Bolette at Dover

New flagship Bolette had the white cliffs of Dover as her backdrop when she set sail on a scenic Maiden Voyage with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines on Monday afternoon (16th August).

Bolette’s departure from the Port of Dover was marked with fireworks and farewell sprays from the port’s water tugs before she set sail on the first of eight departures from the town in 2021.

The inaugural cruise will offer scenic sailing of the Isles of Scilly’s 140 islets, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the dramatic coastlines of the Channel Islands on her maiden cruise.

This milestone sailing follows an extensive refurbishment programme that has seen public areas revamped, cabins updated, new bathrooms installed and carpets laid throughout.

Peter Deer, Managing Director for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “Today is a very important day for us, as we introduce our new flagship, Bolette, to the world. The team on board has worked incredibly hard to add our own Fred. Olsen touches to the ship, with every element designed with the elegance and attention to detail that we are so well known for”.

“I would like to thank the Port of Dover for all of their support during our pause. We have offered sailings from Dover for many, many years and it is the perfect homeport for our new flagship this summer. Here’s to many more happy years of sailing from Dover to come.”

Captain Mikael Degerlund, who will be sailing Bolette for her Maiden Voyage, said: “Launching a new ship always brings a buzz of excitement, but launching a new flagship is even more special. There has been a real energy on board as the final preparations have been made over the past few weeks. When we welcome our first guests on board we will do so with great pride.”

Sonia Limbrick, Head of Cruise at the Port of Dover said: “We have shared some special moments with Fred. Olsen, and are so happy to be celebrating with them again here on another milestone day for Bolette’s Maiden Voyage.”

For further information on Bolette, visit fredolsencruises.com/bolettes-maiden-voyage. Book online, call our Reservations team on 0800 0355 242 (Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm), or contact your ABTA travel agent.

By Ed

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