Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines will be celebrating Burns Night – this Wednesday 25th January 2012 – aboard each of its four ships – Balmoral, Braemar, Black Watch and Boudicca.
As the ships’ names suggest, the cruise line has strong ties with Scotland, and ‘Burns Night’ – to commemorate the life and poetry of Robert Burns – is always marked in style.
The ships will be all over the world on Wednesday: Balmoral will be in Galveston, Texas, on her 89-night ‘Cruise to the New World’; Braemar will be in Road Town, Tortola on her 15-night ‘Caribbean Islands’ cruise; Boudicca will be at sea en route from Tenerife to Barbados on her 35-night ‘Cuba and Caribbean’ cruise; and Black Watch will be sailing from Safaga, Egypt to Salalah, Oman as part of her epic 106-night ‘World Cruise’.
Guests are encouraged to dress for the occasion in full evening dress for dinner, and are encouraged to add a ‘Hint of Tartan’ to their outfits.
The evening begins with a themed cocktail party, then at dinner there is the ‘Parade of the Haggis’, and ‘Address to a Haggis’ by a Scottish crew member, or guest, on board.
The haggis is presented with great ceremony, and is served with the traditional ‘neeps and tatties’.
A special flyer on the history of Robert Burns is provided to all guests, and a themed quiz is held after dinner.
Fred. Olsen has dedicated cruises from two Scottish ports, Greenock and Rosyth.
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