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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
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 swimming pools and jaccuzis on the Boudicca,
which were heated and very pleasant to swim in, even
above the Arctic Circle.
Cabin 5050, deck 5 midships. A comfortable and
spacious cabin. No frills, but pleasant and homely.
The Boudicca moored up in Ålesund, Norway, in
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
The Boudicca at anchor off Tasiilaq, Greenland in
August 2016. Note her new livery compared to the
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.
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 stems
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
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!
Here we are at one of the Formal Evening’s 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.