Posts Tagged ‘Balmoral’

Fred. Olsen – Most Successful Day Ever

March 17, 2017

Black Watch, Tilbury – 14-12-16

It’s not all about big new ships:

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines said it had its most successful sales day ever on Tuesday, March 7, 2017,  with bookings totalling over £3 million for the day, following the launch of its exciting new 2018/19 cruise program to its top tier loyalty club members.

This represents an increase of 15 percent on the same launch day in 2016, said the company.

In 2018/2019, the line’s four ships, Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch, will be visiting no fewer than 228 destinations in 73 countries around the globe, plus 91 areas of scenic cruising, on over 135 different itineraries.

(Fred. Olsen)

Malcolm says: I’m a big fan of the Olsen product. Us lucky Brits have the choice of cruising on four of Olsen’s smaller/classic ships and there’s not a ‘rock wall’ in sight.

I particularly like ‘Black Watch’ and her sister ‘Boudicca’. At around 28,000 gross tonnes, they are the perfect size. However, ‘Balmoral’ and ‘Braemar’ are very nice ships too.

Black Watch (1972) review: HERE

Boudicca (1972) review: HERE

Balmoral (1988) review: HERE

Braemar (1993) review: HERE

Wonderful Waverley

October 3, 2011

Waverley, Tilbury, Sept 2011.

After an excellent river cruise on the Balmoral Motor Cruiser, a few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to take the Waverly, from Tilbury, via Southend, cruising the Medway.  Waverley is the only Ocean going paddle steamer left in the world.

Built on the Clyde in 1947 – to replace the original Waverley that sunk off Dunkirk in 1940, the Waverley was originally built to sail only between Craigendorran & Arrochar in West Scotland. It is amazing to think that she now sails right round Britain offering regular trips on the Clyde, the Thames, South Coast of England and the Bristol Channel with other calls at various ports & piers throughout the UK.

Were were lucky enough to see the ‘Kingswear Castle’, paddle steamer, on route.

Kingswear Castle, Medway, Sept 2011

The coal-fired paddle steamer KINGSWEAR CASTLE was built in 1924 by Philip & Son of Dartmouth and sailed up and down the River Dart with her virtually identical sister ships and COMPTON CASTLE until the 1960s.

I’d recommend any of these three ‘classic’ ships (Waverley, Balmoral & Kingsear Castle) to you. Look out for them at a UK port near you spring to Autumn.

Malcolm Oliver

www.waverleyexcursions.co.uk

http://www.pskc.freeserve.co.uk/   (Kingswear Castle)