Published on : Friday, January 15, 2021
Fred Olsen. Cruise Lines becomes the latest operator that has decided to delay its expected return to the seas. New cruise ship Borealis will still be the first of the fleet to set sail, with her maiden voyage, to Iceland, now due to depart Liverpool on May 22. The former Holland America Line ship was initially due to enter service on April 23.
Fellow 1,400-passenger vessel Bolette will be the second vessel in the fleet to set sail, departing from Dover on May 29, followed by Balmoral from Edinburgh (Rosyth) on June 9. Braemar will remain laid-up until 2022, with its extensive fly-cruise programme unfeasible in the current climate. Peter Deer, Managing Director, Fred Olsen. Cruise Lines said in a statement that when the new ‘back in service’ plans in December was announced; the cruise line had every confidence in the new dates based on the information available at the time.
However, he mentioned that ever since then a third national lockdown was imposed, and that was taken into consideration for the plans to return to service. He also shared that deferring Borealis’ return allows the cruise line a little more time to consider and understand the developments around COVID-19, including the roll-out of the vaccine, and it will reflect the cruise operations.