Wheelchairs Zimmers and Prunes: Boudicca Cruise Review by Broadsword

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Wheelchairs Zimmers and Prunes

Sail Date: September 2011
Destination: Europe - British Isles & Western
Embarkation: Dublin
This was the second time that we have cruised with Fred Olsen with our first being away back in 1989! The UK itinerary was the attraction coupled with the convenience of the walk on at the port of Rosyth after a short car journey of 45 minutes.Embarkation was very smooth although we did arrive far too early for the start of boarding at 2.30pm.

We were very impressed with our Balcony suite on Bridge deck 8. Large sleeping and lounge area with spacious illuminated closet, drawer and storage space.The bathtub was very small but the toilet overall was spacious with unusually lots of toiletries.

The ship has a good amount of open deck with adequate sunbathing areas. There was plenty of space with little sense of over crowding mainly because of the weather coupled with the average age of the passenger must have been in the region of 157!!!! There are lots of small public rooms, bars and lounges with a tranquil observatory lounge on deck 9 at the bow.

The main More dining room is divided into three ares with bland seating without ample space between each table giving a sense of overcrowding. Breakfast and lunch is open seating with mostly repetitive buffet food. The usual jockeying passengers trying to weave a safe return to their table with copious amounts of food!!

The Neptune Lounge was the most used venue for the small scale high energy production shows, cabaret acts and guest lecturers. I have to say they were all excellent. A special mention for the resident comedian onboard going by the name of Barnaby for performing his two 45 minute gigs without one swear word or blue material!!

The ships tours which were on offer we did not take advantage of for obvious reasons. Outrageously overpriced and not good value for money. I can understand the comfort and safety of a ships tour when abroad with the language and custom difficulties or a bit infirm. But, DIY sightseeing in the UK could not be more simple and made very easy with information available at all ports of call.

My main gripes: Long lines at the cramped buffet, not enough wine waiters with poor wine selection plus the over priced house wine at nearly £4.00 a small glass!This is comparable with the larger cruise companies.

This cruise ship suites the older British couple looking for realistic pricing with exception to the house wine! Good value for money with British food and entertainment. If you like napkin folding,line dancing and bingo, carpet bowls, Vera Lyn and prunes for your breakfast, then this is the cruise for you!! Fortunately for me it is still a bit early for the Sing Along A Max with afternoon tea and scones before Bingo!!! Less

Published 09/11/11
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This city is really trying to rid the stigma of the troubles. We found the locals charming hospitable and helpful. It is a must to take a city tour which are abundant and easily boarded in the city centre which is not that large. Costing can vary from £5 to £10 depending on the bus company. All around the 1 1/2 hour long and well worth the money even at a tenner!!! The guided commentary is worth that alone with a mixture facts stories and humour!!

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This is a very busy and crowded city around 5 kilometers from the port. Shuttle or taxi is a must uless you prefer a long walk. Dublin is much more expensive than Belfast mainly due to Euro and the high taxes due to massive debt bail out. Having said this you will have to try the famous Liffey water and oysters in the famous O'Connell Street.Dublin is very cosmopolitan and welcome all nationalities with their gentle humour. We decided just to walk around or sit and people watch. This city has an unforgettable charm and worth the extra expense to shop and eat there.

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