Fred. Olsen’s Balmoral in Southampton Extravaganza

Next Saturday promises to be a big day for both the Port of Southampton and Fred. Olsen Cruises.

Extensively refitted and refurbished, Fred. Olsen's Balmoral is the flagship of the fleet.

On July 16, Fred. Olsen’s Balmoral will be one of six ships slated to tie up at the historic English portm along with Artania, Celebrity Eclipse, Crown Princess, Grand Princess, and P&O’s Ventura.It will mark the second occasion this year that six ships have been docked in Southampton at a single time, with the first “Six Ships Extravaganza” occurring back in January.

Before January’s event, it had been more than 50 years since that many vessels called in Southampton on a single day, which makes next Saturday’s event all the more special, as 2011 will see not one, but two “Six Ships Extravaganzas.”

Best of all, you can still participate in this historic event – firsthand.

Fred. Olsen still has availability on Balmoral’s July 16 voyage, L1110: a fantastic 16-night voyage to Italy that includes port calls in Gibraltar, Cagliari, Naples, Civitavecchia (for historic Rome), Livorno, Portoferraio, and Almeria before returning to Southampton on August 1.

For those who can leave on short notice, this voyage promises to be rewarding in its own right, and departure from Southampton as one of six magnificent cruise ships, all heading out along the River Test, should be a true sight to behold.

The beautiful port city of Southampton still retains much of its historic charm. Photo © Aaron Saunders

While it’s tremendously easy for UK-based cruisers to arrive in Southampton, North American cruisers will find it equally painless thanks to the vast array of nonstop transatlantic flights that arrive and depart from London’s Heathrow airport, just a 90-minute drive away.Southampton is accessible from Heathrow via train, scheduled motorcoach service and numerous private car services.

Nigel Lingard, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Marketing Director, remarked that, “We are delighted that, for the second time this year, a Fred. Olsen cruise ship will be part of such an historic occasion. With the increasing success of Southampton as a cruise port ,and the ever-growing demand for ex-UK cruises, I expect we will see more of these magnificent line-ups in future.Our guests enjoy cruising from Southampton, with its superb facilities and excellent infrastructure, but, of course, we also operate cruises from many other regional ports around the UK, for the convenience of our guests, wherever they live.”

For more information on Fred. Olsen Cruises, their fleet and destinations, be sure to visit our Fred. Olsen Cruises overview right here on The Avid Cruiser. Cruisers interested in booking a berth aboard Balmoral’s July 16 voyage, L1110 from Southampton can contact Fred. Olsen cruises directly, or your favourite travel agent.

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  • I was there three years ago and i was impressed. Unfortunately i had no time to visit it very well because i was there for only two days, but i hope to visit it again very soon. I recommend this place, it is very nice.


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