Fred Olsen prepares new ship for maiden voyage

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines is preparing new ship Bolette to sail from Scotland to Dover ahead of its maiden voyage next month.

The 1,338-passenger ship (pictured), purchased by the line from Holland America Line last summer along with Borealis, has been docked in Scotland for the past 10 months.

The vessel’s internal and external areas have been refurbished during a lay-up in Rosyth, the line said.

Bolette will sail to Dover where it will carry out some sea trials before its maiden sailings on August 16.

Managing director Peter Deer 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.

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“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 August 16 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 July 5.

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