Our short Winter break on the Balmoral 10 November 2011.: Balmoral Cruise Review by P Dooley (rent15c)
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Our short Winter break on the Balmoral 10 November 2011.
Destination: Baltic Sea
The ports Hamburg, Bremerhaven and Antwerp were fine although we were disappointed not to go into Amsterdam due to technical problems. Perhaps we could have been allowed to spend the afternoon in Bremerhaven instead of waiting on the ship in port for 5 hours. However it didn't really spoil our holiday as we found plenty to do. We didn't go on the arranged tours, preferring to find our own way round the ports shopping, sightseeing etc. It is true that the Christmas Markets were not open, but to be honest we have done them before and seem to be full of tinsel and sickly sweets (not our thing). Again we were not disappointed and had not gone on this cruise for them anyway. On reflection we met some nice people, it was relaxing enjoying good food all washed down with a nice glass of wine and beer.
Disembarkation was fine although again queueing was the norm, but we were soon on our way home smoothly and efficiently. So to sum up we found the whole experience a pleasure and good value for money. We would recommend the Balmoral if a smaller ship is for you. Less
Cabin review: B8020 Superior Outside
Cabin 8020 was really nice. It would probably be a bit too small for a long journey but was very comfortable. There was some noise from the Neptune Lounge below during the evening shows but this wasn't too bad and didn't go on too late. We particularly liked having a bath. We would have liked a fridge to keep fresh milk in for coffee and tea. I guess you get on in a more expensive cabin. Our cabin stewardess was especially nice and helpful.Read All Superior Outside (B) Reviews >>