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Date Published: September 28, 2011
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Fred. Olsen's Balmoral Detained in Southampton
fred-olsen-balmoral (11:00 a.m. EDT) -- One of the U.K.'s most popular cruise lines, Fred. Olsen, has run into a bit of trouble in the port of Southampton.

Balmoral, the newest and largest of Fred. Olsen's fleet of four ships, was detained in its homeport on Tuesday before eventually setting sail today (28 September), more than a half-day after its scheduled departure time. According to an official from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the enforcement body for maritime safety policy in the U.K., Balmoral was detained due to a "technical deficiency with the lifeboat davits and inconsistent record keeping of crew hours of rest. The deficiencies have now been rectified, and the vessel was released at 1:30 p.m."

Fred. Olsen issued a statement about the delay, which shortened a nine-night Iberian Peninsula cruise, citing "technical difficulties." Balmoral's revised itinerary sees the ship stopping in Lisbon, Portugal and Vigo, La Coruña and Getxo in Spain before a sea day and eventual arrival back in Southampton. A stop in Hendaye, France, was removed from the itinerary to account for the delay.

According to a Fred. Olsen spokesperson, all the line's passengers will receive £50 pounds in onboard credit as compensation for the delay.

--by Jamey Bergman, Web Content Manager, U.K.

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