Cruise Ship History: SS Balmoral cruise ship to trace RMS Titanic route.
Let’s do a little cruising in the past aboard the SS Balmoral.
The MS Balmoral in heavy seas. For most, the notion of a bad time on a luxurious vacation aboard a cruise ship would be eating some bad shellfish at a local port. For the unlucky passengers aboard the British cruise ship Balmoral, their 10 days of basking in the lap of luxury went awry when the ship encountered 50 ft. seas and 60 mph gale force nine winds. The Balmoral encountered the rough seas when attempting to transit the Bay of Biscay during a storm. According to reports, two passengers had to be taken to a hospital in Spain with broken bones.
Have you ever dreamed of taking an adventure vacation steeped in maritime history? Consider this unique opportunity: The Titanic Memorial Cruise on Balmoral, a 1,350 passenger cruise ship leaving Southampton, England on April 8, 2012.
Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, owner of Balmoral, is a subsidiary of the company that built the Titanic – Harland and Wolff. Got shivers yet? The cruise, planned by the British firm, Miles Morgan Travel, traces the route of the ill-fated Titanic and will mark the 100-year anniversary of the iceberg collision and subsequent sinking.
Leaving Southhampton, England bound for New York, Balmoral’s Titanic Memorial Cruise itinerary provides different options, and includes stops in Cobh, Ireland and Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Historically accurate dining and menus, entertainment and on-board activities, as well as lectures are all part of this vacation adventure. As would be expected, press and pundits are having a field day with the news.
The cruise line is Norwegian-owned and based in the United Kingdom. For U.S. travellers, Minneapolis-based Borton Overseas is handling reservations. Booking has already commenced and sales are brisk, according to the Miles Morgan web site.