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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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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
9 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
740 forum posts
9 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
14 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
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

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WIMBORNE81
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 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
187 forum posts
25 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
Margih
Member Since 2016
1 review
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

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jgx
Member Since 2015
1 review
13 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
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
9 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
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

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hmp8pc@gmail.com
Member Since 2015
1 review
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
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
1,241 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
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
PARDNERS 2015
Member Since 2015
1 review
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

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Parsman
Member Since 2008
13 reviews
740 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
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
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
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
740 forum posts
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

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