As you all know I love my cruises and having the advantage of experiencing 4 nights on a Fred Olsen Cruise I have to say It was One of the Best.
Rosyth, Kirkwall – Orkneys, Bergen – Norway, Day at sea, Newcastle
As you can imagine having to travel from Manchester to Newcastle It was a very early start for me I had to be on the train at 5.39am and I was meeting my colleague John who was also on the cruise. Myself and John arrived in Newcastle about 8.30am. Then took a black cab from the train station to port which cost us about £22 one way. (If you get a private taxi it would of cost approx £15). It takes about 15 minutes. We headed over to our Portalink Connection which is organised by Fred Olsen's. The coach was very comfy and they do have toilets on board but one thing I will say Is that they do not do any stop offs so if your like me and enjoy nibbles make sure you take your own and also a drink. It does take about 3hours from Newcastle port to Rosyth. We arrived at Rosyth about 1.30pm, then was dropped off directly outside the terminal. Our luggage was taken off the coach by the porters and then we didn't see again until we arrived In our cabins. Checkin was so smooth and hassle free. We were in our cabins about 45 minutes later.
I thought she looked quite small and old but when you get on board you are totally surprised, she has such a warm and friendly feel about her which makes you feel at home straight away. The welcome of the staff on board was so friendly and helpful. The advantage of a smaller ship Is that you don't get lost as I normally do on larger ships. Their Is a map left in your cruise Information pack in your cabin but It Is very easy to find places.
The Boudicca has a family atmosphere about her, all the staff are so friendly and helpful and has all the facilities you would expect from any ship. She has a big choice of Restaurants, Spa Treatments, Bars, Internet Cafe, Library, Cards Room, Gym, Sauna and Steam Room. I did try the steam room and sauna which was so refreshing and there Is no charge you will find them on
deck 4 towards the forward just make sure you don't do what I did and went into the gents by mistake (blush).
Now the Food :
During the day there was always lots going on. In your cabin you will find a daily magazine left on your pillow explaining all times and locations of all events through out the day. There was dance lessons which we all enjoyed. We went to the Cha Cha Cha lessons which was such a good laugh and now I know how to do all I need now Is a partner to dance with me haha. They also do bingo in the afternoon In the Lido Lounge just make sure you get there early because it does get very busy. Would you believe It but one of the girls we were with actually won £350 so make sure you have a go you never know you might win like she did. In the evening you will find live shows In the Neptune Lounge where they do a variety of acts from comedians to live singers. Also the Lido Lounge Is the late night bar where you find singers, DJ’s and quizzes this Is a great place to meet for pre or post dinner drinks.
Prices are very reasonable:
Glass of house wine at £3.75 (150ml)
Absolute Vodka £2.65(30ml)
Boddingtons draught beer at £3.10 (for a pint)
Cocktails about £4.00 (they do vary but nothing more than £4.50)
I obtained a full price list so if anyone would like to know the prices of drinks on board call me on 0800- 408 - 6159
My Overall Opinion :
Absolutely excellent - this was one of the best cruises I've had. We all had a brilliant time and the group of Travel Agents that we joined were a brilliant bunch of people. I do have to say a special "Thank You" to John, Samantha, Kevin, Tom and Will from Fred Olsen. You were all excellent, friendly and very Informative. Thank You for letting us all have this experience. As you say you are a Family Operated Cruise Liner and now I know that for a fact you made us all feel very welcome and I will have the pleasure of cruising with you again.
If anyone has any question please let me know either email me directly or call me on 0800 408 6159