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Fred Olsen to welcome Falklands War veteran Simon Weston aboard Balmoral in 2023

Author: Leonora Harrison

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Simon Weston CBE will join passengers aboard Fred Olsen’s Balmoral in January 2023, when the ship visits the Falkland Islands as part of its epic 78-night voyage to South America and the Antarctic.

Weston, a patron of the Falkland Veterans Foundation, will join guests onboard for 14-nights during the call into Port Stanley, and will share his experiences of his time in the Falklands.

The Welshman is well-known for his charity work, as a motivational speaker and broadcaster after he sustained serious burns to over 46 percent of his body during the Falklands War in 1982.

War veteran Simon Weston CBE will provide his insight as a guest aboard Balmoral. Credit: Derek D’Souza Photography

“We are so pleased to be welcoming Simon on board,” said Helen Bennett, Fred Olsen’s entertainments and enrichment manager. “His experience can add real insight to our guests as Balmoral sails to the Falkland Isles.

“His story is one of achievement and triumph in the face of adversity, and we know our guests will value learning more about his journey and about the Falklands War.”

Alan Warner, who represents Simon at Champions UK, added: “Simon absolutely loves cruising, seeing new places, and meeting new and interesting people on board.

"He is passionate about sharing his experiences during the Falklands campaign and life afterwards.”

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Fred Olsen’s 78-night Exploration of South America and the Antarctic voyage departs from Southampton on January 5, 2023, and includes visits to the Galápagos, Patagonian fjords, Rio De Janeiro, Machu Picchu, Ilhabela, and more. Prices start from £8,499 per person.

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