Having Travelled on Fred Olsen Balmoral on 2 separate occasions I was looking forward to getting on board Boudicca for our annual Christmas Conference.
I have to admit I m a big fan of Fred Olsen, but it has been around 6 years since I have been on board one of their ships.
Walking past the majestic Liver building in Liverpool ready to board Boudicca I could sense Liverpool’s proud maritime history. Boudicca looked almost majestic in her new Livery – the Grey hull topped by a red line. It was safe to say I could not wait to board.
Boudicca is a relatively small ship, traditional with what can only be described as a real cruise ship feel. It is that cruise ship feel that I personally think you lose on board the much larger vessels. Once in the cabin, our Cabin Steward came in to introduce herself – she was jolly and had the time to speak with us, again this is because it is a smaller ship, they don’t have as many cabins to look after personally. Staff on board Fred Olsen ships are always happy and the staff from our wonderful cabin steward right through to the bar staff didn’t disappoint. I always remembered the food on Balmoral was really good and I can definitely say Boudicca only reinforced that fact – The steak on the last night of our Conference got top marks around our table.
Whilst on board we had a presentation from Fred Olsen, talking about their fleet and what small ship cruising is all about. To sum it up it is really getting to those ports of call that others dont and not forgetting about the Sea days and those days spent ‘scenic cruising’.
I really enjoyed my time on board Boudicca and found her to be a charming vessel with a great mix of social lounges and bars. I would definitely jump at the chance to cruise on board her again.
What do you think about Boudicca? Have you been on board before? Have you tried Fred Olsen?