Bolette will follow on May 19 and Balmoral on June 9.
‘While it is regrettable that our pause in operations is longer than we originally anticipated, we have said right from the start that we will not resume sailing until we are confident that it is safe for us to do so, and we stand by that,’ said Peter Deer, managing director, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines.
He added, ‘It is important that we fully understand the advances in the roll-out of the vaccine, testing capabilities and other scientific developments and what they mean for how we can operate.
‘This is not a process to be rushed, and we are confident that by deferring our return to sailing just a while longer, with our two new ships among the fleet, we can come back better and stronger than ever without compromising on guest experience.’
Braemar, which operates a Mediterranean and Caribbean fly-cruise programme, will remain in lay-up through 2021. ‘Initially, we believe it may be more complex for us to operate the planned fly cruise programme and we will therefore instead focus on our extensive ex-UK itineraries during 2021,’ continued Deer.
The vessel will resume sailing in 2022 to destinations that ‘make the most of her smaller size.’ They will be announced as part of Fred. Olsen’s 2022/23 itinerary launch in March.