Not a great cruise

Balmoral Cruise Review to Canaries

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 10

Overall rating:

3.5 out of 5

Authentic Andalusia

Sail date: December 22, 2019

Ship: Balmoral

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

This ship seems to have a bit of a cult following, popular with the older generation. Deserted after the last show finishes


3 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Dining rooms were good, buffet was better. Food was variable. Sometimes really good other times was a long wait, cold food, not the fault of the waiters, seemed to take ages coming up from kitchens

Onboard Activities

2 out of 5
OK if you like carpet bowls or bridge otherwise not much to do.


2 out of 5
Ship's company were good but the 'paid for' entertainment was very poor, a comedian long past his sell by date and the same singers in the bars every single night

Children's Programs

1 out of 5
n/a there were only a handful of children on board

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
All waiters and room stewardesses were lovely, friendly and couldn't do enough to help you. Didn't see too much of any officers

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
The common areas were generally clean and tidy, although there was much sickness on the ship. Norovirus raised its head as did a nasty chest infection that seemed to be spreading through the ship like wild fire. The layout was good

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Cabin was clean and tidy and the stewardesses did a great job. However, I suffered with a severe chest infection that kept me bedridden for the final week and when the crew went in to change the bedding for the new occupants, that is all they did - change the sheet, quilt cover and pillow case. The severe infection I had didn't seem to matter much and I wonder how the new occupants of the room got on and whether they caught it from the bedding..... hope not.

Ship tip

If you want a bit of life and action you won't find it here, this was definitely the ship for the much older person!

Ports of call

Casablanca, Morocco Did not visit port

ship decided not to stop here

Santa Cruz De Tenerife, Canary Islands

4 out of 5

Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

4 out of 5

Santa Cruz De La Palma, Canary Islands

4 out of 5

Funchal, Madeira

4 out of 5
Great fireworks at new year

Lisbon, Portugal

4 out of 5


4 out of 5
relatively trouble free
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