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Postby judgegeoff » 18 Feb 2019 14:22

Chris and I returned yesterday from a short 4 night cruise aboard the Fred. Olsen "Boudicca" cruise ship. Below is a review of our cabin, it is a personal view and should be viewed in conjunction with the following photo album :-


MV. “BOUDICCA” - February 2019


My wife Chris is awaiting operations on her knees and so we are prevented from making plans for long cruises in the foreseeable future. But we saw the above cruise advertised by our friendly Travel Agents, 'Cruise Select' and decided a few days away being pampered was just what we needed.

We decided to book an Anchor fare whereby the choice of cabin is made by the cruise company – it uses up unbooked (and possibly unpopular (?)) cabins but at very much reduced fare price. We have completed several such cruises and have never been disappointed with the cabins that we have been given. As usual, the service we received from 'Select Travel' was efficient and timely – thank you Sarah.

About 2 weeks before embarkation we received a letter from Fred. Olsen advising us that we had been allocated inside Cabin No. 4140 on deck 4 and were to eat at second seating, our preferred time, in the 'Four Seasons' main restaurant on deck 6. When we checked out our cabin on an online deck plan to see that our cabin we found that it was right in the stern of deck 4 and we were intrigued to see that it appeared to be twice as big as most other inside cabins.

When we embarked on the ship, at 14:00hrs, we were able to gain access to our cabin right away, so made our way down to deck 4 aft to view our cabin. On entering the room there was a small vestibule with coat hooks that was very handy for keeping our coats and dressing gowns and for storing our hand luggage bags. Beyond the vestibule the room was quite large (for an inside cabin) but not twice the size as indicated on the deck plans.

The beds were made up as two single beds and we were quite happy with that for a few nights – we would have asked for a double bed if the cruise was any longer. Between the beds there was a bedside table to keep our alarm clock and books etc. The Fred. Olsen ships use duvets instead of sheets and blankets and we much prefer this. The beds themselves look to be rather firm, but we found them to be very comfortable (and I am very fussy about beds, due to my spinal problems). There was a chair alongside one of the beds.

At the far end of the room was a large wardrobe unit that was divided into two halves. The left hand side had plenty of hanging space (at least for a short cruise) and there was a small 'fridge in the bottom. Our lifejackets were stored in a shelf at the top of the wardrobe. The right hand side had shelves with an electronic safe on one shelf and our swimming pool towels on another. A tray containing the tea and coffee making equipment was stored on another shelf but had to be moved to the desk as there was no electrical power points in the wardrobe. Below the shelves were 4 deep drawers, giving plenty of storage space.

At the opposite end of the room, behind the vestibule wall, was a writing desk and chair. Just above the desk were several power sockets, including a 3 flat pin UK socket. Above the sockets was a large mirror in a lighted frame. We moved the tea/coffee tray onto the desk and it remained there for the rest of the cruise.

The door to our en suite shower room was on the left at the end of the room. Unfortunately it didn't open as fully as we would have liked, so we had to turn sideways in order to enter the shower room without scraping along the doorframe. It was rather bijou and contained the usual vacuum operated w.c. and a washbasin with limited storage (for tooth brushes and paste etc.) above it. Oddly the shower was the longest one we have had on an inside cabin, although it did taper down towards the end. Unfortunately the shower had a plasic curtain that was neither wide enough or long enough. It was about 6 inches too narrow and left gaps that allowed water to splash into the bathroom. Being too short meant that water also splashed into the room when using the shower and, on our first night, the bathmat got absolutely soaked. Thereafter we put a swimmimg pool towel down on the floor to soak up any water that splashed through.

These minor problems aside, the shower performed very well, delivering constant temperature water and was very easy to adjust. I am used to a power shower at home, so am always a bit disappointed by the power of ship's showers, but, to be fair, it was as good as any other ship we have sailed on.

During one night, maintenance was carried out on the water systems and we were without water for a couple of hours. When we woke up the following morning we found that although the water was restored the vacuum w.c. would not flush. We reported it to Guest Services and they sent a plumber to sort it out for us.

Good points

The cabin was bigger than most inside cabins and was easy to find being at the end of the corridor.
The little vestibule was very handy for keeping outer clothing, walking sticks and travel bags.
It was generally a very quiet cabin as we had no neighbours.
Our Stewardess, Grace, kept our cabin immaculate and she was very pleasant.
A 240v UK 3 pin socket was provided.

Not so good points

When manoevring in and out of ports (or locks) we suffered from noisy vibration.
The shower needed better curtaining (there probably was room for a cubicle to be built).
The shower room door not opening fully.

Booked cruise :-
"MSC Orchestra" - Cape Town to Venice 2020 (now virtual)
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Postby Dave » 18 Feb 2019 15:39

Many thanks for the review and accompanying photos Geoff. :thumbup:

As you say, the cabin is a fair size for an inside one and fine for a short cruise.

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Postby Gillzajoker » 18 Feb 2019 16:10

Thanks for all that information, Geoff - pleased to hear it suited you for your short sojourn. :D
PS Enjoyed the pics. on FB.
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