Harwich: Cruise company Fred.Olsen celebrates launch of new turnaround destination

A pipe band greets passengers to The Black Watch Fred. Olsen Cruise ship yesterday

A pipe band greets passengers to The Black Watch Fred. Olsen Cruise ship yesterday - Credit: Archant

The Ipswich-based operator welcomed a delegation of local VIPs on a visit to its 804-guest cruise ship, Black Watch, as when the ship made its first-ever turnaround call at Harwich International Port, departing on a 14-night European Capitals and Canals cruise.

Fred Olsen's Mike Bird welcomes guests to the Black Watch

Fred Olsen's Mike Bird welcomes guests to the Black Watch - Credit: Archant

Dignitaries visiting the ship included Mayor of Harwich Councillor John Thurlow, and Mayor of Ipswich, Councillor Mary Blake, along with representatives from local authorities, travel agents and tourism bodies.

Guests are show around the Ship's library during their tour of Black Watch

Guests are show around the Ship's library during their tour of Black Watch - Credit: Archant

Managing director Mike Rodwell said the new turnaround cruise season from Harwich built upon its already-close relationship with the port, as Black Watch and Balmoral have called in in the past as part of their itineraries.

The Black Watch moored at Harwich International Port

The Black Watch moored at Harwich International Port - Credit: Archant