BOUDICCA Ship Review
Named after the queen who led an uprising against the Roman Empire in Britain around 60 AD, Boudicca has come to be one of Fred. Olsen’s most popular ships since she joined the fleet in 2005. Built in 1973, she was reunited with her former sister ship Black Watch, which also sails for the line.
Like the rest of her Fred. Olsen fleetmates, Boudicca underwent her own extensive refurbishment in 2006, and again in January 2011. Her fitness center was relocated to Sun Deck, 10 to more closely match sister ship Black Watch, and 17 new inside staterooms were added to the room’s previous location on Atlantic Deck, 4.
At 679 feet long and 82 feet 9 inches wide, Boudicca is capable of carrying 900 passengers and 320 crew members in the casual comfort for which Fred. Olsen is known. When first built, she was originally designed specifically for world cruises and like sister Black Watch, she features a number of spacious staterooms and brightly-lit public rooms that offer expansive views of the ocean.
Twenty different stateroom categories run the gamut from inside cabins to the top-of-the-line Premier Suite, measuring 550 square feet. The ship also offers special inside, outside and balcony staterooms designed for the solo traveler. These “Single” accommodations are rare in the cruise industry, and make Boudicca a perfect ship for those looking to get away on their own. Only Norwegian Epic and P&O’s Azura offer similar accommodations.
BOUDICCA Public Rooms
Onboard, Boudicca features two main formal restaurants in addition to the casual Secret Garden Café. A poolside buffet is also on offer during suitable weather all the way aft on Lounge Deck, 6.
The ship also features a forward-facing lounge high atop Marquee Deck, 9, offering commanding views of the ship’s bow. A fitness centre, library, casino, and numerous bars and public lounges round out the mix, ensuring passengers are never at a loss for things to do, or places to merely sit back and watch the ocean go by.
Sailing from a variety of UK homeports, Boudicca carries guests to the Adriatic, the Amazon, Baltics, Canary Islands, the Caribbean, Iceland, Ireland, the Mediterranean, and Northern Europe in the unique and relaxing atmosphere for which Fred. Olsen is known for.
Avid Cruisers Should Know!
- Stateroom categories B, E and I can be booked on a male or female-share basis.
- Boudicca’s public room layout differs from that of sister ship Black Watch.
- Boudicca features two main dining rooms: the Tintagel Restaurant and the Four Seasons Restaurant.
- Some staterooms feature fully restricted views. Check for the black square icon on the ship’s deck plans.