Boudicca Review

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Named after the heroic warrior queen of the ancient British Iceni tribe, the 800-passenger Boudicca is a regal ship with an unpretentious, multicultural blend of English and Norwegian styles, mostly Filipino staff, and Scandinavian officers. Comfortable and offering adequate food and facilities, the vessel has been refitted multiple times, but at over 30 years, it's beginning to show signs of age and diminishing standards. Cutbacks in food variety, paper napkins, packaged condiments, crowded buffets, and overloaded boats are not royal by any means. If you can manage the creaking joints and churning engines, hop aboard to enjoy a traditional cruising experience—delightful lounges, teak promenade decks, and wheelchair-accessible cabins are a plus.

Built for luxurious, long-distance cruises and refitted in 2006, Boudicca retains much of her grace and style. As on sister ship Black Watch, passengers have plenty of space on deck and inside, as well as two swimming pools, a large fitness center, and spa. Like her sister ship, she has an Observatory lounge high atop the ship to supplement the art deco Lido Lounge, a popular spot for leisurely drinks, conversation, and dancing. Budding artists enjoy the Crafts Room where hands-on activity sessions are held.

Spacious, yet intimate in scale, appropriate British historical themes are followed in each public room, lounge, and restaurant, which were designed to mimic the mood of fleetmate Black Watch. The overall feeling on Boudicca is one of comfort and tranquility; however, there is a well-equipped fitness center on board with everything from treadmills, rowing machines, and weights for energetic passengers to ballroom dancing lessons and aerobics classes, a golf net for swing practice, and a swimming pool featuring Swimex machines for swimming against the current.

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