Newly returned to Southampton today after a stellar season in South Africa and the Indian Ocean, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ elegant Boudicca is in line for some St. Patrick’s Day cheer of her own, in the shape of a twelve day remodelling at the famous Blohm and Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany.

As of now, the ship is due to re-enter service on a five night ‘Mystery Cruise’ scheduled to sail from Dover on March 29th. Which gives Blohm and Voss between ten and twelve days to carry through some quite substantive internal surgery on the legendary, 1973 built former Royal Viking stalwart.

The work includes:

  • Removing the current Morning Light pub from it’s current position to a new position, near the port side of the Secret Garden cafe
  • The Heligan Room will be transformed into the Indian Ocean dining room, and will boast a smilar style and ambience to the Orchid Room currently found aboard sister ship, Black Watch
  • A new ‘Oriental Tea Room’ will be created in the space vacated by the Morning Light pub, and this will offer up exotic teas and treats in a style reminiscent of the Far East of ancient lore
  • The entire Guest Services area on Deck Five, which encompasses the reception and shore excursion desks and shops, will be remodelled in a style that provides a more efficient and enjoyable environment for passengers
  • Perhaps most importantly, all 462 suites and cabins aboard Boudicca will be stripped, then refurbished with brand new carpets, soft furnishings and new lighting, as well as new safes, fridges, and an interactive TV system. In addition, all balcony suites and cabins will receive new balcony furniture right across the board.

On the technical side, routine engineering and overhaul work will be carried through, and the ship will be completely repainted. There is also the possibility of some new furniture for the ship’s outdoor decks.

The multi million pound upgrading of this already handsome ship brings Fred. Olsens’ ambitious, expensive and expansive four ship fleet renewal plan to its apex. I, for one, look forward to seeing the ‘new’, freshly powdered Boudicca when she re-emerges in early spring.


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