MS Balmoral cruise ship to trace RMS Titanic route


Cruise Ship History: SS Balmoral cruise ship to trace RMS Titanic route.

RMS Titanic.

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.



About Michael L. Grace

During the mid-80s, Michael Grace worked as a writer on the TV Hit Series THE LOVE BOAT. He wrote many of the two hour special featuring great stars of the past, including Lana Turner, Claire Trevor, Anne Baxter, Ethel Merman, Alexis Smith, etc. The public’s access to these stars, in familiar dramas and comedies, made them want to go on a cruise. They could see the stars in an ordinary world as “regular” people. The phenomenally successful series was responsible for creating the cruise industry as we know it today. By the time he was writing for Love Boat, the great steamship companies and their liners were flying hand me down foreign flags, painted like old whores, scrapped or doing three day cruises to the Bahamas. He had sailed on over thirty ships and liners with his parents, aunt and grandmother in late 50s to early 70s. The very successful CRUISING THE PAST website has been an outgrowth of Michael’s strong interest in cruise and social history. Drawing on his own knowledge and a vast maritime and social history collection, he is able to produce a very successful website. Michael is part of the award winning team that created the internationally performed award winning musical SNOOPY, based on PEANUTS by Charles M. Schultz. He has written for television and films. Read more by going to "About" (on the above dashboard) and clicking "Editor"…