Fred Olsen buys fourth cruise ship

Feb 20, 2005
Author: P&S

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines ended months of speculation last week with the announcement that it has bought the former Royal Viking Sky, which is currently owned and operated as the cruise ship Grand Latino by Grand Latino de Navegacion SA of Spain.

The 28,388-gt ship, a sister to one of Fred Olsen Lines other successful cruise ships, Black Watch (the former Royal Viking Star), will enter service with its new owner and operator from October this year, named Boadicea.

On delivery the ship will undergo an extensive refurbishment into typical Fred Olsen style before entering service early in 2006. This is likely to include a number of single cabins, bringing the ship’s total occupancy to about 810 lower berths.

Fred Olsen Jnr, the cruise line’s chairman says the decision reaffirms the company’s commitment to the very buoyant British-style cruising market.

“A fourth ship, very much in keeping with our unique product style, will allow us to operate an even wider choice of itineraries and home ports for both repeat customers and newcomers to cruising. Operating two sister ships will create synergies in terms of both technical costs and marketing activities.”

Named after Boadicea, queen of the Iceni tribe of East Anglia in what was later to become England, the naming follows in line with British considerations in the other three ships – Black Watch and Braemar for the Scottish connection, and Black Prince for a Welsh prince.

Boadicea, apparently a commanding and imposing figure, led what was ultimately an unsuccessful rebellion against the Roman occupiers of Briton in the year 60 of this era, before taking her own life once the rebellion failed. Boadicea was nevertheless destined to live on in lore as a famous female warrior and warrior leader of her people.

The Ship – a brief history of ownership:

1973 built at O/Y Wartsila A/B in Helsinki for the Kloster Group and named Royal Viking Sky
1991 renamed Sunward
1992 renamed Birka Queen for Birka Line
1993 renamed Golden Princess while under charter to Princess Cruises
1996 Superstar Capricorn after purchase by Star Cruises
1999 renamed Hyundai Kumgang on charter to Hyundai Merchant Marine
2001 returned and reverted to Superstar Capricorn
2004 renamed Grand Latino after purchase by Monaco-registered Grand Latino de Navegacion SA
2005 Boadicea (from October) after purchase by Fred Olsen Cruise Lines



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