Most cruises have days “at sea” when cruising between stops so what do you do when at sea? What about shows in the evening? MS Boudicca has plenty to entertain and stop boredom setting in.
The evening shows on Boudicca were quite simply excellent and varied. Shows were repeated once for each dinner sitting sometimes with the show before dinner and sometimes afterwards. I don’t think there was a single show we didn’t enjoy and we saw most of them.
The acts varied. There was a “company” of 4 girls and 3 guys which did song and dance shows, reviews and medleys, a comedian, a magician… all excellent and very high quality.
The shows were in the Neptune Longe which has plenty of seating and only on a couple of occasions did we feel as if the lounge was nearing capacity.
Most days there were other shows during the day… an excellent classical/crossover violinist, a superb classical guitarist were typical.
There were talks about each port with photos and advice for those on tours or going it “DIY”. These were great as it meant we arrived at each port with a good understanding of what there was to do and where everything was in relation to the ship.
These were repeated on the cabin TV system after in case you missed them.
At times throughout the day and in the evenings between shows there was dancing on stage with “dance hosts” available to partner single women.
Also, on sea days, there were dance lessons from two dance instructors.
Again, on sea days, there were bridge classess for beginners and intermediates in the card room with bridge instructors on hand to help.
Carpet Bowls and Quoits
Wii 10-pin Bowling
This was available in the Lido lounge. Great fun!
Astronomy, Eclipse and Northern Lights Lectures
As this was a special cruise including the eclipse there were also a number of lectures and talks helping to prepare us for the coming events in the sky. This was very special for us as they were given by the Sky at Night and Stargazing Live’s Pete Lawrence, Paul Abel and John Culshaw. We were so fortunate.
This small room offered jigsaws, Scabble and a few computers to keep up with your email although the internet connection was both expensive and intermittent. We decided not to use it at all and take a vacation from technoligy while on board and that was a welcome decision.
On Board Quiz
3 times a day, morning, afternoon and evening, there was a quiz held in the Lido Lounge by one of the ship’s crew. Each quiz had a different topic and winners got free wine, or other prizes. We attended a couple and they were great fun.
When on holiday we prefer to give the TV a rest but I know many people love to watch it when away. Every cabin has TV… of a sort. There is a couple of Sky channels, BBC World, a Port Info channel and a location/progress channel which was helpful to show where we were at sea, our speed etc.
There isn’t much on Boudicca to be honest and the viewing is very limited. Although it was not for us we did feel it would be good to have a bit more choice especially if you were ill and confined to your cabin.
All in all there was always plenty to do on board and we felt that the entertainment was of great quality.