Fred Olsen Cruise Lines will pull one ship out of the Caribbean for the 2009-2010 season, citing the high cost of operating air/sea programs from the U.K.

The British cruise line said that the Boudicca, originally scheduled to homeport in Barbados and St. Lucia for the 2009-2010 winter season, will instead operate from England and offer cruises to the Canary Islands, the Netherlands and the Eastern Mediterranean. It also will offer one 28-day sailing to the Caribbean during the season.

The Braemer, which will stay in the Caribbean, will homeport in Barbados instead of Miami. Nigel Lingard, marketing director for Fred Olsen, said it was "financially more advantageous for us to use Barbados as our main base for Caribbean cruises as our operating costs are reduced considerably."

The Braemar will operate eight Caribbean cruises ranging from 10 to 16 days, two 13-day Panama Canal cruises and one 13-day Amazon cruise.

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