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Balmoral Turnaround at Southampton

Photographs  John H. Luxton 2012

Fred Olsen Lines Balmoral seen at City Cruise Terminal on the morning of April 03, 2012at around 11:05. She had just arrived several hours late from her first cruise of the year L1201 a circumnavigation of South America which had begun on January 05, 2012.

The delay was caused by a medical emergency which required the ship to rendezvous with a rescue helicopter to effect a medivac. She was attended by the Veolia waste removal vessel SEAGREEN and the Whittaker bunkering tanker WHITONIA.

Despite the late arrival at Southampton the ship still managed to get away on schedule around 16:30 on her next cruise L1202 "The Titanic Mini Cruise".

Two captains were noted to be on the bridge during departure - Captain Bamberg and Captain Knutsen, though Captain Bamberg was master for the cruise.

At the Mayflower Cruise Terminal could be seen the new SAGA SAPPHIRE which was also preparing to depart with tug assistance. BALMORAL departed unasisited. The Southampton pilot was picked up by pilot vessel HAMSTEAD near the Nab Tower. .


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