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Fred. Olsen’s Bolette makes course for Dover before start of inaugural cruise

Between now and August 16, Bolette will complete sea trials
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Bolette departed Rosyth, Scotland at midday today, making its way to Dover where final preparations will be made on board and sea trials will get underway before its maiden voyage on August 16.


The former Holland America Line vessel (ex Amsterdam) has had its internal and external spaces refurbished during a 10-month layup at Rosyth.

The 1,338-passenger ship was purchased in 2020 alongside Borealis (ex Rotterdam), which sailed its UK maiden voyage on July 5. 

‘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,’ said Peter Deer, MD, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. ‘Our crew in Rosyth have been working incredibly hard to refurbish the ship, to bring it in line with our brand…’

Adorned with Fred. Olsen livery, Bolette is scheduled to sail beneath the Forth bridges between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. BST.