Balmoral completes inaugural cruise

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines’ new ship Balmoral has completed her inaugural cruise to Florida which becomes her base for Caribbean cruising.

The ship left Dover on 13th February, and after calling at La Coruna and Tenerife, crossed the Atlantic to the Caribbean, and arrived in Miami on 1st March.

The ship will now operate a short series of ten and eleven night Caribbean fly/cruises from Miami before returning to Europe and an early summer cruise programme from Civitavecchia, the port for Rome. These Mediterranean fly-cruises are made possible by the expansion of the Fred Olsen Cruise fleet.

The 1,340-passenger Balmoral still maintains the Fred Olsen tradition of smaller ships, with friendly personal service and a relaxed and very British atmosphere on board, the company said.

Fred Olsen sales and marketing director Nigel Lingard, said: “Expansion is essential in today’s cruise market and it is important that we maintain our market share in the UK. Balmoral is very different from the giants that are being introduced into the UK market this year she is a traditional cruise ship in the true Fred. Olsen style.”

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