Life on the Ocean Waves
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Artemis Braemar Arcadia M/S Boudicca The Boudicca in Ny-Alesund, Svalbard - almost 80 degree north Pool and jacuzzis on stern deck, Boudicca The Lido Lounge on the Boudicca Our outside cabin on board the Boudicca in 2008
M/S Boudicca vital statistics Company: Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines Home Port: Nassau, Bahamas Gross Tonnage: 28,388 tons Cruising Speed: 20 knots Passenger Capacity: 839 Passenger Decks: 9 Built: 1973 (refitted in 2011) Voyages sailed on this ship: Arctic (x2) (2008 & 2014), Greenland (2016), Indian Ocean (2018)
Although Fred Olsen’s Boudicca is a 45-year-old vessel, her most recent refit was in 2017 and her age does not show, other than by the fact that she actually looks like a ship and not one of the ugly, plastic behemoths of today carrying thousands of people. We have had four fantastic cruises on board Boudicca, two of them well above the Arctic Circle; one in summer and one in winter. Also an amazing and unusual voyage to Greenland, and a superb voyage in the Indian Ocean. Read my review of the Boudicca (2008) and 2014 review on cruisecritic.co.uk.
The Boudicca docked in Ny-Ålesund, Spitsbergen, in July 2008, right up at 78° 54’ north. In recent years, very few cruise vessels visit Spitsbergen to try to reduce the ecological impact on such a unique location.
Cabin 4061 (with somewhat rumpled beds!) on the Boudicca, deck 4 midships. The constant 24-hour daylight coming through our portholes meant we never knew whether it was day or night!
The Lido Lounge at the stern of the Boudicca had sliding doors out onto the upper deck. We spent every evening in here after the show, to take part in the quizzes.
The swimming pools and jaccuzis on the Boudicca, which were heated and very pleasant to swim in, even above the Arctic Circle.
Cabin 5050 on the Boudicca.
Cabin 5050, deck 5 midships. A comfortable and spacious cabin. No frills, but pleasant and homely.
Boudicca moored up in Alesund, Norway
The Boudicca moored up in Ålesund, Norway, in November 2014.
Boudicca at anchor off Tasiilaq, Greenland Boudicca in Narsarsuaq, Greenland Cabin 4125
Cabin 4125, deck 4 aft. A no-frills, but clean and comfortable outside twin-bedded cabin which was our home for 15 nights on our August 2016 cruise to Greenland.
The Boudicca at anchor off Tasiilaq, Greenland in August 2016. Note her new livery compared to the earlier photos.
Boudicca moored up in Narsarsuaq, Greenland, next to one of the many ice-floes, icebergs and growlers we saw. August 2016.
Video montage featuring scenes from the Boudicca, taken on board during our Indian Ocean voyage in December 2018. Best viewed in full screen.
Balcony terrace suite 7038 Another view of balcony terrace suite 7038 The Neptune Lounge, main entertaiment venue The Marquee Pool Deck, deck 10 Pool deck and jacuzzis The Boudicca at anchor off Male, Maldives, in 2019 Boudicca in the blue Indian Ocean in December 2018
We were upgraded to a Balcony Terrace Suite on our Indian Ocean cruise on the Boudicca in 2018/2019. Here is a view of suite 7038. It is a 260 square feet stateroom with floor to ceiling glass doors opening onto our terrace on Deck 7, overlooking the promenade deck. This will spoil us for all future cruises now! :-)
Another view of stateroom 7038. This suite attracts the complimentary Suite Dreams package, in which we received fresh flowers, a fruit basket and prosecco on ice on arrival, as well as canapés every teatime and complimentary bottled water. It was a lovely, cheerful room as you can see.
The bright and cheery Neptune Lounge, the main venue for the evening’s entertainment. We’ve seen some great shows in here over the years.
The Marquee Pool Deck on Deck 10. It was lovely to sit up here sipping cocktails under a shaded canopy, with great views over the ocean.
View over the pool and jacuzzis, as the Boudicca steams over the Indian Ocean.
M/S Boudicca at anchor off Malé, Maldives, in January 2019. Photo taken from our vantage point on one of the tender boats.
Trevor leaning nonchalantly against the railing as the Boudicca cruises in the blue Indian Ocean. Walking the decks and looking out to sea is something we never tire of.
Trevor and Debbie at the British Night
Trevor and Debbie at the Red, White and Blue themed night on board the Boudicca! I certainly got into the spirit of it and dressed as Britannia!
Trevor and Debbie with the Master of the Boudicca
Here we are at one of the Formal Evenings pictured with the Master of the Boudicca. We saw a lot of the captain around the ship; he was very pleasant and interacted with all the passengers.