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Fred. Olsen Cruises have recently announced that their two oldest ships, Black and Boudicca, are being retired. They will be replaced by the two ships that Fred. Olsen bought from Holland America line in July this year, the Amsterdam and the Rotterdam. The two new ships – to be named Bolette and Borealis – will […]

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I’ve received an email from Fred. Olsen about the recently-completed programme of refits to the whole of their fleet. All four of their ships – Black Watch, Boudicca, Braemar and Balmoral – have undergone quite lengthy dry docks in Germany during which they received significant refurbishment. It sounds as if most, if not all, cabins […]

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Well, I was a few minutes too late to grab good webcam shots of Oriana leaving Hamburg – the one above is the best I could manage. But the important thing is that she is on her way back to Southampton where she’s expected just after midnight on the 15th so her two-night cruise starting […]

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Here’s a webcam image taken just now (nearly 10am, 28 November) of Oriana and Black Watch in dock in Hamburg – Oriana on the left and Black Watch on the right. Here are a couple of links to other posts I’ve done about the refits to these ships – Oriana’s here, and Black Watch’s here. […]

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Black Watch refit

And after all too long a break….. I’ve received an email from Fred. Olsen saying that Black Watch is going into Blohm+Voss for a refit. She’ll leave Tilbury on 18 November and work will start on 20 November. The email is unusually informative on the changes that will be made. In addition to “the usual […]

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Fred Olsen’s Boudicca is entering dry dock today (18 November) for a refit. The refit will be done at the Lloyd Werft ship repair yard at Bremerhaven. The information I’ve got from Fred. Olsen is as follows: [The ship] will undergo various engineering works, general refurbishment and interior / exterior painting. During the dry dock,¬†Boudicca¬†will […]

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Not a ‘snatched image’ in the way the others have been, e.g. pulled from webcams or video streams, but snatched in the sense that I had to take this quickly. I happened to be in Liverpool at a meeting in the Liver Building today. I knew that Black Watch was on a turnaround at the […]

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I should have included Fred Olsen’s ships in the list of those departing on world cruises in the near future. Balmoral left today, I believe, although looking at AIS it seems that she didn’t get away until nearly 10 o’clock this evening. She’s away for 104 nights, but unfortunately I don’t know her itinerary. Black […]

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Early: We’re back in Southampton, and things are going pear-shaped. We were a little late getting away from Rouen yesterday, nearer 7pm instead of 6:30. We reached the Channel sometime around 11pm, and within an hour or so the ship started to rock. We haven’t been told yet if that’s what caused further delay, but […]

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Today we did an excursion – “A taste of Normandy”. This lasted five and a half hour excursion and included a visit to Honfleur with a guided walk and then some free time, and then a visit to a Calvados distillery, for a taste of Calvados, some other apple-based drinks, and some cheeses. We left […]

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