A welcome return of the MV Balmoral...
Today, we are excited to see the return of the MV Balmoral to Ilfracombe today.
Originally built in 1949, the MV Balmoral is one of the last surviving ships of its kind that has been carefully restored due to coastal community grants and funds raised by volunteers.
This summer, the ship (operated by White Funnel Ltd) will welcome passengers aboard to enjoy excursions from Ilfracombe to offer regular trips along the coast to Bideford, visits to Lundy Island and cruises along the Exmoor coastline. There is also the fantastic opportunity to meet the PS Waverley - where the two historic ships will meet - as you cruise to Bull Point headland.
With a self-service restaurant, licensed bar, heated lounge and a large deck to view the changing scenery, the MV Balmoral really does offer a truly unique opportunity to explore and visit the stunning North Devon coastline.
Here's their timetable - sailing from Ilfracombe Harbour
Afternoon Cruise to Bideford Bay
Tues 26th July: depart 14.00 - 16.30
Tues 2nd August: depart 14.00 - 16.00
Tues 9th August: depart 14.00 - 17.30
Tues 23rd August: depart 14.00 - 17.00
Special Sailing: Visit Bideford
Tuesday 16th August: depart 14:00 to 19.30
Visit Lundy Island (with time ashore)
Wed 17th August: depart 12.15 – 18.30
Sat 21st August: depart 12.15 – 18.15
Mon 22nd August: depart 12.00 – 18.30
Wed 24th August: depart 12.00 – 18.45
Wed 31st August: depart 12.30 – 18.15
Sat 3rd September: depart 12.15 – 18.00
Fare: £36 adult, £18 child, family £82
Cruise Exmoor Coast/ Porlock Bay
Wed 27th July: Depart 14.00 -17.00
Sun 7th August: depart 14.00 - 17.15
Wed 10th August: depart 14.00 – 16.30
Thurs 1st Sept: depart 14.00 – 16.00
Coastal Cruise & Meet PS Waverley
Sun 4th September – Depart 11.45am to 17.15pm
Special Sailing: Cruise to Padstow
Mon 5th September: Depart 14.00 – 21.30
Final 2016 sailing: Atlantic Coast Cruise
Sat 1st October: Depart 14.00 – 16.00
For the most up-to date timetable and fares, please book tickets, by calling 0117 325 6200 or visit their website at www.whitefunnel.co.uk
*Photography kindly provided by The White Funnel Ltd