Published on : Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has officially announced that it will be extending its pause in operations beyond May 2020. The decision arrives in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic as cases COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the globe.
Peter Deer, Managing Director, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines said in a recent statement that no official confirmation about a date regarding the cruise line resuming normal operations can be provided at the moment. He mentioned no confirmation is currently being provided as the authorities do not want to set an expectation and fail to deliver the promise later.
He mentioned that Fred. Olsen is very clear on its position and will not resume cruise operations until it is completely safe to do so. He shared that the safety of the guests and crew has always been the company’s primary priority and it most significantly stands true at the present moment.
He said that it is a cause of regret that guests would not be welcomed back on board at the end of May as initially mentioned but the cruise lines can hardly wait to start sailing again as soon as the world is ready for the company to do so.
He further informed that the company is keeping a very close eye on the latest guidance from the relevant authorities, including the U.K. Government and Public Health England, as well as overseas policies and will be acting accordingly.
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines will be assessing all upcoming cruises from May 23 in date order. The first five sailings aboard its European river cruise ship, Brabant, have also been canceled.
All guests on affected cruises will be notified with at least 30 days’ notice before their cruise was due to depart. Any guests who are booked onto canceled sailings will be contacted by Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, with at least 30 days’ notice prior to the planned departure date.