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3 Edinburgh (South Queensferry) to Canary Islands Cruise Reviews

My wife and I have sailed with Fred Olsen on the Boudicca before and enjoyed it, so thought we'd like to try one of Fred's other ships. The cabin was just about adequate in terms of living space although storage and wardrobe ... Read More
My wife and I have sailed with Fred Olsen on the Boudicca before and enjoyed it, so thought we'd like to try one of Fred's other ships. The cabin was just about adequate in terms of living space although storage and wardrobe space was fine. The one thing which spoilt the cruise for me was the vibration in our cabin which was persistent and very noticeable. I will come back to this later in the review. We chose the cruise because it went to a warm destination at a time of year which we thought wouldn't be too stormy, sadly we were proved wrong, but this wasn't the fault of the ship or Fred Olsen. As a result of bad weather we couldn't dock at Funchal so missed a chance to visit that lovely island. The Dining Room was well lit and clean and the food well presented. The food on the the cruise was very good. The choice on the menu and the quality of the food was exceptional. We were on the Drinks Package which was limited in choice but more than acceptable. The onboard lectures were limited and on very similar topics which sadly did not appeal to us. Daytime entertainment was fine especially the quizs and Bridge. Evening entertainment was varied and "entertaining". The vocalists in the bars were exceptionally good. The service from all of the crew was fantastic and couldn't be faulted. Embarkation and disembarkation went without a hitch. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Cruise of the Canary Islands on 1 December for 1 week. Was a bit worried as this was a last minute booking to fill cabins. We had a balcony cabin, had three to chose from went for 920 very pleasantly surprised plenty room good sized ... Read More
Cruise of the Canary Islands on 1 December for 1 week. Was a bit worried as this was a last minute booking to fill cabins. We had a balcony cabin, had three to chose from went for 920 very pleasantly surprised plenty room good sized balcony counted drawer space - 14 drawers 3 mirror wardrobes plenty wall plugs for charging items. Spotless clean had 2 cabin stewards 1 female and 1 male who looked after us extremely well. Dining very good with plenty of choice and very well looked after by waiters. Entertainment excellent far superior to much larger Cruise Ships that I have been on (this was Cruise No18) first time on A Thomson Cruise for quite a few years but it will not be my last. Well done Thomsons Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Embarked from Greenock which is surely the best port in the UK for ease of embarkation. Boarding was easy and completely stress free and took approx 30 minutes from arrival to cabin. Cabin was a superior outside which was spotless and ... Read More
Embarked from Greenock which is surely the best port in the UK for ease of embarkation. Boarding was easy and completely stress free and took approx 30 minutes from arrival to cabin. Cabin was a superior outside which was spotless and roomy with tons of luggage space and all the required facilities. The ship itself was small enough to be intimate and large enough to give ample variety.Our fellow passengers ranged in age from about 30-90 and all being Brits were very friendly leading to us meeting lots of new friends. Dining was a very positive experience with the food in all the eating places being varied and of the highest standard. We even went along with the formal evenings and surprisingly found this to be a very enjoyable part of the cruise and well worth the effort.The ships company were the best I have encountered on any kind of holiday ,being always attentive,helpful and polite and nothing seemed to be a problem for them. The bars and entertainment areas were again first class and on board entertainment was of the highest order and the price of drinks were roughly uk pub prices or cheaper. I did hear one or two moan about various aspects but could not understand why. I suppose some people are just programmed to moan no matter what. The only single complaint I had was that there were not enough outdoor areas to have a smoke and this took a little bit off the enjoyment for me...not the biggest issue,but...if you are a smoker? Would I cruise again with Fred Olsen? Yes I cant wait but only from a UK port and hopefully Fred Olsen and others might attempt more departures from Greenock which now attracts about 30 odd ships as a port of call. Overall 9.5 out of 10 for a great experience Read Less
Sail Date June 2011

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