Crown Odyssey
This 34,250grt ship, built for Royal Cruise Line and delivered in 1988 was in Southampton on the 7th September the same year.  Royal Cruise Line was taken over by Norwegian Cruise Line the following year and in 1996 Crown Odyssey became Norwegian Odyssey during a fleet reshuffle.  She regained her original name after a move to Orient Line (owned by NCL) in 2000 but transferred back to the NCL fleet in 1996 as Norwegian Crown.  In 2006 she was sold to Fred.Olsen Cruise Line, effective from August, but Star Cruises chartered her until November 2007 so she could continue her planned itinery when she was handed over to Fred Olsen to become Balmoral.  The following photo is her in Southampton on the above mentioned date.
Balmoral made an unexpected visit to Southampton at the beginning of February 2008 so she could be repaired instead of sailing on her original maiden voyage.  To see photos of her arriving looking slightly different to her original design after NCL and Fred Olsen made alterations, click here.

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© Patricia Dempsey 7th September 1988 & 30th March 2006
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5th February 2008