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Ship Stats and Features
Maximum Capacity: 1, 230
Year Entered Service: 01/02/1988
Beam (Ship Width): 63 ft
Draught(Ship Depth): 22 ft
Length: 617 ft
Tonnage: 43537
Crew: 400
Cruising Speed: 20 kts
Number of Decks: 9
Number of Lifts: 4
Number of Pools: 2
Number of restaurants: 5
Formal nights: Yes
Adult Only: No
Kids Club: No

Elegant, calm and homely, Fred. Olsen Cruises' ship 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.

Cuisine and Dining on Balmoral

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. The Grill is a superb dining option featuring sumptuous steaks cooked exactly to your taste and decadent desserts, all served in an elegant setting. However, this is a popular restaurant so bookings must be made in advance whilst onboard. For a more relaxed ambience head to the Poolside for an Al Fresco dining experience with menus taking inspiration from the cruising region. Please note that there is a £20pp supplement at The Grill and a £15pp supplement at the Poolside.

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 on Balmoral

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. 

Spa & Fitness on Balmoral

A cruise with Balmoral makes it easy to rest and take your mind off it all. 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 everything you would expect from a gym back home, plus there are several fitness classes on offer including pilates and aerobatics for all fitness levels.

Recreation on Balmoral

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.

Customer Reviews

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