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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ new flagship Bolette sets sail for Dover ahead of inaugural Maiden Voyage

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ new flagship Bolette sets sail for Dover ahead of inaugural Maiden Voyage

New flagship Bolettehas set sail for the first time in her Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines livery, and will soon make her way to Dover ahead of her Maiden Voyage next month.

The 1,338-guest ship, which was purchased by Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines last summer, has been in lay-up in Scotland for 10 months while the team carried out a refurbishment to Bolette’s internal and external areas.

Bolette, named after the great-great-grandmother of company Chairman Fred. Olsen Junior, left Rosyth at noon today, and is due to sail beneath the iconic Forth bridges between 8pm and 9pm this evening.

The ship will sail to Dover where, following some sea trials, she will take on her first Fred. Olsen guests for her Maiden Voyage on 16th August.

Peter Deer, Managing Director for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:

“Today is a very big milestone for our company, as our new flagship sets sail under the Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines name for the very first time.

“Our crew in Rosyth have been working incredibly hard to refurbish the ship, to bring it in line with our brand and add those Fred. Olsen touches that we are so well known for.

“Between now and 16th August we will complete some sea trials with our new ship and make some final preparations on board, ready to welcome our first guests, and we can’t wait!”

Bolette is the second of two new ships to sail with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines this summer, following on from Borealis’ Maiden Voyage on 5th July.

Both ships joined the fleet in 2020, during Fred. Olsen’s pause in operations, as the line looked to strengthen and evolve for its return to cruising.

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Line operates in the UK with four intimately sized ships for a more personal cruising experience.

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has defined and redefined the cruise experience, and judging by the number of passengers that come back time and again, we seem to have styled it to perfection

The company originated in Hvitsten, a small town on Oslofjord in Norway, in 1848 when three Olsen brothers – Fredrik Christian, Petter and Andreas – bought their first ships and began an international shipping company.

Now into the fifth generation of the family, they operate companies skilled in various aspects of the cruise and passenger shipping trade as well as aviation, ships’ crewing, shipbuilding and offshore industries.
Aside from the transportation industries, the Fred. Olsen group also has interests in the luxury hotel sector, estate management, property development, and electronics companies.

Offices for the company are spread throughout the world, although the company headquarters remain firmly in the family’s hands in Oslo and Tenerife. Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is based in Ipswich in Suffolk.

Company Reg. No: 2672435
Registered Name & Office: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Ltd, 2nd Floor, 64-65 Vincent Square, London, SW1P 2NU.
Place of registration: England and Wales
VAT Number: 927 5336 08

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Fred. Olsen House, White House Road
IP1 5LL Ipswich, Suffolk