Former HAL cruise ships join Fred. Olsen’s fleet

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has completed its fleet by welcoming Holland America Line’s former cruise ship Amsterdam to Rosyth, Scotland. After refurbishment, the ship is to be renamed Bolette. Two weeks earlier, its sister ship Rotterdam, which is to be renamed Borealis, had already arrived at the same location.

The ships will be refurbished at Babcock’s Rosyth Facilities. Cruises with the Bolette and Borealis are scheduled to start from March 2021.

‘It is wonderful to have sister ships Bolette and Borealis together in the same place, joining the rest of our fleet,’ says Peter Deer, Managing Director at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. ‘Now, we can get to work getting both ships ready, in true Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines style, for when our guests step aboard for the first time.’

The Veendam and Maasdam were the first two ships to disappear from the Holland America Line fleet. These ships were sold to Greek ferry operator Seajets and renamed Aegean Majesty and Aegean Myth respectively.

Picture by Jacrews7.

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Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.