Boudicca was as I expected an older characteristic ship with plenty of classic features. Fellow passengers agreed that embarkation and disembarkation was simple due to the size and how many passengers were onboard. Nearly all of them commented on how much they’d dislike a large ‘block of flats’ style ship. When I saw the ship docked next to the Msc Preziosa, Boudicca looked tiny and quite dated! Which in some places it was tired BUT it was homely and not clinical. The staff onboard were the happiest I believe at sea, they clearly loved their job (or put on a jolly good show) but I am sure they did and were treated well.
The ship itself had such a relaxed and chilled out feel to it. Marquee Deck was my favourite, big rattan chairs and clean, refreshing d??cor. I have never experienced a ship where you could sit on deck and hear a pin drop. It was just the silent sound of relaxation. The waiter staff were very attentive and memorised my name, cabin and what a drank after the first day!
I was surprised at how lively the evenings were! Plenty of entertainment and the Lido Lounge (late night venue) was busy with a DJ. The song choice was definitely 60s, 70s, 80s but that suited me fine. The 2nd show was quite late though, after a busy day hiking Dubrovnik??s city walls I only just managed to stay awake! The entertainment was better than expected by the production team with a show featuring music through the ages. After the show finished I chatted to some fellow passengers who thought the dancing and singing onboard was fantastic! I did too, however I personally felt that they were wasted on the small show lounge stage BUT never the less they made good use of the space they had!
The furnishings on top deck were wicker chairs – quite classy which I wasn??t expecting.
The cabin was so spacious too, I definitely wasn’t expecting that! I was also pleasantly surprised and pleased with how much storage space there was for your luggage. Sometimes, on other ships, space is limited and annoying because your suitcase becomes a piece of modern art.
In a way I was glad too that the ship was small as disembarkation on the Tender port of Dubrovnik was a breeze. I have previously travelled with P&O and the tender port was chaotic. Other passengers commented on the efficiency too.
Overall I had a fantastic experience. I loved the Boudicca. I found that the entertainment was superb and enjoyable. I also felt the food was lovely, great choice in all the restaurants. The cabins were roomy and spacious, even the porthole cabins didn’t feel cramped or hidden away out of sight. The itinerary we sailed on was beautiful it incorporated ports such as Venice, Split, Dubrovnik and Malta. I enjoyed all ports of call and the excursions really stood out for me. The guides were exception and very knowledgeable. I asked them all sorts of questions and they knew the answers straight away. There was quite a bit of walking involved I must add which was fine for me. However, occasionally some of the other elderly guests had to take a breather. The day we arrived we had a pre embarkation boat tour of Venice. That was lovely to see Venice in all its glory! Sail away from Venice was quite a spectacle too. Everyone was out on deck watching it, the atmosphere was great!
‘it??s like cruising in your slippers’ one of my fellow guests quoted, which I thought was very true and an excellent depiction.
I definitely felt that the cruise was excellent value for money. The drinks were very reasonable and the upgrade to drinks package of ?10pppn was muchly appreciated. The spa was also excellent value for money as some treatments were on offer and half the price of some competitors.
I loved the Afternoon Tea idea with the White Gloved service on the sea day. This was extremely popular! The tea selection was excellent and the cakes all homemade and absolutely glorious.
In conclusion, I would definitely travel on Fred Olsen again if the price was right and I liked the itinerary!