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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.   




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


Ellis Orchard

Ellis Orchard

Press contact Public Relations Manager Public Relations 07557672265
Georgina May

Georgina May

Press contact Public Relations Executive Public Relations
Lauren Gardner

Lauren Gardner

Press contact Public Relations Manager Public Relations 07546807099

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

At Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines we are very proud of our smaller ships – Bolette, Borealis and Balmoral - and the imaginative and unusual itineraries they allow us to offer. Every cruise is hand-crafted from scratch by our team of in-house Journey Planners to make sure you are not only visiting the best destinations, but at the best time to experience them.

For us, it’s not just about where we go but how we take you there. We put as much time into planning scenic cruising as we do in choosing the destinations themselves. On board, our Signature Experiences showcase the history, culture, nature and flavours of the destinations you’ll visit – from Treats of the Region, where you can enjoy local delicacies, to our Sky at Sea star-gazing sessions where you can relax with a hot toddy out on deck while our astronomer talks you through the night sky.

Plus, with each ship carrying 1,300 guests or less, our ships are small enough for us to offer a warm, friendly and personal service where nothing is ever too much trouble, as we visit a host of exciting ports in every corner of the globe.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Fred. Olsen House, White House Road
IP1 5LL Ipswich, Suffolk
United Kingdom