Elegant, calm and homely, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Balmoral prides itself on offering one of the most pleasant and comfortable cruises around.
Balmoral is named after the world-famous Scotland home of the Royal Family and the Scottish theme runs throughout much of the ship. Akin to the rest of the fleet, Fred. Olsen's Balmoral is stately in nature with an impressive range of facilities and plenty of room, following an interior refurbishment.
As such a prestigious cruise ship, the Balmoral upholds its reputation by remaining quite reserved and mature. It's a traditional cruise, that is proud of British history and this theme flows throughout the ship, perfectly complimenting a relaxing and quiet cruise, without the need for modern frivolities. She is small enough to navigate through narrow waterways, giving guests a more exclusive scenic experience that can't be had on larger ships.
Blending the boundaries between entertainment and relaxation, Balmoral prefers quality over quantity and all facilities are perfectly polished. This means that whether you need a light snack or a filling evening meal, every dining area will do more than enough to accommodate your needs. Al Fresco dining at The Grill for example makes a superb dining option when the weather is warm. Freshly prepared al fresco cuisine is served under blue skies with stunning views. Choose from starters of seared scallops and pan fried panciotti to main dishes of succlent prime steak or mixed seafood. The Grill is a popular dining option onboard and bookings must be made in advance whilst onboard. Please note a supplement applies.
Along with every meal, the Balmoral's wealth of fine wine aims to compliment every dish. There are five fantastic dining venues onboard offering vintage selections from all over the world. You'll have no trouble finding the perfect match for that delicious, grilled Red Snapper fillet you've chosen. Whether casual or formal, dining onboard Balmoral is always a treat.
Entertainment onboard Balmoral is catered by way of cabarets, comedy and music.With '60s and '70s themed nights, graceful ballroom dances and all kinds of shows going on, Balmoral is strictly mature but also bursting with pride and quality that will continue to bring you back again and again.The Neptune Bar acts as the lounge of the ship with regular live music, cabaret shows and of course, a full range of your favourite tipples. Other venues onboard include the Lido Bar, which overlooks the pool, Marquee Bar, which has an extensive gin menu and Morning Light Pub, open day & evening. Head to the Observation Lounge for panaramic views and a pre-dinner drink or traditional afternoon tea.
As you'd expect, all recreation is aimed towards relaxation, with Shuffleboard, card games and a tremendous library of books giving you plenty of choice whilst you let the day melt away into the sunset. There are two large, heated pools onboard which are both surrounded by plenty of sun loungers. The bubbling jacuzzis will provide you with a welcome relief after an undoubtedly busy day on shore. Why not take a leisurely moonlight stroll on the Promenade, which is a large open deck space. Indulge in some retail therapy at the Balmoral Boutique and you can bring home with you memorable souvenirs, cosmetics, fragrance, fine jewellery, fashion accessories and much more.
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"The Cruise was very good along with the food throughout the trip, great value. Further more I have to compliment the IGLU Sales Consultant Scott Brown - really great job in sorting everything out for us...” A. M. (March 2017) Read more feedback