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Bolette and Borealis will replace Boudicca and Black Watch, Fred. Olsen confirms

The ships will begin sailing in line with the company’s ‘back in the water’ plan
Boudicca and Black Watch will be retired from Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ fleet and replaced by Bolette and Borealis.

'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,' said Peter Deer, managing director, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines.

'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.'

Two of Royal Viking's original ships

Black Watch debuted in 1972 as Royal Viking Line's first ship, Royal Viking Star, while Boudicca was built in 1973 as Royal Viking Sky. 

Deer went on to add that the company will 'soon be revealing more details' on its plans to resume sailing.

Bolette and Borealis

The two ships new to Fred. Olsen's fleet will enter service later this year following their purchase from Holland America Line; they will take over the itineraries of their predecessors, increasing Fred. Olsen’s overall passenger capacity by around 30% and providing larger public areas.