Tuesday, 14 February 2012

An Early Summer Adriatic Adventure With Fred. Olsen

Cruise guests can enjoy an early summer holiday with Fred. Olsen Cruises this May, getting the chance to visit a host of attractive ports in the wonderful Aegean Sea, including two in Croatia

This 21-night Boudicca’s cruise departs from Greenock (Glasgow) on May 20 and there is an added attraction of ‘Flavours of the Adriatic’ through the award-winning onboard enrichment programme, Vistas. The expert speaker will be Robert Ash, a celebrity chef who is also a professional musician. Robert runs a cookery school in Mâcon, in the Burgundy region of France, and was also a finalist on the BBC’s ‘Masterchef.’

The island-hopping voyage calls first into Gibraltar, then Malta’s capital Valletta, before reaching its first Croatian port, Šibenik, where the ship is at anchor (as Fred Olsen's ships are small enough to visit the more off-the-beaten-track locations). This pretty town, set at the mouth of the River Krka, has a medieval square, surrounded by historic buildings, considered to be one of the most beautiful squares in the Adriatic region, as well as a monastery with a recently restored herb garden.

Next port of call is glorious Venice, where the ship stays until late at night, allowing guests time to explore this legendary city of mysterious canals, before cruising on to Koper in Slovenia. This beautiful little town was formerly part of Venice, when it was called ‘Capo d‘Istria’ and boasts a fine 12th Century cathedral and 15th Century palace, among other architectural gems.

The next visit is to Ancona, on the east coast of Italy, before Boudicca reaches the jewel of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik, in Croatia. This medieval walled town, with its many open-air cafés and stunning beaches, makes it a real highlight of the cruise. On the return journey, Boudicca calls into the Spanish sport of Motril, before she returns to Greenock. 

For booking details, be sure to check out this link with the UK's leading specialist cruise agents, The Cruise Line Ltd.