New Madeira Flower Festival Cruise launches for green-fingered guests

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines will be delighting ‘green-fingered’ guests next year with a special 14-night “take time to smell the flowers” cruise experience covering some of the world’s best flower festivals.

Its 880 guest-ship Boudicca will embark on a 14-night ‘Madeira Flower Festival’ cruise departing Dover on 14th April 2015, followed by an 11-night ‘Floral Britannia’ cruise, which leaves Dover on 28th April 2015.

Cruises – like safaris – are now just one of the kinds of timeshare holiday options available these days, and one of the most popular ways of celebrating something special like a wedding anniversary, new retirement or family reunion.

Nathan Philpot, Sales and Marketing Director for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:

“These two ‘experiential’ cruises highlight Fred Olsen Cruise Lines’ commitment to offering guests so much more than just a conventional holiday.

“We are also very excited to be working with The Duchess of Northumberland on our ‘Floral Britannia’ cruise, so that our guests can visit the intriguing ‘Poison Garden’ at Alnwick Castle, which was created as part of a £40-million investment in the spectacular grounds.”

Boudicca will dock in the famous sherry and port-making town of Oporto, Portugal, where guests can visit one of the many Port cellars or take a leisurely stroll along the famous River Douro.

Then it’s on to colourful Funchal, Madeira’s capital, for the legendary annual ‘Flower Festival’ where passengers will spend a night so they have plenty of time to enjoy the blooms.

Held every Spring, when the island is literally in full bloom and the flowers show at their best, this is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Madeira.

The island’s gardens are ablaze with colour, showing off all sorts of exotic plants and flowers and the celebrations include a parade – with vibrant costumes and traditional dance – a flower market, flower carpets made in the streets and special performances of outdoor classical music concerts.

After that it’s on to the Canary Islands. Boudicca will then arrive in Santa Cruz in Tenerife, where guests can visit the famous Secret Garden, home to up to 70 species of the world’s deadliest and most exotic plants. This breathtaking garden also holds many displays that explain the myths, history, places of origin and toxin levels of these exceptional plants.

After calls in Arrecife, on the island of Lanzarote, and Cadiz in Spain, where guests can see the famous orange blossoms or take a tour to the mesmerising city of Seville, Boudicca returns to Dover.

Cruise guests will visit St. Peter Port in Guernsey, known for its cobbled streets and picturesque seafront marina, before stopping at Falmouth in England. Here, guests can take a tour to the Eden Project, one of the UK’s top visitor attractions in Cornwall, with the largest indoor rainforest and where plants meet science in a fascinating environment.

The cruise continues in Wales and England, visiting various major flower events and gardens – a memorable fornight for anyone whose favourite pastime is spending time in the garden as well as sailing the ocean waves.


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