The television series of the cruise


Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines



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The BBC filmed a four-month round the world cruise on board the Fred. Olsen cruise ship Balmoral earlier this year for a prime time series on BBC2 - and Sea Shell Communications undertook PR liaison on board for the second leg of the voyage, from Mexico to Australia. 

Rachael Jackson from Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines (FOCL), Sea Shell Communications, Sue Wilcock from Trebuchet PR, and Rachel and Kevin Sloane from Rachel Sloane Partnerships Ltd, each spent 3-4 weeks on board, working with the BBC to ensure that filming went smoothly.

The series, entitled 'The Cruise: A Life at Sea', was transmitted from Tuesday 9th July and for five successive weeks, at 8.30pm on BBC2.

Some media coverage: 

The Guardian, 13th August: "a moving, and brave, portrait of people" 

Daily Telegraph, 9th July

Captain Greybeard in the Mirror online, 10th July 

Let us sway – with onboard chaplain, was the caption in The Sun on Saturday 6th July to the photo (see below) taken by Cathy Shelbourne during the  world cruise. The programme featuring the 50th wedding anniversary celebrations of Gail and Ian Hussey, seen with Reverend Colin Still in the photo, is on Tuesday 16th July.

BBC Radio Suffolk, 9th July: interview with Rachael Jackson from FOCL and Rachel Sloane from Rachel Sloane Partnerships 


Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines - Facebook page



East Anglian Daily Times, centre spread article by Lynne Mortimer, 16th July

Ipswich Star 16th July  

Let us sway – with onboard chaplain

Let us sway – with onboard chaplain

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For more information, use the online contact form, or contact Cathy Shelbourne at:

phone 07764 212451email Seashell915