Bolette is a small, elegant cruise ship catering primarily to the British cruising market.
The ship was the fourth and final ship built in Holland America Line's Rotterdam or R-class. Her sisters were Rotterdam (6), Volendam and Zaandam. Named "Amsterdam," this ship and Rotterdam were the co-flagships of Holland America for many years. In July 2020, it was announced that Amsterdam and Rotterdam were being sold to Fred.Olsen Cruise Line and would be renamed Bolette and Borealis respectively. Due to the worldwide pandemic, Bolette did not begin service for her new owner until 2021.
There is much to be said about Bolette from a marine perspective. She was the first Holland America ship to be built with pod propulsion. In such a system, the propellors are attached to pods that hang down beneath the stern of the ship. Inside the pod is an electric motor that drives the propellor. On Bolette, the pods can swivel 360 degrees. This makes the ship highly maneuverable as the propulsion can be directed in any direction.
In addition, Bolette is capable of reaching speeds of almost 25 knots. As a result, she is significantly faster than most cruise ships.
Inside Bolette has an elegant restrained décor with soft lighting. She has six restaurants and 11 bars. There are two swimming pools, one enclosed by a retractable roof.
TONNAGE: 62,735 gross tons
LENGTH: 780 feet
BEAM: 105.5 feet
DRAFT: 26.3 feet
SPEED: 21 knots (service)
POWER PLANT: Diesel electric
PROPULSION: Two pods
LINE: Fred.Olsen Cruise Line
BUILDER: Fincantierri (Italy)
ENTERED SERVICE: 2000 (as Amsterdam)
2021 (as Bolette)
Profile and review - Fred.Olsen Cruise Line - Bolette