Bermuda & the America’s Cup CRUISE

Departs Liverpool, UK  •  09th June 2017  •  26 nights
Boudicca  •  Prices from $5,741
FREE Drinks + Adult Only Cruises

Join Fred. Olsen on a very special, once-in-a-lifetime holiday in 2017 and experience the thrill of the America’s Cup – the world’s most exhilarating and prestigious yacht race – in beautiful Bermuda. This historic nautical extravaganza will test the skills of the world’s best sailors – including Britain’s Olympic hero Sir Ben Ainslie – to the limit as they race their multi-million dollar catamarans at speeds of up to 50mph; and you’ll be perfectly placed to watch the drama unfolding on the balmy blue waters.

Furthermore, with a rare, three night extended stay in Hamilton, you’ll have plenty of time to experience the best that the gorgeous paradise island of Bermuda has to offer. You can while away the hours soaking up glorious sunshine on the soft-pink sands of some of the world’s best beaches; snorkel incredible coral reefs alongside colourful tropical fish; and admire the astonishing subterranean stalactites and stalagmites of the Crystal and Fantasy Caves. Don’t miss the historic 18th century Royal Naval Dockyard, which today is home to shops, restaurants, galleries and many other attractions; and be sure to wander along bustling Front Street, which is where you’ll find Hamilton’s finest restaurants and bars.

Either side of your unforgettable call to the oldest British Colony, you’ll also visit a collection of wonderful Portuguese islands and cities. Before sailing to Bermuda, Boudicca will stop in Leixoes, for tours to delightful Oporto; magnificent Madeira, where gorgeous gardens and sweet wines await; Ponta Delgada, from where you can visit the stunning Sete Cidades crater lakes; and the city of Horta on Faial Island. On your journey home, you’ll divert to the Azores once again, visiting Lajes das Flores, where rugged landscapes interspersed with lakes and waterfalls beg to be explored; and pretty Praia da Vitoria, which is home to a number of interesting historic structures, including the 15th century Igreja Matriz de Santa Cruz.

DateArriveDepartDestination
Fri 09Late PMLiverpool, UK
Mon 12Early AMLate PMLeixoes (for Oporto), Portugal
Wed 14Early AMLate NightFunchal, Madeira
Fri 16Early AMLate NightPonta Delgada, Azores
Sat 17Early AMLate PMHorta, Azores
Thur 22Early PMHamilton, Bermuda
Fri 23Hamilton, Bermuda
Sat 24Hamilton, Bermuda
Sun 25Late PMHamilton, Bermuda
Fri 30Early AMLate PMLajes das Flores, Azores
Sat 01 JulyEarly AMEarly PMPraia da Vitoria, Azores
Wed 05 JulyEarly AMLiverpool, UK

Port Information

Liverpool, United Kingdom

Liverpool – the home of The Beatles – is one of Britain’s most iconic and interesting cities.

Liverpool – a former European Capital of Culture – is globally-renowned for it music, arts, culture and beautiful architecture and is one of Britain’s most iconic, interesting and historic cities. Home of arguably the world’s greatest ever rock ‘n’ roll band – The Beatles – Liverpool attracts visitors from around the globe who visit to follow in the footsteps of John, George, Paul and Ringo.

A busy port city, Liverpool is also known for its historic waterfront district and Albert Dock, where some of the city’s best known galleries and museums – including the Tate Gallery, International Slavery Museum and ‘The Beatles Story’ exhibit – are found just  a short distance from where you’ll disembark, as well as the largest collection of Grade One listed buildings in the U.K. Be sure to take a tour of the city and see the incredible architecture of the iconic Liver Building, plus a number of structures associated with the ill-fated RMS Titanic. 

LEIXOES (FOR OPORTO), PORTUGAL

Set on the banks of the River Douro, the UNESCO World Heritage City of Oporto is truly beautiful, with pastel-fronted houses with red-tiled roofs, neo-classical buildings and wonderful baroque churches. Famous for it’s Port Wine production, Oporto is home to a host of renowned Port producers including Cockburn’s, Taylor’s and Sandeman.

A short journey from Leixões takes you into the heart of Oporto, with its fortress-like Cathedral and the Baroque Church of Clérigos. Head to the historic Ribeira District, where the narrow, cobbled lanes wind their way down to the Douro River. Also, don’t forget to visit one of the many wine cellars for a taste of the tipple named after the city, Port.

Oporto sits deep in the gorge of the River Douro and on the riverside – dominated by the two-level Luis I bridge – it’s possible to look up at the narrow streets of the old town. They climb out of the valley, lined with pastel-fronted houses with red-tiled roofs, mixed in with neo-classical buildings and wonderful baroque churches. Dominating the centre of the city is the fortress-like hulk of the Cathedral, which is worth visiting for the views alone.

Oporto is, of course, famous for the fortified wine much loved by the British and at night the neon signs of Cockburn, Taylor’s, Sandeman and the rest light up the waterfront. On the ground floor of the Museu Romantico is the Port Wine Institute, where port is served with great ceremony. The cellars of the different makers can also be visited.

FUNCHAL, MADEIRA

Located off the coast of Africa, Funchal has a timeless charm, delightfully enhanced by a benign climate that fills this ‘floating garden’ with the year-round colours and perfumes of subtropical flowers and fruit.

Located off the coast of Africa, Funchal has a timeless charm, delightfully enhanced by a benign climate that fills this ‘floating garden’ with the year-round colours and perfumes of subtropical flowers and fruit.

After having received much praise by the great Sir Winston Churchill, Madeira has been offering the British visitor a warm welcome for three centuries. It’s famous for its delicious wine which so happens to be the perfect aid to total relaxation!

Spend your time here wandering the best parks and gardens, some of which are not too far from the waterfront. For nature enthusiasts and keen bird watchers, a hike through the Laurel Forest might be just what you are looking for.

PONTA DELGADA, AZORES

Ponta Delgada – the main town on the island of São Miguel – has a cosmopolitan atmosphere and a fine selection of parks, narrow cobbled streets and squares, a modern marina and waterside cafés. The surrounding island boasts beautiful lakes, magnificent mountains, sandy beaches and lush valleys, as well as the stunning crater lakes of the extinct Sete Cidades volcano.

The main town on the island of São Miguel, Ponta Delgada, has a very cosmopolitan atmosphere despite it dating back over an incredible 500 years. It has many fine buildings – a reminder that this was once an important staging post between Europe and the Americas. Intermingled are parks, enchanting squares, a modern marina, restaurants and waterside cafés.

There are white washed houses with terracotta rooves and pretty villages that line the lakes edge, looking out to the enchanting mountain plains. Be sure to potter around the market stalls and cafes as locals ride bicycles and vespers in and out of the cobbled streets.

Portas da Cidade, the City Gates, once stood in front of the harbour and are now in Gonçalo Velho Cabral Square, dedicated to the Portuguese navigator who discovered the Azores. There is an interesting church here – Igreja Matriz – with a splendid clock tower, one of many beautifully ornate towers that can be spotted around the town.

HORTA, AZORES

The tranquil little port of Horta has long played host to transatlantic yachtsmen.

It stands on pretty Faial island, one of the nine emerald-green Azores – discovered by the Portuguese in the 15th century. The islands volcanic origins have created a beautiful and unspoilt environment of craters, lakes, sheer cliffs and lush valleys, to which man has seemingly added only picturesque whitewashed houses and stately little baroque churches!

HAMILTON, BERMUDA

Hamilton – the capital of Bermuda since 1815 – is renowned for its vibrant, friendly atmosphere, beautiful historic structures, delightful parks and bustling markets. A joy to explore, the city is the perfect place to wile away the hours under glorious sunshine.

Hamilton, the capital of Bermuda is a small, friendly city with a wonderfully welcoming atmosphere and exciting vibrancy. Front Street, arguably the city’s biggest attraction, runs along the shore line and is usually the first glimpse of Hamilton that visitors get as they arrive. The street is home to glitzy shops and several restaurants and bars, all benefitting from wonderful views out across the harbour.

Away from Front Street, Hamilton has plenty more to offer. The city centre has many historic monuments and buildings to seek out and discover too, including Cathedrals, arts centres, museums and parliament buildings. There are also several parks with beautiful walkways, tall trees and gorgeous greenery to relax in and a number of busy markets selling locally made and home-grown produce – the perfect place to sample the famous culture and atmosphere.

LAJES DAS FLORES, AZORES

The island of Flores is included in UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves and is regarded by many as the Azores most beautiful island. With deep valleys, soaring peaks, dense forests, pretty gardens and volcanic hot springs to discover, this eco-wonderland is a joy to explore on unforgettable adventures from Lajes das Flores.

Lajes das Flores is a great place from which to explore the stunning landscapes of Flores, regarded by many as the most beautiful island in the Azores. Included in UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves, the island is smothered with lush green forest – the perfect haven for an abundance of diverse fauna and flora – and boasts deep valleys, huge cliffs, tumbling waterfalls, pretty gardens and volcanic hot springs.

Even just a short journey from Lajes das Flores will lead you to simply breathtaking wonders, including the Lagoa Funda and Lagoa Comprida crater lakes; the basalt rocks of Pedras dos Frades; and the 500 metre high Rocha Alta, Flores Island’s largest cliff. Elsewhere on the island, the iconic Rocha dos Bordoes basalt formation, magnificent Waterfall of Ribeira Grande and Groto de Enxareus cave are not-to-be-missed.

Within the parish of Lajes das Flores itself there’s a number of attractions to discover too. The pretty Church of Nossa Senhora do Rosario is well worth visiting to admire its fine façade, while the site of the Fort of Santo Antonio – unfortunately demolished in 1868 – offers superb views.

PRAIA DA VITORIA, AZORES

Pretty Praia da Vitoria – the former capital of the Azores – is steeped in history and is one of the most popular and interesting destinations in the Azores.

Pretty Praia da Vitoria – the former capital of the Azores – is a town steeped in history. Originally heavily fortified, Praia boasts an interesting historic quarter – from where parts of the original town wall can be seen – and a stunning natural harbour that’s overlooked by the impressive 16th century Fort of Santa Catarina.

Today Praia da Vitoria is a popular tourist destination thanks to its large modern harbour, vibrant town centre and gorgeous sandy beaches. Around town you’ll find plenty of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants to enjoy, as well as a number of notable historic buildings and monuments – including the 15th century Igreja Matriz de Santa Cruz and stunning Town Hall – to visit.

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