Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ 880-guest Boudicca is due to undergo an extensive refit from 17th March 2018, at the Blohm + Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany.
Boudicca’s extensive refit will see upgraded public rooms, new dining facilities comprises and all of Boudicca’s cabins will have new carpets, along with new soft furnishings and lamps. Additionally, mini-fridges, safes and interactive “smart” TVs will be installed in all cabins.
Elsewhere, The Morning Light Pub will be moved from to the portside of the Secret Garden Café. The Heligan Room will be converted into the ‘Indian Ocean Restaurant’, with an Indian Ocean theme, offering the same style of imitate dining space as sister ship Black Watch’s ‘Orchid Room’.
The space vacated by the Morning Light Pub on Lounge Deck 6 will be converted into the ‘Oriental Tea Room’, serving exotic teas and other Oriental specialities, with a Far Eastern influence and exotic décor.
Mike Rodwell, Managing Director of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines said:
“We are very proud of our smaller, classic cruise ships, and we recognise the importance of investment in upgrades and improvements to ensure that guest are always able to enjoy their holidays to the full.
“The upgrades and improvements to Black Watch, Braemar and Balmoral have all been very well-received by both new and existing guests, and we continue to focus on developing and enhancing the onboard experience.
“The significant investment that we are making to guest rooms and public areas throughout our fleet will ensure that we continue to provide facilities that meet – and exceed – guest expectations.”
Fred. Olsen also will be working with Blohm + Voss and Hamburg charity, DER HAFEN HILFT! (‘The Port Helps!’), to pass on the used furniture and effects from Boudicca to support local good causes and help those most in need in the Greater Hamburg area.
Boudicca will return to the UK for a five-night D1804 ‘Mystery Cruise’, departing from Dover on 29th March 2018 and guests will be able to sail aboard a fully-renewed ocean fleet. Black Watch benefitted from extensive improvement work at the end 2016 and Braemar and Balmoral were refurbished before Christmas 2017.