Fred Olsen to retire Black Watch and Boudicca
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Fred Olsen to retire Black Watch and Boudicca

Line makes way for bigger vessels

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines has confirmed that it will retire two of its ships, Black Watch and Boudicca, as it introduces Bolette and Borealis to its fleet.

The new ships will take over itineraries planned for Black Watch and Boudicca once sailings begin again.

The introduction of the two ex-Holland America ships will increase Fred Olsen’s fleet by 30 per cent.

Peter Deer, managing director at Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “I am pleased to say we are now at the stage of finalising our back in the water plans and we are very excited to be doing this with two new vessels within our fleet. “While we are still looking at a number of options for Boudicca and Black Watch, what we do know is that they won’t resume sailing with us when we do start to cruise again.

“We know that these ships are much loved among our guests, as indeed they are by us, but it is time to evolve and look ahead to a long and bright future for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines.

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“We will soon be revealing more details on our plans to resume sailing again, but in the meantime we hope many of you will join us on our virtual farewell cruises to see our two ships off in style.”

As part of Fred Olsen’s virtual cruise programme, the company will be holding virtual farewell sailings for both Boudicca and Black Watch on Facebook, with guests and crew invited to share their favourite photographs and memories of the two ships.

The virtual cruises will be held for two weeks starting from August 24. To join in the virtual cruises and to share your memories of Boudicca and Black Watch, search for Fred Olsen Cruise Lines on Facebook or visit fredolsencruises.com/memories

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