Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Balmoral makes maiden call at Haugesund, Norway

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ 1,350-guest Balmoral has made her inaugural call at Haugesund, Norway,
as part of a ten-night L1303 ‘Norwegian Experience’ cruise. The town of Haugesund celebrated the
opening of its new Cruise Terminal with the arrival of Fred. Olsen’s
flagship.

With its proud Norwegian heritage, Balmoral’s ‘Norwegian Experience’ itinerary
has special resonance for Fred. Olsen, which was established in the small
Norwegian town of Hvitsten
in 1848 by the three Olsen brothers, Fredrik Christian, Petter and Andreas.

En route to Haugesund, Balmoral also celebrated Norway’s
‘National Day’, with an overnight call into Oslo on 17th May 2013, so that
guests could share in the city’s annual festivities.

Martin Lister, Itinerary Planning
Manager for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:

“With our strong Norwegian background, it is always
a pleasure to plan a cruise to our historical homeland. This call at Haugesund
is particularly special, as it is Balmoral’s
first, and we know that our guests are always looking for new experiences and
destinations.

“We would like to thank the town and people of
Haugesund for the support that they have shown to Fred. Olsen, and we very much
appreciate the warm and enthusiastic welcome that they have given our guests.” 

Vigleik Dueland, Director of Cruise Development
for the Port of Haugesund, said:

“Haugesund is an attractive
cruise port, due to its very good access from the North
Sea and the short pilotage required. It is only five nautical
miles to go ashore. With three big cruise brands close to us – Stavanger,
Hardangerfjord and Bergen – cruise visitors can
see a lot of the south-western part of Norway in a short time.”

Whilst in Haugesund, guests were able to take in
the town’s historical past, with visits to the Viking farm, close to St. Olav’s
Church, which reconstructs the conditions of a Viking village, and also to the
Nordvegen History Centre, providing a more detailed explanation of Haugesund’s
Viking background.

According to findings by the Passenger Shipping
Association in 2012, Britons have developed a growing taste for the Norwegian
fjords and Norway, which saw
nearly 200,000 British cruise guests visiting the region last year, accounting
for 44.5% of UK
cruise bookings to Northern European destinations.