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Coronavirus (Covid 19) Company Update

Dear Noble Caledonia Clients,

Due to the ongoing pandemic we have cancelled all tours and cruises due to depart before 3 June 2021.

We expect to resume operations from 3 June 2021 and we will be in touch with passengers a minimum of 30 days prior to the start date of your holiday to confirm if your cruise will be operating, at which time, if your cruise is able to operate, we will request your balance payment. If we have to cancel your cruise, we will provide you with details of alternative cruises (if available) and you will be offered a full refund. For all cruises and tours due to depart before 1 September 2021, our payment terms for balances have been extended to 30 days which means that should you wish, you can delay sending us funds until we confirm that your cruise or tour is operational. However, please note that whilst the date for the final balance payments has been extended, all other terms and conditions for your booking remain unchanged.

Our small ship cruising season will begin aboard the Sky ships and Serenissima with cruises around the UK and we will initially sail with vaccinated UK residents. The cabinet office is currently reviewing domestic COVID-19 status certification and we will contribute to the review while also planning for self-certification. To begin with, all members of the expedition team will be UK based and our crew will continue to be international and like all other operators, we cannot guarantee that they will all be vaccinated. However, we can draw on our considerable experience in operating a private charter over the last five months and we will employ the same techniques that have seen us operate since November without a case of coronavirus on board. These include a full 14-day strict quarantine on board for all crew with three negative PCR tests required in the period before release from quarantine is granted. There will be some COVID-19 precautions in place on board our ships, even when operating with vaccinated guests, but nothing more onerous than the new reality we all find ourselves living with and negated by the freedom of travel and exploration.

We look forward to being operational once again in the coming months and in the meantime will continue talking with the local communities we visit to ensure that they are happy with our plans and we will also maintain our dialogue with the UK and devolved governments in order that we provide definitive clarity well before any of our guests embark. Work will continue on our safe operation plans having partnered with Bureau Veritas, a world leader in testing, inspection and certification. We also continue to work with associates across the industry including AECO (Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators) and IAATO (International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators) as we contribute to the formulation of best practice plans for the cruise industry.

We would like to thank all our clients for your continued support and we very much look forward to welcoming you on board again soon.

Yours sincerely

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Tim Cochrane

Managing Director, Noble Caledonia

Updated 12 April 2021