April 10, 2012
The report says Balmoral, a Fred. Olsen ship, was delayed Tuesday when a medical emergency necessitated the removal of a passenger from the vessel via helicopter.
A statement from the line says the ship has turned around and will head 20 miles east to get closer to shore. It will resume sailing as soon as the passenger has been safely airlifted.
This comes just one day after the ship was delayed by strong winds and 30-foot waves in the Irish Sea.
Balmoral set sail from Southampton on Sunday on a 12-night memorial re-creation of the original itinerary, which passed by the French coast and called on the Irish port of Cobh on Monday.
Fred. Olsen tells Cruise Critic the delays will not impact the remainder of the ship's schedule, which includes a call on Halifax on the 16th before concluding in New York on the 19th.
--by Ashley Kosciolek, Copy Editor