Cruise ShipsFred Olsen Cruise LinesHolland America Line (HAL)Past and Present

MV Bolette – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9188037

MV Bolette

ex Amsterdam

© Brian Donovan

© Brian Donovan (Rosyth, 23/07/2021)

Steel twin screw “R Class” motor vessel built in 2000 by Fincantieri Breda, Marghera, Venice, Italy (Yard No 6052) as a Passenger (Cruise) Ship for Holland America Line, Rotterdam, Netherlands

 Technical Data

  • Original Cost: $400 million
  • Length: 238.83 m (overall) 202.75 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 32.28 m
  • Depth: 11.0 m
  • Draught: 8.116 m (summer)
  • Tonnage: 60874 – 63735 gross/30766 net/7381¬† 7327t deadweight
  • Engines: 3 x 6 cyl.¬†Sulzer Type 12ZAV40S (400×560) 2 x 6 cyl.¬†Sulzer Type 16ZAV40S (400×560)
  • Power: 31000 kW/HP
  • Speed: 22.5 knots (Service) 25 knots (Max)
  • Passenger Decks: 12
  • Capacity: 1380 passengers
  • Crew: 600/647
  • Call Sign: PBAD, C6ES3
  • IMO Number: 9188037
  • MMSI Number: 311000986
  • Port of Registry: Nassau/Bahamas 🇧🇸, Rotterdam/The Netherlands 🇳🇱, Nassau/Bahamas 🇧🇸
  • Sister-Ships: Borealis (5980), Volendam (6035), Zaandam (6036)

Current AIS Location

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 June 29th 1998: Keel laid.

January 4th 2000: Floated out as the fourth and last ship in HAL’s Rotterdam (R) class.

September 30th 2000: Delivered to Holland America Line, Seattle, United States of America.

October 2000: Christened in Boston by Janet Lanterman, wife of A. Kirk Lanterman, the chief executive officer and chairman of the cruise line Holland America Line, based in Seattle, WA (USA).

October 30th 2000: Maiden cruise from Fort Lauderdale.

© Brian Fisher  © Brian Fisher

© Brian Fisher

January 2001: Re-registered to Rotterdam (Netherlands).


© Marc Piché (Montreal, 07/10/2006)

December 2013: Extensively modernized and renovated.

© Gerolf Drebes  © Gerolf Drebes

© Gerolf Drebes РPuerto Vallarta, Mexico 23/12/2017 (Left) and at anchor off Half Moon Cay (Bahamas), 03/01/2018 (Right)

April 28th 2018 – May 9th 2018: Modernized at the Grand Bahama shipyard in Freeport.

May 5th 2020 ‚Äď May 9th 2020: Owing to the Corona Pandemic, she remained in Jakarta.

May 12th 2020 – June 27th 2020: Manila Anchorage.

July 5th 2020 ‚Äď July 14th 2020: Singapore Anchorage.

July 2020: Singapore to Suez.

July 24th 2020: Suez. 

July 26th 2020: Limassol Anchorage. 

August 15th 2020: Arrived in Rotterdam. 

August 16th 2020: Damen Verolme yard.

September 4th 2020 РSeptember 15th 2020: Last departure as AMSTERDAM from her home port of Rotterdam and laid up at Scheveningen Anchorage. 

September 10th 2020: Sold en-bloc from Holland America Line along with the MV ROTTERDAM for $37m to Bolette Cruise Ltd, (Care of Fred Olsen Windcarrier AS, Oslo, Norge), Nassau, Bahamas.

© Brian Donovan

© Brian Donovan (Rosyth, 23/07/2021)

September 20th 2020: Arrived Rosyth and delivered to Fred Olsen n Cruise Lines. Renamed BOLETTE.

July 23rd 2021: Left Rosyth

© Brian Donovan  © Brian Donovan

© Brian Donovan  © Brian Donovan

© Brian Donovan  © Brian Donovan

© Brian Donovan

© Brian Donovan (Rosyth, 23/07/2021)

Fred. Olsen’s Bolette makes course for Dover before start of inaugural cruise

BOLETTE departed Rosyth, Scotland at midday today, making its way to Dover where final preparations will be made on board and sea trials will get underway before its maiden voyage on August 16.


July 29th 2021: Arrived in Dover.

 © Mike Jackson

© Paul Jolliffe, 29/07/2021 (Left) and © Mike Jackson, 29/07/2021 (Right) courtesy Dover Strait Shipping

© Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson

August 16th 2021: Departed Dover on her “Maiden Voyage”, 3 night cruise Isles of Scilly – Channel Islands coastline.

January 20th 2022: Arrived in Dover, Cruise Terminal 1, for extended stay (ETD: 29/01/2022) 

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© Marcel and Ruud Coster  © Marcel and Ruud Coster

© Marcel and Ruud Coster (Ijmuiden, 30/04/2022)

August 19th 2022: Due at Dover.



© Dover Strait Shipping(as indicated) Dover, 19/08/2022)

August 7th 2023: Called at Dover.

All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Marcel and Ruud Coster, Brian Donovan, Dover Strait Shipping,  Gerolf Drebes, Brian Fisher, Mike Jackson and Marc Piché for their assistance in producing this feature.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)

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