The British cruise line Fred. Olsen is offering its first ever South African cruise season in 2018, with roundtrip cruises from Cape Town aboard its classic cruise liner Boudicca.
The 1973-built ship, with a capacity of 880 double occupancy passengers will cruise from Cape Town three times in early 2018. The first two cruises will be two week roundtrip voyages along the South African coast.
In an itinerary clearly aimed at the international cruise market, rather than South Africans themselves, Boudicca will visit Port Elizabeth, Richard’s Bay, Durban, and Mossel Bay before returning to Cape Town.
She will stay overnight at every one of these South African ports except Mossel Bay, while Cape Town will get a full three night stopover at the end of each cruise, underscoring its position as the main cruise destination in the country.
The first of these cruises will depart January 11th, 2018, while the second will cruise from Cape Town on January 25th. At the end of the second cruise, Boudicca will depart on a 35-night cruise to Southampton via just about every cruise port imaginable in the eastern Atlantic Ocean.
She’ll visit Luderitz and Walvis Bay in Namibia as well as Saint Helena and Ascension Island before heading for the West African coast, where she’ll call at Dakar in Senegal. Boudicca will then cruise to the Cape Verde and Canary Islands, as well as Spain and Gibraltar before making a dash through the Bay of Biscay for Southampton.
This cruise itinerary, departing Cape Town on 8th of February, 2018, is also available as a 21-nighter ending in Tenerife, or a 28-night cruise with disembarkation in Malaga Spain before the voyage to Southampton.
Boudicca will be returning to the South African cruise market with new balcony cabins following a major refit. It will be her second stint in South African waters after she sailed her first ever cruise from Durban in 2014.