Port of Galveston Welcomes M/V Balmoral on Maiden Call
GALVESTON, Texas - On Wednesday January 25, 2012, the M/V Balmoral of Fred Olsen Cruise Lines will call at the Port during its first voyage to the United States since February 13, 2010. She arrives with approximately 1300 passengers and 500 crew members on board.
After its first U.S. stop in Key West on Jan. 21 the ship sailed to New Orleans and set sail to Galveston this evening as part of the Around South America Grand Voyage, which departed Southampton Jan. 5, 2012 and will sail for 89 nights.
The largest and newest cruise ship in Fred.Olsen's fleet, Balmoral offers a wide range of facilities, yet still enjoys a home-from-home atmosphere. Named after the Scottish home of the Royal Family, Balmoral has accommodation for about 1,300 passengers, through 710 cabins and suites. All the ship's public rooms have a Scottish theme: its principal restaurant, Ballindalloch, is named after a Speyside village and castle; while the ship's other two formal restaurants, Avon and Spey are named in honor of two of Scotland's loveliest salmon rivers.
“The Port of Galveston is very pleased to welcome the M/V Balmoral to Galveston Island,” stated Steve Cernak, Port Director. “This ship call provides the perfect opportunity to showcase our many sites and attractions.”
The vessel is scheduled to arrive in Galveston tomorrow morning. Several shore excursions from Galveston Island Tours are being offered to cruise passengers. The excursions include a Historic Galveston tour to include Bishop’s Palace, the Railroad Museum, Moody Gardens, the Great Storm, the Ocean Star Off Shore Museum and NASA Space Center . Passengers are also offered the opportunity to discover the many shopping and entertainment possibilities of the Historic Strand District.
The Port of Galveston is Texas’ gateway for cruise sailings and international trade. The Port serves as the primary point of embarkation for cruises to the western Caribbean and handles over 860,000 cruise passengers annually with an estimated 1million in 2012. Four cruise lines, Carnival Cruise Lines, Disney Cruise Line, Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean, sail from Texas’ only cruise port. The Port is a self supporting enterprise fund with operating revenues of approximately $21 million. It does not rely on tax dollars for operations. For more information please visit www.portofgalveston.com.