Balmoral Pleasure Steamer – Horrific Weather

(Courtesy Liverpool Echo)

This cruise was definitely NOT “too comfortable”:

The  700-tonne Balmoral pleasure steamer (not to be confused with Fred Olsen’s cruise ship) experienced very rough sea conditions  cruising the English coast, on Saturday 9 September.

Passengers were reportedly  ‘thrown around like ragdolls’ with some vomiting from seasickness for SIX HOURS.

Daily Mail article/Video: HERE

I enjoyed an excellent river cruise on Balmoral in August 2011.

I took this ‘classic’  motor cruiser  down the Thames, through the Thames estuary, briefly stopping off at Southend pier, then on to the charming Whitstable, and back.

Balmoral was built in Southampton in 1949 and operated under the Southampton Red Funnel Fleet for 20 years.  She later became a floating restaurant and fell into disrepair.

She returned to service in 1986 and to this day operates her main summer season in the Bristol Channel, offering day excursions to popular Coastal Resorts, as well as making visits to other ports & piers throughout the UK in Spring & Autumn.

I’d also recommend the  paddle steamer ‘Waverley’ (1947)  as well, for a day out.

Web Site HERE

In July of this years, the Balmoral unfortunately smashed into a pier as she attempted to navigate choppy seas: HERE

See the Waverley: HERE

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