Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has welcomed the first of two new ships joining its fleet this month.
New river cruise ship Borealis made her debut in Scotland at Babcock’s Rosyth Facilities, after sailing beneath the iconic Forth and Queensferry bridges.
She is set to be joined by new ship Bolette, due to make her debut in mid-September, before the ships take to the waters again in March and April 2021.
Peter Deer, Managing Director at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “It is great to see the first of our two new ships, Borealis , alongside next to the rest of our fleet.
“We can now begin our rebranding work to add those trademark Fred. Olsen touches to the interior and exterior of the vessel, including our famous red funnels.
“This is an important milestone for us and marks the start of a new future for our company.”
Due to the coronavirus pandemic Fred Olsen, like many cruise lines, has currently been forced to cancel a number of sailings and suspend other voyages.
As a result, the company recently announced that it would be retiring ships Boudicca and Black Watch when it re-opened sailings. Instead, new ships Borealis and Bolette will be taking on the itineraries.
These will go on sale later this month; Bolette itineraries from the 7th September, Borealis from the 15th September. These will include both sailings previously planned for the ships they are replacing, as well as a series of new voyages.
At the time of writing, Balmoral sailings have been cancelled until the 9th December, while Braemar departures are cancelled up to the 20th March 2021.
If you have a holiday booked with the company, the cruise line has set up a dedicated coronavirus updates page which answers some of the top frequently asked questions.
You should also check out the FCO’s latest cruise travel advice which is being regularly reviewed and updated throughout the pandemic.