Hapag-Lloyd is accelerating plans to retire Bremen from its fleet and has announced the ship will not re-enter service with them when the cruise line resumes sailings later this month.
The 1990-built expedition vessel which accommodates 155 guests, was due to leave the fleet in May 2021, once its new expedition ship Hanseatic Spirit enters service.
The ship was due to join Scylla, which planned to charter the ship to VIVA Cruises and Polar Latitudes. It is unclear if Scylla will now take delivery of the ship ahead of schedule, or if the ship will remain laid up until next year.
“The conditions on board currently do not allow the applicable social distancing and hygiene rules to be implemented. So, it’s goodbye,” the company said, in a statement.
“We are proud to consistently continue to modernise our fleet and look forward to the Hanseatic Spirit in spring 2021”, said Karl J. Pojer, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. “From now on, we will focus on our expedition class in the five-star category and will continue the pioneering spirit of the Bremen.”
Bremen remains docked in Rostock, Germany and was planned to sail in Antartica during the 2020-21 cruise season.