Wednesday, 8 February 2017


We have chosen to travel back to the South Coast on a cruise ship. This part of our journey will consist of three nights from Liverpool to Southampton via Dublin. We will sail on Fred Olsen's Boudicca. Though we have cruised many times before, this will be our first experience of Fred. The ship will be much older and smaller than the ships we are used to, but she has very good reviews.

Embarkation is organised from a marquee style tent on the dockside. It is not luxurious, but it is extremely efficient. Fred Olsen do not offer lunch on embarkation day so we arrive at 1.30pm for a designated 2pm checkin. Our luggage is immediately  whisked away from the taxi, and we are onboard within 20 minutes of arrival. We are unsure whether our cabin choice gave us the earlier embarkation time.
As we are used to larger ships, with a good selection of inexpensive balcony cabins, we have opted for a suite. We couldn't afford to do this on a longer cruise, but it's only three nights! We have a superior suite on deck 9. It's about the same size as a mini-suite on a Princess ship.
 The balcony is quite small, but of adequate size. We are very lucky that the sun is shining, and I manage to sit outside without a coat and watch the marine traffic on the Mersey.
 There is masses of storage, and a very spacious bathroom.

Our suite is also easy to find, as we are located in a corridor filled with pot-plants! So we are pleased with our accommodation. We accept that you have to pay more for the extra space and balcony on a Fred Olsen ship.

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