4.6 out of 5
 (5 Reviews)


Balmoral is a medium ship, carrying 1350 passengers and 510 crew, and sails from SOUTHAMPTON and Newcastle, UK.

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5 out of 5

Interesting Scandinavian Cruise by Slurp

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple
Experienced an excellent cruise visiting three Scandinavian cities. The ship,crew and facilities excellent. The excursions offered onboard were varied and good with the pricing very fair.

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5 out of 5

As good as it gets ! by tedhebden1

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends
First time having been on a cruise and the experience was far better than expected. Will consider using Fred Olsen for our 50th wedding anniversary in February 2018. Very pleased.

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Second time onboard balmoral, loved... by tara.snider

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Second time onboard balmoral, loved every second as I got to enjoy the ship more. We sailed to the canaries and winter warmth, I however was not bored one bit, loads of daytime activities and you could do as much or as little as you wanted. The bars stayed open until early hours with great music from 4th dimension, fire mountain tour in lanzarote is a must do, and at Santa Cruz we used the tram to go exploring €1.35 each one way. For me this is a beautiful ship and the perfect size, with staff that are truley amazing. Already booked my next cruise with Fred on balmoral for 2018.

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3 out of 5

Floating retirement home to see the northern lights by nadinepole007

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

We went on this cruise 5th March 2016(not coming up on list to choose from) purely for the destination.  It is an excellent cruise line for the walking dead/barley living but I would urge anyone who wants more to do than read and nap during the day to avoid at all cost.  The bars all close pretty early and do not stay open even if there are customers there.  The staff really are very nice and go above and beyond to please and do remember your name..  One woman more my age (40's) we met broke out in tears after boarding and told us she asked herself what have we done, meaning by coming onto this very old dated ship full of elderly people.  Don't get me wrong there is nothing wrong with being old as I hope to be one day and then maybe I would enjoy Fred Olsen more however, in my opinion they should operate more like Saga (who use FredOlsen by the way) and only sell to 50 or even 60+ rather than conning younger people on board to be bored out their brains on sea days.

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Had a fantastic cruise to... by Gary1968

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Had a fantastic cruise to canaries on 12/8/2016 excellent food bar staff in morning light pub made our holiday would definitely do another cruise with Fred sometime.

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  • Price: $

  • Size: M

  • Total Passengers: 1350

  • Total Crew: 510

  • Crew to Passenger Ratio: 2.65

  • Built: Feb 2017

  • Refurbished: 10 yrs ago

  • Number of Decks: 9

  • Total Cabins: 0

  • Cabin Categories: 0

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tedhebden1 says ...
Aug 30, 2017

Go for it.

Slurp says ...
Oct 07, 2017

Enjoy the cruise, the ships facilities and have a wonderful time.Port

nadinepole007 says ...
Jan 02, 2017

Stay away

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