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Closer Magazine Winter 2013-14

YOUR LETTERS www.fredolsencruises.com 65 A Fishy Tail? Well it’s just over a week already since our wonderful North Cape cruise on Balmoral. It was our first time on this ship but we’ve sailed on the others in the fleet. It was also our best cruise – not counting our first ever cruise on Black Watch, way back in 1997 – but then I think the first of anything enjoyable is probably always memorable. For once in his life my husband listened to me and packed his ‘holiday’ fishing gear; a three-part fishing rod, reel and paraphernalia. He didn’t fish at the first two ports – Molde and Tromsø – because he felt he ought to wander ashore with me, even though he can no longer walk very far, or very fast! I managed to persuade him to let me do my own thing in Honningsvåg and from then on there was no stopping him. He loved every minute of it. I enjoyed the freedom to roam and the crew enjoyed the spoils of his labour! So at each remaining port that’s where he was to be found, on the harbour, right next to the ship. No doubt there will be a few more men doing the same thing in future, judging by the number who wished they’d thought of it too. Barbara Simpson Snaps from my Brownie Box camera taken in 1955 As a young nurse I had spent 2 years working in Canada. My parents came out on a Fred. Olsen cargo ship (the Balblon or the Ben Como) to Los Angeles to meet me and we returned home together on the Bataan. There were just 12 passengers and we mixed with the officers for bridge games, sack races and the like. As you can see, the swimming pool was rather different from the modern ones, being a canvas container filled with sea water! The journey through the Panama Canal was memorable as indeed was the whole trip. Betty Hocking facebook Wow, at long last it is happening. We took our daughter and her partner on a Mini Cruise from Liverpool in June this year. They liked it so much that they agreed to marry summer 2014 and take their honeymoon on a Fred. Olsen cruise. We are over the moon because they have asked us to go with them! Michael Petty Whale watching with Braemar in Husavik, Iceland yesterday; life doesn’t have many bigger moments than seeing 360 foot hump back whales less than 10 meters from the boat. On this trip so far I have seen five Minke whales, six Hump back whales, approximately 60 dolphins, around 100 puffins and around 20 seals; all in their natural habitat and still four days in Norway to come. Thanks Fred. Olsen – already a trip that dreams are made of. Rattus Rat


Closer Magazine Winter 2013-14
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