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Braemar's 'Western Caribbean & Central America' fly-cruise update - 17/03/2020

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines can confirm that Braemar is now standing approximately five miles off the coast of Havana, Cuba.

Once all of the flights have arrived in Cuba to return guests to the UK, in the early hours of tomorrow morning, Braemar will move alongside.

We have been working closely with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to arrange flights and onward travel. All guests who are deemed fit to travel will be flown back to the UK, with flights to depart from Cuba from Wednesday evening local time.

Any guests who are considered not to be well enough to fly will be offered support and medical treatment in Cuba.

It is important to us to communicate confirmed travel plans to our guests on board the ship first, so we would ask you to bear with us before we release any information on this publicly. The ship is operating four hours behind UK time, so we expect to confirm more details this afternoon.

Braemar left The Bahamas yesterday morning (Monday, 16th March), where the ship had been at anchor to take on food and medical supplies from Freeport.

There are currently 25 guests and 27 crew in isolation, having shown influenza-like symptoms, including a doctor. This includes five people who tested positive for COVID-19 coronavirus at our last port of call, Willemstad, Curaçao, on Tuesday (March 10th).

A dedicated Braemar Relative Support Team has been set up at Fred. Olsen’s UK Head Office to give a direct point of contact for those who have relatives on board. Relatives can reach this team by calling +44 (0) 1473 292350 between the hours of 8am and 8pm.

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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

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