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Ipswich-based Fred. Olsen extends ‘pause’ in cruises amid coronavirus crisis

PUBLISHED: 12:09 23 April 2020 | UPDATED: 17:14 23 April 2020

The four Fred. Olsen ocean going ships -- Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch -- in the Firth of Forth, where they will stay until the cruise line sails again.  Picture: FRED. OLSEN

The four Fred. Olsen ocean going ships -- Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch -- in the Firth of Forth, where they will stay until the cruise line sails again. Picture: FRED. OLSEN

FRED. OLSEN

Ipswich-based Fred. Olsen has said it “will not resume cruising until we know that it is safe for us to do so” due to the coronavirus crisis.

Previously, Fred. Olsen had cancelled all cruises up until May 23 due to the global pandemic.

Now, it has extended what it calls a “pause” in its operations, saying that sailings beyond May 23 will be assessed individually.

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Peter Deer, managing director at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “At this stage I am not able to confirm a date when we can expect to resume normal operations, as what I don’t want to do is set an expectation and not be able to deliver what we promise.

“What I can say is that we are keeping a very close eye on the latest guidance from the relevant authorities, including the UK government and Public Health England, as well as overseas policies.”

“We are very clear on our position that we will not resume cruising until we know that it is safe for us to do so. The safety of our guests and crew is always our utmost priority, and this is especially true now. All guests on affected cruises will be notified with at least 30 days’ notice before their cruise was due to depart.”

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“It is regrettable that we won’t be welcoming guests back on board at the end of May as we had initially hoped, but we can’t wait to start sailing again as soon as the world is ready for us to do so.”

Fred. Olsen’s ocean fleet is anchored in the Firth of Forth and will remain there until it resumes operations.

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