Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Commemorate RMS Titanic with Fred. Olsen

Next April marks the centenary of one of the most momentous events in cruising history, the tragic sinking of the RMS Titanic. To mark the occasion, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines will be operating a mini-cruise aboard Balmoral, calling at each of the historic ports on the liner’s short-lived maiden voyage.

The ill-fated Titanic, then the world’s largest passenger steamship, was the pride of the White Star Line and departed with great fanfare and excitement from Southampton on April 10, 1912. The Olympic-class liner was carrying 2,223 passengers en route to New York when she struck an iceberg and sank on April 15. The tragedy resulted in the deaths of 1,517 people, making it one of the most serious peacetime disasters in maritime history.

Fred. Olsen’s five-night mini cruise, L1202, departs from Southampton on April 3, 2012, and visits Liverpool – port of departure for so many thousands of migrants and luxury travellers to the New World – and Belfast, the city in which Titanic was built, before returning to Southampton. In Belfast, there will be an opportunity to see the site of the Harland and Wolff shipyard where the ill-fated ship was built between 1909 and 1911. Guests can also see the new state-of-the-art, six-storey visitor’ centre, Titanic Belfast, at the shipyard, which is opening its doors for the first time in April 2012 to mark the centenary.

Prices for this historic five-night cruise start from only £559 per person, based on two adults sharing an inside twin cabin, Grade ‘I’. The price includes accommodation, all meals and entertainment onboard and port taxes.

For further info, see www.fredolsencruises.com or contact the specialist cruise agents of The Cruise Line Ltd.