Historic Fleet Gathering of Four Ships Celebrated on July 28th
MINNEAPOLIS— Borton Overseas, the U.S. sales, marketing and reservation headquarters for UK-based Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, celebrated the fleet of four ships – Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch – coming together in Norway’s second city, Bergen. On Tuesday, July 28th, the fleet converged for the first time in one place, anywhere in the world!
Fred. Olsen’s four ships sailed into the Bergen harbor at just before 8 a.m. in brilliant sunshine, and 4,000 lucky guests were treated to spectacular views of the entire fleet as they entered in formation and took their positions. Flagship Balmoral was berthed at Bontelabo Pier, sister ships Boudicca and Black Watch at Skolten Pier, and Braemar at Festningskaien Pier, nearest to the city center.
Mike Rodwell, Managing Director for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said at the event, “Today has been a very special day for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. We were delighted to be joined by Fred. Olsen and Fred. Olsen Jr., our Chairman, at the Port of Bergen today, and it was with great pride that the fifth and sixth generations of our company looked upon their cruise fleet, joined together for the very first time. It is a testament to our incredible crews that we were able to lay on such an enjoyable array of festivities and activities for our guests to participate in throughout the day, and there has been a very special atmosphere in the beautiful city of Bergen today.”
The festivities on the day included a Norwegian-themed marching band and drummers on the quayside, and guests were welcomed to Bergen by locals in national costume. On-board entertainment featured live bands, deck parties, performances by talented opera singer Anthony Stewart-Lloyd, and more. Fred. Olsen’s four ships departed from Bergen in convoy at 6 p.m., making a majestic exit from the harbor in a diamond formation, led by a fire tug boat ceremoniously spraying its water cannons.
To celebrate this special one-off event, guests had the chance to visit all four ships as they were berthed along the quayside, and were invited to enjoy various activities taking place across the fleet, which were all unique to each individual ship. An action-packed inter-ship Tug-of-War took place at Festningskaien Pier, at which the two male and female teams from Braemar were victorious. A Treasure Hunt tasked guests with locating six historical locations within the city, as well as enjoying a beautiful walk in such scenic surroundings!
Additionally, a range of specially-themed shore excursions offered guests chances to visit the Bergenhus Fortress, historic Bryggen and Ole Bull statue; take a helicopter tour to see all four ships from above; and join a Mount Floyen funicular tour, with the emphasis on the view of the ships from the impressive summit.
Fred. Olsen's four ships are operating on the following schedules:
• Balmoral – eight-night L1511 ‘Norwegian Fjords’ cruise
• Braemar – 14-night M1521 ‘Falls, Fjords & Faroe Islands’ cruise
• Boudicca – seven-night D1517 ‘Glaciers, Fjords & Waterfalls of Norway’ cruise
• Black Watch – nine-night W1512 ‘Cruising the Fjordland’ cruise
From Bergen, Balmoral continued to Flåm; both Braemar and Black Watch met up again on July 29th in Eidfjord; and Boudicca sailed onto Ålesund.
In 2015, Fred. Olsen will be celebrating a total number of 17 cruise calls to Bergen, comprising visits by nearly 17,000 guests. Balmoral, Boudicca and Black Watch will be making four calls each, and Braemar will be making five.
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