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Boudicca Cruise Review by Lights

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Boudicca
Boudicca
Member Name: Lights
Cruise Date: March 2013
Embarkation: other
Destination: Baltic & Northern Europe
Cabin Category: F
Cabin Number: 4102
Booking Method: Internet Agency
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Member Rating   4.0 out of 5+
Dining 5.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Cabins 4.0
Entertainment 5+
Spa & Fitness 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 3.0
Embarkation 3.0
Service 4.0
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates 4.0
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Northern Lights March 2013 and norovirus
A superb cruise itinerary 13 to 27 March with most time spent up at Troms and Alta.

Lots of superb snow and with good weather Captain Stein Bjrheim guided the ship along a spectacular scenic route in the inner fjords.

The weather was kind with clear sky and we were treated to a most spectacular northern lights display viewable from the deck on departure from Tromso on 20 March.

Ship entertainment was really good. My wife & I much enjoyed the performances of the Boudicca Show Company. All Staff worked very hard and were cheerful except for one day when the seriousness of a norovirus epidemic was apparent. The final total over the whole fortnight was 300+ of the 900 passengers infected with this rather nasty gastric virus. I spent two days in my cabin quarantined after a particularly uncomfortable night. In some ways I did not notice this lost time because the illness left me feeling so tired I slept much.

Fred Olsen appear to have addressed the situation robustly. From first boarding we were all subject to a hand disinfection routine whenever moving between public areas -- like the dining room or lounges etc. The importance of hand washing was reinforced by daily announcements. Also they delayed the next sailing from Portsmouth by a day to enable the whole ship to be cleaned and fumigated but will this be enough?

I am now interested to hear from anyone on the current cruise to Lisbon and the Iberian Peninsula. Has the cleanup worked?

Publication Date: 04/02/13
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