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Elegant and classic in its design, Balmoral offers comfortable and welcoming cruises. With a variety of different itineraries on offer, from Northern Europe to the Arctic, you’ll be able to find a sailing that’s perfect for you. Named after the world-famous Scotland home of the Royal Family, the stately theme continues throughout thanks to the stylish décor. Top highlights onboard include unforgettable live entertainment within the spacious Neptune Lounge, delicious specialty dining within the popular Vasco restaurant and the sumptuous Atlantis Spa.

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Ship Stats and Features

Year Entered Service 07/06/1988
Tonnage 45537
Wheelchair Accessible Cabins 9
Number Of Decks 9
Number Of Elevators 4
Number Of Pools 2
Number Of Restaurants 5
Formal Nights Yes
Maximum Capacity 1350
Crew 551
Refurbished 01/11/2020

Ship Facilities


Whether you’re looking for a light snack throughout the day or a delicious evening meal, every dining area will do more than enough to accommodate your needs. With something for all tastes, Balmoral’s dining options are guaranteed to impress.

Balmoral has four complimentary restaurants onboard, including:

  • The Ballindalloch Restaurant - the main restaurant onboard, you can enjoy a delicious five course a la carte meal in stylish surroundings
  • Spey & Avon Restaurants - situated within an elegant setting, you can dewlight in steak, seafood and other decadent dishes here
  • The Palms Cafe - open for breakfast, lunch and dinner this is a fantastic buffet option

Alongside complimentary restaurants, Balmoral also offers speciality dining options, available at an additional cost:

  • Colours & Tastes - indulge in delicious Asian fusion cuisine crafted by talented chefs
  • Vasco - treat yourself to delicious Indian cuisine in this modern restaurant
  • Traditional Premium Afternoon Tea - a complimentary traditional afternoon tea is served daily, but if it’s a special occasion or you simply want to celebrate your cruise in style, you can opt for the premium afternoon tea with a premium tea selection and the musical accompaniment of an onboard pianist


Entertainment onboard Balmoral ranges from side-splitting comedy nights, to live music, themed nights and more. Particular highlights onboard include the entertainment offered within the stylish Neptune Bar. During the day, you can learn all about the Signature Experiences offered with the guidance of the Culture and Nature Guides, before the venue is transformed after dark to offer dazzling live entertainment, including cabaret!

Onboard there is also a Card Room, perfect for those looking to enjoy a game of bridge or two with their fellow passengers, alongside a library filled with a variety of books and publications, that’s located within the Bookmark Café.

Things to do

Spa and fitness

A cruise with Balmoral makes it easy to rest and let your worries and stresses evaporate. The Atlantis Spa has all of the treatments you need to leave you feeling refreshed, including massages, manicures and hair styling. Next door to the spa is the fitness centre which has all the facilities you would expect from a gym back home, plus several fitness classes on offer including Pilates and aerobics for all fitness levels, perfect for those who like to exercise in a more social environment.


As you'd expect, all recreation is aimed towards relaxation, with shuffleboard, different lounges and bars giving you plenty of choice whilst you let the day melt away into the sunset. The Marquee Bar and The Observatory are particular highlights, offering a wide selection of refreshments and incredible sea views.

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. Once the sun has set, why not take a leisurely moonlit stroll on the Promenade, a large open air deck space providing stunning views over the ocean. Before you leave, don’t forget to indulge in some retail therapy at the Balmoral Boutique and take home with you memorable souvenirs, cosmetics, fragrances, fine jewellery and fashion accessories.

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