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tuffy88
January 10th, 2008, 07:07 PM
Does anyone know when the Norwegian Crown will begin cruising with Fred Olson? And where it will cruise? I cruised on it before Olson acquired it and would like to try it again with the new owners.

Charles

petergoesrock
January 11th, 2008, 08:20 AM
Does anyone know when the Norwegian Crown will begin cruising with Fred Olson? And where it will cruise? I cruised on it before Olson acquired it and would like to try it again with the new owners.

Charles

The renamed Balmoral starts it's first cruise for Fred Olsen on 30th January 08 from Dover, England. The Balmoral will then be in the caribbean until April when it will transfer to the Med for 2 months.

tuffy88
January 11th, 2008, 11:43 AM
Thanks. Do you know what port it cruises from in the Carribean this winter?
Charles

tuffy88
January 11th, 2008, 11:44 AM
Thanks. Do you know what port it cruises from in the Carribean this winter?
Charles

tuffy88
January 11th, 2008, 11:45 AM
Thanks. Do you know what port it cruises from in the Carribean this winter?
Charles

MrsTW
January 11th, 2008, 02:09 PM
She's not sailing the Caribbean this winter....a couple of cruises Canada/New England in October then based in England mainly doing the Canary Islands.

cricket03
January 12th, 2008, 01:39 AM
The Balmoral is sailing in the Caribbean this winter. We are on her from Dover to Miami 2/13 and then she sails out of Miami to several Caribbean ports and back to Miami. Go on Fred.Olsen's website and you'll find the sailings. We're also sailing on her 3/3 out of Miami to St. Kitts, St. Barts, Antigua, Tortola --

tuffy88
January 12th, 2008, 09:43 AM
Thanks. Will check the Fred Olson web site.

Chatles

MrsTW
January 12th, 2008, 12:48 PM
Sorry tuffy...I thought you meant the winter coming up ! :confused: Her first sailing from Miami is not until March 3rd, when she has 4 sailings around the Caribbean. She returns to England in April and has no more Caribbean cruises in 2008. Fred Olsen's Braemar and Boudicaa will be based in the Caribbean winter 2008/9. :)

tuffy88
January 13th, 2008, 12:06 PM
Mrs TW

Thanks.

Charles

BenMurphy
January 19th, 2008, 10:56 AM
Does anyone know when the Norwegian Crown will begin cruising with Fred Olson? And where it will cruise? I cruised on it before Olson acquired it and would like to try it again with the new owners.

Charles
Why o why would you want to go on the Norwegian crown ever again? It's the wost ship we ever sailed on. Fred.Olson have enlarged it I think it's the Balmoral,have look on their web site.

EJNutz
January 19th, 2008, 03:49 PM
the website is at http://www.newfredolsenship.co.uk/

Anorak33
January 27th, 2008, 08:53 AM
Why o why would you want to go on the Norwegian crown ever again? It's the wost ship we ever sailed on. Fred.Olson have enlarged it I think it's the Balmoral,have look on their web site.


Could you please expand on your statement that this is the worst ship you ever sailed on?


Was it the food?
the service?
the size of cabin?

or what?

Cosmic Rays
January 28th, 2008, 03:42 PM
Hot off the Press...................................

The 30th January cruise has been CANCELLED today - she is not ready!!

EJNutz
January 28th, 2008, 03:53 PM
yes I was one of the passengers. I was notified a few hours ago. Now I am busy looking for something else.

The official notice is that it is due to technical reasons and is all about the extra bit fitted.

cricket03
February 1st, 2008, 06:21 AM
How many days/hours cancellation notice did FO give? We're scheduled on the 2/13 cruise but are leaving the afternoon of 2/11 to fly in a day early. If they cancel this cruise we prefer not to leave the US since we have a one-way ticket to England. And how did you receive notice - telephone? Mail? Thanks so much!

EJNutz
February 1st, 2008, 06:27 AM
I received a phone call from my TA at 4:30pm on the Monday, the cruise was on Wednesday. It was almost 48 hours notice. We were due to go down the night before, so it was cutting it fine.

I have been informed that the next cruise is to depart as scheduled.

cricket03
February 1st, 2008, 06:36 AM
I know the ship is scheduled to sail and I'm planning on that. Here in the US all TAs must go through a specific travel broker for FO so info can get delayed going through two parties to reach us. I think I'll call our TA next week and ask them to contact FO Mon am before we leave for the airport to double check. Thanks for the info -- we just hope we won't be disappointed like you were. Have you found another trip?

EJNutz
February 1st, 2008, 06:43 AM
We haven't found another trip yet. We will have a look around this weekend and go away in a few weeks.

cricket03
February 1st, 2008, 06:46 AM
Hope you find something as good or even better -- and warmer!

EMSOMICH
February 1st, 2008, 01:58 PM
I have not received any tickets yet for the 18th on Balmoral although I was told last week that they were being prepared. My post is rather eratic as the postman can not get in through the electric gates if no-one is in.


If they do not arrive to-morrow, perhaps I will 'phone Fred Olsen to see what the position is

I have been looking at alternatives just in case.

Anyone who missed out on 30th might find there is still room on the 13th. February cruise. There were some good offers. My booking is through Reader Offers and I am booked to get on 18th February in Teneriffe. This trip has charter flights involved so I imagine they will do their best to leave.

We have had a lovely sunny day in Southampton to-day but I need warmer sun!

Maureen

EJNutz
February 2nd, 2008, 02:29 PM
I have been to a cruise show today and spoke to the Fred Olsen Rep. She told me that the reason for the cancellation of the inaugural cruise was an electrical one. It could not be repaired in time for the first sailing. However it is expected to be sorted this weekend and the next cruise will depart as scheduled. In fact she tried to get me to book to go on it.

Miketap
February 4th, 2008, 11:45 AM
Looks like the 13 February departure will be from Southampton; the ship sailed there overnight last night and is due to remain until departure. More sheltered berth than at Dover and more shipyard assets avilable as they work to get the new and the old sections of the vessel talking to each other (electrically speaking).
Mike

cricket03
February 4th, 2008, 12:30 PM
Looks like the 13 February departure will be from Southampton; the ship sailed there overnight last night and is due to remain until departure. More sheltered berth than at Dover and more shipyard assets avilable as they work to get the new and the old sections of the vessel talking to each other (electrically speaking).
Mike

Where did you learn this? We are on this ship and haven't been notified. We're flying in a day early and had reservations to stay overnight in Dover -- would like to know if you are sure it is going to sail from Southhampton, not just in that dock until they move her back to Dover for sailing -- Thanks.

merecat
February 4th, 2008, 02:26 PM
FO say she has been moved to Southampton because of high winds in Dover ,she will leave Southampton this weekend and go back to Dover.

merecat
February 4th, 2008, 02:26 PM
:) FO say she has been moved to Southampton because of high winds in Dover ,she will leave Southampton this weekend and go back to Dover.

merecat
February 4th, 2008, 02:27 PM
:) FO say she has been moved to Southampton because of high winds in Dover ,she will leave Southampton this weekend and go back to Dover.

merecat
February 4th, 2008, 02:28 PM
:) FO say she has been moved to Southampton because of high winds in Dover ,she will leave Southampton this weekend and go back to Dover.

cricket03
February 4th, 2008, 04:14 PM
thanks, merecat. My TA called FO and also confirmed she was leaving from Dover. Now to tie up loose ends to get there.

Southampton Cruiser
February 12th, 2008, 07:57 AM
She is due to leave this afternoon but her time has already been changed from 3pm to 5pm and she has had no sea trials which is unusual after repairs. She arrived at lunchtime on the 4th (12 hours late due to wind which kept her in the Channel) and was always due to go today (Vessels in port originally said the 13th but was changed on the 5th to the 12th). Bon voyage! :D

Miketap
February 12th, 2008, 06:08 PM
Eventually left Southampton at 7.45 pm. About 11 hours to Dover.
Mike

EMSOMICH
February 13th, 2008, 02:31 PM
I am pleased to hear that the Balmoral eventually left Southampton. I did go to Weston Shore to see if she was going to sail at 3pm but gave up at 4pm. At least it was a nice day for a walk along the shore.

Maureen