Well I have finally done it – sailed in and out of the Liverpool Cruise Terminal at the Pier Head, right outside the Liver Buildings in the heart of Liverpool City Centre! What other city can boast an impressive cruise departure point slap bang in the heart of the city centre?
The check-in process at Liverpool Cruise Terminal is really quick, on arrival to the terminal the porters took my case, I went to check in and then was transported down to the dockside and on board all within 15 minutes of stepping foot out of the taxi by the Pier Head!
I enjoyed a 2 night short break to Dublin on board Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Boudicca, it was not the first time I had sailed on board Boudicca, but I was looking forward to getting back on board and seeing what the ship had to offer. Holding around 880 passengers, it was just the right number to get to know your fellow cruisers.
The cabins are quite spacious on board, in fact she was built for World Cruising, so you do find that there is a lot more space. The bathroom was well equipped with a bath and shower, something you don’t often see on the ocean waves!
During my first night on board, I chose to eat in the Four Seasons Restaurant and wow the food was delicious, I started with a tasty soup, followed by tender beef and then a cheesecake, I was so full I couldn’t manage the salad, pasta or cheese courses, but trust me some people did! On the second night, I chose to ate in the Secret Garden Café, and as it was a festival cruise, I enjoyed a delicious traditional Christmas Dinner with all the trimmings..yum! Boudicca also has a very tasty chocolate and coffee shop next to the library, so you can take a book, enjoy a cocktail and eat some of the tastiest treats – if you can fit any in after all that food!
At night, the ship literally came alive – from the piano entertainer (and karaoke) in the Lido Lounge, to the main show in the Neptune Lounge. You can also enjoy live music in the Secret Garden Lounge, or a drink with new friends in the Morning Light Pub. And when it gets very late there is the late night disco, so get on your dance shoes and dance the night away in the Lido Lounge!
One little hideaway I found was the steamroom and sauna, located on deck 4. Hidden away between cabins it’s the perfect retreat to get away from it all and enjoy some quiet relaxation and feel like a new person when you have finished!
Of course there are the shopping opportunities; you can buy souvenirs, essentials, clothes and even a jewellers on board too! And not forgetting the talented photographers who are there to capture the special moments on board.
A thoroughly enjoyable relaxing break on board a smaller intimate ship, the Boudicca is like your home from home.
I was also cruising with fellow presenter Laura Penn - check out her blog here