cruise came about, as with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines having just
purchased and refitted Braemar they were offering some very good
deals. We only had the time [and money!] for a 7 day trip. So as we
wanted to visit the Norwegian Fjords it was an ideal itinerary.
Amsterdam is always a bonus. [Click
to return to the reflections]
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] &
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.