Balmoral
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Balmoral Reviews

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4.3
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Based on 107 reviews
Cabin
4.3
Service
4.3
Excursions
4.3
Dining
4.3
Activities
4.3
Value for money
4.3
Entertainment
4.3
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Interesting ports of call. Excellent service. Immaculate cabin Good lectures Enjoyed table of 8 at dinner. Food generally good but not outstanding. Disembarkation very well organised

Verified customer
1 cruise
20 Jul 2019
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Cruised from Rosyth to Iceland and back and was the first time we had been with FO. On check in at Rosyth we were advised that our cabin needed urgent repairs and that we had been upgraded. We were moved from an Ocean View to. Superior Balcony. Never saw the room we had booked but the replacement was very nice and came with a welcome bottle of Cava and flowers. Only disappointment was that it was a twin bedded room where the beds could not be rolled together. The upgraded room came with a daily refresh of a fruit basket and also afternoon canapes. The room had the usual kettle, tea / coffee and minibar together with a daily refresh of a flask of water. Separate seating area, the loan of two umbrellas and a pair of binoculars, bathrobes and slippers. Some hotels still leave you with 3 or 4 bent wire clothes hangers. We must have had near on 30 wooden hangers between the two of us. These extras made the cabin very good quality. Being a smaller ship there wasn't the range of entertainment and distractions we've experienced on say, Cunard and Holland America. The library was very small for example. Some omissions were welcome however. The Port "talks" did not have the overt sales pitches to visit certain shops, the photographer's were not as pushy, there were no invites to art "auctions" to collect "valuable" free prints that were in reality poor postcards. I think there was a casino but never came across it but then I never looked for it. The food was mostly competent but not as refined as Cunard Holland America. However, it was very useful to mix and match at breakfast and lunch between a la carte and buffet at the same table i.e. you could have an a la carte waiter served starter and then help yourself to a buffet main course. The usual evening show varied between a company ensemble song and dance, comedian, versatile singer/ musician, and ships crew show. Our last cruise on Norwegian featured an excruciatingly amateur ships crew show. It was truly dreadful. Balmorals show however was a revelation. The singers sang in tune, the dancers danced in step and the engine room guys were hysterical - really good (the deck crew were not far behind). From the professionals Gordon Cree (singer/musician) particularly stood out. The Blue Lagoon trip as the fourth leg of the Golden Triangle trip was probably the highlight of the cruise. The lagoon changing area was so well organised. Not been to a public swimming pool in the UK for some time: never knew which coins you needed for a locker , trying to squeeze your clothes into too small a cubby hole and then pulling them out all crumpled. None of that at the Blue Lagoon : electronic wristband controlled lockers. Wristband also acts as a charge card for drinks at the swimup bar or premium mud facials in the lagoon, hanging space in the lockers, liquid soap and conditioner in the showers, hairdryers and mirrors even ear buds to dry your ears and a fluffy towel to dry yourself with. Overall, good value for the money.

Verified customer
1 cruise
18 Jul 2019
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Excellent ship and crew with very good facilities but rather noisy in stormy waters.

Verified customer
1 cruise
15 Jun 2019
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Ship clean as ever but is definately ready for it's refurb in December

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1 cruise
12 Jun 2019
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German waterways cruise from Newcastle, good staff, good food, clean cabin 6005, bathroom clean but in need of refurbishment. very good entertainment. only negative was other passengers sitting on steps blocking stairway prior to disembarkation at Newcastle , despite being asked to wait in lounges where there were seats.

Verified customer
1 cruise
7 May 2019
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5 * Couldn't of been better Just a shame the beds were single ones . We have already booked our next cruise Hope its as good asl the last one as its a secret one Staff were brilliant

Verified customer
1 cruise
7 May 2019
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Been on 2 other fred ships, this cruise was good & bad points, boring on sea days, not enough activities or things to do, ok for very older passengers, we have never had any bad cruises , we've always enjoyed them, but this cruise was like being in a care home , I'm not being rude or being insensitive but we've met all ages on cruises but this one was not my cup of tea, drinks package poor, food good, staff very friendly, I was so pleased on last day to be going home, never ever said that before, will be booking a cruise soon but will stay with p& o & marella cruises, so much more to see & do.

Verified customer
1 cruise
6 May 2019
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Had a lovely time on-board the Balmoral. We met friends on a previous cruise (on the Royal Caribbean) . We suggested they do a cruise with us on-board a Fred Olsen ship. This was our friends first cruise with Fred Olsen. We were very pleased that at the end of the cruise they said it is one their best cruises (they've done most properly 40 cruises with other cruise line). They would not hesitate to book with Fred Olsen again. Keep it up Fred. The food is as good as anywhere. Small intimate ships and the crew and staff most properly the BEST around

Verified customer
1 cruise
12 Apr 2019
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Just returned from 11 nights on Balmoral out second cruise on this ship.the staff were excellent food very good .our cabin was on deck 3 and very comfortable and very quiet .we thoroughly enjoyed the shows in the Neptune lounge .other fellow passengers were very friendly we made some lovely friends . We are in our early sixties so we did feel one of the younger ones .Will definitely cruise on Balmoral again .

Verified customer
1 cruise
4 Apr 2019
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A lovely ship, lovely crew and lovely itinerary. Unfortunately they did not keep to the schedule following an error in picking up a fishing net at sea requiring urgent repairs. Port stays were much shorter than originally advertised. A great cruise company, however, and the best value for money.

Verified customer
1 cruise
29 Mar 2019