Boudicca Cruise Review by IHBScotland
- Sail Date: March 2019
- Destination: Europe
- Cabin Type: Outside Cabin
We had cruised last year with FO to Norway...what a difference!
Good bits....the restaurant staff were the usual helpful, attentive and able selves.
Embarkation at Dover was simple and fuss free
Some of the places we moored were excellent....Las Palmas, Funchal, Lisbon and Vigo...close to the town, and not too grotty. Of course FO need to moor where the port allocates them.
One of the lecturers was very good...low key, but accurate and interesting.
Adequate....food of a lower standard than the Norway cruise.....desserts at lunchtime very poor, better at dinner. Menu OK, but unimaginative...maybe suited the age and nationality profile of many of the passengers. House wine no better than adequate, at OK prices. Cabin fine, not too good in rough weather (force 9) but not a problem.
Poor.....some meals were just bad, or weird. Schnitzel with peas and carrots? One day was awful: I complained, but got no real response. Customer service desk was hopeless....defensive and not given any updates on pool problems etc.
Shore tours laughably overpriced. To ask for £10 per person for the shuttle from the ship to Arrecife (on a Sunday, when the town is closed) is taking the mickey...its buried in the T & Cs, apparently. Arrival at Vigo as Siesta time is starting and departing at 5 pm is incomprehensible.
One lecturer was inaccurate, a little Englander and mumbled.
No, we will not use FO again for a sea cruise
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My parsimony paid off...going for deck 4 rather than a suite on Decks 7 and above meant that in bad weather we were nearer the ship's centre of gravity, and thus minimised pitching and rolling.....
Cleaning and servicing good
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