Balmoral & Aurora
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, most cruise lines suspended operations.  Fred Olsen announced on the 13th March 2020 that all their ships would stop.  Balmoral was the first of three due in Southampton.  She arrived in the middle of the night on the 16th.  Meanwhile P&O formally announced on the 16th the Carnival policy of stopping until the 11th April.  Aurora had previously sailed on a Northern Lights cruise on the 12th only for Norway to close all ports so she zigzagged her way back down the North Sea from the following day.  Balmoral was due to depart at 5pm but was twenty minutes late.  Aurora moved to her berth later than night.

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© Patricia Dempsey 16th March 2020
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