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Island Celebrates Balmoral's 22nd Season 29 May 2008

The Isle of Man has welcomed back the historic pleasure ship Balmoral on her summer sailing programme around the coasts of England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and the Isle of Man. The ship, owned by Waverley Excursions, has been visiting the Island for no less than 22 years. Yesterday, Thursday 29 May, Geoff Corkish MBE MHK and political member of the Department of Tourism and Leisure presented Captain Andy O’Brian, Senior Master for Waverley Excursions, with a commemorative plaque to mark the number of years the ship has been visiting the Island. Mr Corkish said:

The Balmoral has been a part of our summer season and is always a great attraction. I am pleased to welcome her back to the Island as she brings back a great tradition of pleasure cruising. We look forward to welcoming her passengers to our Island and I am certain that our Island residents and visitors will take advantage of taking a pleasure cruise on her.

The Balmoral was built in 1949 and can carry more than 600 passengers. She is professionally crewed and passengers can take a leisurely walk on the wooden sun decks and take refreshments in the dining saloons and bars whilst also enjoying the comfortable heated observation lounges.

The ship is offering two afternoon excursions from Douglas to Port St Mary and the Calf of Man on Saturday 31st May and Sunday 1st June, leaving at 1.30pm.

Dick Clague, the local co-ordinator on the Island, said: ‘We are delighted that the Balmoral’s unique contribution to Manx tourism is now being publicly recognised and would like to thank all those who support the continued operation of this classic coastal excursion vessel.

Tickets are priced at £15.95 or £13.95 for pensioners. They can be bought on board on the day or by calling 0845 130 4647 or log on to www.waverleyexcursions.co.uk. Alternatively call in to Richmond Travel, Duke Street, Douglas. Afternoon cruise passengers should arrive at the Sea Terminal at least 15 minutes before departure time.

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