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February 20, 2014 Cruise, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ 1350-passenger flagship, Balmoral, has become an internet sensation after video footage of its dramatic ‘stretch’ by 30 metres at the Blohm + Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany was posted on popular websites.

After hitting the BBC and Daily Mail websites, among others, the clip has now been seen and enjoyed by more than 350,000 viewers online.FIA-250x250

The footage, captured in 2008 by production company MK Timelapse, shows the long process of inserting the 3500-tonne, 30-metre mid-section – which took 70 days to complete – condensed into just over one minute. Thirty metres is about one-third the length of a football pitch.

The video clip – just 1 minute and 12 seconds long – also shows the repainting of the ship and the addition of its new name.

Balmoral was built in 1988 for Royal Cruise Line, and was originally named Crown Odyssey. The vessel, which now weighs 43,537 GRT and is 218.18m in length, was purchased by Fred. Olsen in 2008, and was given a makeover shortly thereafter, to provide 186 guest cabins, 53 crew cabins and 60 balcony cabins and to create the new smaller, more intimate restaurants of the Spey and Avon, on Deck 10.

In a feat of engineering that defies belief, the ship is cut in half and extended by inserting the new mid-section, which had to match the existing fabric of the ship with absolute precision.

To see the incredible footage of Balmoral being stretched, click here or view below.



Written by : Peter Needham

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