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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines showcases Borealis in Australasia

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Joseph O’Sullivan with future cruise manager Jessica Young at the trade event on board Borealis in Sydney Wednesday
Holland America Line’s former Rotterdam was showcased in New Zealand and Australia as Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Borealis on the 1,353-passenger ship’s 101-night world cruise that left Southampton January 7.

Joseph O’Sullivan, MD of small ship cruise specialist Cruise Traveller, the exclusive representative of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines in Australasia, held trade events in Auckland and Picton, before a walk-around and lunch for media and travel partners in Sydney on Wednesday.

Borealis, which joined Fred. Olsen’s fleet in 2020 after an extensive refit, will call at Newcastle (February 29) and Cairns (March 3), before continuing on her world cruise that ends in Southampton on April 17.

As reported here, she will make another ‘grand voyage’ on January 28, 2026 — a 76-night ‘Explorations of South America and the Antarctic.’

Bolette’s world cruise

Meantime, her sister ship Bolette, the former Holland America Line’s Amsterdam, will visit Australia during a 106-night world cruise departing Southampton on January 6, 2025.

Bolette will visit Sydney (March 3-4), Melbourne (March 6), Hobart (March 8), Albany (March 12) and Fremantle (March 14), before completing her world cruise, through South America, the South Pacific and South Africa, in Southampton on April 22.

No. 3 market

O’Sullivan told Seatrade Cruise News Australia is now the No. 3 market for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines — the family-owned company founded in Norway by the three Olsen brothers, Fredrik, Christian and Andras in 1848 — after the United Kingdom and North America.

He said it is expected to be No. 2 in the next two years.

He said the launches of mega ships highlight the big demand by cruise enthusiasts for traditional, small ship cruising.