we have not yet made the full announcement, and we do not have a time scale for doing so at the current time
Just over a month ago I posted about an email I’d received from Fred. Olsen’s marketing department. It read:-
We just wanted to share with you the exciting news that Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is making a significant investment across its fleet and moving in a different direction…
More details to follow on Monday 13th June 2016, so save a space!
Then on 13 June (which was supposed to be the big day) I received another email:
Thanks for all your interest in our ‘new investment’ e-mail last Friday.
Unfortunately, we are just finalising some last-minute details and will have to keep you in suspense a little while longer…
Apologies for the delay and any inconvenience caused, but rest assured that you will be the first to hear when we are in a position to make the full announcement.
Today I decided to follow this up and asked them if an announcement had ever been made, and pretty much immediately I received this reply:
No, we have not yet made the full announcement, and we do not have a time scale for doing so at the current time.
So it looks to me as if something major has gone wrong somewhere. Here’s a link to my original post on this topic. What’s also interesting is that I can’t find any rumours as to what the announcement might have been about. The Fred Olsen forum on Cruise Critic is completely silent about it, for example, and I can’t see anything on Facebook. That said, someone (Malcolm Oliver?) pointed out that their latest long-term brochure contains details of future itineraries for Black Watch, Braemar and Balmoral but not for Boudicca. Could the announcement have been about a replacement?