Cruise Ship Season Kicks Off in Style, Setting Falmouth Abuzz!

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With the arrival of the cruise ships Balmoral and Viking Jupiter over Easter, the 2023 cruise season got off to a great start, as reported by Yahoo.

Meet and greet

On Easter Monday, both the Balmoral, from Southampton for Rouen on a five-day “Easter on the River Seine” voyage, and the Viking Jupiter, which was departing Leixoes for Viking Ocean Cruises’ well-liked “Bergen to Barcelona cruise,” arrived.

We had 15 ambassadors on the morning shift and seven in the afternoon, according to Phil Body, chair of the Falmouth Ambassadors, a group of committed volunteers who meet and greet passengers from every ship. Balmoral was hauling Viking Jupiter 837 and 1,019 passengers.


Six coaches were assigned to Viking Jupiter and 16 coaches to Balmoral for excursions to various spots in southwest Cornwall. For every port of call, Viking Ocean Cruises offers a local tour that is included in the cruise fare.

The Falmouth Ambassadors saw more than 1,300 passengers choose to tour the bustling town during the 10.5 hours that both ships were in port.

Passengers gave us overwhelmingly positive feedback about both the town and us, the cruise ship ambassadors, Phil added.

The Spirit of Discovery (May 4), Deutschland (May 11), Renaissance (May 16), Artania (May 23), AIDAaura (May 29), and Balmoral (May 29) are among the next group of ships planned to arrive in May.

Slowly but surely, berth reservations for 2024 and 2025 are trickling in.

Along with several calls by Princess Cruises’ Caribbean Princess and Island Princess, the Viking Ocean Cruises ships Viking Saturn, Viking Mars, Viking Sky, and Viking Star will also make port calls in 2024.

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Source: Yahoo


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