Fred Olsen Cruise Line’s ships Boudicca and Black Watch (both recently replaced by the two ex-Holland America ships - Bolette and Borealis) have been sold. Both will serve as hotel ships for a Turkish company.
Boudicca is on course to leave Babcock Rosyth facility in Scotland next week, where the cruise ship is currently in a layup with the rest of the fleet, with Black Watch to follow. The crew members are in the process of preparing both ships for the trips.
According to a spokesperson for Fred Olsen, the vessels had served them extremely well and they were delighted the ships Boudicca and Black Watch would stay together.
Black Watch debuted back in 1972 as Royal Viking Line's first cruise ship, Royal Viking Star, while Boudicca was constructed in 1973 as Royal Viking Sky.
It has been confirmed by the cruise company that Bolette and Borealis would replace Boudicca and Black Watch. The two new ships will enter service later in 2020 following their purchase from HAL-Holland America Line.