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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Balmoral receives a  third warm welcome in the historic Port of Cobh

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Balmoral receives a third warm welcome in the historic Port of Cobh

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ flagship Balmoral was delighted to receive a very warm welcome from the ladies of the 'Cobh Animation Team' when the ship called at Cobh, Ireland on 25th August 2013, as part of its five-night L1312 ‘Gaelic & Garlic Discoveries’ cruise to France and Ireland; guests were able to stay overnight to take advantage of the Irish ‘craic’ at this historic port.

This is the third time that Balmoral has called at atmospheric Cobh, having made its maiden call in April 2012, when the ship was the setting for the sell-out ‘Titanic Memorial Cruise’ – which commemorated the ill-fated voyage of the R.M.S. Titanic – and received the warmest welcome that the cruise line has ever experienced in any port around the world!

The ‘Cobh Animation Team’ is a group of ladies who were inspired by the 'Titanic Memorial Cruise' in April 2012 to dress in period costume to showcase the town’s heritage and strong links with the R.M.S. Titanic. They gather on the quayside prior to departure for every cruise ship and mingle with guests, have their pictures taken and create a fantastic atmosphere and sense of occasion!

Thomas Rennesland, Hotel Manager on board Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Balmoral, said:

“It is always a special feeling to arrive at such a historic port and see so many people line the pier and welcome our guests and crew. To have the ladies from the ‘Cobh Animation Team’ waiting for us was an extra treat for everyone on board.”

Photo caption: Miles Gardner, Tours Manager on board Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Balmoral, is welcomed by the costumed ladies of the ‘Cobh Animation Team’ upon the ship’s third call at the historic Port of Cobh on 25th August 2013.   


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Fred. Olsen Cruise Line operates in the UK with four intimately sized ships for a more personal cruising experience.

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has defined and redefined the cruise experience, and judging by the number of passengers that come back time and again, we seem to have styled it to perfection

The company originated in Hvitsten, a small town on Oslofjord in Norway, in 1848 when three Olsen brothers – Fredrik Christian, Petter and Andreas – bought their first ships and began an international shipping company.

Now into the fifth generation of the family, they operate companies skilled in various aspects of the cruise and passenger shipping trade as well as aviation, ships’ crewing, shipbuilding and offshore industries.
Aside from the transportation industries, the Fred. Olsen group also has interests in the luxury hotel sector, estate management, property development, and electronics companies.

Offices for the company are spread throughout the world, although the company headquarters remain firmly in the family’s hands in Oslo and Tenerife. Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is based in Ipswich in Suffolk.

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