Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines will soon be sailing forward with new ships Bolette and Borealis. Having previously sailed under the names Amsterdam and Rotterdam from the Holland America Line, the recently purchased ships will now have a bright future ahead of them as they have been modernised with fresh features and more space, bringing them in line with the requirements of a post-pandemic world.
Bolette and Borealis will be taking over the 2021 ex-UK itineraries from much-loved sister ships Black Watch and Boudicca, which have retired from the Fred. Olsen fleet. However, guests who already have bookings on Boudicca and Black Watch need not worry, as they will automatically be transferred to one of the new ships and be among of the first to be booked on board.
Peter Deer, managing director of Fred. Olsen, has said:
“We are now at the stage of finalising our back in the water plans and we are very excited to be doing this with two new vessels within our fleet.
While we are still looking at a number of options for Boudicca and Black Watch, what we do know is that they won’t resume sailing with us when we do start to cruise again.”
Bolette was named after Fred Olsen Senior’s great-grandmother, a well-respected member in her community, whilst Borealis is homage to the cruise line’s Norwegian heritage of helming expeditions in search of the famed Northern Lights.
In a move that will strengthen the Fred. Olsen brand, Bolette and Borealis have been updated to have their own unique style and personality, with slightly increased passenger capacity of 1,400, whilst still remaining faithful to the tradition of staying small but packed with activities.
Chairman Fred Olsen Junior says:
“These ships will be a great enhancement to Braemar and Balmoral, and will give us what we really have been looking for for a long long time so that you will have everything that Fred. Olsen has to offer, and some of the features will be better and new.
To our regular guests and those of you that have not been sailing with us before, I’m looking forward to welcoming you on board our fleet of ships when we are able to start sailing again.”
Along with original artwork, premium decor, and a wide selection of restaurants and bars, Bolette and Borealis can also boast of more balconies and cabins; an all-weather swimming pool with retractable roof; a two-tiered theatre; even more spa facilities, including a thermal suite, hydrotherapy pool, plus extra treatment rooms; and more.