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Balmoral Cruise Review by Adrian Stallworthy: First cruise - probably the best choice!


Adrian Stallworthy
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First cruise - probably the best choice!

Sail Date: June 2011
Destination: Baltic & Northern Europe
Embarkation: Southampton

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)

- Excellent service and the crew are always smiling and greeting you

- Very calm and friendly Norwegian captain

- Very competitive drink prices

- Very few added extra costs

- Our cabin was great for the price (cheapest outside cabin)

- Our Cruise suited age ranges 50+

- Friendly family-like atmosphere

- No class distinction (i.e. no restricted public areas - which we liked)

- Stress free disembarkation at ports

- The cabin account system can get in a muddle if you are sharing a cabin with somebody with another account

- The entertainment team work hard each evening

- The conformity of the evening dress codes might not suit everybody More (formal, themed, causal, smart casual, non-formal) - in my case I have spent a lot of time traveling the USA so it took some getting used to

- The Neptune Lounge is a bit small and not very well designed for the number of passengers Less


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You have to remember Bergen receives a lot of rainfall which might deter many visitors. But Bergen is a very hospitable and friendly stress-free Norwegian city that is compact enough to easily walk around. The dock is within walking distance to the the charming old town, fish market and funicular railway to the pleasing viewpoint and nature walks if the weather is not too inclement.

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