Guests aboard Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ fleet will no longer be required to wear face masks on board, following the line’s latest review of its on board measures.
The removal of masks is part of a phased reduction in Fred. Olsen’s Covid-19 procedures, with pre-embarkation testing and the requirement to be fully vaccinated to remain in place.
Fred. Olsen removes mask requirement onboard
Guests will still be asked to pack a face mask for their travels, as masks will remain a requirement in some of the destinations they visit. In addition, crew members will continue to wear masks for the time being.
Balmoral was the first of Fred. Olsen’s fleet to set sail without a face mask requirement onboard, having returned to service last Wednesday (May 18).
Managing director Peter Deer said some guests may prefer to continue wearing a face mask as they move around the ship, “and this will be entirely at their discretion.”
He continued: “We have been regularly reviewing our on board procedures, and know this move will be well received among our guests.
“The health and wellbeing of our guests and crew remains our utmost priority, and as such we will be operating a phased reduction in our on board protocols. Pre-departure testing will remain in place at our ports, and we know that this is a measure that is supported by our guests. We will also continue to require all guests to be fully vaccinated to join us on board. These measures help us to ensure our ships remain a safe and enjoyable way to explore the world.”