168-Night Grand Voyage Aboard Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Boudicca – LIVE UPDATES

If you’re reading this, you’re coming on a fascinating journey with me. On October 3rd, I left the port of Dover aboard Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines‘ ‘Boudicca’ for her 168-night ‘Grand Voyage’. She is taking me to some of the most incredible destinations on the planet and I’m looking forward to sharing the cruise with you. I’ll be updating this page LIVE throughout the cruise, so please save the URL and check back for daily updates on where in the world I am and what exciting places I’ve been exploring.I’ll also be sharing daily content on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If you have any questions about the ship or any of the destinations along the way, please leave a comment and I’ll get back to you.OCTOBER 3RD – DOVERTo say my adrenaline levels were through the roof this morning is the understatement of the century. I was like a kid on a sugar rush. I arrived at the terminal earlier than I should have, but that was only because I had to check out of my hotel by noon, and when you have 4 cases in tow, you’re limited to where you can go! Check-in was a doddle and I was soon onboard. My cabin is an outside (portholes) on Deck 3 and I’ve started turning it into home. I’ve got a double bed (YES!) and a bath!I’m going to spend tonight settling in to my new home and catching up with old friends.

OCTOBER 4TH – AT SEAWe’ve spent today at sea, heading through the Bay of Biscay. It’s been a bit on the choppy side, but I’ve loved every minute of it. I enjoy being reminded that I’m on a ship. Everyone is settling in and I’ve met a mixture of interesting people. I’ve also bumped into several people whom I met last year on the World Cruise and catching up with them has been a lot of fun. We seem to have just picked up where we left off.Tonight was our first formal evening, which also meant it was time for the Captain’s welcome onboard party. I don’t always go to those gatherings, but I did tonight. I’ve never sailed with this crew and I wanted to put faces to names. Resisting the canapes while enjoying the jokes was hard (they had sausage rolls and I love a sausage roll) but I managed to do it. I wanted to save space for the gala dinner. I sat at my table in the Tintagel restaurant and got right down to business, ordering the chateaubriand. It was cooked exactly to my liking and I cleared the plate. I thoroughly enjoyed it, but what came next was chocolate pudding perfection. I really WISH you could have tasted it! Warm, with a melting middle and finished with a zesty orange sauce. Let’s just say I’m not going to Supper Club tonight because the pudding disappeared just as the beef did. I don’t know what happened! 😉 It was the best chocolate pudding I’ve ever tasted.Day one has been a blast! We’re in La Coruna tomorrow.

OCTOBER 5TH – LA CORUNAWe’re in La Coruna today, in Spain. It’s warm and sunny, and there’s no wind! I’ve been here a few times, but I can’t remember much about the port, so I’m going to head ashore very soon, once all the tours have left, and have a walk around. Boudicca’s RIB’s have just left the ship on their first excursion of the cruise. I didn’t book for today, but I am booked further into the cruise and I can’t wait to share that experience with you. I love a high-speed boat ride.

OCTOBER 6/7 – AT SEABoudicca has been at sea for the last 2 days and they have been absolute heaven. Sunday was warm and sunny, and although I didn’t sit in the sun, it was nice to feel the warmth in the air. Honestly, I didn’t do much, I just wanted to sit on the deck, listen to the sea and start my book. So, aside from looking for marine life, that’s exactly what I did. That’s one of the nice things about cruising, you can do as much or as little as you like and sometimes, we all need a ‘do nothing’ day. My marine life spotting went very well. I stood at the front of the ship for almost an hour and there were dozens of flying fish (some of the biggest I’ve seen), a pod of dolphins and 1 whale. Sadly, I don’t have any photos, but I suspect in time, I’ll catch them!

In the evening, I went to the Silent Disco in the Lido Lounge and it was hilarious. I can’t wait for the next one. The headphones have 3 different music channels, so you can choose which tracks to listen to. Some of us were dancing to rock and roll, while others went for more modern pop.

Today has been overcast but still quite warm. I was up early, walking the Promenade Deck and getting ready for the day ahead, and come lunchtime, there was only one place I wanted to go, the Poolside Grill. It’s absolutely my favourite place for lunch on sea days, I like being able to sit outside in the fresh air and watch the world go by. I ordered the bruschetta but changed the avocado for halloumi. It was fresh and very tasty. Although, not something I’d usually order, I wanted to try it and I’m glad I did. I’ll definitely have it again.

This afternoon I’ve been taking photos and writing this update for you. I’ve also spent a lot of time with other passengers, some of whom will be leaving us in Tenerife and then Cape Town. I’ll be sad to see them go, but some are coming back for other sectors of the cruise, so it’s not all sad. As the sun is shining, the crew have been going around the decks with fresh fruit skewers and cool towels, which I think is a nice touch. I’ll certainly be grateful for it once we get to more humid destinations.

We dock in Funchal tomorrow on the island of Madeira, so I’ll be back soon with more updates for you.OCTOBER 8TH – FUNCHAL, MADEIRAHello from a hot and sunny Madeira! What a beautiful day we’ve had for our call here, and we had the best berth. I’ve not long been back onboard. I’ve walked all over the town, through the pretty gardens and stopped for one of my favourites, a Pastel de nata. Technically, I’m in Portugal, so it had to be done. I’ve been here several times so again, decided to go off and explore under my own steam. I know a few people were going to try the cable car, which I’d recommend if you ever visit the island and the dolphin watching tours are also worth considering. I ended up coming back to the ship with Christmas decorations, as one does! I’m living here for 6 months, so I’m decorating as I go. Well, not with Christmas things just yet. ;)We’ll be sailing soon, heading for Tenerife where we’ll stay overnight. I love the sailaway from here. Funchal always looks so pretty, it’s best admired from the sea, and you quite often see dolphins in the bay. I’ll be on lookout and let you know if I spot anything.

OCTOBER 9/10 – TENERIFETenerife offered us more sun and heat, and the biggest individual pizza I’ve ever seen. I enjoy eating ashore on port days and would usually try local dishes, but this time, I went for Italian and Greek. My first gyro experience and it was nice, but huge! While I’m on the subject of food, let me tell you about the Rooftop Terrace evening we had a few nights ago. It was set up on Deck 9 aft and beautifully presented. There was paella, which was bursting with seafood and being cooked on deck, other light nibbles and a selection of olives and breads. It really was something a little extra special and the deck looked so nice. I’ve also sampled the new gelato bar onboard. I had 2 scoops of salted caramel ice cream in a giant cone that had a chocolate coating. It was lovely. Just what I needed to cool down.We’ve got lots of new passengers joining us today, so we don’t ssil until late tonight. Tomorrow, we’ll be in the last of our Canary Island ports, Gran Canaria.I can’t believe I’ve been onboard for a week already. I’m enjoying everything and taking the days at my own pace. My tours begin in St Helena, so be prepared for info overload. 😉

OCTOBER 11 – GRAN CANARIA So, I originally thought we were going to the island of La Palma, but I was wrong. We docked in Las Palmas this morning, in Gran Canaria. I’ve had a girls shopping day in the mall which is right behind the ship. We’ve got a great berth, just a short walk to town, too. I found a bargain pair of shoes for 9 euro, so I’m very happy. I was going to walk to the beach, but I just wanted to keep out of the hot midday sun. I sat on a bench on the waterside for a while and enjoyed the breeze before heading back onboard. We have 2 sea days coming up before we reach the Cape Verde islands, so I’m looking forward to those and maybe a dip in the pool and a visit to The Grill.

OCTOBER 12/13 – AT SEAWe’re on our second sea day of two and they have flown over! Last night, there was another themed event involving food and drink, but this time, it was held in the Lido Lounge. The theme was ‘Salsa and Sangria’ and come 8:30pm it was in full swing and packed with people enjoying cocktails, canapés and dancing.Since the cruise began, I’ve spent a lot of time with a gentleman named Alan. He’s 82 years old and is my absolute favourite passenger, we’re virtually joined at the hip. I love to listen to his stories from years gone by, the experiences he’s had in life and the places he’s visited in the world. A ship like Boudicca is the perfect place to meet people and form friendships, because she’s small enough to see the same faces day after day. Meeting new people is a huge part of the cruise experience for me, I really do enjoy hearing what they have to say, and in some cases, learning about the world and life as it was before I even existed. It’s fascinating.Alan does have his quirks and I’ve been learning what I can only refer to as his ‘Boudicca Lingo’. I’ll share a few snippets with you.

  • Express lift – Forward lift between 6pm and 10pm
  • The Shed – The Secret Garden
  • Paradise Deck – Deck 8
  • Bubbles – Tonic water
  • Home- Boudicca
  • Playing out clothes – Non-formal wear

We dock in Mindelo early tomorrow morning, so I’ll be back soon!

OCTOBER 14/15 – MINDELO & PRAIA, CAPE VERDE

We docked in Mindelo yesterday and I had such a good day. I used the shuttle bus service into town and had a walk around. I collect African masks and bought one a few years ago in the Mindel Gift Shop. Of course, that was my first stop. There was nothing that caught my eye this time, so I walked along the seafront, through the fish market and then back along to the main town square. It was there that I found a gorgeous hotel with swimming pool and cabanas. They allowed us in and I spent the rest of the afternoon there. It was completely empty and absolute bliss. I felt like I had my own private retreat.Today we’re in Praia and it has been so incredibly hot and humid, it was too much for me, so after a walk through the town and a browse of the huge fruit and veg market, I plonked myself down at a cafe and enjoyed an ice cold Fanta before heading home.I wasn’t blown away during my first visit to the Cape Verde islands, but I’ve explored more of the local towns this time and enjoyed it.

We’ll sail in a few hours and start heading for Ascenion Island. I’m hoping we have good weather so I can go out in the RIB. Keep your fingers crossed!

AT SEA X4

Trying to explore each and every inch of this wonderful planet via cruise ship.

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31 comments on “168-Night Grand Voyage Aboard Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Boudicca – LIVE UPDATES
  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi Danielle, we meet last year on the world cruise ” Gary and Wendy”. you must have the best job in the world, LOL ,,, I was wondering if you are getting involed with the day time acttivitys like crafting ,dancing , art classes or the out side stuff like throwing that rope ring up the deck LOL. Could you fill us in on how the days at sea pan out, have a great trip and looking forward to hearing more from you, Thanks…..

    • CruiseMiss says:

      Hello! How are you? I love it. Always happy when at sea. I’ve not joined anything yet, but will be getting involved, so watch this space. Sea days are packed with options, you’d never fit it all in. 🤣😂

  2. Emma says:

    Your blog is inspiring and wonderful to read. I dream about doing a similar trip one day. Thank you for ‘taking us with you’ on this adventure.

  3. Carole says:

    With all that lovely food, I’m going to need to get lots of exercise during sailing days to avoid coming back from our two weeks many pounds heavier! What are the fitness facilities like? Have you tried any of the classes like yoga or zumba? Is the gym well equipped and does it get busy? (I am a bit of a fitness fanatic/runner/yoga enthusiast!)

  4. Anonymous says:

    Absolutely loving your blog Danielle. Keep them coming. I’m reading them on the Fred Olsen Cruise Group.

  5. Simon and Annie says:

    Have a great time Pat mmmmmmwwaahhh 😘

  6. flinder55 says:

    I am loving reading your blog daily. Boudicca is the only ship of Fred’s that we’ve not sailed on but that is being put right next spring 😉. Looking forward to your next instalment and thank you for sharing.

  7. Fay says:

    Are you comfortable with your outside cabin? I would have thought you’d chosen a balcony on such a long journey. I’m enjoying your adventure. 😊

  8. Fay says:

    Are you comfortable in your cabin? I would have thought you’d chosen a balcony on such a long journey. I’m enjoying your adventure 😊

  9. Alan Pick says:

    Hello. It’s good follow your progress and to hear you are enjoying the cruise. I wondered if you knew if the British Legion logo was staying in place until you return,

  10. Lindsay says:

    @CruiseMiss are combing ALL of the days together into ONE post? This could get very difficult to follow as a reader … you may want to make individual posts for each day! Just a thought! 🙂

  11. Carole says:

    It is lovely to read about your expeiences! I am so excited to be joining this cruise from Mahé to Phuket next month. We have been on a couple of river cruises before but this will be our first Ocean cruise. I have two questions:
    1) Do you know whether the weather will be warm throughout this leg of the cruise or does it get chilly when sailing the Indian Ocean in November, especially in the evening (I just need to know whether to pack any warm clothing.)
    2) Do you have any advice on dining times and restaurants? Do you know what the times are for the first and second sittings and is the food menu the same across all restaurants (apart from the Poolside grill)?

    • CruiseMiss says:

      Hi Carole. I’ll look forward to meeting you! First sitting is 6:15pm and second sitting is 8:30pm. Menu is the same apart from the Poolside and Secret Garden. I’m not too sure about the weather to be honest, but maybe bring something just in case. Hope this helps. 🙂

      • Carole says:

        Hi CruiseMiss. Thanks for the super quick reply! It looks like the internet connection is working well which is great as I’ll be tweeting and posting on Instagram for Silver Travel Advisor. I look forward to meeting you too. Meanwhile I’m following your progress with interest, retweeting your tweets, and getting a real feel for life on board Boudicca. 🙂

      • CruiseMiss says:

        Thank you so much!! 🙂

  12. exlyndhurststreetresident says:

    Can feel your excitement and so interested to follow you until I join you in Bali in December. 😊

  13. Peggy says:

    Interested to follow. What was the longest cruise you have previously taken? Safe Travels.

  14. Jim says:

    Interested in daily life. Small cabin living. Laundry. Communication with loved ones.
    This will help me decide on my world voyage

    • Lindsay says:

      @Cruismiss … I have to agree with @Jim … it would be really nice for you to do a day at Sea recap from Sun-Up to Sun-down … when you get up, where you choose to grab breakfast, do you exercise/go to the pool/read on a lounger/or write?, what do you do for lunch, are there afternoon activities, and finally what do you choose for dinner/dessert (I don’t know if I could do three huge meals a day but when its all inclusive it might be tough to turn down)!! I also think it would be cool to see how you manage for over three months in such a small space. 🙂

  15. Megan says:

    Can’t wait for our virtual cruise with you. I’m sure it will be epic. Thanks for bringing us along!

  16. Tony says:

    Can’t wait to follow this trip and experience places I will never get to through your senses. Excited

  17. Dorothy Milne says:

    Have a wonderful trip ….looking forward to reading all about it !

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