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It’s a mystery! Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' ‘Balmoral’ makes East Anglian maiden call in Great Yarmouth

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It’s a mystery! Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' ‘Balmoral’ makes East Anglian maiden call in Great Yarmouth

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' 1,350-guest flagship Balmoral has today [Tuesday 17th September 2019] made its maiden call at the East Anglian port of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, as part of its 11-night 'Mystery Cruise', which set sail from the Port of Tyne, Newcastle the preceding evening.

The Mayor of the Great Yarmouth Borough, Councillor Michael Jeal – himself originally from Wallsend, in North Tyneside, but now a Great Yarmouth resident for some 48 years – was on hand with the Mayoress, his wife Paula, wearing the town’s impressive Chains of Office, to greet guests, as they disembarked the ship for tours to Norwich and shuttlebuses into town for nearby attractions.

Clare Ward, Director of Product and Customer Service for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:

“Our ‘Mystery Cruise' adventures are always a fantastic experience for our guests, combining the beauty of a cruise with the added anticipation of the unknown!This ‘Mystery Cruise' happens to be even more special, as Balmoral has made its maiden call at Great Yarmouth, which is in East Anglia, where Fred. Olsen has been based for over 30 years.

"We hope that our guests are able to get a feel for Great Yarmouth’s proud maritime heritage during their call today and to enjoy the renewed investment and tourism opportunities in this traditional seaside town.”

Mayor of the Great Yarmouth Borough, Councillor Michael Jeal, said:

“I would like to welcome Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Balmoral and their guests to Great Yarmouth, and I hope that they have an enjoyable day with us.

“This is great news for the local economy, with cruise guests visiting and spending money in our town. We hope that they get the chance to visit The Venetian Waterways – which have just reopened after an extensive £1.7 million restoration – the Ornamental Gardens and Boating Lake, and our famous ‘Golden Mile’.”

Balmoral will be continuing on its ‘Mystery Cruise’ for another 10 nights, with each port call promising to take guests to a different country.

Photo caption:

The Mayor of the Great Yarmouth Borough, Councillor Michael Jeal, and the Mayoress, wife Paula, greet Fred. Olsen guests, as they set off to explore Great Yarmouth and surrounding areas. [Photo credit: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines]

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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.

Company Reg. No: 2672435
Registered Name & Office: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Ltd, 2nd Floor, 64-65 Vincent Square, London, SW1P 2NU.
Place of registration: England and Wales
VAT Number: 927 5336 08

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
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IP1 5LL Ipswich, Suffolk