Iceland Posted October 5, 2006 #1 Share Posted October 5, 2006 Hi all, got back last Friday from our 12 day cruise with Fred Olsen on Boudicca. We had a lovely time, weather was great from beginning to end. We stayed at the Travelodge at Canterbury Dunkirk on the night previous to sailing, so only had about 20 miles to travel on the day. I would recommend this, Canterbury is a lovely city. Embarkation was good, we arrived about half an hour before they specified and found quite a lot of others had checked in already. We were fortunate to be able to leave our car under cover for the duration of the holiday. There was an afternoon tea buffet for us when we went on board. Not such a big buffet as on other ships but sufficient. Our cabin, an inside on Atlantic Deck was quite roomy, with adequate drawer and hanging space, tv and hairdryer. There was also tea making facilities with tea, coffee and milk replenished every day. There was hand washing liquid and shower gel provided and replenished. Talking about handwashing, every time you go into a dining room you have to use the hand sanitizer, also every time you board the ship. The food was excellent, probably the best we've had in seven cruises. We thought some of the drinks were overpriced, particularly the cocktails where you could hardly taste the alcohol. Beer prices were OK. The entertainment was the only thing that let it down. We had two comedians and a jazz band who were all on several times and there were probably three or four production shows. The crew put on a show one night which we all enjoyed. There were also two guest lecturers on board. One was Henry Sandon from the Antiques Roadshow and the other was a Commander of submarines. They gave three or four lectures each. We did quite a bit of dancing - we're keen on line dancing and a lot of the time we were the only ones on the floor. That is my husband and I and also a lady that we had met on a previous cruise. There was a duo called Amethyst and a keyboard player called Carlos, who were all very good. We dressed up for the British, Tropical and Country nights. A lot of people made the effort. There were a lot of quizzes too, which we joined in. Our ports were Lisbon (this was our third time there), Agadir, Lanzarote, Tenerife and Madeira. The only ship's tour we did was in Lanzarote - the Fire Mountains, where you can ride a camel if you wish. We didn't wish, although our friends did. We thorougly enjoyed this tour and thought it good value at £30. In Madeira we went on the cable car up to Monte. I got full marks for bravery for doing this as I've not got a head for heights. The cost for this was 14.5 euros return. When you get to the top there are some tropical gardens to go round at 10 euros each. We didn't do this as we wouldn't have been able to spend much time there. You can also catch another cable car there to go the Botanical Gardens. We have been there before but we actually caught a bus there from by the Marina. You can also see the toboggans go down from Monte. Our friends did the walking tour from the ship and really enjoyed it, we're tempted to do this next time we're in Madeira. All in all, we had a good holiday and wouldn't hesitate to go with Fred Olsen again. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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