Fred. Olsen Sails a Second (and Third) Season from Portsmouth

Fred. Olsen Cruise Line’s popular 880-guest Boudicca is poised to operate her second cruise season from the port of Portsmouth, UK this fall. Passengers will be able to use the brand-new Portsmouth Passenger Terminal to embark Boudicca, offering guests another convenient UK departure port to choose from.

Fred. Olsen's Boudicca at sea. Photo courtesy of Fred. Olsen Cruises

While Boudicca’s season this year will last from November 1st until just before Christmas, Fred. Olsen has already announced it plans to deploy Boudicca from Portsmouth again next year, running an expanded season from October 2012 to April 2013.

To kick off the Portsmouth cruise season, Fred. Olsen’s Boudicca is operating an exciting, 25-night voyage departing on November 1, 2011. Voyage D1124 will cruise first to Motril, Spain before heading off to the quintessential Mediterranean ports of Cagliari and Trapani, Sicily before continuing on to the “cradle of civilization” – Turkey, Cyprus, and the famous city of Alexandria, Egypt. A maiden call is also made to Algiers, the capital city of Algeria.

Aboard Boudicca, there’s no shortage of diversions in which to fill your 25 days onboard. Attractions on this voyage include the Vistas theme of Watercolour Painting, as well as live entertainment from ‘The Phoenix Jazz Band’ and comedian Dave Kristian.

Other voyages include a 14-day jaunt to the warmth of the Canary Islands, calling on Leixoes (Oporto), Portugal and the Canary Islands of Lanzarote, Tenerife, La Gomera, La Palma, and Madeira. On Boudicca’s return to Portsmouth, time is made to explore beautiful Vigo, Spain.

Take a cruise along the canals of historic Gothenburg, Sweden. Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

Cruisers who can’t get away for 14 days might want to take part in the spectacular weeklong Christmas Markets cruise to Northern Europe and Scandinavia. Calling on the Swedish city of Gothenburg, guests travel to nearby Liseberg to explore the Christmas Market here. A late-night stay in Copenhagen, Denmark allows guests to properly explore this Winter Wonderland city, including the famed Tivoli Gardens. A winter transit of the Kiel Canal is particularly memorable before Boudicca arrives in the German port of Bremerhaven before calling on Oostende, Belgium, where optional tours to Brussels and Ghent are available. There’s so many Christmas Markets to take in on this popular voyage, you’ll be hard-pressed to decide which one is best.

For those looking for a taste of the good life (or simply a quick getaway), Fred Olsen is offering a short, three-night voyage from Portsmouth to the beautiful city of Antwerp, Belgium. Departing on December 17, Voyage D1127 offers plenty of opportunity to explore this historic city during the day and evening, before you re-join the festive Boudicca and sail the English Channel back to Portsmouth.

Fine dining in one of Boudicca's restaurants. Photo courtesy of Fred. Olsen Cruises

Boudicca’s Portsmouth season draws to a close on December 20, with an exciting 16-night Christmas Cruise that calls on Casablanca, Morocco for Christmas Eve before spending a relaxing December 25 at sea. Christmas onboard Boudicca is a true event: a traditional Christmas feast is on offer along with carolling, festive entertainment, and a visit from Santa himself for the ship’s younger guests.

Jolly Old Saint Nick might not want to run back to the North Pole so quickly, as Boudicca calls on the islands of Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Gomera, La Palma, and Madeira. New Year’s Eve is spent in beautiful Funchal, Madeira, where a dramatic fireworks display rings in a New Year like no other. In fact, the display itself is recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records!

If you’re looking for a unique and exciting voyage this fall, be sure to give Fred. Olsen’s latest Portsmouth-based offerings careful consideration. You’ll be pleased you did.

For more information on Fred. Olsen Cruises, its fleet and destinations, be sure to visit our Fred. Olsen Cruises overview right here on The Avid Cruiser.

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