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Balmoral was launched in 1988 as Crown Odyssey, originally constructed for the Royal Cruise Line. It was operated by Orient Lines and Norwegian Cruise Line before being bought by Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines in ...
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106 Fred. Olsen Balmoral Cruise Reviews

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pickerlily
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We chose this cruise as it stayed overnight in Madeira for the Flower Festival and what a treat that was, we could not believe that we were the only cruise ship that stayed overnight. Celebrity left on the day of the flower festival and ... Read more
Spitfire24
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
‘Easter Ireland’ on board Balmoral was our second cruise with Fred Olsen (last year’s ‘Round Britain’ cruise on Braemar was the first) and our ninth cruise to date. We came back a second time because the ... Read more
west wighter
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
For our Wedding Anniversary we decided to do something special and choose the Fred Olsen cruise "Easter Ireland" and booked a Premier Suite. We could not fault anything (perhaps apart from some of the weather - not in Fred ... Read more
ElizabethD
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
21 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
I must start by telling readers that I am usually pretty shirt if people start moaning about perceived trivial service faults while on holiday, especially on a cruise where so much can go wrong but is usually so right. On this occasion I ... Read more
BaldEagle100
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
We thought we would give FO a second chance having cruised with them before. We tried an inside cabin for the first time as it was only two nights. We have cruised many times before and know what is normal this time we were ... Read more

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gatraveller15
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We sailed on the Norway Winter Cruise on Balmoral. The ship is nice size (1200 passengers versus several thousand on most of the mail cruise lines today). The Embarcation lounge at Southampton in intimate but very efficient. We found ... Read more
Parsman
Member Since 2008
13 reviews
725 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
The journey to Southampton was delay-free and the parking arrangements at the port were, as usual, efficient. It was good to see the new external livery of the "Balmoral" that Fred. Olsen have introduced. The check-in was quite ... Read more
cricman47
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
0 forum posts
10 helpful votes
The cruise headed north to Alta in northern Norway seeking the Northern Lights and offering scenic cruising and port calls en route. Despite a few minor niggles the cruise was successful, enjoyable and generally well-run. The ... Read more
pole007
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
The itinerary was what we went for and we got to see the northern lights so that was good. The ship has absolutely nothing for anyone under 60+ to do all day. We had quite a few sea days as it was a cold cruise and we were so bored. ... Read more
Jaydee22
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
20 helpful votes
Fred Olsen ships go to really interesting places so we wanted to like cruising with them. The cruise we went on was a last minute booking as we needed the break and it was one of the few going from the UK to anywhere warm, and back again. ... Read more

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marchie1053
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
107 forum posts
14 helpful votes
Background: My wife and I (aged 60 & 62) are new to cruising - we took a Last Minute Budget All Inclusive Mediterranean 7 Day Cruise in June 2014 to see if this type of holiday suited us before committing to a more expensive and ... Read more
missy73
Member Since 2008
1 review
11 forum posts
7 helpful votes
I have just returned from a 60s party cruise on the Balmoral, sailing with 3 friends. Having enjoyed many amazing cruises with Cunard, NCL and others, I returned to Fred Olsen after a three year break. My initial impression was not ... Read more
Margih
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We went on a mini cruise and were upgraded. However the bathroom in the cabin was awful cracked tiles and vanity units. Don't what we would have had if we weren't upgraded!! The door of the cabin had to be checked when we left the cabin ... Read more
jgx
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
9 helpful votes
This is an old, dated ship that is in dire need of updating. The décor is a mix between a 70's social club and a care home and the smell in some of the corridors is nauseating. We were only on board for 3 nights but had to move room ... Read more
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cadizcruiser
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
Some things on the cruise were terrific. The waiting staff were. The food generally was of a high standard, at times excellent. Nothing was too much trouble and in that respect the cruise was 5 star plus. When I needed my trousers ... Read more

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RandLH
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We were unable to specify a cabin as Olsens allocated this under their terms of the booking, The cabin allocated on deck four was to the rear of the ship and was noisy from the off in Southampton. The noise and vibration increased as the ... Read more
carolynkernow
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
1 forum post
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
we left Southampton on September 1st and sailed through the Kiel canal which was lovely only smaller ships are able to do this. First port was Tallin which was very picturesque and we had an excellent tour with a guide of the old town. ... Read more
flowers5959
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
The price for two cabins were over priced as we were given cabins on the front of ship with port holes only. Cabins 5003 5001 Two Adults and three children. Cabins very dark . We were advised of children's club when booking only to find ... Read more
hmp8pc@gmail.com
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We flew to Singapore and spent the next 35 days sailing back to Southampton. This was to be a cruise of a life time combined with our honeymoon. This was my 6th cruise and my husbands 3rd so we knew the ropes , more or less. The 1st ... Read more
Janet Paxton
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed May 2015
We have just returned from a great cruise to the Azores & Maderia. Thoroughly enjoyed visiting some of the islands in the Azores and spending time in Maderia Cabin was very clean and comfortable even if it was an inside, not my ... Read more

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tring
Member Since 2010
6 reviews
1,081 forum post
2 helpful votes
This was a Norwegian Fjords cruise. Embarkation went smoothly and our luggage was in our cabin as we got there. We had stayed B&B in the Holiday Inn, Southampton the night before and parked there as well. So about 12.30pm we walked ... Read more
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Cyanide
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed March 2015
We boarded the Balmoral on 30 March 2015 in Singapore after spending 2 nights in a lovely hotel in Singapore. After waiting 3 hours for my luggage I went in search of it only to find it was in security because I had approx half a bottle of ... Read more
PARDNERS 2015
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2015
I boarded the balmoral on jan 4 in southampton as a solo traveller , going thru passport control and the embarkation was nice and easy well organized. I had a nice cabin ( my home for the next 4 months ) it was an inside cabin but no ... Read more
Parsman
Member Since 2008
13 reviews
725 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We sailed on the "Balmoral" on 21 December. The "meet and greet" parking at Southampton was very courteous and efficient. Although the City cruise terminal was being renovated the temporary departure lounge was satisfactory. Boarding was ... Read more
happyafloat1967
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Embarkation was well organised and worked smoothly. The lifeboat muster was the most thorough that we have ever attended. All previous musters had ended in the muster station with a practice donning of the life jacket, but this time we ... Read more

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