Fred Olsen Cruise Lines to sell 924-passenger Braemar

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines is looking to sell its vessel Braemar after taking the “difficult” decision not to bring the ship back into service.

Managing director Peter Deer said 924-passenger Braemar (pictured) was a ship that was “not aligned” with the business.

He explained: “After much deliberation, we have made the difficult decision not to bring Braemar back into service with us, and in the coming weeks will be seeking a new owner for her.”

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Guests affected by the decision have been contacted by the line.

They have been offered the choice of switching to another sailing or a full refund, Deer added.

“Our two new ships, Bolette and Borealis, brought with them an opportunity to modernise our fleet, still offering a small-ship experience but with plenty of space in enhanced public areas and larger cabins that our guests have enjoyed and come to expect from us since we resumed sailing,” he said.

“While Braemar’s smaller size brings many benefits, her size also brings constraints that are not aligned with where we now want to be as a business.”

Crew currently on Braemar will be redeployed across the Fred Olsen fleet, the line said in a statement on its website.

“Whilst we are really sorry to see Braemar leave our fleet, we are excited for new opportunities as we continue to evolve, while always putting our guests at the heart of everything we do,” it added.

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