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Fred. Olsen – Black Sea Discovery – 2020

  • Coastal view of Malta ©

  • The Blue Mosque, Istanbul © Turkish Culture and Tourism Office

  • Boudicca at sea © Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines 2017. All Rights Reserved.

  • Secret Garden Cafe, Boudicca © Fred. Olsen Cruise Line

  • The Torre del Oro and the River Guadalquivir, Seville, Andalusia

Boudicca - D2023 - Tuesday 1st September 2020 - 28 nights
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Sails from Dover

Breathtaking Black Sea

During the cruise visit five stunning cities in five different countries. Delve deep into the remarkable ancient history and breathtaking beauty of the Black Sea. Also, discover world-famous landmarks and historical sites. Furthermore taste authentic flavours and immerse in the scenery and tranquillity of beautiful waterways.

Istanbul, Socchi & Odessa

Firstly, there’s time in unmistakable Istanbul. Thus step back to the days of Ottoman rule at the glittering Topkapi Palace and fascinating Hagia Sofia, the former Ottoman imperial mosque. After that marvel at the mighty Blue Mosque. While if peckish sample traditional Turkish delight and sweet Baklava; and experience the hustle and bustle of the Grand Bazaar. Stopping at Sochi allows you to visit a Russian tea plantation on tour to taste the local brew and see how it’s harvested. While Batumi is your gateway to subtropical botanical gardens and national parks. Generally featuring Gonio Roman fortifications and some of Georgia’s spectacular wine valleys and vineyards.

Next, a visit to Odessa affords an opportunity to revel in the western European-influenced architecture, culture and art of the Ukraine’s ‘Pearl of the Black Sea’. Particularly worth exploring; the labyrinth-like Catacombs – a tangle of rocky underground corridors dating back to the 1600s. For a magical end to your Black Sea discovery, perhaps you’ll opt for a boat tour of Romania’s Danube Delta, a bird haven of peaceful marshlands and waterways, from Constanta. 


If that wasn’t enough, experience the best of the Mediterranean on this incredible 28-night adventure too. Once in Gibraltar, indulge in some duty-free shopping and enjoy grandstand views from the ‘rock’. While a sail into the magnificent Grand Harbour of Valletta – the 16th century walled capital of Malta – a treasure chest of Baroque architectural gems awaits.

Ancient Greek wonders will also reveal themselves, during visits to Piraeus and Katakolon. Piraeus is your starting point for exploring engrossing Athens, home of legendary ruins and temples. For example, the 2,500-year-old Parthenon and Agias Apostoli. While Olympia – the home of the Olympic Games – is within reach on tour from Katakolon.

There’s also time to enjoy on Spanish shores, with visits to the sun-kissed Menorcan city of Mahon and Cádiz, another ancient Mediterranean delight boasting fine, centuries-old architecture and landmarks, as well traditional tapas bars serving authentic local treats. What’s more, to complement your time ashore to explore, your smaller ship will also guide you through narrow straits and passages, including the Darnanelles and Bosphorus, for hours of unforgettable scenic cruising too.


Tuesday 1st September 2020

Cruise Itinerary

Tuesday 1st September 2020

Dover, United Kingdom

Home of the famous White Cliffs, Dover is one of England’s most iconic towns.

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Located on the south-east coast of England just 21 miles across the English Channel from France, Dover – home of the world’s busiest passenger port – is the first sight for many visitors arriving from around the world.

This historic town is much more than a gateway to Britain, and offers much to discover, including the 12th century Dover Castle – which overlooks the pretty harbour and houses the extensive Secret Wartime Tunnels – Archcliffe Fort, and the Western Heights, where a series of coastal defences and unspoilt nature reserves await exploration.

Wednesday 2nd September 2020

At Sea

Thursday 3rd September 2020

At Sea

Friday 4th September 2020

At Sea

Saturday 5th September 2020


British overseas territory, Gibraltar, on Spain’s south coast is dominated by a 426m-high limestone ridge: The Rock. The Rock of Gibraltar is a sentinel that guards the Straits, and the overtly-British town nestled between the European and African continents. Its atmosphere is all the more familiar due to its helmeted policemen, red pillar boxes, fish and chip shops, traditional pubs and Marks & Spencer shops.

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Layers of fortifications on The Rock include the remains of a 14th-century Moorish Castle and the 18th century Great Siege Tunnels. The Europa Point Lighthouse and St. Michael’s limestone cave light show are both well worth seeking out.

Resolutely British for nearly 300 years, Gibraltar’s unique history is of interest but it’s the camera-loving Barbary Apes that tend to steal the show.

Sunday 6th September 2020

At Sea

Monday 7th September 2020

At Sea

Tuesday 8th September 2020

Valleta, Malta

Malta’s 16th century walled capital of Valletta, with its Grand Harbour, is a treasure-chest bristling with Baroque architecture. This most scenic of ancient ports echoes the epic, heroic history of the tiny island it nestles on.

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Centuries of invasion and siege have brought the influence of Romans, Phoenicians, Greeks, Arabs, Normans, Crusaders and the British – all leaving an enduring mark on Valletta’s cultural heritage. Home to The Knights of Malta, an order created in the Middle Ages, the town is known for museums, palaces and grand churches.

Baroque landmarks include the ornate St. John’s Co-Cathedral; its opulent interior is crowned by Caravaggio’s masterpiece “The Beheading of Saint John.” Other noteworthy attractions include the National Museum of Archaeology, the 16th century Casa Rocca Piccola Palace and the military artefacts in the National War Museum.

The cityscape is probably one of the most stunning in the Mediterranean – the city’s sun-drenched stone walls have an almost permanent warm, honey hue, while colourful, decorative balconies overlook the worn and tethered streets below. Fine restaurants and shops leap out from side streets or are tucked away in charming courtyards.

Valletta is also well-situated to discover the silent city of Mdina, a fortified city in the Northern Region of Malta and home to the Roman burial complex of St. Paul’s Catacombs.

Wednesday 9th September 2020

At Sea

Thursday 10th September 2020

Cruising Darnanelles

Friday 11th September 2020

Istanbul, Turkey

Among Istanbul’s great wealth of monuments and landmarks are the ethereal Blue Mosque, glittering Topkapi Palace (once home of the sultans), vast Kapali Carsi (the world’s largest covered bazaar) and the aromatic Egyptian Spice Market.

Saturday 12th September 2020

At Sea

Sunday 13th September 2020

Socchi, Russian Federation

Sochi received global recognition and attention as the host of the 2014 Winter Olympic & Paralympic Games, despite the fact that – thanks to its quite un-Russian warm climate – it’s often called Russia’s ‘Summer Capital’. Now more popular than ever, this Black Sea city welcomes large numbers of visitors from around the world, who come to enjoy the incredible coastline – complete with tall mountains, rocky coves and shingle beaches, the vibrant nightlife and stunning architecture of the city’s structures, including the colourful St. Vladimir Church, Summer Theatre and Michael Archangel Cathedral to name just a few.

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However, this doesn’t mean that there isn’t anywhere to enjoy some time on the slopes, and at the nearby Krasnaya Polyana resort – located in the Adler district of the city – you’ll discover the beautiful snow-smothered mountains that were used for the Alpine and Nordic events during the Olympics. A little closer to the city there are other natural delights to enjoy too, including the wonderful waterfalls of the Agura Valley and the dense forests and gorgeous flora of the UNESCO-listed Western Caucasus Biosphere Reserve.

Monday 14th September 2020

Batumi, Georgia

Batumi is a seaside resort on the Black Sea coast, situated in a sub tropical zone, rich in citrus fruit and tea, with surrounding hills and mountains providing rainfall to make it lush and green, but also the wettest city in Georgia! The main sights are the oldest historic-architectural monuments, places of rest and culture and great variety of subtropical plants.

Tuesday 15th September 2020

At Sea

Wednesday 16th September 2020

Odessa, Ukraine

Odessa is a port city on the Black Sea in southern Ukraine. It’s known for its beaches and 19th-century architecture, including the Odessa Opera and Ballet Theater. The monumental Potemkin Stairs, immortalized in “The Battleship Potemkin,” lead down to the waterfront with its Vorontsov Lighthouse. Running parallel to the water, the grand Primorsky Boulevard is a popular promenade lined with mansions and monuments.

Thursday 17th September 2020

Constanta, Romania

Constanța is a city on the shores of the Black Sea, in southeastern Romania. Its long history, which goes back over 2,000 years, is documented at the National History and Archaeology Museum, near the port. The adjacent Roman Mosaics complex displays tiled floors dating back to the 4th century A.D. Nearby, the Great Mahmudiye Mosque is furnished with a vast Persian rug, while its towering minaret overlooks the city.

Friday 18th September 2020

Cruising Bosphurus

Saturday 19th September 2020

Piraeus, Greece

The port city of Piraeus has a vast, interesting history that extends back to the Ancient Greeks. From its beginnings in the 5th Century BC handling the country’s growing import trade to one of the most important passenger ports in Europe today, Piraeus has long served as a gateway to Athens.

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The biggest port in the Mediterranean, the most attractive quarter of Piraeus lies around Zea Marina and Mikrolimano harbour. The latter is lined with welcoming cafes, restaurants and bars. Most visitors’ experience of the port, however, is when briefly passing through for the Greek capital.

Athens – one of the world’s oldest cities, is mystical and engrossing, a city that’s steeped in ancient history and antiquity. Over 3000 years old, the city serves as the world centre for archaeological research. Its ancient alleyways and winding streets lead to an impressive array of must-visit museums, ancient churches and some the world’s most significant historic sites.

Athen’s landmarks include the Acropolis, the hilltop citadel stood proudly above the city and topped with ancient buildings like the colonnaded Parthenon Temple. This iconic temple was built in dedication to the Greek goddess of strategy and tactics, Athena, and is over 2500 years old. The National Archaeological and Acropolis Museums preserve priceless sculptures, vases and jewellery from the site.

Below, in the heart of the city, lies the ancient Plaka District. A popular tourist spot, Plaka is home to some fine examples of neoclassical architecture, pretty pedestrianised streets and charming shops and cafes. There are also a number of historic Roman ruins here, as well as the Agias Apostoli – one of the oldest churches in Athens, and the Temple of Hephaestus from 5BC.

Sunday 20th September 2020

Katakolon, Greece

Katakolon is the small, sleepy port town located on the western coast of the Peloponnese peninsula, which has undergone an extensive and very pleasing makeover over the last decade. Situated on a headland overlooking the Ionian Sea, the Greek seaside town is the gateway to the UNESCO-listed World Heritage site of Ancient Olympia. Founded in the 8th century BC, Olympia hosted the original Olympic Games and its extensive, must-see ruins include athletic training areas, a stadium and temples dedicated to the gods Hera and Zeus.

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The town of Kataolon itself offers the fascinating lighthouse built in 1865, the intriguing Museum of Ancient Greek Technology, and the sunken, ancient city of Pheia, which is within walking distance of the port. The Worldwide Mythology Exhibition Park was established in 2017 in Katakolo Square, where mythical monsters Minotaurs and Centaurs can be found in a labyrinth.

Monday 21st September 2020

At Sea

Tuesday 22nd September 2020

At Sea

Wednesday 23rd September 2020

Mahon, Menorca, Spain

Mahon is the capital of the Spanish island of Menorca. The city, situated on the east coast of the island, has a population of 31,000 and is most famous for its natural deep-water harbour, which stretches five kilometres inland and is one of the largest in the world. Mahon is easy to explore by foot. As you wander the streets, you’ll discover traces of the various civilisations that have passed through the town.

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Santa María Church, with its ornate 19th century organ, is worth discovery on central Plaça de la Constitució, and City Hall has a Renaissance facade and a clock donated by the island’s first British governor. The Menorca Museum displays art and exhibits on the island’s history.

From Mahón the true beauty of Menorca – its sleepy fishing villages, stunning beaches and Monte Toro, the island’s highest peak – is all waiting to be uncovered.

Thursday 24th September 2020

At Sea

Friday 25th September 2020

Cádiz, Spain

Cadiz – one of Europe’s most ancient cities – hugs Andalusia’s sunlit Atlantic coast and is characterised by palm trees, lookout towers and weathered old buildings. Now into its fourth millennium, Cádiz’s fascinating Old Town district is home to huge stone walls from the 1500s and the beautifully crafted 18th century Cádiz Cathedral.

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Boasting over 100 watchtowers, including the iconic Torre Tavira, traditionally used for spotting ships; traditional tapas bars serving delicious traditional cuisine and local seafood; and fascinating maritime history; Cádiz offers a plethora of authentic sights and experiences. The winding streets assume the feel of a carnival, packed-out with friendly locals and humming to the sounds of upbeat alegrías (flamenco songs).

Cádiz is also the gateway to the stunning city of Seville, with its maze of courtyards, atmosphere old quarters and ornate churches and cathedrals.

Saturday 26th September 2020

At Sea

Sunday 27th September 2020

At Sea

Monday 28th September 2020

At Sea

Tuesday 29th September 2020

Dover, United Kingdom

Home of the famous White Cliffs, Dover is one of England’s most iconic towns.

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Located on the south-east coast of England just 21 miles across the English Channel from France, Dover – home of the world’s busiest passenger port – is the first sight for many visitors arriving from around the world.

This historic town is much more than a gateway to Britain, and offers much to discover, including the 12th century Dover Castle – which overlooks the pretty harbour and houses the extensive Secret Wartime Tunnels – Archcliffe Fort, and the Western Heights, where a series of coastal defences and unspoilt nature reserves await exploration.

Ship Information

Up to 880 people can enjoy a cruise on board Boudicca – not the thousands to be found on most ships these days – so there’s plenty of space for everyone. Plus, Boudicca is small enough to reach shores that many rival cruise ships simply cannot access, so guests on board can get closer to the sights that they want to see.

Onboard, indulge yourself at the Tintagel and Four Seasons Restaurants. Lounge around on the Lounge Deck, or in one of our two Jacuzzis. Or splash around in one of the three pools. And when the sun’s shining, enjoy the tasty poolside buffet.

You’ll have days and nights to remember on board Boudicca.

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Suites feature a private balcony and a separate sitting area, where you are able to enjoy incredible sea views and the ultimate relaxation. They range from approx. 150 sq ft in a Single Balcony Suite to approx. 550 sq ft in a Premier Suite.

Suites always feature a refrigerator and mini-bar, tea and coffee making facilities, an interactive television, a telephone, a hairdryer and air conditioning. They’re usually equipped with an en-suite with a bath (and a shower over the bath), although some Superior Suites have an en-suite with a shower.

Balcony Rooms

These cabins offer a perfect superb ocean view from the private balcony or terrace balcony. They range from approx. 160 sq ft to approx. 200 sq ft on board Boudicca.

Balcony and Terrace Balcony Rooms include an en-suite with a bath and shower over the bath (selected en-suites are fitted with a shower), tea and coffee making facilities, a desk, interactive television, telephone, hairdryer and air conditioning.

Balcony Room grades on board Boudicca: BC, J

Terrance Room grades on board Boudicca: TC, TCD and TS

Ocean View Rooms

Each room either features a porthole or picture window and ranges from approx. 160 sq ft to approx. 200 sq ft.

Ocean View Rooms include an en-suite  (most are fitted with a shower, some with a bath and a shower over the bath) tea and coffee making facilities, interactive television, telephone, hairdryer and air conditioning.

Ocean View Room grades on board Boudicca: A, B, C, D, E, F

Interior Rooms

This cabin type is approx. 140 sq ft and features an en-suite.

They are fitted with a shower, only the en suite in Interior Room 3101 is fitted with a bath and a shower over the bath. The comfortable rooms are equipped with tea and coffee making facilities, a desk, interactive television, telephone, hairdryer and air conditioning.

Inside Room grades on board Boudicca: H, I

Single Rooms

Boudicca offers comfortable Single Interior Rooms (approx. 140 sq ft), Single Ocean View Rooms (approx. 150 sq ft) and Single Superior Balcony Rooms (approx. 150 sq ft).

They are fitted with an en-suite shower, a hairdryer, interactive television, telephone, a desk, tea and coffee making facilities and air conditioning.

Single Room grades on board Boudicca: K, L, M, N

Dining, Restaurants & Lounges

Dining on Boudicca

  • Four Seasons Restaurant
  • Tintagel Restaurant
  • The Heligan Room
  • Secret Garden Café
  • The Grill
  • The Bookmark Café
  • Lido Lounge
  • Neptune Lounge
  • The Observatory
  • Morning Light Pub
  • The Marquee Bar
  • Gaming Tables
  • Iceni Room
  • Library Lounge
  • Secret Garden Café Lounge

Please note: Dining on Boudicca is allocated to one of the main restaurants, meal times can be requested but are not guaranteed.


In the Bars:

  • Selection of soft drinks by the glass (post-mix on pump): Pepsi, lemonade, tonic water, juices and mineral/spring water
  • Selected red, white and rosé wine by the glass
  • Selected branded beers in cans or on draught
  • House spirits: white rum, gin, vodka, whisky, brandy

In the Restaurants & Buffets:

  • Selection of soft drinks, mineral/spring water & juices by the glass
  • Selected red, white and rosé wine by the glass
  • Selected branded canned beers

Plus discounted drinks:

  • Guests with the All-Inclusive Upgrade can save 50% off premium & branded drinks, red and white wines (not Champagne or sparkling wine), cocktails and bottled water

Please noteAn All- Inclusive Upgrade is not possible on Christmas Cruises and Short Breaks.

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Sports, Activities & Entertainment

Leisure Facilities on Boudicca

There are many different leisure facilities on Boudicca to make your stay on-board the ship as appealing and entertaining as possible. Escape the hustle and bustle and catch some rays up on the Sun Deck or have your morning walk at the Promenade circumference. Enjoy the cool sea breeze, while relaxing in Boudicca’s swimming pools and keep fit in Boudicca’s fitness centre during your cruise holiday. Get a lush treatments and feel the pure relaxation.  The library offers you historic tales, exciting novels, interesting biographies and a vast range of audio books. The large Card Room features plenty of card tables and comfortable chairs – a perfect location to have fun while showing off your Bridge skills. In addition, you can also try to beat the experienced Croupiers at the Gaming Tables.  The Craft Room offers space for some creativity on-board Boudicca.

Relax & Fitness

  • Atlantis Spa & Salon
  • Fitness centre
  • Sundeck & Golf nets
  • Sauna & Steam Room
  • Swimming Pools & Jacuzzis
  • Library
  • Card room
  • Art and Crafts room
  • Promenade


  • Gaming tables
  • Bars, Lounges & Pubs

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  • Boutique
  • Fine Jewellery
  • Port Shop
  • Photo Gallery

Other Facilities 

  • Internet Room
  • Medical Centre
  • Laundry Room

Date – Arrive – Depart – Destination

Tue 01 Sep – N/A – Late PM – Dover, United Kingdom

Wed 02 Sep – N/A – N/A – At Sea

Thu 03 Sep – N/A – N/A – At Sea

Fri 04 Sep – N/A – N/A – At Sea

Sat 05 Sep – Early AM – Late PM – Gibraltar

Sun 06 Sep – N/A – N/A – At Sea

Mon 07 Sep – N/A – N/A – At Sea

Tue 08 Sep – Early AM – Late PM – Valleta, Malta

Wed 09 Sep – N/A – N/A – At Sea

Thu 10 Sep – N/A – N/A – Cruising Darnanelles

Fri 11 Sep – Early AM – Late PM – Istanbul, Turkey

Sat 12 Sep – N/A – N/A – At Sea

Sun 13 Sep – Early AM – Late PM – Socchi, Russian Federation

Mon 14 Sep – Early AM – Late PM – Batumi, Georgia

Tue 15 Sep – N/A – N/A – At Sea

Wed 16 Sep – Early AM – Late PM – Odessa, Ukraine

Thu 17 Sep – Early AM – Late PM – Constanta, Romania

Fri 18 Sep – N/A – N/A – Cruising Bosphurus

Sat 19 Sep – Early AM – Late PM – Piraeus, Greece

Sun 20 Sep – Late AM – Late PM – Katakolon, Greece

Mon 21 Sep – N/A – N/A – At Sea

Tue 22 Sep – N/A – N/A – At Sea

Wed 23 Sep – Early AM – Late PM – Mahon, Menorca, Spain

Thu 24 Sep – N/A – N/A – At Sea

Fri 25 Sep – Early AM – Late PM – Cadiz, Andalusia, Spain

Sat 26 Sep – N/A – N/A – At Sea

Sun 27 Sep – N/A – N/A – At Sea

Mon 28 Sep – N/A – N/A – At Sea

Tue 29 Sep – Early AM – N/A – Dover, United Kingdom

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