3 Fred. Olsen Boudicca Arctic Cruise Reviews

This was our 5th cruise on Boudicca. She is our favourite ship of the 4 we have sailed with over 8 cruises, 6 with Fred Olsen. After a disappointing experience 2 months previously on Columbus (Cruise and Maritime), we were excited to be ... Read More
This was our 5th cruise on Boudicca. She is our favourite ship of the 4 we have sailed with over 8 cruises, 6 with Fred Olsen. After a disappointing experience 2 months previously on Columbus (Cruise and Maritime), we were excited to be back on the 'fabulous Boudicca' as the Captain likes to call her i his daily briefing from the bridge, We were not disappointed - in fact, this cruise exceeded our expectations. There are very few cruises to Greenland at all, due the their very short summer. Fred did 2 this year, and we felt very privileged to be able to spend a day cruising through Prins Christainsund in lovely weather, whereas apparently the Black Watch had been unable to do so 3 weeks earlier due to the amount of ice still breaking away and clogging it up. The views of glaciers, mountains and icebergs were jaw-dropping, especially the icebergs! We did a complete circumnavigation of one estimated by the experts from the Bridge to be around 180m long and 70m high. A few days later we did an Ice Fjord tour organised by Fred, using small motor cruisers operated by locals, who took us up very close to some enormous and spectacular bergs. We were even able to reach out and touch one! The small towns of Qaqatoq and Tasilaq were both extremely interesting with small but very informative museums and attractive churches and brightly coloured houses. This is a fragile, sparsely ihabited country due to the Arctic climate. Two lecturers on board gave very interesting lectures on the ports and shore tours, and on the history and culture of the Inuit people. As has always been our experience, the food and service on Fred's ships is superb, and our fellow passengers friendly and interesting. We noticed a larger number of 'younger' passengers (in their 40s and 50s) and 3 children - it was a delight and a refreshing change to engage with them. I was also more impressed than on previous trips with the quality of the Boudicca Show Company, whose singing, arrangements and dance routines were impressive. Many thanks in particular to all the incredibly hardworking waiting staff in the dining rooms, for whom nothing is too much trouble, especially our waiter Jaydeep, also Vincent, Jeronimo, Alihandro and Roshan, the assistant maitre d'. IN fact, all the staff deserve far more than they get. Despite the long hours of often probably repetitive work, they always have a smile. We can't wait to go back on this lovely ship. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
After seeing the fjords of Norway on a previous cruise, we wanted to go further afield and see the fjords of Greenland too! We had a suite on Deck 9. Departure from Liverpool a bit odd -- the building is temporary and I think they are ... Read More
After seeing the fjords of Norway on a previous cruise, we wanted to go further afield and see the fjords of Greenland too! We had a suite on Deck 9. Departure from Liverpool a bit odd -- the building is temporary and I think they are building a proper one soon. A bit delayed, but Fred not to blame for the triathalon and road closures. Gorgeous weather as we left. We would have really appreciated it if they had opened the pool and jacuzzis given that it was glorious weather, and seemed a shame not to watch Liverpool receding from the jacuzzi. Weather stayed glorious the whole trip. The Faroes was interesting, with lovely scenery as we left and a well-planned route so we could appreciate it. We had a nice coach trip, saw some typical villages, beaches, a wide selection of scenery from sounds and fjords to the tops of hills and wonderful panoramas. Reykjavik, Iceland we went on another coach trip, got to see lava fields and boiling mud, plus a viking museum. Very good coach tours at both ports, a nice wide range of scenery and good guides. There is a limit to how much you can see in just a day or an afternoon, but I felt they were well thought-out, and the guides were enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Greenland and Prince Christian Sound were absolutely amazing! The scenery at points was so stunning you felt you couldn't take anymore, and needed to go inside for a little lie down with the curtains closed! Good narration and lectures on the ship. Overall, absolutely stunning, things I will remember for many years. And on top of all that, we had a stunning display of northern lights one night (unusual for summer). We were very, very lucky with the weather, both terrestrial and solar! Port visits in Greenland were very good too, although facilities very limited since it is Greenland, we got to see real working ports and met some real people! Cabin was very nice. We went for formal dining and the food was really excellent. But best of all were the staff (waiters, cabin stewardess etc) who did a really marvelous job. A few niggles as regards opening the pools and keeping them open until the scheduled time, and lack of waiting staff near the pools (I don't think they thought so many people would be in the pool whilst we sailed around Greenland!). A fabulous cruise route, amazing scenery and if you are very lucky with the weather................... Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We sailed from Newcastle on 2nd August on Boudicca on what was to be a wonderful experience exploring the Arctic. Having sailed on Boudicca twice before, we knew that we would be happy with the ship and apart from the cabin being in ... Read More
We sailed from Newcastle on 2nd August on Boudicca on what was to be a wonderful experience exploring the Arctic. Having sailed on Boudicca twice before, we knew that we would be happy with the ship and apart from the cabin being in much need of a refurb, we were not disappointed. The crew on Boudicca are the most friendly we have ever encountered on our 30+ cruises and the food was excellent as always. The itinerary was wonderful., the highlight for us being our 3 ports of call in Greenland- Nanortalik, Narsak and Qaqortoq. Never having been close up and personal with glaciers and icebergs, we both marvelled at the sights we saw. Fortunately for us, the weather was pretty good and the sun shone at the rights times. I would thoroughly recommend an Arctic cruise to anyone who cruises for the scenery and wildlife. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Boudicca Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 3.8
Dining 4.0 4.2
Entertainment 3.0 3.6
Public Rooms 3.0 3.9
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.5
Family 1.0 3.5
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.5
Enrichment 3.0 3.6
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 5.0 3.7
Rates 5.0 3.8

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