Hi Jim and Margaret,
I have just returned from a trip around South America on Boudicca with my wife and thought you might appreciate some quick comments.
We are both aged 65 and we thoroughly enjoyed the trip. There were a lot of elderly people on the trip but that was to be expected. There were no children and the boat is not geared up for them. Think of the boat as being your local country club house (golf club!) and you will not go far wrong. It is relatively small but very comfortable - we had A grade cabins on deck 7 - and after getting the steward to change it from "kingsize" to two singles it worked much better and gave us more room in the centre of the room.
The staff from room stewards to Captain were exceptionally friendly and the Captain regularly spoke to us over the speaker system eg. this is the Captain speaking, I have spotted whales on the starboard side and have changed our course and speed to approach them ...." Brilliant what more could you ask for? Hygiene was impeccable with a requirement that they sprayed your hands before entering restaurants or eating/drinking places ...needless to say we had no outbreaks of viral infections.
Entertainment varied and was not of the "glitzy" kind but was generally very good. Classical musicians of various kinds and a six piece band for back-up. This was not "Vegas" but go with it and youwill enjoy it.
Compared with the mega cruise ships the facilities are minimal eg one fashion shop with clothes/handbags etc, a very small shop for personal bits and pieces; no slot machines and only one gambling table! As I said, definately not Vegas! So think of it as being your personal yacht with lots of your friends on board!
Hope this helps.
Norway you will love, I envy you. Regards