The largest cruise liner in UK-based Fred Olsen Cruise Line’s fleet, the 218m Balmoral, docked in Dubai Tuesday ahead of her departure for Muscat, Oman later in the evening.
The 43,537-gross ton ship, named after the home of the British Royal Family in Scotland, carries 1,350 passengers in 710 cabins, making her a comparatively small ship compared to the leviathans operated by larger lines such as Royal Caribbean and Carnival Corporation.
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Balmoral is on the second leg of a World Cruise, which departed Southampton on January 5th, her Dubai departure marks the beginning of the Dubai-San Diego voyage, a 50-night cruise that includes port calls at Muscat, Mumbai, Colombo, Yangon, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Kobe, Yokohama, Honolulu, Hilo and San Diego.
This leg can also be extended so that passengers cruise from Dubai all the way to Southampton, England, an 81-night voyage that includes a Panama Canal transit and a trans-Atlantic homeward crossing.
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This will not be Balmoral’s final visit to Dubai and the Arabian Gulf. On January 28th, 2015 she will depart Southampton once more on her next World Cruise, which will again include a port call in Dubai. For those of you with the time, why not join the ship in Southampton and cruise with her home?
If you don’t have several weeks to spend at sea, Fred Olsen Cruise Line is also operating a number of shorter cruises of five days or fewer from her traditional home ports in England (Southampton, Dover, Liverpool and Tilbury) as well as foreign departure ports (Sydney and Antwerp).