Local dignitaries on board Balmoral included the Mayor & Mayoress of Harwich and representatives from Tendering District and Suffolk County Council, as well as regional tourism bodies, such as the Haven Gateway Partnership and Visit Essex.
" We are delighted to welcome such prestigious visitors aboard Balmoral, the nest and largest ship in our fleet. Fred. Olsen is a keen supporter of regional ports around the UK, and has been working with Harwich International Port for a number of years. Black Watch, the smallest and most traditional ship in our fleet, enjoyed a very successful call at the Port in August last year, and we know that this is a popular desition for our guests on coastal UK cruises."
Whilst enjoying 'brunch' and champagne on board the official plaque presentation ceremony took place in the Avon Restaurant, where Captain Atle Knutsen presented Steve Hume, Commercial Manager, Harwich International Port with the plaque. In exchange a photograph of Balmoral berthing alongside Harwich International Port earlier that morning was presented to Captain Atle Knutsen.
Currently we are unable to share with you any photographs from the official drawing presentation ceremony, as all photographs of the presentations held aboard were photographed by professionals on board photographers during the visit. We will however be issuing an official ' Balmoral visit & official drawing presentation ' blog post upon reciving the photographs from Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines.
" We were delighted to be able to join such prestigious visitors aboard Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' Balmoral at Harwich International Port earlier today, during the vessel's inaugural visit. It was an honour to given the opportunity to officially present our drawing of Balmoral to Captain Atle Knutsen on the bridge of the vessel. We certainly feel very proud and special to know that our drawing of Balmoral shall be displayed aboard the vessel permanently."
" Balmoral proved to be a truly lovely vessel, much like Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' Black Watch which we visited in August 2010, during her inaugural visit to Harwich International Port. I personally would like to take this opportunity to extend our appreciation to Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. We do hope to continue our connection with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines in the future and look forward to visiting another of their wonderful ships in the not too distant future. "