Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ flagship Balmoral will be commencing her second cruise season from the Port of Tyne, Newcastle, with a sell-out five-night ‘Norwegian Fjords’ sailing on 25th May 2017.
Clare Ward, Director of Product and Customer Services for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:
“We are very excited to be basing Balmoral in Newcastle for her second cruise season, from May to September 2017, as it means that we are able to offer our loyal guests in the North East an even greater number of cruise departures than ever before, with a choice of 13 in total.
“Fred. Olsen has over 100 years of heritage in running passenger services from the Port of Tyne, and has been operating regular cruise calls from Newcastle since 2006. Since then, Fred. Olsen has seen bookings departing from the Port of Tyne soar, with our Norwegian Fjords cruises selling out in record time.
“The Port of Tyne is ideally placed for our ever-popular Norway, Scandinavian and Baltic itineraries, and we can save up to three days’ cruising time sailing from Newcastle to Norway than from Southern ports.”
Balmoral will be setting sail on a total of 13 voyages from Newcastle in 2017 – an increase on the 11 departures offered in 2016 –with destinations including Norway, Iceland, Spain, Germany and the Baltic.
Fred. Olsen has already seen many first-time cruisers and repeat customers from the North-East region make the decision to use their local port and sail from the Port of Tyne. Fred. Olsen’s bookings for 2017 have shown that, its five-night ‘Norwegian Fjords’, seven-night ‘Cruising the Fjordland’ and 14-night ‘Scandinavian Capitals & St. Petersburg’ cruises are bestsellers.
Nolan Gray, Port of Tyne Business Development Director, said:
“It is great to see Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines return with Balmoral and we hope that the continued success of our cruise operations continues to positively impact the economy.”
Balmoral’s ex-Newcastle sailings in 2017 include:
- 15-night L1714 ‘Authentic Andalusia’ cruise, ex Newcastle on 1st July 2017.
Ports of call: Newcastle – Cádiz, Spain – Malaga, Spain (overnight stay) – Almería, Spain – Gibraltar – Lisbon, Portugal – Vigo, Spain – La Coruňa, Spain – Newcastle
- Eight-night L1717 ‘From the Highlands of Scotland to the Lizard Peninsula’ cruise, ex Newcastle on 6th August 2017.
Ports of call: Newcastle – Oban, Scotland – Cruising by Duart Castle – Cruising Firth of Lorn – Belfast, Northern Ireland – Dublin, Ireland – Falmouth, England – Portland, England – Newcastle
- 11-night L1722 ‘Scandinavian Waterways & Capitals’ cruise, ex Newcastle on 17th September 2017.
Ports of call: Newcastle –Copenhagen, Denmark (overnight stay) – Cruising Stockholm Archipelago – Stockholm, Sweden (overnight stay) – Cruising Stockholm Archipelago – Cruising Oslofjord – Oslo, Norway (overnight stay) – Newcastle