The 880-guest Fred Olen cruise ship Boudicca departed Dover in the UK last week on the longest cruise in the line’s history, a 168-night roundtrip voyage that includes 61 port calls.
Historical places such as Porbandar, the birthplace of Gandhi, Jerusalem, Petra and Athens, Singapore and Dubai present a combination of history and modernism.
Cape Town in South Africa and Dubai in the UAE are both included as turnaround ports, along with other ports such as Phuket in Thailand and Colombo in Sri Lanka, which enables passengers to book shorter segments of the Grand Voyage.
“We appreciate that not everyone is able to sail away for an entire 168 nights, so we hope that those looking to take a shorter, but equally exotic, Fred. Olsen fly-cruise will also enjoy making memories to last a lifetime,” explains Jackie Martin, Sales and Marketing Director, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines.
Boudicca’s October 31st, 2019 departure from Cape Town is a 14-night cruise to Mahe in the Seychelles, or a 28-night voyage ending in Phuket, Thailand, while her February 20th, 2020 departure from Dubai is a 14-night cruise to Cyprus.
Other shorter segments of the 168-night Grand Voyage include a 14-night Indonesian Islands Discovery from Phuket, Thailand, to Bali, Indonesia in November 2019 and a 14-night Authentic India exploration from Colombo, Sri Lanka to Dubai in February 2020.
Boudicca returns to Dover after nearly six months at sea on March 19th, 2020.
Boudicca sailed from Dover displaying the red poppy livery in support of The Royal British Legion, following its role in transporting 250 D-Day veterans, plus their carers and companions, to Normandy, France on the historic D-Day 75 Voyage of Remembrance in June 2019.
“As Dover is immersed in UK history, its iconic cliffs and castle provide the perfect backdrop to begin a voyage to some of the world’s famed destinations,” said Sonia Limbrick, Head of Cruise at the Port of Dover.
Boudicca, at just 205m and carrying only 880 passengers, is small by modern standards. When she was built in 1973, the ship would have been a mid-sized liner and today remains a high-quality vintage cruise experience.