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Fred. Olsen Balmoral Romantic Cruises Cruise Reviews

Fred. Olsen
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11 Fred. Olsen Balmoral Romantic Cruises Cruise Reviews

Mark Richards avatar

Mark Richards

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Must Do Better


Very first cruise so chose a very short 2 night trip Southampton – Honfleur just to get a taste. We were told in advance that boarding would be from 13.00 (or 13.30) and we would board at 16.30 (different times ...
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Sail Date December 2019

Sarah D avatar

Sarah D

3 Reviews Written

7 Helpful Votes

Couples cruise Xmas 2018 Europe Balmoral

Staff – some good some bad, certainly not at the level across the board of the more expensive cruise lines but a lot of the staff where great. Drinks – the drinks package includes so little variety I ended ...
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Sail Date December 2018

Ashcombe avatar


1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Overall a most positive experience

We chose this as it was my husband’s first experience of cruising although I’ve been on several. The duration and itinerary were ideal, as was the ambience of a small ship. Food and service were very good and ...
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Sail Date December 2018

monkey013 avatar


2 Reviews Written

5 Helpful Votes

Pleasantly Surprised

We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and were just viewing it as a means of getting to Orkney and Shetland and really were not expecting much. However how wrong we were. We found our inside cabin clean ...
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Sail Date August 2018

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Codford Wanderer

2 Reviews Written

20 Helpful Votes

Like the Curate's Egg - Very Good in Parts

We booked this very short cruise at exceptionally short notice (book Monday sail Saturday.) We were accommodated in a suite on Deck 9. During the booking procedure I made it clear that we wished to dine at 8-30 pm ...
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Sail Date January 2018

MyCruseReview avatar


2 Reviews Written

6 Helpful Votes

An overall enjoyable cruise with an interesting itinerary

We chose this cruise for two main reasons. The Newcastle port of departure and the itinerary. Fred Olsen documentation appears to indicate that port facilities at Newcastle are not as good as other ports. However, ...
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Sail Date August 2017

tlturner avatar


1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Excellent first cruise

Five nights Norwegian fjords, our first cruise. What a revelation! Self catering holidays are now well and truly in the shade. Impressive organisation from start to finish, friendly efficient service, good food and ...
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Sail Date August 2017

Suespecs avatar


1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Scenic cruise

We chose this cruise because of the convenience of a Newcastle departure,we live in the north of England and wanted to avoid flying. Check in was easy and boarding was well organised. We had a cabin in the ...
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Sail Date April 2017

Doc-Nexie avatar


1 Review Written

14 Helpful Votes

Very good overall but disappointing drinks

On Saturday 30th April my partner and I travelled with Fred Olsen on Balmoral to Norway. My partner and I are in our early 20's, so much younger than most travellers. We found that the design of Balmoral was quite ...
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Sail Date April 2017

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19 Reviews Written

64 Helpful Votes

Fantastic Norway Cruise!

We have been on Balmoral before, and we have been to Norway lots of times before - but who could ever tire of Norway? We chose the "Fred's Favourite Fjords" cruise because the departure port was from Newcastle, ...
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Sail Date June 2016

marchie1053 avatar


3 Reviews Written

88 Helpful Votes

We Really Wanted To Like Fred, But He Makes It Difficult

Background: My wife and I (aged 60 & 62) are new to cruising - we took a Last Minute Budget All Inclusive Mediterranean 7 Day Cruise in June 2014 to see if this type of holiday suited us before committing to a ...
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Sail Date December 2015

Balmoral Ratings

Public Rooms4.04.1
Fitness Recreation4.03.6
Value For Money4.03.6
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