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PLEASE NOTE: It is with immense regret that White Funnel have to cancel Balmoral’s sailings from Llandudno, Menai Bridge and Whitehaven to the Isle of Man plus local cruises in the Isle of Man scheduled for 21-23 July.

Balmoral has operated these special sailings for some 30 years. She continues to be welcomed by the Isle of Man Government and carried out a passenger sailing with their agreement around the Island on 5 July this year. The regulatory body which issues Balmoral's UK passenger certification, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency, provided specific authority for sailings from the UK to the Isle of Man in 2015 when White Funnel commenced operations with Balmoral and carried this through into 2016. Similar approval had been granted for many years to Balmoral's former operator. However, yesterday, 10 July 2017 the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency announced, after a brief exchange of correspondence, that sailing with passengers on UK to Isle of Man routes must not take place with immediate effect thus preventing operating these sailings.

We are bitterly disappointed and frustrated by this turn of events, coming at such a late stage and having gone to considerable expense to market our programme of Isle of Man sailings. The remainder of Balmoral’s 2017 programme is unaffected and she will return to the North West and North Wales to operate as scheduled from Llandudno, Menai Bridge and Liverpool on coastal excursions later in July and again in September.

We can only apologise for the inconvenience and disappointment caused by these enforced cancellations. We know that many of our customers from the Whitehaven area have enjoyed our sailings to the Island many times over the years and would like to thank you very much for this support which has been so important in helping to keep Balmoral operating on behalf of her owning charity.

If you would like further information please email tickets@whitefunnel.co.uk or call 0117 325 6200.