Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ new flagship Bolette has set sail on its first voyage from Southampton, hailing its inaugural season of sailing from the city. 

Fred. Olsen Cruise Line's Bolette at sea

Fred. Olsen’s Bolette has set sail for its inaugural voyage.

Between now and August 2022, Bolette will offer 26 sailings of between four to 19 nights from Southampton, including opportunities to witness the Northern Lights in Norway and the Geminid Meteor Shower in the Canary Islands.

The ship set sail to Antwerp and Amsterdam a five-night ‘Netherlands & Belgium City Break’ on 2nd November, with future destinations including the Amalfi Coast, Norwegian fjords, European cities and Iceland.

Martin Lister, head of destination experience and itinerary planning, said: “Bolette’s inaugural programme from Southampton has been hand-crafted to offer guests aboard some really special opportunities.

“Whether that’s seeking out the phenomenal Northern Lights, discovering the history of the Balkan regions or sailing into the heart of the Norwegian fjords to witness their beauty direct from the ship.

“We’ve also timed a number of our cruises to coincide with special events ashore, for example our call into Amsterdam in April will allow guests to enjoy the world-renowned Floriade Expo, and we will visit Monaco in time for the Grand Prix in May.

“Guests joining us in the Canary Islands in early December will also have the chance to witness the Geminid Meteor Shower during their cruise.”

Bolette’s cruising highlights

The ‘Norwegian Fjords & Mighty Waterfalls’ cruise departs from Southampton on 15th May 2022 for seven nights. 

Groups aboard will sail size-restricted Lysefjord, only accessible to smaller ships and steeped by mountainous cliffs including the famous Pulpit Rock.

Or, Bolette’s 18-night ‘Discovering the Balkans’ cruise departs from Southampton on 14th June 2022, where passengers can visit cities of deep historical importance in shaping the Balkan’s history, as well as lesser-known destinations off the beaten tourist trail.

Named after the great-great-grandmother of company chairman Fred. Olsen Junior, Bolette carries 1,338 guests at full capacity and offers a small ship experience. 

For group bookings and enquiries contact Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ dedicated Group Sales Department on 01473 746169 or email More information is available at