We cruised from Avonmouth to Bilbao, La Rochelle and L'Orient.
This cruise was highly successful, helped by good weather. The food, cleanliness and crew of Boudicca were first class. Attention to the prevention of norovirus verged on the fanatical and no-one became ill so far as I am aware. Although the ship is old, the benefit of recent refits showed through with a high standard of fixtures and fittings throughout. We had an inside cabin on deck 4. This was a good sized cabin and we found it quite adequate for our needs. A visit to the lower deck, 3, showed that engine noise could be a problem at that level so if anyone is concerned about this, deck 3 maybe best avoided.
Although not one of the great cities of Spain, Bilboa is still well worth visiting as is La Rochelle. L'Orient, however, is a bland modern city having been completely rebuilt after WW2. But it does provide delightful excursion possibilities to the Bretagne coast and countryside.
Drinks were at pub prices and Spitfire and Bishop's Finger available in bottles. Also Boddingtons on draught. As well as lagers and stout. A bottle of Scotch cost £20 for a litre delivered to your cabin where you could drink it during the voyage. So don't bother trying to smuggle it on-board.
The entertainment was plentiful and of a high standard.
The only downside was that Avonmouth is not a good cruise port (they use the banana storage shed as a terminal). Boudicca was in fact berthed at Portbury for embarkation since high winds prevented entry to Avonmouth. We were bussed from Avonmouth to Portbury. She was able to dock at Avonmouth for disembarkation. Both embarkation and disembarkation took a long time.