'Braemar' Caribbean - Latest Update

News   •   Feb 27, 2020 20:37 GMT

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines can confirm that its ship Braemar has not been able to secure clearance in La Romana, Dominican Republic today, 27th February 2020. The ship is on a 14-day ‘Western Caribbean & Central America’ fly-cruise.

We believe that this was as a result of a small number of influenza-like cases on board. Our medical team has now advised that they are all feeling better. No guests or crew are, or have been, displaying symptoms that are considered to be consistent with those of Coronavirus.

The vessel will now depart from La Romana. We are in discussions with the relevant authorities and are awaiting advice on the next steps. We are liaising with a number of airlines to secure onward travel for guests. The Captain and Senior Officers are keeping guests fully informed at all times.

It is our opinion that this is an overreaction by the Dominican Republic, and is not the reception that we have received at previous ports on this itinerary.  

The safety and well-being of all our guests and crew is our number one priority and we are monitoring closely the developing COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus situation and taking the latest advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and World Health Organisation, as well as Public Health England and CLIA.

As a precautionary measure, for some time Fred. Olsen has been operating a raised level of sanitisation across its fleet, in addition to health questionnaires and non-invasive screening measures for guests embarking and re-joining the ship from overland tours, and for ship visitors.

Fred. Olsen’s cruise ships meet, at all times, the highest safety, hygiene and health standards.

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines can confirm that its ship 'Braemar' has not been able to secure clearance in La Romana, Dominican Republic today, 27th February 2020. The ship is on a 14-day ‘Western Caribbean & Central America’ fly-cruise.

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About Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has defined and redefined the cruise experience, and judging by the number of passengers that come back time and again, we seem to have styled it to perfection

The company originated in Hvitsten, a small town on Oslofjord in Norway, in 1848 when three Olsen brothers – Fredrik Christian, Petter and Andreas – bought their first ships and began an international shipping company.

Now into the fifth generation of the family, they operate companies skilled in various aspects of the cruise and passenger shipping trade as well as aviation, ships’ crewing, shipbuilding and offshore industries.
Aside from the transportation industries, the Fred. Olsen group also has interests in the luxury hotel sector, estate management, property development, and electronics companies.

Offices for the company are spread throughout the world, although the company headquarters remain firmly in the family’s hands in Oslo and Tenerife. Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is based in Ipswich in Suffolk.

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Registered Name & Office: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Ltd, 2nd Floor, 64-65 Vincent Square, London, SW1P 2NU.
Place of registration: England and Wales
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