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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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107 Fred. Olsen Balmoral Cruise Reviews

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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
1 review
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
360 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
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

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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
14 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
17 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
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

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Spysmum
Member Since 2010
19 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
725 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
tbpusa
Member Since 2007
3 reviews
54 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2011
My husband and I decided to give the Balmoral a try since we like experiencing different cruise lines. We would recommend the Balmoral and would sail the cruise line again -- but we would let people know the following: 1) This cruise ... Read more

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JANET BATTERSBY
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2011
After extensive research I chose Fred Olsen and the BALMORAL Canaries Cruise departing Southampton 17.11.11 due to it being our first cruise and being advised to go on a smaller cruise ship so as not to be overwhelmed with too many ... Read more
P Dooley (rent15c)
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We began our holiday at Southampton City cruise terminal. The car parking was slightly different from what we are used to. In the past we have sailed from the Mayflower terminal where they seem to have got it together better in as much ... Read more
alanfcox
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Christmas Markets Cruise -â€" Balmoral 10th to 17th November 2011 My wife and I have travelled with most of the major cruise lines with the exception of Fred Olsen so when we noticed they were advertising a Christmas Markets Cruise ... Read more
Paul Naden
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2011
After an unscheduled overnight stay in Southampton due to technical problems with a lifeboat and its certification (why is there never an inspector on 24 hour call outs,surely the cruise company fraternity can give someone a good wage to ... Read more
Robin Farrant
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Our 8 day Balmoral cruise was quite stunning. Having previously sailed with QM2 and Celebrity, I tried Fred Olsen last year with Blackwatch and fell in love with the unique style of British food and unique personal experience of the ... Read more

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jennifer drake
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2011
we were a bit nervous of booking a cruise with Fred Olsen, we normally use more casual cruise lines (Ocean Village, Island star, Royal Carribean) and also we thought we might be a bit young, as it turned out our concerns were unfounded. so ... Read more
Ian Killick
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed August 2011
We have just returned from 14 day Baltic cruise. The destinations were tremendous especially St Petersburg and Tallin. The ship was excellent. The crew were helpful the whole time and I cannot speak highly enough of all bar staff. ... Read more
Carolyn Davies
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We booked an 8 night cruise to the Norwegian Fjiords and I was really looking forward to it and my husband was going to "make the best of it" We found boarding at Southampton a relatively easy proceedure with care being taken to ensure ... Read more
Adrian Stallworthy
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was my first cruise (but not for my fellow holiday makers). We cruised on Fred Olsens Balmoral to the Norwegian Fjords. Overall experience was excellent. Here is my summary: - - Excellent Food (especially the non-dessert courses) ... Read more
Luckystrike
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed May 2011
After considering many options decided to go for Fred Olsen as it has a reputation for old fashioned British style cruising. We took the mini-cruise as taster - just in case - as not been on anything more than a channel ferry in the past. ... Read more

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