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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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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
11 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
8 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
RandLH
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
8 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

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flowers5959
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
5 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
2 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
tring
Member Since 2010
8 reviews
1,161 forum post
5 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
2 helpful votes
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

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PARDNERS 2015
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 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
731 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
chrissylob@btinternet.com
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
Had a great 7 Night cruise to France our first time on Fred Oulson we have cruised mostly with P and O must say we enjoyed the smaller ship as it was very friendly.We had one and a half days in Rouen must say what a very nice place to ... Read more
jimthesailor
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
A seven night cruiser my wife and myself.  Most of the passengers were elderly and a lot had cruised many times...thiIs was only our third time and our first on the Balmoral.  The ship is a nice size...not too big but big enough ... Read more

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Parsman
Member Since 2008
13 reviews
731 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I have cruised many times with Fred. Olsen and several times on the "Balmoral". It was the itinerary that attracted me to this cruise. It was primarily the Canadian part of the cruise is which I was particularly interested in. The ship ... Read more
LesG
Member Since 2014
4 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed August 2014
Most passengers were over 60 some with walking sticks, wheelchairs or other mobility aids and the entertainment, food, excursions onshore etc were tailored to this age group. Don't come expecting modern music there is nothing newer than ... Read more
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StevieMK14
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Norway - Rivers and Railways cruise. First time cruisers so make of this what you will. Service, was good throughout though the pronunciation of English, yes, we know it is a world language, really was hard to follow sometimes - and we ... Read more
schoolmaam
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We booked this cruise as a last minute holiday and therefore got a very good deal. (Less than half the original cost) We had never cruised before and therefore we felt that getting a last minute deal was a good way to try it out. We were ... Read more
londonlady2
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2014
forget the negative reviews, you'll find the ship clean, the food impeccable and the service courteous. I was slightly nervous bearing in mind my previous experience on Black Watch and the reviews this year - but I loved everything about ... Read more

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ann clegg
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We chose this cruise primarily because we wanted to go to the Canaries at this time of year before it became too hot. The weather was just right and the Bay of Biscay was calm in both directions. Unfortunately we were not so happy with the ... Read more
shemotorhome
Member Since 2014
1 review
153 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Not rated Sailed March 2014
I'm a single lady who was on the last leg of this world cruise. Was given a very old fashioned cabin (6100) inside that had not been cleaned properly ie.sheets dirty,duvet stained,bin not emptied, even found a pill in my bed base that ... Read more
theway
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2014
Went on a sector of a World cruise as interesting itinerary. Embarkation was a total mix up as we were taken to wrong terminal at Dubai and left to almost check in on the wrong ship whereby we had to then walk along with everyone else from ... Read more
Parsman
Member Since 2008
13 reviews
731 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I took the second sector of the "Balmoral" 2014 world cruise from Dubai to Hong Kong. The flight from London by Virgin Atlantic was very good and arrived on time. After speedy airport formalities we were swiftly transferred to the ship. As ... Read more
aceatch
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
1 forum post
2 helpful votes
My wife and I have just returned from a cruise of Christmas markets aboard the Balmoral and we were very sadly disappointed with our experience. We are seasoned travellers and cruisers and this was our first experienced with Fred Olsen. We ... Read more

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