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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines welcomes third ship back into service as Balmoral begins summer programme of sailing

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines welcomes third ship back into service as Balmoral begins summer programme of sailing

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has welcomed its third ship back into service, with the return of Balmoral marking the start of a summer season of sailing from Newcastle and Rosyth.

Balmoral will split her summer sailings between the two ports, ahead of a programme of winter sailings from Southampton and Dover, with two new Captains, Captain Valentin Giuglea and Captain Steffan Ravneng, at the helm.

In the coming weeks, guests will have the chance to witness the phenomenal Midnight Sun and the rugged beauty of Arctic Norway, explore the historic towns and cities of Tallinn and Riga and experience the famous Golden Circle in Iceland. Balmoral will also be offering scenic sailings into the heart of the Norwegian fjords and along the River Seine in France, made possible by her smaller size. 

These follow on from Balmoral’s inaugural voyage - the 16-night ‘Canary Islands with the Funchal Flower Parade’ cruise - which returned to Newcastle earlier today.

Peter Deer, Managing Director at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:

“Welcoming our wonderful Balmoral back into service is a big milestone for us. Having three ships sailing means we can offer departures from even more regional ports, and we are so pleased to have Balmoral returning to offer sailings from Newcastle and Rosyth again this year.

“I would also like to congratulate our two new Captains, Captain Valentin Giuglea and Captain Steffan Ravneng, on their promotions after many years of working aboard our fleet as Officers.

“I look forward to exploring the world with our guests aboard Balmoral this year and beyond.”

Some highlights of Balmoral’s first season of sailing are:

Balmoral’s 15-night L2217 ‘Rugged & Remote Spitsbergen’ cruise, departing from Newcastle on 22nd June 2022. Prices start from £2,299 per person. Enjoy £200 per person to spend on board, or £400 per person when booking a suite, when booked before 31st May 2022.

Itinerary: Newcastle, England – Olden, Norway (overnight stay) – Cruising Nordfjord, Norway – Maloy, Norway – Cruising Nærøyfjord, Norway – Cruising Torghatten, Norway – Cruising Seven Sisters Mountain Range, Norway – Crossing the Arctic Circle, Norway – Cruising Trollfjord, Norway – Cruising by Djevelen Tanngard, Norway – Honningsvåg, Norway – Cruising North Cape, Norway – Pryamiden, Norway – Cruising by Nordenskiöldbreen, Norway – Cruising Tempelfjorden, Norway – Longyearbyen, Norway – Tromsø, Norway – Cruising by Black Glacier, Norway – Cruising Nordfjorden, Norway – Åndalsnes, Norway – Cruising Romsdalfjorden & Isfjorden,Norway – Newcastle, England

For more details:Visit L2217 ‘Rugged & Remote Spitsbergen’

Balmoral’s 13-night L2219A ‘Historic Cities and Islands of Sweden, Estonia and Latvia’ cruise, departing from Rosyth (Edinburgh) on 16th July 2022. Prices start from £1,299 per person.

Itinerary: Rosyth, Scotland – Liepaja, Latvia – Saaremaa, Estonia – Tallinn, Estonia – Stockholm, Sweden (overnight stay) – Visby, Sweden – Riga, Latvia – Klaipeda, Lithuania – Rosyth, Scotland

For more details:Visit L2219A ‘Historic Cities and Islands of Sweden, Estonia and Latvia’

Balmoral’s five-night L2218 ‘Summertime Norwegian Fjords in Five Nights’ cruise, departing from Rosyth (Edinburgh) on 3rd August 2022. Prices start from £1,099 per person. Enjoy £50 per person to spend on board, or £100 per person when booking a suite, when booked before 31st May 2022.

Itinerary: Rosyth, Scotland – Cruising Lysefjord, Norway – Bergen, Norway – Cruising Nordfjord, Norway – Olden, Norway – Cruising by Hornelen, Norway – Rosyth, Scotland

For more details:Visit L2318 ‘Summertime Norwegian Fjords in Five Nights’

Balmoral’s four-night L2227 ‘France Short Break’ cruise, departing from Dover on 23rdSeptember 2022. Prices start from £449 per person. Enjoy £50 per person to spend on board, or £100 per person when booking a suite when booked before 31st May 2022.

Itinerary: Dover, England – Rouen, France (overnight stay) – Honfleur, France – Dover, England

For more details:Visit L2227 ‘France Short Break’

For more information on Balmoral’s first season of sailing for 2022, visit fredolsencruises.com/our-ships/balmoral/cruises. Book online, call the friendly Reservations team on 0800 0355 242 (Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm), or contact your ABTA travel agent.

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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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Registered Name & Office: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Ltd, 2nd Floor, 64-65 Vincent Square, London, SW1P 2NU.
Place of registration: England and Wales
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