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4 Fred. Olsen Spain Cruise Reviews

We choose this cruise to celebrate our 40th wedding Anniversary and the special offer price was too attractive to turn down. We were let down by Guest Services in Suffolk regarding this but the staff on board more than made up it. Stephen ... Read More
We choose this cruise to celebrate our 40th wedding Anniversary and the special offer price was too attractive to turn down. We were let down by Guest Services in Suffolk regarding this but the staff on board more than made up it. Stephen and Gustie in the Thistle were great. The food was better than expected with lots of choice. Our Cabin stewardess Patti offered service above expected and James in the Observation Lounge remembered our cabin number after the second visit to the bar. Jeffery in guest services sorted out head offices issues! In my opinion the art works left a lot to be desired. The one in our cabin was awful. It would have been useful to know that all the museums but one were closed In Lisbon on a Monday and Cadiz was closed on Sunday (the days we visited). The drinks package was good for adults but for anyone aged between 12-17 years it was a waste of money unless you were prepared to rot your child's teeth with at least 9 fizzy drinks a day. Yet you had to pay adult prices for the children if you had anyone of this age in your cabin. Very unfair Fred Olsen. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
forget the negative reviews, you'll find the ship clean, the food impeccable and the service courteous. I was slightly nervous bearing in mind my previous experience on Black Watch and the reviews this year - but I loved everything ... Read More
forget the negative reviews, you'll find the ship clean, the food impeccable and the service courteous. I was slightly nervous bearing in mind my previous experience on Black Watch and the reviews this year - but I loved everything about this cruise. So much so we've booked on the same ship for next year. Whilst the 3 restaurants are fine - we were in Avon and the views were wonderful, we ate mostly though in the Palms cafe, initially because our table bookign time at 6.30pm was too early but consequently because we loved the relaxed pace and the choice of food was incredible (quality matching it!) Everyone we met commented on the high quality of the food. I had the pleasure of meeting the Chef de Cuisine, Alex Saxon and he told me that he was 3 months into his time on the ship and was still improving the food (blimey!) Our cabin (9091) was kept absolutely spotless by the efficient Emma and room service to the cabin was exceptionally quick and good quality. The bar staff were unerringly smiling and impeccably dressed, served quickly and the prices were exceptionally good (big thanks to Ruby in the Lido who was our fave!) Talon topped the entertainment bill and as always were a crowd pleaser. The ships entertainment group were slick and professional but I MUST mention the crew's entertainment evening and the display given by the engineering crew of "crazy frog" - I've never seen anything as inventive or funny, the whole of the Neptune lounge was in gales of laughter. So well done Fred Olsen and the staff of Balmoral - you've made me (and I suspect many others on the cruise) very happy holiday makers! Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
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 ... Read More
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. Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
We arrived at Avonmouth port in good time for our 6 night cruise to Spain and France, calling at Getxo (for Bilbao), La Pallice (for La Rochelle), and L'Orient . We normally have to travel to Southampton for our cruises, so this was ... Read More
We arrived at Avonmouth port in good time for our 6 night cruise to Spain and France, calling at Getxo (for Bilbao), La Pallice (for La Rochelle), and L'Orient . We normally have to travel to Southampton for our cruises, so this was convenient as we live in the South West, saving us an hour of travelling time. The facilities at Avonmouth are basic, but parking is just a couple of minutes walk from the port, which is a bonus. The ship underwent a refit last year, and we found it to be light, airy and spacious. The food in the restaurants is good, and the service throughout the ship is of a high standard.. We liked the new coffee bar, but didn't try the outdoor Grill restaurant. N. B.there is a supplement for eating in this restaurant, which started at £15 per person, then was reduced to £10 per person after a couple of days! Entertainment was of a high standard, with a comedian and an international flautist, Stephen Clark, as well as the ship's company. The port lectures given by Hazel Griffiths were very useful, and its possible to visit all the ports without having to take the ship's tours if you wish. There were also some interesting lectures given by Mick Dawson about his successful trip across the North Pacific in a rowing boat. This was our first cruise on the Boudicca, and we thoroughly enjoyed it! Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
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