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Former name: Royal Viking Sky

Boudicca Review and Specifications

Specifications of Boudicca

Year built1973  /  Age : 46
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderWartsila Hietalahti shipyard (Helsinki, Finland)
Building costUSD 25 million
OwnerBoudicca Cruise Ltd
OperatorFred Olsen Cruise Lines
Speed19 kn / 35 kph / 22 mph
Length (LOA)206 m / 676 ft
Beam (width)25 m / 82 ft
Gross Tonnage28551 gt
Passengers880 - 924
Passengers-to-space ratio32
Decks with cabins8
Last Refurbishment2018
Former namesRoyal Viking Sky

Current itinerary / position of Boudicca

Boudicca current cruise is 11 days, round-trip Scandinavian Islands with Stockholm. The itinerary starts on 15 Sep, 2019 and ends on 26 Sep, 2019.

All Itineraries Current Position
Date / TimePort
15 Sep    Departing from Dover, England hotels
17 Sep    Kiel Canal, Germany
18 Sep    Ronne, Bornholm Island, Denmark
19 Sep    Visby, Gotland Island, Sweden
20 Sep    Stockholm, Sweden
21 Sep    Mariehamn, Aland, Finland
23 Sep    Copenhagen, Denmark
24 Sep    Kiel Canal, Germany
26 Sep    Arriving in Dover, England hotels

Review of Boudicca

Launched in 1973 as Royal Viking Sky, Boudicca is the second oldest of the Fred Olsen ships, with fleet mates Black WatchBalmoral and Braemar. The ship cost US$23 million to build and was last refurbished in 2015.

History - construction and ownership

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is a Norwegian-owned, UK-based cruise shipping line with four ships, part of the Fred. Olsen Group. The headquarters of the company are in Ipswich, Suffolk, the UK, and it is owned by Bonheur and Ganger Rolf. The company of Fred Olsen originated in 1848 in Hvitsten, a little town on Oslofjord, Norway, by three Olsen brothers, Petter, Andras, and Fredrik Christian, who bought their first ships and established an international shipping company. Today the line is into the 5th generation of the family and operates companies skilled within cruise and passenger shipping trade, ships' crewing, shipbuilding, aviation, and offshore industries.

MS Boudicca cruise ship (Fred Olsen)

The 28,551-ton, 839-passenger cruise ship Boudicca is decked out, as an aging grande dame must be, in good quality, discreetly modern fabrics, though some of the color schemes are a little dated. But it doesn't matter: the vessel is well-proportioned and destitute of cheap flashiness and surface glitz, and these are the most important things to Boudicca's aim audience of 60-plus Brits.

In 1982, MV Boudicca (under the Fred Olsen’s ownership) was stretched by adding a 91 ft / 28 m long prefabricated middle-section. The refit resulted in an increased gross tonnage (from 21,890 to 28,372) and passenger capacity (from 536 to 900). During the ship’s stretching (done in Germany, at the Seebeckwerft AG’s shipyard in Bremerhaven) were built new cabins and lounges.

The list of other stretched (elongated) cruise ships includes the fleet mates Balmoral, Boudicca, and Braemar, also the MSC Cruises ships ArmoniaLiricaOpera, the Phoenix Reisen’s Albatros and the Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of The Seas.

During the 2018 drydock at Blohm+Voss (Hamburg), to the ship were added two fiberglass-bottomed boats, each with capacity 12 passengers.

Cruise itinerary program

Boudicca itinerary program is based on the Mediterranean and Northern European cruises with UK departures from SouthamptonLiverpool, Dover to the Arctic (North Cape), Norwegian Fjords, Canary Islands, British Isles, North Africa.


Boudicca has a total of 462 cabins (of which 102 Suites, 57 Balcony rooms, 64 Inside) in 21 grades. Most Boudicca staterooms are 160-200-sq.foot Oceanview rooms (191). 4 are the wheelchair accessible cabins. The largest aboard Boudicca is the Premier Suite (550 ft2).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

The main dining room on Boudicca is divided into 3 venues: Four Seasons, Heligan and Tintagel. While breakfast is typically open seating, there are 2 seatings for lunch and dinner. Food display counters are offered for guests to help themselves for breakfast and lunch. Fred Olsen Cruise Lines features above-average cuisine. A number of popular British pub standards are offered, such as bangers and mash, spotted dick and toad in the hole. Breakfast buffets are quite repetitious. Self-serve deck buffets are provided at the Poolside Café and fast food items - at the Marquee Bar.

MS Boudicca cruise ship (Fred Olsen)

Follows the complete list of Boudicca restaurants and food bars.

  • Main Dining Room Restaurants (Tintagel, Four Seasons, and the smallest Heligan Room; all offer open-seating buffet Breakfast (7:30 - 9:30 am) and Lunch (12:00 - 2 pm; Dinner is waiter-served, with two fixed seatings at 6:15 pm and 8:00 pm)
  • Secret Garden Cafe (alternative buffet-style restaurant, open-seating; offers Breakfast 7:00 - 9:30 am, Brunch 10:30 - 11:30 am, Lunch 12:30 - 2:30 pm, Afternoon Tea 3:30 - 4:30 pm, Dinner 6:30 - 9 pm and Supper Club 11:30 pm - 12:30 am; also features a 24-hour open tea-coffee station)
  • The Grill restaurant (former Poolside Cafe; alternative, buffet-style venue for breakfast and lunch; offers al-fresco dining)
  • Marquee Bar (casual restaurant for lunch; al-fresco dining, with large, floor-ceiling panoramic windows; serves the pool area with alcoholic/non-alcoholic drinks).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Boudicca was "stretched" in the early '80s with the addition of a 91-foot midsection, and while the cruise liner is still keeping a classic profile, she has gained a significant amount of open-air sunbathing area on the top deck. In 2006 Boudicca underwent a renovation to bring the ship in line with the fleet's understated, old-world style. In January 2011, the vessel went into dry dock, during which the windowless gym was moved up to Deck 10, allowing more free space on Deck 4 for new inside cabins. The retail outlet Port Store was added. Carpets were replaced throughout the vessel, and enclosed lifeboats were mounted.

MS Boudicca cruise ship (Fred Olsen)

Follows the complete list of Boudicca lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens, and adults.

  • Port Shop (duty-paid, sells essentials, hats, swimwear, toiletries, beachwear, sweets, books, snacks)
  • Photo Gallery & Shop (offers digital images printing/transferring; personal video making; sells photo and video equipment at duty-free prices)
  • The Heligan Room doubles as Arts & Crafts Room - during drydock 2018, Heligan Room was converted into "Indian Ocean Restaurant".
  • The Iceni Room; Bar & Lounge; Cafe Venus
  • Neptune Lounge (400-seat, ship’s theater & main entertainment venue for grand-style show productions in the evenings at 8:45 pm and 10:45 pm; during the day serves the Fred Olsen enrichment program, with various lectures and seminars, multimedia presentations, dance classes, workshops, bridge lectures, cards playing tournaments)
  • Boutique Shops (duty-free luxury gifts, perfumes, cosmetics, fashion clothing, watches, fine jewelry, Fred Olsen logo merchandise)
  • Library Lounge; Internet Room; Card Room (bridge-playing club lounge); Casino
  • Bookmark Cafe (a la carte priced patisserie; offers luxury chocolates, specialty coffees, hand-made chocolates)
  • Morning Light Pub (features stand-up comedy acts, live music performances)
  • Lido Lounge & Bar (live piano  performances; transforms into a disco in the late hours)
  • Pool Deck area (swimming pool, 2 whirlpools, exercise pool, sunbathing area)
  • Fitness Centre (Wellness complex; there is no Spa, but the ship offers Sauna Rooms and Treatment Rooms for massages)
  • The Gymnasium (gym room, with floor-ceiling windows, modern equipment; hosts various exercise and dance classes)
  • Beauty Salon (part of the Wellness Centre; offers hairdresser/barber services, facial/body treatments, manicure/pedicure, massages)
  • Observatory Lounge (indoor observation lounge with piano, glass dancefloor, panoramic windows for 270-degree views; serves Afternoon Tea)
  • Golf Nets; Tennis Court; Deck Games area (shuffleboard, quoits, darts, tennis tables, board games, jigsaw puzzles); Walking Track.

Boudicca wiki

On May 25, 1972, the vessel was launched as Royal Viking Sky, and on June 5, 1973, entered service for Royal Viking Line. mv Boudicca cruise ship was built for the company Nordenfjeldske Dampsibsselskap and was chartered to the Royal Viking Line. Prior to entering service with Fred Olsen, the vessel has also chartered to the NCL Norwegian Cruise Line (as "ms Sunward"), Birka Cruises (as "Birka Queen"), Princess Cruises (as Golden Princess /link to 2001-built ship), Star Cruises (as "SuperStar Capricorn"), Hyundai Merchant Marine (as "Hyundai Keumgang") and also to Iberocruceros (as "Grand Latino").

In the early '80s, the Boudicca ship was "stretched" with an additional 91 ft long midsection. The refit added a vast open-air sunbathing space in the middle of its top deck. The vessel underwent a major refit for bringing it in line with the Fred Olsen fleet's old-world style, right after it was acquired in 2005. In 2011, the ship went into drydock for another refit that changed the place of the windowless gym to Deck 10, thus making space for 17 new cabins on Deck 4. The Port Shop (a retail outlet) was also added, enclosed lifeboats were fixed, carpets were replaced throughout.

MS Boudicca started operations for Fred Olsen in 2010, replacing in the fleet MS Black Prince (former ferry ship, built 1966, scrapped in 2009). "Boudicca" is the name of the heroic queen-warrior of the British Iceni tribe. Boudicca, like all other Fred Olsen liners, is known for her classically British feel. Passengers tend to be 50+, mainly British.

Fred Olsen Cruise Line also offers an all-inclusive cruise package upgrade (additional fixed price PP per day) and the UK fly cruise deals to Canary Islands (year-round discounted airfare from Southampton, England).

Brochure 2018-2019 ("Venture to the four corners of the world") included two World Cruises - 107-night (MS Black Watch, departing from Southampton on November 12, 2019, prices from GBP 9,850 pp) and company's ever-longest itinerary - 168-night (on Boudicca), departing October 3, 2019, prices from GBP 15,000 pp).

South Africa cruise itineraries 2018

In 2018, mv Boudicca will offer a new South Africa cruise itinerary program operated with the UK to South Africa fly-cruise deals. The ship's fares will be inclusive of flights from London (or Manchester) to Cape Town (departure port).

The 14-night round-trip itinerary includes overnight stays in Port Elizabeth, Richards Bay, and Durban. The 3-night stay in Cape Town offers as tour options Scale Table Mountain (cable car ride), wine tours (Stellenbosch, Constantia), Camps Bay strolling, visiting the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront complex and the Newlands (cricket ground), Cape Town Harley Davidson bike tour, boating, shark diving, whales-dolphins watching.

Inaugural "Whale-Watching Cruise" 2019

In 2019, Fred Olsen partnered with ORCA (marine wildlife charity) for an inaugural Iceland cruise on Boudicca. The 13-day "Icelandic Wonders and Wildlife" voyage is part of the new partnership "to monitor whale and dolphin numbers and to help to conserve and protect the seas as a safe environment in which these species can live and thrive".

During seadays, two ORCA volunteers (wildlife experts) spend up to 16 hours per day on ship's open decks to help Boudicca passengers to spot and identify animals and also to record data about the marine wildlife. The ORCA volunteers also held lectures and Q&A sessions on the ship and accompany whale-watching’ tours.

Date / TimePort
18 JunDeparting from Dover, England hotels
21 JunEskifjordur, Iceland
22 Jun - 23 JunAkureyri, Iceland
24 JunIsafjordur, Iceland
25 Jun - 26 JunReykjavik, Iceland
29 JunKirkwall, Orkney Island, Scotland
01 JulArriving in Dover, England hotels

Boudicca’s "Icelandic Wonders and Wildlife" cruise prices started from GBP 1100 per person (double occupancy rates).

UK-Japan fly cruise 2021

In mid-March 2019, Fred Olsen announced the company's ever-first "Authentic Japan" fly-cruise from homeport Tokyo with flights from Southampton. The itinerary program starts in January 2021 on MS Boudicca and features as maiden ports Beppu, Hiroshima, and Nagoya.

Itinerary's all call ports are Tokyo (overnight), Nagoya, Kobe (overnight), Hiroshima, Beppu, Nagasaki, Keelung (Taiwan) and Hong Kong China (overnight). Early bookings (made by May 31, 2019) received a complimentary package with included gratuities.

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Boudicca Itineraries

The below listed Boudicca cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Fred Olsen fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2019 Aug 28 9 days, round-trip Scenic Fjords of Norway Dover
2019 Sep 06 9 days, round-trip French River Cruising with Bordeaux Dover
2019 Sep 15 11 days, round-trip Scandinavian Islands with Stockholm Dover
2019 Sep 26 7 days, round-trip Waterways of Holland & Belgium Dover
2019 Oct 03 7 days, one-way from Dover to Santa Cruz de Tenerife Dover
2019 Oct 03 28 days, one-way from Dover to Cape Town Dover
2019 Oct 03 168 days, round-trip World Cruise Dover
2019 Oct 10 21 days, one-way from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Cape Town Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2019 Oct 10 34 days, one-way from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Mahe Island Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2019 Oct 31 14 days, one-way from Cape Town to Mahe Island Cape Town
2019 Oct 31 28 days, one-way from Cape Town to Phuket Cape Town
2019 Nov 14 14 days, one-way from Mahe Island to Phuket Mahe Island
2019 Nov 14 28 days, one-way from Mahe Island to Benoa Mahe Island
2019 Nov 28 14 days, one-way from Phuket to Benoa Phuket
2019 Nov 28 41 days, one-way from Phuket to Cairns Phuket
2019 Dec 11 29 days, one-way from Benoa to Cairns Benoa
2019 Dec 11 42 days, round-trip Australia, Papua New Guinea & Indonesia Benoa
2020 Jan 09 14 days, one-way from Cairns to Benoa Cairns
2020 Jan 09 28 days, one-way from Cairns to Colombo Cairns
2020 Jan 09 42 days, one-way from Cairns to Dubai Cairns
2020 Jan 23 14 days, one-way from Benoa to Colombo Benoa
2020 Jan 23 28 days, one-way from Benoa to Dubai Benoa
2020 Feb 06 14 days, one-way from Colombo to Dubai Colombo
2020 Feb 06 28 days, one-way from Colombo to Limassol Colombo
2020 Feb 20 14 days, one-way from Dubai to Limassol Dubai
2020 Feb 20 28 days, one-way from Dubai to Dover Dubai
2020 Mar 05 14 days, one-way from Limassol to Dover Limassol
2020 Mar 19 3 days, round-trip Dutch City Break Dover
2020 Mar 22 7 days, round-trip Cruising German Waterways Dover
2020 Mar 29 19 days, round-trip Four Fred's in Funchal with Cape Verde Dover
2020 Apr 17 9 days, round-trip Springtime Scenery of the Fjordland Dover
2020 Apr 26 22 days, round-trip Amalfi Coast, Tuscany & Italian Riviera Dover
2020 May 18 7 days, round-trip Waterways & Cities of Holland & Belgium Dover
2020 May 25 9 days, round-trip The Best of the Fjords Dover
2020 Jun 03 8 days, round-trip Cruising German Waterways Dover
2020 Jun 11 9 days, round-trip Closer Spain & Cruising the Seine Dover
2020 Jun 20 13 days, round-trip Uncovering the Natural Wonders of Iceland Dover
2020 Jul 03 7 days, round-trip Cruising the Fjords of Norway Dover
2020 Jul 10 5 days, round-trip Netherlands and Belgium City Break Dover
2020 Jul 15 9 days, round-trip Isles of the UK Dover
2020 Jul 24 11 days, round-trip Sweden's Scenic Waterways & Cities Dover
2020 Aug 04 7 days, round-trip Spellbinding Fjords of Norway Dover
2020 Aug 11 16 days, round-trip Fjords & Icebergs of Remote Greenland Dover
2020 Aug 27 5 days, round-trip French River Cruising in Five Dover
2020 Sep 01 28 days, round-trip Black Sea Discovery & Mediterranean Adventure Dover
2020 Sep 29 12 days, round-trip Uncrowded Baltic Dover
2020 Oct 24 5 days, round-trip Five Seine Southampton
2020 Oct 29 7 days, round-trip Highlights of France, Belgium & Holland Southampton
2020 Nov 05 6 days, one-way from Southampton to Santa Cruz de Tenerife Southampton
2020 Nov 05 28 days, one-way from Southampton to Cape Town Southampton
2020 Nov 05 140 days, one-way from Southampton to Dover Southampton
2020 Nov 12 21 days, one-way from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Cape Town Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2020 Nov 12 34 days, one-way from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Mahe Island Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2020 Dec 03 14 days, one-way from Cape Town to Mahe Island Cape Town
2020 Dec 03 41 days, one-way from Cape Town to Tokyo Cape Town
2020 Dec 17 27 days, one-way from Mahe Island to Tokyo Mahe Island
2020 Dec 17 41 days, one-way from Mahe Island to Hong Kong Mahe Island
2021 Jan 14 13 days, one-way from Tokyo to Hong Kong Tokyo
2021 Jan 14 26 days, one-way from Tokyo to Singapore Tokyo
2021 Jan 28 14 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Phuket Hong Kong
2021 Jan 28 28 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Muscat Hong Kong
2021 Feb 11 28 days, one-way from Phuket to Limassol Phuket
2021 Feb 11 14 days, one-way from Phuket to Muscat Phuket
2021 Feb 25 28 days, one-way from Muscat to Dover Muscat
2021 Feb 25 14 days, one-way from Muscat to Limassol Muscat
2021 Mar 11 14 days, one-way from Limassol to Dover Limassol
2021 Mar 25 14 days, round-trip Scenic Landscapes of the Azores & Madeira Dover
2021 Apr 08 9 days, round-trip Closer Spain & Cruising the Seine Dover
2021 Apr 17 7 days, round-trip Historic Cities & Waterways of Germany Dover
2021 Apr 24 7 days, round-trip Springtime Scenery of the Fjordland Dover
2021 May 01 5 days, round-trip Belgian Chocolates & Floral Holland Dover
2021 May 06 16 days, round-trip Western Med Discovery with Monaco Dover
2021 May 22 7 days, round-trip Scenic Sights of the Norwegian Fjords Dover
2021 May 29 5 days, round-trip French River Cruising in Five Dover

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