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Elegant, calm and homely, Fred. Olsen Cruises' Balmoral prides itself on offering comfortable and welcoming cruises, with many itineraries departing from as close to home as Newcastle and Southampton. Named after the world-famous Scotland home of the Royal Family, the stately theme continues throughout thanks to the stylish décor, fine dining and sophisticated entertainment. Small enough to navigate through narrow waterways yet large enough to host all the amenities you could need for a relaxing holiday, including bars, lounges, a swimming pool and spa, guests can enjoy an exclusive, scenic experience where they feel at home from the moment they step onboard.

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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


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 enjoyed 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, Balmoral's wealth of fine wine aims to compliment every dish with 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 ranges from cabaret performances to comedy nights and live 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 a livelier side where guests are guaranteed to have the time of their life.

The Neptune Bar acts as the main 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 and evening. Alternatively, head to the Observation Lounge for panoramic views and a pre-dinner drink or traditional afternoon tea.

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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, 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. 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 at duty-free prices.