Fred Olsen Cruise Lines celebrated a historic gathering of its fleet this week with the Four Bs in Bergen. Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch sailed into Norway’s second city for a day of celebration and festivities.
It was the first time the quartet – from a company proud of its Norwegian heritage – had been together anywhere in the world.
The ships arrived in convoy in the early morning sunshine and formed up into diamond formation for their evening departure.
Passengers were welcomed by a marching band and locals in Norwegian national costume. During the day they were entertained by an inter-crew tug-of-war contest, a lively country fayre, and performances by opera singer Anthony Stewart-Lloyd. Guests also took part in a treasure hunt and went on specially-themed shore excursions.
They dined on Norwegian dishes including home-made gravadlax and clioudberry pie, and drank their fill of complimentary cocktails.
Balmoral’s master, Captain Victor Stoica, said: “This was a memorable event in the history of Fred Olsen cruise Lines and I am honoured to have been part of it.
“There has been an electric atmosphere on board since we sailed from Southampton and our guests have enjoyed every single second.”
Also present during the day were Fred Olsen and Fred Olsen Jnr, the fifth and sixth generations of the family company which began operations from the village of Hvitsten, just outside Oslo, in 1848.
In total, Fred Olsen ships will make 17 cruise calls in Bergen during 2015, bringing almost 17,000 guests to the city.
Picture credit: Keith Toy, Victory Film & Television/Ocean Images UK