Cancellation Update

Braemar in Argostoli, Greece

Our Captains, officers and crew love nothing more than exploring the world with you, so this year really has been like no other. While our ships have been in Rosyth, we've had much work to do to ensure they remain ready to sail as soon as the time is right.

Meanwhile, our Ipswich team have been working hard from home to make sure our service continues in the way you expect. 2020 was definitely not the year any of us had planned!

Over the last few months, we have been working with the Government, other UK cruise lines and our industry body to review and agree our back in service dates. With the good news about vaccines, advanced testing and the detailed planning that we have been doing, we are now able to start looking forward with more confidence and can confirm when we plan to resume sailing.

Our ships will return to service in a phased plan with Borealis setting sail on Saturday 22nd May 2021. Braemar will return to service in Spring 2022. This was not an easy decision however, she typically sails our extensive Mediterranean and Caribbean fly-cruise programme which we believe may be more complex for us to operate during 2021.

All guests who have a booking on these cruises will be notified in cruise order over the coming weeks, and provided with a number of options including a no-quibble refund as part of our Plain Sailing Guarantee.

We wanted to let guests know as soon as the decision had been made as we know many like to plan their holidays during January - we want anyone affected to be able to do so with all the right information.

Restart dates:
Borealis - 22nd May 2021
Bolette - 29th May 2021
Balmoral - 9th June 2021
Braemar - Spring 2022

Which cruises are cancelled?
Due to the ongoing pandemic, we have cancelled Borealis sailings up to 22nd May 2021, Bolette sailings up to 29th May 2021, Balmoral sailings up to June 2021 and Braemar departures up to the Spring of 2022.

Cruise codes affected include:
S2107 - S2109
T2103 - T2112
L2103B - L2117
M2107 - M2210

My cruise is not listed above, will it be cancelled?
At the moment, we have cancelled Borealis sailings up to 22nd May 2021, Bolette sailings up to 29th May & Balmoral sailings up to June 2021, and all Braemar departures up to the Spring of 2022. We will let you know as soon as we can, and at least 30 days before you are due to travel, if anything is changing on your ocean cruise. 

I booked through a travel agent – what do I do?
We will be contacting all guests to notify them of the options available to them. Once you have received further details from us, please contact your travel agent who will be able to update your booking for you.

What do I get if my cruise is cancelled?
If your cruise is cancelled, we will write to you with details of your options at that time.

What cruises can I transfer to?
You can transfer to any cruise currently on sale. If you wish to take advantage of the transfer offers, we can hold your money and any Future Cruise Vouchers for you for up to 24 months. During this time, you can transfer to any cruise on sale (including 2022, 2023 and 2024 cruises which launch during that time).

Why is Braemar being laid-up for the entire year in 2021?
Braemar typically operates our Mediterranean and Caribbean fly-cruise programmes. We believe that initially 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.
The team here are already busy working on a host of exciting and immersive cruises for her return in Spring 2022 which make the most of her smaller size, these will be announced as part of our 2022/23 itinerary launch in March 2021.

Can I transfer my funds to another existing booking?
Yes you can, please let our Guest Services team know that this is what you would like to do. Unfortunately you cannot transfer any future cruise vouchers to existing bookings as they are only valid for new bookings.

How can I get a refund?
We are sorry to hear you don’t wish to transfer to another cruise with us. Please call our reservations team on 0800 0355 122 and select option 2. Following this call, our team will send you a secure online form to complete so that your refund can be processed as quickly as possible.

How can I get in touch?
Our Guest Services telephone line is temporarily closed to allow for the team to focus on processing the high volume of cruise cancellation, refunds and transfer requests. You can still however e-mail them on

Our Reservations team are available as usual on the number 0800 0355 052, (9am - 5pm Mon to Fri) for guests who wish to make a booking or transfer their cruise holiday with us.