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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines makes inaugural connections to shore power in calls to Bergen and San Francisco

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines makes inaugural connections to shore power in calls to Bergen and San Francisco

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ flagship Boletteand sister ship Borealis have made inaugural connections to shore power in calls to Bergen and San Francisco this month.

Borealisbecame the first of Fred. Olsen’s fleet to utilise shore power, by connecting during a transit call to San Francisco as part of the ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ cruise on 17th April.

Just one week later, flagship Bolettefollowed suit, by connecting to shore power for seven hours on a call into Bergen, Norway. During this time, the ship was able to utilise up to 27,000 kilowatts of renewable hydropower.

Bolette will connect again when she returns to Bergen on 23rd May 2023, with both ships to utilise any future connections when available in other ports of call.

Stuart Ferguson, Head of Quality and Resource at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:

“Our sister ships, Bolette and Borealis, the newest additions to our fleet, have brought a number of benefits to our brand, not only with enhanced on-board facilities but also with innovative new technologies that allow us to sail the world more sustainably.

“Being able to connect to shore power allows us to turn off our engines and make use of renewable energy to keep our ships running while in port.

“Cruising has pioneered the way among the shipping and maritime industries with these sustainable developments in engineering, and we look forward to being able to connect in more ports as shore power technology becomes more accessible across the world.”

For further information on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, visit, call Reservations on 0800 0355 242 (Monday to Friday 8.30am to 6pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm, Sunday 10am to 4pm), or contact your ABTA travel agent.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines are proud to sail their own course with their three-strong fleet of smaller ships, Bolette, Borealis and Balmoral, each carrying less than 1,400 guests.

With fewer guests on board, the atmosphere is warm and civilised, and the service is more personal.

This passion for cruising has led to Fred. Olsen having more returning guests than any other cruise line.


Georgina May

Georgina May

Press contact Public Relations Executive Public Relations
Lauren Gardner

Lauren Gardner

Press contact Public Relations Manager Public Relations 07546807099

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

At Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines we are very proud of our smaller ships – Bolette, Borealis and Balmoral - and the imaginative and unusual itineraries they allow us to offer. Every cruise is hand-crafted from scratch by our team of in-house Journey Planners to make sure you are not only visiting the best destinations, but at the best time to experience them.

For us, it’s not just about where we go but how we take you there. We put as much time into planning scenic cruising as we do in choosing the destinations themselves. On board, our Signature Experiences showcase the history, culture, nature and flavours of the destinations you’ll visit – from Treats of the Region, where you can enjoy local delicacies, to our Sky at Sea star-gazing sessions where you can relax with a hot toddy out on deck while our astronomer talks you through the night sky.

Plus, with each ship carrying 1,300 guests or less, our ships are small enough for us to offer a warm, friendly and personal service where nothing is ever too much trouble, as we visit a host of exciting ports in every corner of the globe.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
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