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Observatory Balmoral

Aboard Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines'
ms Balmoral - Mini Cruise
Southampton, Zeebrugge, Le Havre
26 - 29 May 2012

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Exterior Photographs

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Balmoral's Funnel

BALMORAL's Marquee Deck 11, with midship pool & 2 jacuzzis, Mast & Funnel. Also her bow with bell and crane at work loading equipment/goods from ashore 26 - 29 May 2012

Balmoral's After Deck

Around BALMORAL's Promenade on Lounge Deck 7, the Bridge therefrom & stern tiered decks, with pool & jacuzzis. A few photos from the quay at Zeebrugge 26 - 29 May 2012

Balmoral at Mayflower Terminal

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' BALMORAL alongside at Mayflower Terminal, Southampton 10:00 - 11:00 26 May 2012

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Interior Photographs

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Balmoral Observatory

BALMORAL's Observatory Lounge fwd on Marquee Deck 11 and the Marquee Bar just aft, ahead of the midship pool area 26 - 29 May 2012

Library Balmoral

BALMORAL's Library, Card Room and Internet Room, midship Lounge Deck 7 to port 26 - 29 May 2012

Ballindalloch Restaurant - Balmoral

The Ballindalloch Restaurant aboard BALMORAL. Main Deck 6 aft 26 - 29 May 2012

Balmoral Pomodoro

BALMORAL's Atrium. The upper level [Lounge Deck 7] with seating, Reinhard Georgi model of BALMORAL & boutiques, leading to the Braemar Lounge. The lower level; photo galley, reception & Arnaldo Pomodoro globe 26 - 29 May 2012

Balmoral Morning Light Pub

BALMORAL's Morning Light Pub, Lounge Deck 7 midship, has changed since 2008 with the removal of the benched alcoves. The pictures of previous Olsen vessels remain with the panels from the partitions now along the windows either side of the room 26 - 29 May 2012

Lido Lounge - Balmoral

BALMORAL's Lido Lounge & Bar, Lido Deck 8 aft and Neptune Lounge [show lounge], Lounge Deck 7 forward [the gawdy fibre optic peacock is missing from the entrance - where has it gone?] 26 - 29 May 2012

Art Photo Gallery Balmoral

Photographic images of Ballindalloch Castle, Scotland line the original section of the hallway leading fwd from the Ballindalloch Restaurant & the 2nd section is the art gallery. BALMORAL's 'Wall of Fame' [inaugural plaques] 26 - 29 May 2012

Balmoral Backlit Ceiling

Odds 'n sods of BALMORAL's interiors. Hallways and Stairwells, signage, itinerary chart, crew boards, art and a few poor photos of areas not covered in other albums 26 - 29 May 2012

Balmoral cabin 8027

Balmoral; 'A' grade superior outside cabin 8027, stb fwd on Lido deck 8, with a restricted view but only with davits; lifeboats to the sides, but you can still see out 26 - 29 May 2012


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Ports & Other Vessels

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Blankenberge & Oostende voor Anker - 27 May 2012

Le Havre Le France

Le Roman D'une Ville - Openair Museum of photography along the beach in Le Havre to mark the 50th anniversary of the first trip by the liner LE FRANCE - 28 May 2012

Le Havre

A few non-ship photos around Le Havre. The Skate Park near the beach, St Joseph Church, Société des Régates du Havre building, Port de Plaisance/marina, Le Havre Docks Vaubin - 28 May 2012

Blankenberge Lighthouse

Photos taken from the tram between Ostend and Blankenberge, through Bredene and Wenduine. Glimpses of TEF's GARDENIA, cargo vessel PACIFIC SUN, Blankenberge lighthouse and more [it's a magpie hidden in the tree] 27 May 2012


AIDAMAR arriving and turning at Le Havre - 28 May 2012


Close-up views of AIDAMAR at Le Havre - 28 May 2012

Astral Ace

ASTRAL ACE arriving at Le Havre 15:15, taken from a Harbour boat trip - 28 May 2012

Azamara Journey

AZAMARA JOURNEY had been in Rouen on 28 May and the first 2 photos are taken from a distance at Le Havre as she had not long sailed out the Seine ; The rest in Southampton - 29 May 2012

Caribbean Princess

CARIBBEAN PRINCESS berthed at Ocean Terminal, 46, Southampton. Some photos with vehicle carrier JINSEI MARU, Tug Tender CALSHOT and the Jubilee Sailing Trust's TENACIOUS - 26 May 2012

Celebrity Eclipse

CELEBRITY ECLIPSE alongside at Southampton's City Cruise Terminal at 10:00 and then again from astern as she sails down Southampton Water into the Solent at 17:30 - 26 May 2012


CMA CGM BELLINI arriving at Le Havre assisted by tug VB GASCOGNE 20:30 - 20: 45 28 May 2012

Grande San Paolo

Grimaldi Lines' GRANDE SAN PAOLO at Southampton 10:00 26 May 2012


A trip around Le Havre Harbour aboard VILLE DE FECAMP. It lasted 1 1/2 hours but most of the time was spent in Port 2000 watching cranes discharging containers from PERSEUS J and NYK VENUS 28 May 2012


Other Vessels at Southampton on Departure - 26 May 2012


Other vessels at Southampton early in the morning of 29 May 2012 between 05:40 and 08:00

Pacific Sapphire

Tankers at Fawley - 26 May 2012

Norman Voyager

Views of the Port of Le Havre and miscellaneous vessels around the port, taken from the shore and at sea - 28 May 2012

Port of Zeebrugge

Views of the Port of Zeebrugge and vessels berthed - 27 May 2012

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The Fred. Olsen Line

For anyone interested in the History of Fred. Olsen Lines look no further than Anthony Cooke's "The Fred. Olsen Line and its Passenger Ships" (Dec2007). A comprehensive history, well illustrated, of the many passenger vessels, cruise ships along with the ferries & cargo liners, owned by the company since 1848. Pictures of many of these ships adorn the bulkheads of Balmoral, more specifically in the Morning Light Pub [named after Olsen's largest sailing vessel] & Card Room.

The Olsen Figureheads/Gallionsfigurer have a chapter to themselves. Practically every Olsen ship from BAYARD 1936 to BLENHEIM 1970 had a bronze figurehead or bow decoration; many of which were removed & saved from the ships when sold on or scrapped, with one even salvaged from a wreck. Some of these are displayed aboard the current cruise ships, Black Prince, Black Watch, Boudicca, Braemar & Balmoral, others are in Scotland, England, Norway & on La Gomera.