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The Cruise: A Life at Sea aboard Balmoral with the BBC

Tune in to BBC2 at 8.30pm on Tuesday 9th July 2013, for the first episode of a 6 part documentary entitled ‘The Cruise: A Life at Sea’. It was filmed on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines‘ flagship Balmoral, during her 112 night World Cruise, or Grand Voyage, which departed from Southampton on 5th January 2013. During the 112 night World Cruise, Balmoral crossed 3 oceans, and visited 33 locations in 20 countries, before arriving back in Southampton on 27th April 2013.

The observational documentary has been produced by the BBC’s Religion and Ethics Department. It follows the Reverend Colin Still, who is an Anglican Chaplain with The Mission to Seafarers, as he gives advice, support and solace to his ‘parish at sea’. With over 1,700 passengers and crew on board, Reverend Still was much in demand, conducting services, renewing wedding vows, and escorting tours ashore, as well as giving spiritual advice and guidance, no matter what the persons religion was.

Another way to have a look at what Balmoral is like is to watch this short video, which is of me showcasing the ship for other travel agents, at the 2011 UK Cruise Convention in Southampton.

If you would like details on a future World Cruise or Grand Voyage with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, call GoCruise with Ian on 01455821770 or 08002922850. Alternatively click on the following links. Various shorter sectors of the World Cruises are available.

  • L1401 – 104 nights on Balmoral departing 5th January 2014
  • W1401 – 114 nights on Black Watch departing 14th January 2014
  • L1501 – 119 nights on Balmoral departing 4th January 2015
  • W1501 – 69 nights on Black Watch departing 6th January 2015