We picked this cruise as it departed out of Bridgetown so we wouldn't have to wait for cases etc at the airport it makes for a much more pleasant start to a holiday . The embarkation process was smooth and organized .We where shown to our cabin and our cases arrived shortly afterwards . The Cabin on Bridge Deck (9017) was lovely , a complimentary bottle of Champagne & fruit basket waiting for use when we arrived .The suite had loads of hanging space,ample drawers ,a double settee and two easy chairs .We did hear lots of people on deck 8 complaining about not being told about the restricted views from their balconies so would recommend taking care if booking that deck .
We where in the Tintangle Restaurant for evening meal, if Fred Olsen has made any cost savings ,this is where it showed , not in the quality of the food but in the service .Waiters seem to have one or two tables too many ,which meant that you had to wait quite a long time between courses .
The entertainment is the normal Fred Olsen stuff , a small dance troupe ,the odd guest entertainer ,quizzes and pianists.Maybe its time for Fred to be alittle more adventurous ,how about a late night movie in the Neptune lounge(show something different to the in cabin T.V)., let the comedian do a late night spot.or how about a sports bar with Sky T.V.
Excursions we took 5 and all were well executed ,staggered departures so less chaos in getting your "spot" .
Over all the Boudiccia has no "wow" factor , no grand stair case ,no row of glitzy shops ,what she does have is a nice calm, gentile feel ,a ship who's crew know how to deliver a first class service. For the record yes the Captain does play his trumpet ,not only at his cocktail parties he has been known to make a late night appearance in the Lido bar and play with the band .