UK-based cruise shipping line Fred Olsen Cruise Lines’ flagship, Balmoral, has celebrated calling at Myanmar’s commercial hub Yangon for the first time, the Norwegian-owned company said.
The 1,350-guest ship stayed for two nights in the Southeast Asian nation’s exotic city, and then headed to Singapore.
Captain Robert Bamberg, master of Balmoral, said: “We are proud to be able to offer our guests such a wide range of worldwide itineraries, with so many exciting new ports of call on this ‘World Cruise’ – our longest ever, at 114 nights.
“We would like to thank the people of Myanmar to for their warm welcome and our guests are very excited to be able to see and experience this beautiful country.”
Balmoral’s global odyssey takes place in South America, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, India and the Middle East, and visits 24 countries, including the new ports of Hiroshima, Kobe (Osaka) and Yokohama in Japan, and Nawiliwili (Kauai) and Honolulu in Hawaii.
Fred. Olsen is owned by Bonheur and Ganger Rolf and part of the Fred. Olsen Group. The company originated in Hvitsten, a small town on Oslofjord in Norway, in 1848 by three Olsen brothers, who bought their first ships and began an international shipping company. The company is now into the fifth generation of the family and operates various companies within the cruise and passenger shipping trade, as well as aviation, ships’ crewing, ship building and offshore industries.