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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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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
Parsman
Member Since 2008
13 reviews
725 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

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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
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
150 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

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Parsman
Member Since 2008
13 reviews
725 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
Sagitarius44
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2013
Very different from our previous cruises with Fred Olsen. Embarkation, a queue backed up onto the top of an escalator so that people coming up were falling over one another; need someone at the top of the escalator to prevent that ... Read more
brobanje47
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2013
Went with Fred Olson's Balmoral in November 2013 and was very disappointed - not with the Caribbean but with the ship itself. We were allocated 2nd seating for evening meal and as my husband has IBS it was too late to eat, when we asked to ... Read more
gaffers1
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Just returned from 32 day Caribbean cruise on Balmoral. Absolutely fabulous except for the All-inclusive guests (the most of them) Drinking seems to be a way of life for many, so good luck to the and their livers. However when it seriously ... Read more

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ancient
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
2 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2013
After a care free embarkation at Southampton and a prompt delivery of our cases to our cabin we were prepared for another excellent cruise with Fred Olsen, having sailed on the Boudicca and the Black Prince and never disappointed. The ... Read more
FlashG123
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Our first time into the Baltic and second time on the Balmoral. The ship first: it was as good as we remembered. Having dined in one of the smaller restaurants (Spey) on our last cruise, we decided to try the main restaurant ... Read more
carolynkernow
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
We booked our 3rd cruise on the Balmoral as a double special birthday treat. We had always wanted to see the parts of the UK this cruise was going to, the Scottish Western Isles, Orkney Islands, Northern Ireland, Dublin and Guernsey. We ... Read more
ginamat
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
In May, 6 of us travelled on the Balmoral to Norway as first time cruisers and we are now really hooked on cruising. The ship was lovely as were most of the staff and we really the enjoyed the entertainment especially the crew's ... Read more
WalkerC
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed May 2013
Having had several holidays in Norway, including excellent trips on Hurtigruten, we chose this Fred Olsen trip as it would be in Oslo on Norway National Day, 17th May. Balmoral was comfortable in a charming way. It was not glitzy but ... Read more

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tyneside foyboatman
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed May 2013
We have experienced 12 cruises previously, with a variety of cruise lines at different times of the year in different locations and have got together a reasonable understanding of what to pay and what to expect. This Fred Olsen cruise ... Read more
Voyage2013
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed April 2013
Personal Background Information Widow of nearly 70 years who likes to travel Only had experience of 3 cruises, the first on Grand Princess to Scandanavia spoilt me, I could not fault the ship experience and assumed that other crusie lines ... Read more
phildiver
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2012
We have done several cruises with Fred Olsen line on the Balmoral and compared to other cruise lines we have used , they come out head and shoulders above the rest in all categories. The cabins are very comfortable and cleaned daily, in ... Read more
soccerref
Member Since 2007
4 reviews
691 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This review will be quite detailed and is only my opinion but, as I'm a bit of a compulsive note taker, I have recorded information on the ship and ports which may be useful to others so here goes........... Background This was our first ... Read more
MG John
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed August 2012
My wife and I are relatively new to the cruising scene. Most certainly when many of our previous fellow passengers appeared to spend most of their leisure time on board some cruise ship or other. We have previously enjoyed four Cunard ... Read more

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