In Search of the Northern Lights: Boudicca Cruise Review by Bollinger_Babe

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In Search of the Northern Lights

Sail Date: November 2014
Destination: Baltic Sea
Embarkation: Liverpool
My husband and I are veteran cruisers, and this was our 35th cruise and 7th with Fred Olsen. We had been on the Boudicca before, in 2008, so we were looking forward to being back on board this lovely little ship again.

Embarkation at Liverpool was very quick and streamlined with no waiting around. Our cabin was a twin-bedded outside one (with a window) on Deck 5, the main deck. It contained two very comfortable beds, two chairs, flat screen TV, dressing table and lots of drawer and wardrobe space. The bathroom had a bathtub as well as a shower. There were also tea and coffee making facilities.

We were travelling on the all-inclusive package and this is well worth the money; as well as the included house beers, wines and spirits you could also purchase premium brands and cocktails for half price. The food and service were excellent, no complaints there at all. The prices in the salon and shops were very good as well, in fact I could get my hair done cheaper in the More ship's salon than I can at home!

I have to say that the entertainment was absolutely top-notch. The Boudicca Show Company were superb, and a lot better than some performers we've seen on the larger ships. Their shows were original and very professionally done, and they were all very nice people. The featured entertainers included a singer, comedian, magician (who was excellent) and operatic duo and all were very good; we never saw a duff show. Also, I have to mention Dong Cuyos, the "Singing Barman", he was absolutely superb and one wonders what he is doing working as a barman when he has such a talent.

Our cruise was all the way up to 70 degrees north in search of the Northern Lights. We visited Alesund, Tromso (two nights in port), Alta (overnight in port), Leknes in the Lofoten Islands and Kristiansund. Once we got above the Arctic Circle the Aurora Borealis put in an appearance seven nights running. Awesome! It really is something to stand there in the dark and the sub-zero temperatures, looking at nature's light show and be able to say "I was there". As we were so far north we only got 3½ hours daylight (if that) - it was surreal to eat your lunch and then find it was dark when you went out on deck!

We have done a couple of Norway cruises in the summer for the Midnight Sun, but this is the first time we've been there in the winter. Norway is absolutely stunning; all mountains, lakes, fjords and the gorgeous blue twilight twinkling and glittering off the snow and ice. Beautiful!

We were also lucky enough to see lots of migrating whales (humpbacks and orcas) on the way back down.

So all in all, an absolutely brilliant and memorable cruise, a great crowd of friendly passengers and staff, superb food, drink, entertainment - in fact everything we would want in a cruise.

Can't wait to book our next cruise with Fred Olsen Cruise Lines. :-) Less

Published 13/12/14
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Cabin review: B5050 Superior Outside Cabin - B

Very nice cabin; clean, comfortable and quiet. Appreciated the bathtub in the cabin as well as the shower. Twin beds, lots of drawer and wardrobe space and tea and coffee making facilities. Conveniently situated on deck 5 for reception and the shops, and the salon one deck below. Would stay in 5050 again.

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