(Update 9 February: Yes, she was (just about). AIS shows her as leaving Southampton at 23:14 on 7 February. The last contact AIS had with her was shortly before 11:00 today when she was off the north-west tip of Spain on her passage to Funchal.)
I mentioned in an earlier post that Fred Olsen had announced that following the cancellation midway through Boudicca’s cruise, the ship would be repaired in Tenerife, and that the next cruise, due to start on 7 February (this Saturday), would go ahead as planned.
I’ve just read the following advisory notice on the Fred Olsen Cruises website:-
D1503 – Boudicca, Canaries Madeira and Lisbon, departing Southampton, Saturday 07 February 2015
Important Informationfor embarking guests
All guests joining the vessel this Saturday, 07 February, are asked to delay their arrival where at all possible and in line with the below revised check-in schedule.
This is necessary to allow further time for our engineers to complete necessary technical work to the vessel. We will also be informing our guests of this information by email, SMS text message and where neither contact method has been advised by First Class post. We also have a recorded 24hr information line, tel: +44 (0) 1473 746167 detailing this same information
Decks 9/8/7 1630hrs
Deck 5 1700hrs
Deck 4 1730hrs
Deck 3 1800hrs
Check-in closes at 1830hrs
Guests travelling on our Eavesway and National Express 652 coach services should maintain their original journey plan. If you have booked via a third party Tour Operator who provide transport to the port they will contact you directly. Additionally, any guest travelling to the port with the transport company ‘Ports Direct’ will be contacted directly by them to advise a revised pick-up time.
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines greatly appreciate your understanding and co-operation. We look forward to welcoming you on board.
It looks as if Fred Olsen will need every minute if this cruise is to go ahead. Boudicca herself appears to be on the way back to the UK – AIS last saw her at about 01:30 today off the north-west tip of Spain, and doing 12 knots. Estimated arrival time at Southampton was 19:00 tomorrow, Friday.