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Boudicca - Avonmouth and Bristol Channel

Photographs  John H. Luxton 2014

On Saturday and Sunday June 28 and 29, Fred Olsen Lines operated a short "Mid Summer Ball Cruise" from Avonmouth Docks to Liverpool as they repositioned MS BOUDICCA between cruises. Some excellent value fares were on offer for the trip which included travel from Liverpool Cruise Terminal to Avonmouth Docks on one of the excellent Eavesway Coaches vehicles. Eavesway, incidentally,  provide coach link services from the north of England to various cruise terminals around the country on behalf Fred Olsen and the various Carnival Corporation divisions. Their coaches really are superb with comfortable seats and an immense amount of leg room. Arrival at Avonmouth was around mid-day after a leisurely drive  down the M6/M42/M5 with an hour and a quarter stop at Hopwood Services. 
Boarding at Avonmouth commenced at around 14:15. The passenger terminal is actually the "Fresh Produce Terminal" which provides a clean if somewhat spartan check in and waiting area. But for those who like functional working ports who prefer the traditional dockside experience it is just right. Much better than the air conditioned check in waiting room, walkway and gangway!
Deck maintenance was in progress around the lido areas
The food outlet at the Marquee Bar has been transformed over the winter into a drinks only bar. The outside dining area has been relocated to the poolside and now forms "The Grill" which is open breakfast and lunch (weather permitting) and for evening meals, though these are subject a supplementary charge.Deck 7 aftDeck 10, port side looking aft from above the Observatory Bar.
Cabin 5055 - Deck 5
Deck 10 looking aft, starboard side
At 17:55 the captain announced to passengers that at 18:00 there would be a commemorative blast on the ship's whistle to recall the first shot of the First World War and event which many ships would be participating in. See Video

Departure at 19:00 unfortunately coincided with the rescheduled reception! It would have been later at 20:00 if both first and second sittings had not been combined due to low passenger numbers, hence fewer than expected photographs of BOUDICCA departing. Note that a Svitzer tug is just visible. Container ship ENDEAVOR is in the lock.

A quick break from dinner to grab a shot of the entrance to Avonmouth Docks and views of in bound traffic for Royal Portbury Dock. Unfortunately the coastal run up to Clevedon was missed due to dinner but fortunately dining was complete before the Holm Islands were reached though the light was failing.
Flat Holm IslandDeck 10
View south east back towards Avonmouth
The distinctive outline of Steep Holm, a bird sanctuary which is also full of 19th and early 20th Century Military Archaeology. At low water the island often resembles a Christmas pudding from certain viewing angles. BOUDICCA passed between Steep Holm and Flat Holm.
Close up of the new Marquee Bar areas which had by around 21:00 closed
View down from and of deck 10Deck 11 - Golf Driving Range Deck
View aft from the golf driving range. on deck 11
The Somerset and north Devon coastline
South Wales coast around Barry.
A quiet Observatory Bar, looking aft, somewhere off South Wales.

For day two of the Cruise see Boudicca: Irish Sea and the Mersey


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