Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines attend ‘National UK Tribute Awards 2013’ to celebrate success of on board performer ‘Talon’

Published on : Wednesday, November 13, 2013

talon1_MediumFred. Olsen Cruise Lines is proud to have supported tribute band, ‘Talon’, at the recent ‘National UK Tribute Awards 2013’ ahead of their return on board Balmoral’s seven-night L1409 ‘Discover France, Spain & Guernsey’ cruise, departing from Southampton on 20th July 2014.


At the awards ceremony, that was held at Garrick Theatre in Lichfield on 30th October 2013, Fred. Olsen sponsored the award for ‘Marketing & Business’, which was awarded to ‘Talon Music Ltd.’ for their successful promotion and organising of Black Watch’s ‘Antwerp & Amsterdam’ mini-cruise in 2012. The band worked closely with the Group Sales team at Fred. Olsen to exclusively advertise and sell this ‘Talon’ dedicated cruise to their fan base. On board, ‘Talon’ performed a variety of concerts, hosted a ‘Talon-Factor’ competition, a ‘Talon’ themed cocktail party, a ‘Talon’ quiz and even brought their very own comedian, Mr. John Evans, on to entertain guests.


At the award ceremony ‘Talon’ was also voted ‘The Best ‘Eagles’ National Tribute Band 2013’.

Ellie Fulcher, Group Sales Manager for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “Firstly I would like to congratulate ‘Talon’ on their fantastic awards. We, at Fred. Olsen, are very pleased to see ‘Talon’ achieve the recognition they deserve for their hard work, dedication and success. When we were approached by the awards committee to sponsor the category we were more than happy to be involved. We have a great partnership with ‘Talon’ and they are extremely popular with our guests and crew!


The band has always been an absolute pleasure to work with and as well as looking forward to their return on board in 2014, we very much hope that we will be able to organise a dedicated ‘Talon Music’ cruise again in the future.”


In 2014, sat on bar stools and armed with no more than their trademark four-part vocal harmony, acoustic instruments and ‘laid-back banter’, ‘Talon’ band members Jonny Miller, Chris Lloyd, Peter Anderson and Keith Buck will perform an eclectic mix of contemporary acoustic classics on board Balmoral, from James Taylor, Simon & Garfunkel, Cat Stevens, Crosby Stills & Nash, The Everly Brothers, Michael Jackson and, of course, The Eagles.


As well as the fantastic music guests can enjoy on this cruise, they will visit some beautiful destinations too.


First call is La Pallice (France), where guests can enjoy tours of La Rochelle’s arcaded streets, ancient wooden houses and stately mansions. This well-preserved city also has a bustling fishing harbour, and excellent shops and restaurants.


Balmoral then visits Getxo (Spain), where guests are encouraged to visit Bilbao. No visit to this beautiful destination would be complete without a stop at the Guggenheim Museum; but before venturing inside, take a walk around the perimeter to take in just how spectacular the building is. For those who wish to travel a little further, tours to the surrounding Alamedas or the Basque coastline offer stunning views.


After a visit to Gijon in Spain, Balmoral then continues on to St. Peter Port in Guernsey, giving guests the opportunity to discover its unique history. A quaint and charming town, there is a mix of tiered gardens, stylish shops and chic cafés. Castle Cornet has stood guard over the town for 800 years. Guests are also encouraged to visit The Old Quarter, with its eclectic mix of antique shops and locally made crafts. The cruise then returns to Southampton.


Prices for this cruise start from £699 per person, based on two adults sharing an inside twin-bedded cabin, and include all meals, accommodation and entertainment on board, and port taxes.


Fred. Olsen was delighted to be voted ‘Best Affordable Cruise Line’ and runner-up ‘Best Cruise Line’ in the ‘Cruise International Awards 2013’, and ‘Best Value Cruise Line’ in the ‘2013 Cruise Critic UK Editors’ Picks Awards’.


Source:- Fred.Olsen Cruise

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