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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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119 Fred. Olsen Balmoral Cruise Reviews

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Wantanothercruise
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
We chose this for our first ever cruise and we were delighted with it. The staff on the Balmoral were attentive and caring. Dinner was a treat every night with excellent service. We were on Deck 5 with a lovely picture window and the cabin ... Read more
flojo1flojo1
Member Since 2012
4 reviews
6 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Britain's Historic Site's & Scenic Delight's June 18th - 10 nights cruise from Newcastle Booked only 3 weeks before got a good deal half the original price - seemed to be lot's of guest's doing this We were classed as Anchor ... Read more
Bollinger_Babe
Member Since 2007
18 reviews
6 forum posts
6 helpful votes
We have been on Balmoral before, and we have been to Norway lots of times before - but who could ever tire of Norway? We chose the "Fred's Favourite Fjords" cruise because the departure port was from Newcastle, which is very ... Read more
Heedarmy
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
Scenic cruise from local embarkation . From embarkation to disembarkation at port of Tyne could not have ask for better service.on board the balmoral the service on all levels were first class. Entertainment ,bar service dinning room ... Read more
Dodge ram
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
17 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
We wanted to see fjords. Do not go on this ship if you are under 70 as you will feel you are in a nursing home no disrespect meant as I admire some of the older clients for attempting the trip one lady was 101 . We had to avoid ... Read more

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Norma B
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
16 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
This is the 2nd Fred Olsen cruise for me 1st from Southampton and latest from Newcastle which is only a 2hr drive or less from my home town Doncaster. The ship Balmoral is fantastic, a Premier Suite cabin very very good, dining superb, ... Read more
Rbits
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
I had never been on a cruise before, this being on my Bucket List. I had a really great time, I could not fault the Ship or her Crew. The sailing was very smooth and the scenery spectacular. I would recommend this to anyone, I enjoyed ... Read more
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Discount lovers
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
32 forum posts
13 helpful votes
Embarkation was quick and easy with only a medium queue to deal with. We got to our cabin, the bags arrived and we went up to the lounge for tea and sandwiches. We knew the ship as we had cruised on her last October. Our stewardess ... Read more
ianharwood
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
A short 5 night cruise out of Newcastle which was fantastic. we both had a great time, our suite on deck 10 was better than expected with a very large balcony sitting room and separate bedroom, the food on board was better then other ... Read more
cruisevirgin1971
Member Since 2015
1 review
9 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Having never cuised with Fred before I did not know what to expect. We had a bad experince many years ago with costa, and since then only cuised on the Hebridean Princess. Being used to spend around £1,000 a night I was very ... Read more

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Anngrace43
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
We have always wanted to cruise the fjords and have been looking forward to this holiday for several months. My partner has problems with his breathing and cannot walk long distances, for this reason we chose Fred Olsen because the ships ... Read more
Steve P
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This was a cruise booked through Saga. Picked up from home address to Newcastle where booking in went smoothly. Cabin was for solo occupancy and the bed was bigger than a single bed but a bit smaller than a double. Cabin had plenty of room ... Read more
pickerlily
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
15 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
17 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
14 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

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ElizabethD
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
57 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
4 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
gatraveller15
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
8 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
732 forum posts
8 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
13 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

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pole007
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
0 forum posts
9 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
WIMBORNE81
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
I have been on the Black Watch twice before including a cruise around Africa and always had a most pleasant and enjoyable time. This last trip had too many things imposing on ones pleasure which made it at times an ordeal. There ... Read more
Jaydee22
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
22 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
marchie1053
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
184 forum posts
16 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
2 reviews
11 forum posts
11 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

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