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Canary Islands Balmoral Canary Islands Cruise Reviews

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Christmas, New Year and my husband's birthday

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Eurovisionfan
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

Fred Olsen Balmoral – Xmas/New Year 2018/19 – Canaries All in all, this was a most enjoyable cruise and a great way to spend both the festive season and celebrate my husband’s birthday on Christmas Eve. This was our first time with “Fred”, although we’ve cruised a lot since getting the bug a decade ago. Compared with other lines, we were delighted that there was no constant hard sell, ship ...
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Sail Date: December 2018

Cabin Type: Inside


Waste of Good Money

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bartonhillbum
First Time Cruiser • Age 70s

I had the Cruise booked for me by my Daughter, direct with Fred Olson. I had never been on a cruise before, except across the Mersey and to the Isle of Man once, many years ago. Arrived at Southampton to be kept waiting whilst 'Green and Yellow Boarding cards were embarked first, I had a white one. One on board everything was fine, until I went to Dinner in the Ballindoch Restaurant, table ...
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Sail Date: January 2017

Cabin Type: Superior Inside


Really felt Fred Olsen are plummeting.

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toadwarble
2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

We had been on two cruises with Fred Olsen before, not on the Balmoral, and we had noticed a slight reduction in quality between the first and second cruise. However we felt the standard had plummeted this time as corners were visibly cut particularly with the food. The ship hasn't been refitted for over 8 years and it showed. The smell of diesel was so strong at times you could smell it from ...
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Sail Date: January 2017

Cabin Type: Superior Outside


Staff cuts too far?

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sekrapdjp
6-10 Cruises • Age 80s

This cruise on Fred. Olsen’s ‘Balmoral’ (‘Canaries & Madeira Winter Sun’) was the third of a ‘three-for-the-price-of-two’ offer and followed voyages on the ‘Boudicca’ and the ‘Braemar’ – all in the space of nine months. The ‘Balmoral’ compared very favourably with the other two (smaller) ships, not having the tired appearance of the ‘Boudicca’ and being more elegant that the ‘Braemar’. On all ...
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Sail Date: January 2017

Cabin Type: Superior Suite


Non Smokers beware !

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Brading10
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

My wife and I sailed to the Canaries for some winter sun and we had superior suite 9047. Lovely cabin , perfect size and a lovely balcony on the starboard side. On the very first evening I sat out there whist my wife was getting ready , and I noticed a strange smell engulfing the balcony. I called my wife and we saw the passenger next to us smoking a pipe and the smoke was coming our way. Went ...
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Sail Date: January 2017

Cabin Type: Superior Suite


Portuguese Islands and Cities

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Parsman
10+ Cruises • Age 80s

I boarded the ship at Doper which is the most convenient cruise port for me. I parked my car in the port which efficiently organised. After check-in I boarded immediately and my luggage followed only a few minutes after. It was one of the quickest start to a cruise I have experienced and I have taken 40+ cruises. Our cruise took us to three of the islands in the Azores, Madeira, Lisbon and ...
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Sail Date: September 2016

Cabin Type: Single Outside


Yet Another Excellent Cruise with Fred Olsen

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pickerlily
6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

We chose this cruise as it stayed overnight in Madeira for the Flower Festival and what a treat that was, we could not believe that we were the only cruise ship that stayed overnight. Celebrity left on the day of the flower festival and the MSC and Aida both arrived the day after - well done Fred Olsen and thank you. As always we found the food and staff to be the same excellent standard as we ...
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Sail Date: April 2016

Cabin Type: Outside with Porthole


We wanted to like Fred Olsen, but....

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Jaydee22
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

Fred Olsen ships go to really interesting places so we wanted to like cruising with them. The cruise we went on was a last minute booking as we needed the break and it was one of the few going from the UK to anywhere warm, and back again. We booked on a guaranteed cabin basis and a few days before sailing received the documentation which had a cabin number - but not the grade we had booked. ...
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Sail Date: January 2016

Cabin Type: Superior Outside


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

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marchie1053
2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

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 more expensive and sophisticated version over Xmas and New Year (18/12/15 to 05/01/16). We booked (3 weeks before departure in the Black Friday Sale) the Balmoral sailing to the Canaries ...
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Sail Date: December 2015


Christmas and New Year cruise

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Parsman
10+ Cruises • Age 80s

We sailed on the "Balmoral" on 21 December. The "meet and greet" parking at Southampton was very courteous and efficient. Although the City cruise terminal was being renovated the temporary departure lounge was satisfactory. Boarding was very swift (aided greatly bt membership of the "Oceans Gold" club). The ship looked in good condition as it had only come out of dry-dock two days earlier. We ...
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Sail Date: December 2014

Cabin Type: Superior Outside


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