Fred. Olsen Balmoral Cruise Reviews

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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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128 Fred. Olsen Balmoral Cruise Reviews

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Evenette
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
Embarkation went smoothly. Entertainment team good. Meals in main restaurant good. Palms cafe under staffed and food ok. At times very unclear where soup, gravy was being served and under staffed, no clear direction. The lounge areas I ... Read more
spragg011@virginmedia.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
We are fit 70 plus ex-teenagers from Middlesbrough. Travelling from Newcastle to Port of Tyne is very convenient and quick for us. We chose this cruise because our previous 2 Fred Olsen cruises, one to the Baltic and the other to the ... Read more
lakeotter2
Member Since 2016
1 review
26 helpful votes
We selected the Fred Olsen cruise to The Baltic 1) because it coincided with our 30th wedding anniversary and 2) We would be in St Petersburg for 2 days - the highlight of our trip. As a bonus there will be a gym, a library, and self ... Read more
lakeotter
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 helpful votes
“Worse things happen at sea.” They did. BE WARNED. . . . . We selected the Fred Olsen cruise to The Baltic 1) because it coincided with our 30th Wedding anniversary and 2) We would be in St Petersburg for 2 days the ... Read more
lynandjohn
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because we went to Norway on the Balmoral 3 years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. We wanted to see the Baltic capitals, so when we saw it advertised in the brochure of our local tour operator (Johnsons Travel, who we ... Read more

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Morgsy
Member Since 2016
1 review
22 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
Well first and last cruise with Fred Olsen. The staff were very friendly and helped to make a not very good experience a little better. The food was very good and there was a very good choice, something for everyone. Unfortunately ... Read more
sparkieplug24
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
335 forum posts
8 helpful votes
This cruise was called Fred's Favourite Fjord's We chose this cruise mainly because it was going to the FJords and fitted in with my holiday dates. With the added bonus it was on Balmoral a ship that I've wanted to try for a while now ... Read more
Wantanothercruise
Member Since 2016
1 review
12 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
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
emur
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
Chose this cruise because the Newcastle port is near home. Awkward embarkation because you go through check-in in the terminal and, after security check, are then back outside catching a bus to the quayside. Getting off the bus, there's a ... Read more
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flojo1flojo1
Member Since 2012
4 reviews
6 forum posts
19 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

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Bollinger_Babe
Member Since 2007
18 reviews
6 forum posts
14 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
5 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
29 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
Norma B
Member Since 2016
1 review
20 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
5 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
33 forum posts
16 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
7 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
10 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
Anngrace43
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 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
EJEFFREY
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
Never again. The so called "Superior Balcony Cabin" was filthy. Furniture drawers had not been cleaned out for months with residual filth including a drawer which refused to close because of soiled underwear left behind. ... Read more

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Steve P
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 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
16 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
3 reviews
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
16 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
59 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

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