Crew members from across Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ ocean fleet have today issued a moving rendition of ‘Heal the World’, recorded from their homes across the world, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
The video includes crew members from Balmoral, Black Watch and Braemar across a number of departments, including entertainment, hospitality and housekeeping, and was organised by the team members themselves.
It was created by Lawrence Calderon, Orchestra Pianist on board Balmoral, who said:
“Making the video was appropriate since most of us are just staying home. This is our way of raising awareness, and sending positive vibes to everyone during these trying times.
“We all pray the world will heal.”
Sammie Firbanks, Singer and Entertainment host aboard Braemar, who features in the video, said:
“The idea came from talented musician Lawrence Calderon who is part of one of the Fred. Olsen orchestras. He reached out to crew members that he knew enjoyed singing and asked us all to video ourselves singing ‘Heal the World’. A very appropriate song for the world we are living in right now.
“The message we are trying to portray is that if everyone stays at home we can heal the world and beat COVID-19.
“We also wanted to thank all the people that can’t stay at home; the key workers and front liners and, of course, a special mention to all crew members who have been working on board during this time.
“We hope that this message will reach as many people as possible. The quicker we can fight it, the quicker we will be back.”
To watch the video, visit Lawrence’s YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9N6TapHTgRU
Fred. Olsen Cruise Line operates in the UK with four intimately sized ships for a more personal cruising experience.