Life on the Ocean Waves
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Artemis Braemar Arcadia M/S Boudicca The Boudicca in Andalsnes, Norway in July 2008 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), Greenland
Although Fred Olsen’s Boudicca is a 43-year-old vessel, she was refitted in 2011 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 three 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. 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.