Fred Olsen Cruise Lines introduces new flagship, Bolette, and sister ship, Borealis to its ranks ready for summer of immersive staycations
Setting sail again after the longest pause in the history of the cruise industry is reason enough to get excited, but to resume with not just one, but two new ships among the fleet makes for an even bigger milestone. And that’s exactly the case for Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, which introduces new flagship, Bolette, and sister ship, Borealis to its ranks this July.
The new ships will offer a number of sailings as part of Fred Olsen’s Welcome Back programme this summer, designed to celebrate the very best of the British Isles and its spectacular scenery.
Borealis will be the first to set sail, with a three-night ‘no port’ Maiden Voyage departing Liverpool on July 5, followed by Bolette’s three-night Maiden Voyage from Dover on August 16.
Both ships will sail around the British Isles with no stops, taking in the stunning scenery of the Scilly Isles, the Scottish coast and landmarks such as Fingal’s Cave and Duart Castle. Then, later into July and August, itineraries will begin offering ports of call, to destinations such as Kirkwall and Lerwick.
Guests on board all ‘no port’ scenic sailings will also be joined by experts from marine wildlife charity ORCA. The charity’s team of Cruise Conservationists will spend their days out on deck, helping guests to spot, identify and record data about the marine wildlife they see, as well as holding lectures and Q&A sessions on board.
During the summer months, British waters bring opportunities to spot common Risso’s, and bottlenose dolphins, as well as harbour porpoises and minke whales, with rarer visitors including the humpback whale.
Bolette and Borealis bring a number of new facilities to the fleet, including grand, two-tiered restaurants and theatres, large spas, all-weather pools with retractable roofs and presentation theatres perfect for culinary demonstrations.
“We chose these ships because we knew they would fit seamlessly into the Fred Olsen fleet,” said head of sales, Geoff Ridgeon. “Each carrying less than 1,400 guests, they allow us to continue to offer the small ship experience for which we are renowned, while also allowing us to offer something new.
“Of course, we wanted to put our own stamp on them both, and the team on board have been working exceptionally hard on our refit programme since they joined the rest of the fleet in Rosyth last summer. New carpets have been laid, bathrooms have been replaced and wallpaper has been hung. We have even had part of the ship dedicated to upholstering and soft furnishings.
“We really can’t wait to welcome our guests on board so they can explore for themselves – new ships, new venues, new designs, but the same Fred Olsen experience that our guests know and love. And of course, they wouldn’t be Fred Olsen ships without our famous doodle carpets!”
Win a case of wine
Fred Olsen Cruise Lines is offering agents the chance to earn a free case of wine from Virgin Wines. To qualify, all agents need to do is make three bookings by June 30 for any 2021 departures, and register the bookings via the line’s online Travel Agent Centre.
“We know how challenging it has been for agents through the pandemic,” said Geoff Ridgeon. “This is our way of saying a little thank you for recommending Fred Olsen, and for all their support over the past 15 months and beyond.”
For more details on Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, the new ships or the incentive with Virgin Wines, visit fredolsencruises.com/agent