Balmoral Cruise Review by john wilkinson: LOTS OF PLUSES WITH FRED OLSEN

Balmoral 5
john wilkinson

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Sail Date: April 2012
Destination: Europe - British Isles & Western
Embarkation: Southampton

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. Everything else was a major plus point making this the most enjoyable cruise we have taken.
The cabin was well appointed, immaculately clean and maintained so,comfortable beds and with a good roomy en suite with shower.
The food was superb with an excellent choice in the breakfast, lunch and late supper buffets we used, with efficient and friendly service in the main dining room. The bars and lounges supplied drinks at normal Uk pub prices,without pressure and NO service charge.
The entertainment was by far the best we have experienced with excellent quality shows in the theatre from the Balmoral company plus great shows from comedian Lloyd Davies and fine singer Bruce Anderson. The entertainment team were also excellent throughout the More ship with fine singing and entertainment from Jamie Clark, lovely vocalist Jessica Samuel and good music from Frankie Jones and the Q-Tones. On the sea days there were excellent well supported lectures.
The fitness and beauty salon are attractive and well equipped.
Overall a great holiday break and great value for money. Less

Published 04/12/12

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