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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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Georgina May

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

At Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines we are very proud of our smaller ships – Bolette, Borealis and Balmoral - and the imaginative and unusual itineraries they allow us to offer. Every cruise is hand-crafted from scratch by our team of in-house Journey Planners to make sure you are not only visiting the best destinations, but at the best time to experience them.

For us, it’s not just about where we go but how we take you there. We put as much time into planning scenic cruising as we do in choosing the destinations themselves. On board, our Signature Experiences showcase the history, culture, nature and flavours of the destinations you’ll visit – from Treats of the Region, where you can enjoy local delicacies, to our Sky at Sea star-gazing sessions where you can relax with a hot toddy out on deck while our astronomer talks you through the night sky.

Plus, with each ship carrying 1,300 guests or less, our ships are small enough for us to offer a warm, friendly and personal service where nothing is ever too much trouble, as we visit a host of exciting ports in every corner of the globe.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
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