This was our second cruise with Fred. We loved last years cruise and booked again as soon as we got home.
This year we went to the Baltic on Boudicca. BIG MISTAKE.
The ship is old and tatty. It is rumoured to have had an upgrade but all we could see was a new super gym at the top of the ship. Having said that, we felt that judging by the age of the clientele, it would have been preferable to put in a waiting for god room rather than a gym. We are in our late forties and felt the ship was really like an OAP home.
The daytime entertainment was aimed at the elderly with very little for us to do on sea days. The evening entertainment was 50's and 60's based and the daytime lecturers were just snooze fests.
The staff, as always, were very friendly, very polite and the waiting staff were exceptional. Food was very good and you really can't fault Fred for quality of food.
For us, we enjoyed the excursions we booked but a three hour excursion was taken up with about an hour of elderly folk getting on and off a bus - sorry if we sound very down on OAP's but it really was bad.
We will do another Fred - after all, last year we couldn't fault it but will choose our ship carefully as the Boudicca is quite obviously, a older ship with an older clientele.