Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Our views on a FRED OLSEN cruise on the Boudicca to Iceland and Norway

We recently returned from a 12 night cruise out of Newcastle.  It was booked 3 weeks before departure through Planet Cruise (cheaper than Fred Olsen direct) and we paid £852 each for an outside guaranteed cabin.

Parking at Newcastle is expensive, £9 day) ,so we parked outside a Couchsurfing hosts house and took an £8 taxi to the port.  Not sure whether it is Fred Olsen or Newcastle port regulations but they were strict on not opening the check in desks until noon and boarding strictly on deck order so nothing to be gained by arriving early.

The cabins were a decent size but looked dated, our mattresses had a roll (and that was before we set sail).  When made up as a king size you still only get 2 single duvets.  It was nice to find a kettle and tea and coffee facilities in the room.

As it is only an 800 passenger ship the facilities were limited.  There are 3 formal dining rooms (which become part self service for breakfast and lunch) and another which is only self service.  The food was OK but not outstanding and if you didn't want to dress for the formal nights you had to eat in the self service but with a different menu.

The ship has many repeat passengers from the elderly who no doubt felt very at home with the traditional flowery carpets and decor.  As a younger passenger we like a slightly more glamorous ships with "wow" factors and a wider choice of entertainment but we booked this cruise for the ports of call and no fly boarding.

Overall I would recommend Fred Olsen for the over 70's passengers who just want a nice homely ship and limited entertainment.

Monday, 10 September 2012

Support for Penny Brohn Cancer Centre in Bristol

We were really touched when our daughters friend asked if she could dedicate her next run to us and to what charity we would like.

Having recently benefited from our visit to The Penny Brohn Cancer centre and written a blog post about it we thought it appropriate to suggest their charity.

This is the link should any of you like to sponsor Catherine when she runs the marathon in Chester.

Many thanks.