Saturday, 11 February 2017

Sea Day and Southampton

Our final full day on Boudicca was a sea day. And now I am writing in the past tense, because we are back home and I have time to reflect on our short trip. But first here a few photos of the public areas.


The gym, the small casino area and the card room above

                                         The Chocolate bar

                                         The Observatory

                                          The lifts

And although the weather was cold, I ventured outside. They had heated the pool for the brave people!

We strolled around the deck, and looked at the outdoor eating area.

I was particularly interested in the promenade deck balcony cabins. This is  a clever use of space, but I wondered about the passengers' privacy on a sunny day.

And so we packed our cases ready for disembarkation on the final day. With so few people leaving, we don't think our experience was typical, but on disembarkation day, they actually called our deck before we had finished our breakfast at 8 am! Leaving the ship and collecting our luggage was a  very easy process. We had ordered a taxi for 8.45, and we reached the terminal with our cases before the taxi.

So what did we think overall, as experienced cruisers, but first time on Fred?

There is no doubt it is a GOOD product, and we loved the loyal passengers who are so friendly. The food is excellent, and the organisation mostly efficient. The facilities are similar to all smaller ships.
If you want the facilities of a large modern ship, then maybe the Fred ships are not for you. If you want friendly traditional quality, you will find it on Fred Olsen. We've always booked on the bigger ships, because we like the flexibility of dining times, and we can afford a spacious balcony cabin without paying suite prices....but Fred Olsen has much to offer. You just might see us again! 

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