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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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118 Fred. Olsen Balmoral Cruise Reviews

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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
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

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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
2 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
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

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soccerref
Member Since 2007
4 reviews
692 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
shropshiregal17
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed August 2012
We were encouraged to try a cruise after friends visited the Fjords last year and loved it. So as a sort of last holiday with older teenagers, us and 4 other families-17 people in total decided on a western Mediterranean trip for 14 nights ... Read more
whetstoneview
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We like the intimacy of the Fred Olsen ships,so the Balmoral was an ideal vessel to convey us on this cruise.We had the added advantage of embarking at Southampton rather than the pressure of flying to our first port. We had originally ... Read more
trinitytrees
Member Since 2009
7 reviews
362 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Just returned yesterday from 14 night Cruise on Balmoral to the Baltics. We had an outside cabin which was ok size wise but we found the beds to be uncomfortable and the location noisy. The cabin itself was clean and had good storage. ... Read more

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callas
Member Since 2012
1 review
5 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Having been left some money by my late adored mother I decided to spend some of it on a cruise ,something I hadn't done since about 1979 when I took a party of school children on the Uganda to the eastern Med. That had been amazing and I ... Read more
dogfishdoug
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
2 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Embarkation was from Southampton, following a long coach journey with Portlink (which was quite pleasant). Not an entirely smooth embarkation, passengers sat around for sometime until called by batch numbers, 20 a time. Initial ... Read more
sydney52
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
16 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2012
This special charter trip was booked three years ago at great expense. Unfortunately our devoted travel agent left the industry and from then on we were treated like a number and not discerning cruiser. Not only were we slugged with a ... Read more
italycruiser
Member Since 2007
1 review
45 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I also just returned from this truly exceptional cruise. This was organized by the Miles Morgan agency and the speakers, activities, meals, etc. were well planned and enjoyable. However, as noted by the previous reviewer (Bollinger ... Read more
Bollinger_Babe
Member Since 2007
18 reviews
6 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We have just returned from the much-publicised Titanic Memorial Cruise on board the MS Balmoral and we'll never experience another cruise like it again. My husband and I are veteran cruisers and this was our 29th cruise and 4th with ... Read more

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john wilkinson
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We like the "Balmoral" as it is large enough to have all the facilities but small enough to remain personal and friendly. Embarcation was the only poor point on a 5 night mini cruise taking almost 2 hours from arrival to boarding ship. ... Read more
Spysmum
Member Since 2010
20 reviews
7 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed April 2012
From the long queues at embarkation, despite being given staggered boarding times, this proved to be an old-fashioned, limited cruising experience. By the time we finally boarded lunch was long over, and newly embarked guests were heading ... Read more
tankengine
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Our cruise began with a charter flight from Gatwick to Santiago which was an unpleasant experience for all concerned: a long flight was made even more uncomfortable and protracted by the refuelling stop in Teneriffe during which all ... Read more
Parsman
Member Since 2008
13 reviews
728 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2012
I Flew to Montego Bay from London (Gatwick)on a Pullmantur charter Boeing 747 in premium (business) class. Excellent travel on this flight and on the return. The "Balmoral" is an older vessel but has been well maintained over the years. ... Read more
Graham Read
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2011
Various friends keen on cruising had suggested that we try it and so, after years of travelling abroad by plane and car, we chose Fred Olsen's Christmas and New Year trip on the Balmoral to Madeira and the Canaries to dip our toes in the ... Read more

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