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Boudicca's First Trip From Liverpool 2013. by Caples, Liverpool

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Boudicca's First Trip From Liverpool 2013.

Overall Rating: 4

11 out of 15 people found this useful
Cruise Line:
Fred. Olsen Cruises
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Our attraction to this cruise was that it was sailing from liverpool were we live, so it couldn't have been easier for us to embark. the ship didn't arrive in port until 4 pm which meant that the cruise terminal was stretched to accommodate all the passengers that had gathered early despite 5.30 pm being the start of the check in time. we understand that the cause of the late docking was due to a deep-clean being carried out to eradicate the norovirus.
for the first 72 hours on board we were served all our meals and not allowed to handle anything - which is fair enough - nobody wants to be unwell on holiday.
the suite we had booked (7014) exceeded expectations - a walk in wardrobe was bliss - everything either hung up or visible on shelves - room for cases etc. the seating area was quite spacious and curtained off from the bedroom. we had a bathroom with a shower, bath and toilet and also a separate toilet and washbasin. this was an unexpected bonus and worked well for us as my husband has a medical condition for which he needs constant access to a toilet.
the itinerary was not brilliant - only 4 ports of call - but we did know this before we booked although some people obviously didn't and there was quite a bit of moaning about being so long at sea - we embarked on sunday and arrived in arrecife, lanzarote, on friday morning. the shuttle bus cost £5 which was a bit steep - nobody bothered checking tickets so with a bit of nerve it could have been free! the weather was great and the sun continued to shine in our next port of call - santa cruz, tenerife. our third stop was in santa cruz, la palma - this seemed a really nice place but being sunday it was very quiet - would like to see the place in full swing. after this we were on our way home via a short stop in madiera - too short to do much independently but we did manage a look around funchal.
we left madiera at 2 pm and at dinner we were alerted that there was a medical emergency and someone had to be airlifted off the ship. this must have been a tricky operation as we were experiencing quite a bit of movement on the ship in a force 8 gale. this motion continued for another full day before things became calmer.
the entertainment on the boudicca featured the boudicca show company who were absolutely superb - they put on 4 full shows - each very different and imaginative - the best show group we have seen. the 'professional' acts were also very good. on the last night we were introduced to all the performers - groups that play in the lounges, etc and it really did seem like one happy family. the crew's show was also very good - a mixture of power ballads and traditional dances.
we ate in the four seasons restaurant - the food was good. breakfast and lunch could be either buffet or waiter service - your choice. we had lunch in the secret garden just the once but would have eaten there again had we not been happy with our table in the main restaurant.
enjoyed the quizzes and the carpet bowls. some passengers become very competitive though and can't just have some fun. the bar staff do not hassle you to have drinks like on some ships and the drinks are reasonably priced. we were surprised to see so many people on an all inclusive basis - and some who were making sure they got their money's worth! didn't really seem to be a fred olsen thing to do - more thomson's thing. i hope we light drinkers don't end up paying for it!
we will certainly be booking with fred again (believe he came on board in tenerife - didn't see him though), probably the boudicca out of liverpool.

11 out of 15 people found this useful

Times cruised before: 10+
Sailed: April, 2013
Age: 65+
Cabin: Suite

Quality of Food
Mostly eat poultry as we do at home but had a couple of superb lamb shanks.

All the Boudicca Show Group performances were excellent.

Shore Excursions

Our cabin steward was brilliant. Quick, efficient and almost invisible.

Children's Facilities

Onboard Activities
We were happy with the quizzes and people seemed to enjoy the lectures although we didn't attend any ourselves.


Overall Rating
Review useful?
walsh -
, hartlepool - Commented about this Review
I am sorry I cannot agree with most of the above comments We found the ship outdated old fashionrd and did not have any regard for the younger or even active older passenger .There were very few younger passengers and we were not informed of this on booking.Our cabin was very noisy and we requested a move which would have been to a lower deck.Value for money was very poor compared to other cruises we have taken.The entertainment during the day is very poor.However the night time shows were some of the best we have seen The dance hosts worked very hard on an extremelly small floor so if you want to dance it is not a suitable floorhaving large posts at both ends .The food was good but had to be queued for as the garden restauraunt was far to small breakfast if taken in the dining room was uncomfortable as you were expected to share tables with strangers.The fitness area was only adequate one treadmill being broken from the first day and classes on offer were £5 for 30 mins.unfortunately the weather was very poor and as you could not get onto the deck a lot of time was spent in the small noisy outside cabin.The whole experience of this cruise was very poor value and we would certainly not travel with this company again as it was very much like being in a nursing home.Embarkation at Liverpool was also a poor experience the toilet facilities being ouside with no hot water or papertowels and concerns were that novavirus was not a prime concern.We have both had a viral infection on returning home and we feel that this was probably due to the poor ventilation. we had to have the air conditioning unit repaired in our cabin. This is certainly a cruise we would not advise anyone of a younger age to partake .
10 May 13 19:21 - Reply - Was this comment useful?
Matchett -
, Ormskirk - Commented about a Comment by walsh (10 May 13 19:21)
You did not mention what your age is so I am not sure what age group you are refering too with respect to your last sentence. If you had done a little research on this site prior to your cruise you will have found that Fred Olsen Cruises are used by the more older clientele. Also with regards to your comment 'breakfast if taken in the dining room was uncomfortable as you were expected to share tables with strangers'. Why go on a cruise if your do not wish to meet with strangers, god forbid they might eat you!!! or worse. That is the point of cruising to meet strangers and share pleasantaries and experiences etc.
20 May 13 01:33 - Reply - Was this comment useful?
Caples -
, Liverpool - Commented about this Review
I must have misread the instructions for posting a review as I thought it needed to be in capitals. I agree that it is not easy to read but I can't believe that the fact that it is in capitals should cause so much controversy. Either read or don't no comment required.
09 May 13 08:55 - Reply - Was this comment useful?
Smith -
, Abernethy - Commented about this Review
Excellent review, thank you. Glad you enjoyed your cruise. This helps us research our up-coming, first FO cruise. Enjoyment of it slightly spoiled by utter, total morons moaning about being unable to read capital letters. Presumably they're not just picking on you, and also ignore....mmmm.....exit signs on motorways; "ambulance" signs on the back of ambulances; fire exit signs, etc etc etc etc - they won't be around too much longer because they will just be driving round and around and around roundabouts with their awful capitalised exit signs mumbling "I'm not gonna red them, I'm not gonna read them.....". It occurs to me that the acronym "FO" could have alternative uses when encountering people so rude as some of your respondents. Thanks again.
07 May 13 19:13 - Reply - Was this comment useful?
harrison -
, billingham - Commented about this Review
Thank you Woods for that. I do not consider myself an ignoramus, I have been on many cruises with lots of different ships and been to some wonderful locations . I do enjoy reading reviews on this site and have picked up many useful tips from good reviews , but I still say and many agree that reviews in capital letters are too hard to read .
07 May 13 08:27 - Reply - Was this comment useful?
Lacey -
, Wirral - Commented about this Review
Only the high cost of a single cabin has stopped me booking another Fred Olsen cruise. I will be keeping an eye on their fares as I would like to do the Iceland cruise.
06 May 13 20:20 - Reply - Was this comment useful?
Woods -
, Cambuslang - Commented about this Review
Thanks for the review, Caples. I am so pleased that Fred has started to go out of Livepool again. Makes it much easier for us in the North. Just ignore the ignoramuses who would rather complain about the difference between upper and lower case than have a valid discussion about Fred Osen Cruise Lines. Happy cruising.
06 May 13 20:05 - Reply - Was this comment useful?
, STAFFS - Commented about this Review
It,s been said many times on Capslk reviews. Just very lazy and as said hard to read so a pointless review.
06 May 13 19:56 - Reply - Was this comment useful?
harrison -
, billingham - Commented about this Review
Me to too hard to read , why do people do this , it is regarded as shouting on internet etiquette .
06 May 13 14:00 - Reply - Was this comment useful?
Hewitt -
, Skipton - Commented about this Review
Sorry,but its my pet hate,I refuse to read reviews in upper case.
06 May 13 13:45 - Reply - Was this comment useful?

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