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All guests from Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ ship Braemar arrive back into UK – 19/03/20 - 15.00

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines can confirm that all four flights from Havana, Cuba, have now arrived back in the UK.

The final flight, which was carrying all guests who had received a positive diagnosis for coronavirus, or had displayed any flu-like symptoms, plus their companions, arrived at MoD Boscombe Down, Wiltshire, shortly after 2pm. This flight was secured in conjunction with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Three flights arrived in London Heathrow this morning, between 8.25am and 11.20am on charter from British Airways.

Braemar arrived into the Port of Mariel, Havana on Tuesday morning.

The ship will now sail back to the UK.

Peter Deer, Managing Director of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:

“Our fantastic crew have been instrumental in returning our guests safely to the UK. They have worked tirelessly to continue offering all on board the care and attention they deserved, under challenging circumstances. They have done an excellent job in keeping up moral and high standards in the face of adversity, and I extend my personal thanks to them all.

“They are now sailing Braemar back across the Atlantic to the UK, where the ship will join the rest of the fleet – Balmoral, Boudicca and Black Watch – while we pause our operations.

“We look forward to welcoming guests and crew back on board our ships on 23rd May.”

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines set up a dedicated Braemar Relative Support Team, to allow relatives a direct point of contact while we worked to get guests home. This number has now closed, and we would ask anyone with any questions or concerns to contact our Customer Relations team on (01473) 746177.

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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.

Company Reg. No: 2672435
Registered Name & Office: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Ltd, 2nd Floor, 64-65 Vincent Square, London, SW1P 2NU.
Place of registration: England and Wales
VAT Number: 927 5336 08

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
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IP1 5LL Ipswich, Suffolk