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.

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About Michael L. Grace

MICHAEL L. GRACE is part of the award winning team that created the internationally performed award winning musical SNOOPY, based on PEANUTS by Charles M. Schultz. SNOOPY continues to be one of the most produced shows (amateur & stock) in America/Worldwide and has had long running productions in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and in London's West End. There are over 100 individual productions every year. He has written movies for TV, including the award-winning thriller LADY KILLER, various pilots and developed screenplays for Kevin Costner and John Travolta. Besides co-writing and co-producing SNOOPY, he wrote and produced the one-man play KENNEDY. He produced P.S. YOUR CAT IS DEAD by pulitzer prize winning author James Kirkwood. He wrote the stage thriller FINAL CUT which had productions in the UK, South Africa and Australia. His one-man play, KENNEDY - THE MAN BEHIND THE MYTH, was developed for HBO and has starred Andrew Stevens, Gregory Harrison and Joseph Bottoms. He has recently been involved in European productions with CLT-UFA, Europe's leading commercial television and radio broadcaster. He wrote MOWs THE DOLL COLLECTION, THE BOTTOM LINE and LAST WITNESS for German television. While in college and graduate school he worked as a foreign correspondent for COMBAT, the famous leftwing Paris daily, and as a travel writer. He visited more than 50 countries. He struggled as an actor, then joined the enemy and entered the training program at William Morris. He became a publicist and worked for Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley's manager, at Paramount and MGM. He followed with a brief stint as a story executive, working in the frantic horror genre period of the early 80s and wrote THE UNSEEN. He went onto write for episodic television and develop series pilots. He was a continuing writer on such series such as LOVE BOAT, PAPER DOLLS, and KNOTS LANDING. He developed screenplays for such major award winning directors as Nicolas Meyers, Tony Richardson and J. Lee Thompson. He has written for all the major networks and studios. He has been hired numerous times as a script doctor, doing many uncredited rewrites on TV movies and features. He is currently writing A PERSON OF INTEREST, a thriller novel, and, IT'S THE LOVE BOAT... AND HOW IT CHANGED CRUISING BY SHIP a non-fiction book dealing with how the hit TV series as a major cultural phenomenon and altered the style of cruising by ship. He was raised in Los Angeles. He attended St. Paul's, USC and the Pasadena Playhouse. He received a B.A from San Francisco State University where he majored in theatre arts and minored in creative writing. He is listed as a SFSU leading alumni. He also apprenticed at ACT - The American Conservatory Theatre. For a brief period he had intentions of becoming an Episcopal(Anglican) priest and attended seminary at Kelham Theological College in the UK. When "the calling" wasn't there, he left seminary and did graduate work at the American University of Beirut. He has guest lectured at USC, UC San Diego, McGill, Univ. of London and the Univ. of Texas on the business aspects of making a living and surviving as a writer, focusing on development hell, in the Hollywood entertainment industry. Grace is a lifetime member of the Writers Guild of America, the Dramatist Guild and former regional chairman of the Steamship Historical Society of America. He resides in Palm Springs.

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