It’s completely FLIGHT-FREE – for the SIMPLEST, SAFEST and MOST RELAXING way to have a hassle-free early Spring holiday next year!
Our superb, allocated cabins are secure until 15 January 2021, so choose yours and book TODAY!
AND if you booked before 31st October 2020 our SPECIAL LAUNCH OFFERS were:
* Free all-inclusive drinks package – worth £19 pppn – TOTAL SAVING: £133 pp
* Free gratuities – worth £5 pppn – TOTAL SAVING: £35 pp
We will join the ship by luxury coach from our local port of Southampton …. a short transfer, but we will still have time for a decadent glass of bubbly en route – ALL included in your price!
Celebrate as the company begins a new chapter of Fred. Olsen history, during this rewarding 7-night discovery of fascinating destinations in Scotland and Northern Ireland. You’ll marvel at the intriguing wonders of Dutchman’s Cap and Fingal’s Cave; have time to explore ashore in the Shetland and Orkney Islands and visit the attraction-packed city of Belfast.
So, if you’re interested in having something to look forward to in early Spring next year, why not indulge yourself in this fantastic cruise around the UK on a cosy small ship. This will not be just ANY cruise though, as it will be the MAIDEN voyage of Fred Olsen’s new acquisition, the BOLETTE. Be part of something very special and experience the excitement of being one of the first guests to sail on their new flagship.
Rest assured, Bolette is everything loyal guests have come to expect from a Fred. Olsen ship. Proudly bearing the name of Fred Olsen Jr.’s great-great-grandmother, as many other Olsen vessels have over the years, she exudes classic, elegant style in her exterior and interior design, features spacious and comfortable public areas. She has all the facilities and special touches you need for a relaxing and enjoyable holiday.
While she will now be one of the largest ships by overall size in the fleet, Bolette has capacity for 1,380 guests, so is in keeping with their smaller-ship ethos, you’ll never feel overcrowded on board and will have plenty of space in which to indulge yourself in the stylish dining venues, fantastic entertainment, bars, lounges and theatres – and of course, relaxing by the all-season pool, with friendly staff providing the typical high level of personal, attentive service giving an intimate feel to your onboard experience …..
Departs: Southampton • Fri 05 March 2021 • 7 nights • Bolette
All prices INCLUDE luxury transport to and from the port of Southampton; Solent Events Personal Escort; Travel Treats; Solent Events Drinks Party; PLUS on board Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, 5-course à la carte dinner, late night buffet & self-service 24hr tea & coffee • Varied daytime activities, lectures & talks • Swimming pools, Jacuzzis & gym • Choice of live evening entertainment • at least 1 formal night
The few months of our 2020 winter doesn’t look quite so bad now, does it?! 1,380
For your peace of mind and financial protection, our cruise is arranged in conjunction with Fred Olsen Cruise Lines.
THE MAIDEN VOYAGE of BOLETTE … SCENIC SCOTLAND
Fri 05 Mar Leave by Luxury coach from our 4-local pick-ups to Southampton Docks Leave late PM
Sat 06 Mar Relax at sea – cruising to Northern Ireland
Sun 07 Mar Arrive Belfast – Early AM Leave late PM
Mon 08 Mar Cruising Fingal’s Cave & Cruising by Dutchman’s Cap (Bác Mór)
Similar to the famous, UNESCO-listed Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, Fingal’s Cave is a beautiful basalt sea-cave with distinctive ‘columns’ and a remarkable symmetry that looks incredible as you cruise past.
Tue 09 Mar Arrive Lerwick, Shetland Islands – Early AM Leave Late PM
Lerwick is the friendly capital of the 100 islands and islets of the Shetland. The bustling, cosmopolitan seaport is the islands’ only town, and its wonderful natural harbour is a joy to explore. Until the 1600s, Leir Vik – Norse for a muddy bay, was little more than a few huts….
Wed 10 Mar Arrive Kirwall, Orkney Islands – Early AM
Kirkwall, the capital of the Orkney Islands, resonates with ancient echoes of Christian, Nordic and Celtic history. It’s a town that feels more Scandinavian than Scottish; in fact, the name Kirkwall comes from the Norse for ‘Church Bay’, relating to the town’s 11th century Church of St Olaf…
Thu 11 Mar At Sea – cruise UK’s east and south coast to Southampton
Fri 12 Mar Arrive Southampton – Early AM Disembark ship for homeward journey
Meet Luxury coach for onward journey to Fareham and local pick-ups
SOLENT EVENTS SPECIAL – OCTOBER 2020 LAUNCH OFFER:
for all cabins booked between 1st -31st October 2020!
Solent Events have an allocated variety of superbly located Freedom Fare cabins – allocated numbers currently available are stated below.
IMPORTANT. Akin to airlines, cabin pricing is operated on a ‘capacity controlled basis’ and can change daily. For your peace of mind, Solent Events will check on your behalf, the availability & price at time of booking.
I Grade Twin – Deck 2 Interior Twin £799pp
The Interior cabins can be found on Decks 1, 2 and 3, and are approximately 183 sq ft (17 sq m) in size. The room consists of two single beds which can be converted into a queen-size bed. The bathroom features a shower. ALSO used for Single Occupancy (see *I & below)
H Grade Twin – Deck 2 Interior Twin £849pp
The Interior cabins can be found on Decks 1, 2 and 3, and are approximately 183 sq ft (17 sq m) in size. The room consists of two single beds which can be converted into a queen-size bed. The bathroom features a shower. ALSO used for Single Occupancy (see *H below)
D Grade Twin – Deck 2 – Oceanview with Picture Window £949pp
Cabins: 2542, 2545 (shwr/bath); 2549, (shwr)
These Ocean View cabins can be found on Decks 1 and 2 and are approximately 214 sq ft (20 sq m) in size. These cabins feature large picture windows. The bedrooms consist of two single beds which can be converted into a queen-size bed while the bathrooms feature both a bath and shower (Unless indicated as shower only)
C Grade Superior Twin – Deck 2 Oceanview with picture window £999pp
Cabins: 2577, 2582, 2586
Superior Ocean View cabins can be found on Deck 2, midship, and are approximately 214 sq ft (20 sq m) in size. Each cabin features a large ocean view with a window, while the bedroom consist of two single beds that can be converted into a queen-size bed. The bathroom features a shower
TC Grade Terrace Twin Oceanview – Deck 7 – £1,399pp
Cabins on request
Terrace Cabins can be found on Deck 3, midship and are approximately 218 sq ft (20 sq m) The bedroom features two single beds which can be converted into a queen-size bed. The bathroom has a shower. Sliding glass doors lead onto the walk-around Lower Promenade Deck
BJ Grade – Junior Balcony Suite – Deck 6 – £1,599pp
Our Balcony Junior Suites are located on Deck 6 and are approximately 244-283 sq ft (23-26 sq m) in size. The bedroom feature two single beds that can be converted into one queen-size bed, while the bathroom features a whirlpool bath & shower (unless indicated as shower only). There is a sitting area with floor to ceiling windows that lead to a private balcony. A mini-bar and refrigerator are also included in our Balcony Junior Suites.
K Grade Single Oceanview – Deck 2 – £1,699
Cabins: 2709 & 2715
Single Ocean View cabins can be found on Decks 1, 2, 3 & 7 and are approximately 214 sq ft (20 sq m) in size. Each cabin features a picture window with two single beds that can be converted into a queen-size bed. Some bathrooms have a bath and shower, although some Single Ocean View cabins feature a shower only
LIMITED SPECIAL 50% DISCOUNT OFFER ON TWIN/DOUBLE FOR SINGLE OCCUPANCY CABINS:
*H Grade Twin Interior for Single Occupancy – Decks 1 & 2 – £1,279
*I Grade Twin Interior for Single Occupancy – Decks 1 & 2 – £1,399
These Interior cabins for single occupancy can be found on Decks 1, 2 and 3, and are approximately 183 sq ft (17 sq m) in size. The room consists of two single beds which can be converted into a queen-size bed. The bathroom features a shower only.
Other grade Twin or Double for single occupancy – on request
A 15% non-returnable DEPOSIT is payable at time of booking.
BALANCE DUE: by 05 December 2020
NB. If you have a preference for a certain grade or type of cabin, other than the above Solent Events allocation, please get in touch as soon as possible to check availability.
Evening Dining for Solent Events will be reserved on early sitting (6.15pm) as usual.
If you would personally prefer to eat on the late sitting (around 8.30pm) please note this on your booking form and state the table size you require (2, 4, 6, 8).
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has revamped its fleet with the addition of the 1,338-passenger flagship Bolette. One of two vessels – Amsterdam & Rotterdam – purchased from Holland America Line, the ships will replace Boudicca and Black Watch which were retired from the line following the acquisition.
Renamed Bolette and Borealis, after two previous Fred. ships, they joined the fleet in September 2020 to become Fred. Olsen’s two largest vessels. Bolette, formerly Amsterdam, will set sail under its new flag in March 2021. The family-run Norwegian-owned line caters mainly to mature British passengers with a classic style of cruising, on its four-strong fleet of small and ships.
The ship was built in 2000 at the Italian Fincantieri shipyard as the fourth and last ship in HAL’s Rotterdam (R) class) and refurbished in 2015. Bolette’s 690 cabins are situated across five decks and divided into 12 categories. They range in size from interior cabins which measure 185 square feet to 575-square-feet Premier Suites. Bolette has more than 50 single cabins, with grades ranging from Inside to Balcony Suite, plus wheelchair accessible accommodation and cabins with bathtubs.
Standard amenities in all cabins include tea and coffee making facilities, fridge, TV entertainment system, hair dryer and safe.
Offering more public space than Boudicca and Black Watch, Bolette has six restaurants. The main dining room is a grand two-tiered venue with a variety of seating options. There is also a relaxed buffet restaurant, included in the fare, and smaller speciality restaurants which can be booked for a supplement.
The 11 bars and lounges include a split level show lounge for before/after-dinner entertainment and smaller more intimate bars and lounges; some of them feature live music and comedy.
Other facilities on Bolette include two swimming pools, one with a retractable roof and the other overlooking the aft of the ship, two hot tubs and a spa with thermal area, hydro pool, two saunas and nine treatment rooms. There are also tennis and basketball courts and a culinary theatre used for cookery classes and chef demonstrations.
Wi-Fi is available throughout the ship for an extra fee with a variety of Internet packages available. All passenger decks are served by lifts and stairs. The ship has a self-service laundry, with washing machines operated by pre-purchased tokens, plus ironing boards. A cabin laundry service is also available, at additional cost.
The dress code on Bolette is casual by day and smart casual in all restaurants at night, except for the buffet restaurant, which is casual. There are one or two formal black tie nights, depending on the cruise duration. A themed ‘British’ night is a popular addition to most sailings of more than five nights, where passengers have the option to dress in red, white and blue. Don’t forget to bring something with you!
Bolette’s maiden voyage is this 7-night Scenic Scotland Cruise departing from Southampton on March 5, 2021, followed by a series of ex-UK sailings to destinations including the Mediterranean, Norwegian fjords and the Baltic. In 2022 Bolette will sail in South America.
The customer friendly DRINKS PACKAGE on Bolette, at £19pp per day, is great value and should be considered if you like a drink – or two!
i) more than one glass of wine/alcoholic drink with your lunch & dinner
PLUS ii) a glass or two of Cava, cocktails, beer, cider or soft drinks whilst relaxing between meal times or pre-dinner
PLUS iii) sitting by the pool, one of several lounges & bars, or after dinner in the theatre
It also gives you peace of mind about not receiving a large bar bill at the end of your 2-week cruise!
There is a convenient waiter-service in each venue, plus you may also order at the bar.
The package must be booked and paid for up to 2 weeks before departure. If booked when on board, the price rises to £29pp per day – (£406pp)!
The Drinks Package consists of the following, unlimited:
BEERS, LAGERS & CIDER (incl non-alcoholic Carlsberg)
HOUSE WINES by the glass
White: Sauvignon Blanc; Chenin Blanc; Chardonay/Semillon; Eisberg Sauvignon Blanc
Red: Merlot; Pinotage; Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot; Eisberg Cabernet Sauvignon
Rosé: Cinsault-Rosé; Cabernet Sauvignon-Rosé
COCKTAIL of the DAY
HOUSE SPIRITS (25ml)
Vodka; Whisky; Gin; white Rum; Brandy; Irish Cream
MINERALS (incl diet)
Pepsi; Lemonade; Tonic Water Ginger Ale
JUICES (by the glass)
Orange; Apple; Pineapple; Cranberry; Tomato
WATER – still & carbonated
PLUS @ 50% discount:
Cocktails, Premium & Branded Spirits from the normal drinks menu
PLUS – from cabin/room service:
Orange/grapefruit juice; Milk; Teas/coffee & decaf
All other drinks from the Room Service Menu are chargeable to your account
Items not included:
Champagne; Prosecco Special Selection Red & White wines, Sparkling & Dessert wines; Drinks from cabin mini-bar; via duty free or cabin shopping; room service; coffee/teas in bars & Bookmark Café; drinks taken ashore.
Coffee and Tea are available 24 hours a day in the Palm Café
Soft drinks (eg: orange juice; cranberry; water etc) available during restaurant open times
Cabin tray with kettle, tea & coffee, daily fresh carafe of water, water glasses, mugs, spoons.
FOR YOUR INTEREST & COMPARISON – Bar Menu prices 2020
Spirits £3.05-£4.60; Glass wine £4.35-£4.60; Bottle wine £16.30 to £24.50+; Champagnes – Moet Chandon £23.45/£43; Lanson Black £23.45/£41.15 (Glass £10.25); Lanson White £42.15; Prosecco DOC Spumante £19; Champagne Cocktails £6.55 to £8.40; Cocktails/Martinis £5.05; Non-alcoholic cocktails £3; Soft drinks – cans & bottles: £1 to £2.65; Water £1.50 to £2.40
The small print!
DRINKS PACKAGE TERMS & CONDITIONS:
Minimum age: 18 to consume alcoholic drinks
The all-inclusive Drinks Package is for the sole use of those on the package and the all-inclusive cabin card must be presented each time a drink is required – without exception (it’s the same system if you ‘purchase’ a drink on your account without a package!).
Drinks within package are only available during bar/restaurant opening hours.
Only one drink per card may be ordered and this must be consumed before further drinks are requested (for obvious reasons!)
Draught products are only available in selected bars and not in the restaurants or cafés as not all the facilities have ‘pumps’.
Canned beers and ciders will be served opened for consumption.
Fred.Olsen reserves the right to refuse service to any guest deemed intoxicated and in breach of safety regulations to themselves or others.
Any infringements to the above Terms & Conditions may result in the package being withdrawn.
Only valid for 2021 cruises.