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Boudicca Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Totally spoiled by dining option

Boudicca Cruise Review by Dianews3

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2018
  • Destination: the British Isles & Western Europe
  • Cabin Type: Balcony Cabin

We booked this cruise as originally we booked a P&O cruise which was cancelled because they sold the ship! We booked it 7 months in advance and requested 1st sitting for dinner on a table of 6-8 people so that we would have a variety of people to talk to over a lengthy meal. However on arrival we discovered that we were on the 1st sitting but on a table for 4. The other couple were very pleasant but were very elderly (guessing near 90) and had very little conversation. We decided that we could not take another 9 evenings of stilted conversation and asked to move table but there were none available, so the only option was to move to the 8.30 sitting which we reluctantly did. Luckily we were on a table of 6 like minded people and enjoyed the rest of our meals. However, this meant that I was starving each evening waiting for my meal and had to fill up on snacks. Also there is absolutely no entertainment on the ship between 5pm and 8pm so the only options were to go to the bar, read a book or watch TV (which did not work a lot of the time as it lost the satellite signal so there was only the news or films to watch). In Addition the 2nd entertainment show was not until 10.30 pm, so we could not go as we wanted to be in bed by 11pm as we had be up early for tours. So our evenings were spoiled.

However, we enjoyed the daytimes, food was very good and so was the service. We took advantage of the drinks upgrade which meant certain drinks were included all day. We enjoyed the one show that we did go to and the various tours, with the exception of Dublin, which was not very good. We were lucky that the weather was lovely and saw the Scottish islands at their best.

We had a balcony cabin mainly because it gave you a larger cabin as the standard cabins on Boudicca are very small. Fresh fruit, water and canapés included every day, comfortable bed. Would not cruise with Fred Olsen again unless they change the evening meal to open dining.

We were surprised that Shetland, the Orkneys and Lewis are very bleak with hardly any trees, the tours were of good quality. Only spent half a day in Mull, would have preferred longer. Some people had to get up at 6 am to go on a lengthy tour to be back in time to leave. Loch Ness boat ride was lovely.


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Cabin Review

Balcony Cabin
Cabin BC 8012

Pleasant decor, plenty of storage, mini bar with room to put a couple of your own items in. Slightly restricted view, comfortable bed (2 singles pushed together). Flat screen TV with various news channels and BBC and ITV channels that just showed repeats and did not work a lot of the time due to lack of signal. On demand movies with some old and new movies. Fresh fruit, water and canapés every day. Bathroom with plenty of storage, bath with shower over.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Beautiful cruise on lake, windy outside but plenty of room inside, not enough time at castle

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Kirkwall

Cathedral, Italian Chapel and whisky distillery. Excellent tour, enthusiastic guide, Italian chapel very interesting and a wonder to behold. Distillery tour excellent with several free samples

Lerwick (Shetland Islands)

Walk along coast at far side of island, very nice but too much time spent on coach, very bleak scenery.

City Tour

City coach tour, stuck in lots of traffic, not much too see, Dublin does not have much in the way of ‘sights’ except pubs and the Guinness factory. We only got off the coach a couple of times to take photos. Guide spent too much time talking about the university colleges because he went there. Told us no history at all, boring.

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