May 27, 2019 – Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines was pleased to showcase its ‘closer’ credentials to its guests on board Balmoral and Braemar on 21st May 2019, when the two ships docked alongside each other in Fred. Olsen’s historic home city of Oslo, Norway. As well as taking a range of shore excursions around Oslo, or making the most of the opportunity to explore this fascinating city independently, over 100 Fred. Olsen guests were also able to experience an exhilarating ride on the Rigid Inflatable Boats (‘RIBs’) aboard Balmoral and Braemar, and also to enjoy a first-ever visit to the Olsen family estate at Hvitsten, located on atmospheric Oslofjord. Peter Deer, Commercial Director at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “When we realised that Balmoral and Braemar would both be in Oslo on 21st May 2019 and this happened to coincide with the launch of two brand new RIBs, which were being installed on board Braemar that day, we decided that it was a great opportunity to put all our power boats into full use across the two ships. “A highlight for guests taking part in our special RIBs event in Olso – which came only a few days after the capital’s annual ‘National Day’ celebrations on 17th May – was a visit to the picturesque gardens in Hvitsten, the Olsen family’s Summer home. Here, dozens of figureheads have been placed around the grounds, from the Olsen’s many cargo ships over the decades. “Each figurehead has its own story to tell, allowing our guests to get behind the real heritage of this long-standing shipping business and to get a ‘closer’ insight into our family ethos and values.” Guests were able to enjoy a guided tour around the Olsen’s Hvitsten estate, taking in the beach, the old warehouse, the old school and museum, and wooden clapboard church, and to witness the breath-taking ships’ figureheads – many created by famous artists and sculptors – in a variety of spectacular settings around the grounds. Fred. Olsen’s new state-of-the-art RIBs – built in Norway – were first introduced for the 2019/20 cruise programme, with two installed on board Boudicca, and a further two each on Black Watch and Balmoral. Braemar has now received her complement of two new RIBs. The impressive, high-speed RIBs have proved very popular since their introduction, as demand grows amongst Fred. Olsen guests for more adventurous experiences and activities – in fact, a recent onboard guest survey identified that 66% would consider taking a Fred. Olsen ‘closer’ RIB excursion in future. The RIBS are used to enhance the ‘closer’ experiences in enticing scenic destinations around the world, such as the Norwegian fjords and the Canary Islands, and they were used to great effect in Cádiz in September 2018, for Fred. Olsen’s historic 170th anniversary ‘Captains in Cádiz’ celebrations.
Dead body in a mortuaryA Sri Lankan tourist, critically injured after she was hit by a two-wheeler in front of a petrol pump at Khuldabad in Aurangabad, India died in a city hospital on Saturday night, the Times of India reported.Assistant police inspector Abhijit More said the 64-year-old woman, Soida Buthkarne was a resident of Sri Lanka and had come to the city as part of a tourist group of 127 members. The group, mostly comprising of elderly couples, had come to the state on Thursday and visited the Ajanta caves. “After finding that the tourists did not have enough finances to take back the body of the deceased, the Aurangabad rural superintendent of police Navinchandra Reddy contributed Rs 22, 000 from his pocket, which prompted some civilians and even the MTDC to help them take her back to her country,” an officer said.The Aurangabad rural police in coordination with the Sri Lankan embassy has made arrangements for the same. (Colombo Gazette) The Khuldabad police have registered a case of negligent driving and causing death due to negligence against the two-wheeler rider Vishal Tatyrao Bali (21), a farmer hailing from Suli Bhanjan in the district, and have seized his two-wheeler. “On Friday, they went to see the Ellora caves and were on their way back, when their buses halted near a petrol pump at Khuldabad for sugarcane juice at 3 pm. Some of the tourists went to the nearby toilet, while others started taking out the stoves they were carrying for cooking food. Buthkarne suddenly tried running to the other side of the road, and was hit by a speeding bike. She was soon rushed to the rural hospital, but when her condition deteriorated, she was taken to GMCH. She died while under treatment at around 8.30 pm on Saturday,” said a police officer.