Boudicca Cruise Review by noljos: Baltic Capitals
We sailed from Greenock (Glasgow)in Boudicca on 9th June 2013. Ports of call were Copenhagen, Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Nynashamn (for Stockholm) and Oslo.
The sea was calm except for a bit of a swell on the final day coming south, down the Irish Sea, and the weather was good - just a couple of showers.
This was our second Fred Olsen cruise - the first was to the North Cape on Balmoral. Although Boudicca was not just as classy as Balmoral the food was excellent and bountiful. Everything was kept spotlessly clean, with the handrails and other surface that were likely to be touched by passengers being continuously wiped with anti-bacterial gel. (this was to reduce the risk of norovirus). The crew went out of their way to be pleasant and helpful - they were always smiling. The shows were professional and of excellent quality. There were other game shows, like Mr & Mrs but the times for these clashed with the second sitting diners.
A speaker gave More "port talks" about all the things that could be seen and done in each city we were to visit, and these were very helpful.
The Boudicca was not able to dock in her normal position near the Little Mermaid because of other cruise ships so there was about 45 minutes of a brisk was to get into town. For those not wishing to walk there were hop-on, hop-off buses on the dock side and a train station about ten minutes' walk away.
Tallinn centre was about 15 minutes' walk from the dock, although shuttle buses were laid on at £5 for the day. Helsinki was also easily accessed on foot, as was Oslo.
Nynashamn was the port for Stockholm and took about 45 minutes in the coach between the two places. It was a pity that we did not dock in Stockholm as this would have saved us £35 per person for the fare.
We found this to be a thoroughly enjoyable cruise. The passengers seemed to be aged from sixty to eighty or more so it may not appeal to a younger age group. Less
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Cabin review: D4124
The cabin was adequate. There was plenty of drawer and wardrobe space well supplied with hangers. The bed and pillows were very comfortable. The only negative was the noise from the air-con unit which could be adjusted for temperature but could not be turned off.
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