head to Neptune Lounge where you can enjoy singers, dancers, comedians, and magicians. There's also the casino which features roulette and blackjack.
Day 1-2: UK - Cape Town, South Africa
Fly from your selected UK airport to Cape Town and embark on board Boudicca.
Day 4: Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Step ashore and uncover a world of adventure and indigenous wildlife in and around Port Elizabeth. Climb the 204 steps to admire the views from the top of Campanile Memorial at Port Elizabeth Harbour. Follow the Route 67 trail - a collection of 67 art pieces that pay tribute to Nelson Mandela and the people and culture of the Eastern Cape - or take the 5km Donkin Heritage Trail to view 47 historical sites in the Old Hill area. Red Location Museum in New Brighton Township, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum and Prince Alfred's Guard Memorial in St George's Park bring the city's historical and cultural past to life. Get close to wildlife and sea life at Bayworld, Seaview Predator Park, and Kragga Kamma Game Park.
Day 6: Richards Bay, South Africa
Richards Bay is located in the KwaZulu-Natal area of South Africa. This port town sits on a 30 square kilometre lagoon on the Mhlathuze River and boasts one of the country's largest harbours and amazing wetland scenery. Spend a few hours soaking up the sun on the blue-flag Alkantstrand beach or visit the indigenous hippos and crocodiles at Richards Bay Game Reserve. Indulge in retail therapy at the Boardwalk Shopping Centre, or tuck into a platter of fresh fish and seafood on the Tuzi Gazi Waterfront.
Day 10: Mamoudzou, Mayotte
Mamoudzou sits on Grand-Terre Island and is the capital of Mayotte in the Comoros Islands archipelago. Take a leisurely stroll through the city streets where you'll discover plentiful local shops, bars and restaurants. Explore the city's seafaring past at the Mamoudzou Fishing Museum. The surrounding waters are a haven for snorkelling and scuba diving. Or, why not enjoy a boat tour around the island and see schools of tropical fish, dolphins, whales and turtles in the crystal clear waters?
Day 11: Hell-Ville, Andoany, Madagascar
Commonly known as Hell-Ville, Andoany is the capital of the Madagascan island of Nosy Be. This colonial town features fine architecture and a picturesque harbour. Stroll through the market and browse the colourful array of stalls, visit the Oceanographic Museum and admire native sea creatures, or cast your eyes upon the Russian Monument that commemorates soldiers who drowned off the coast in 1904. The town is also the gateway to the stunning rainforests and spectacular wildlife at the Lokobe National Park. Watch out for the Black, Grey-backed and Mouse Lemurs, boa constrictors, and chameleons that make their home in this fascinating area.
Day 14: Victoria, Seychelles
Victoria is the capital of the Seychelles archipelago and sits on Mahe Island. Shop for souvenirs at the colourful Sir Selwyn Clarke Market. Admire the giant tortoises, fruit bats, flying foxes, palm trees and orchids in the idyllic surroundings of Seychelles National Botanical Gardens. Pay a visit to the beautiful Cathedral of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception and the nearby La Domus. Admire the colonial buildings, St Paul's Cathedral, and the Big Ben-like clock tower at Freedom Square. Discover the islands' colourful flora, fauna and history at the Natural History Museum.
Day 15: Fly Victoria, Seychelles to UK
Disembark in Victoria for your flight back to the UK.