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"Having cruised on P & O and enjoyed the experience, we thought that Fred Olsen with its smaller ships stopping at ports unavailable to larger ships would be better. There are many positive things to say about this..."Read More
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Trebor2017

2-5 Cruises

Age 70s

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Mostly OK

Review for Balmoral to Mediterranean

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jolai1

6-10 Cruises

Age 70s

Fred Olsen have earned good reputation and as they were sailing ex Newcastle which is near for us we decided to give it a try. We have done 9 cruises with Thomson, which we would highly recommend but thought we needed to try another company. The ship was really friendly and we met some lovely people. The cabin and all inclusive deal were OK for what we paid. The entertainment was good and probably ...
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Sail Date: July 2017

Departure Port: Crete (Heraklion)

Cabin Type: Inside

32 Helpful Votes


Islands of the Mediterranean

Review for Balmoral to Mediterranean

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Parsman

10+ Cruises

Age 80s

I selected this cruise as an ideal Spring getaway to interesting parts of the Mediterranean, some of which I hadn't previously visited. The "Balmoral" is my favorite of the Fred. Olsen cruise ships. it is a fine looking ship, in good condition, spacious but small enough to enter ports that the more modern, large simply couldn't visit. I had booked a twin cabin on a single occupancy basis on ...
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Sail Date: April 2017

Departure Port: Kusadasi

Cabin Type: Superior Outside

46 Helpful Votes


Nice but not great

Review for Balmoral to Europe - Western Mediterranean

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Trebor2017

2-5 Cruises

Age 70s

Having cruised on P & O and enjoyed the experience, we thought that Fred Olsen with its smaller ships stopping at ports unavailable to larger ships would be better. There are many positive things to say about this cruise including the very friendly atmosphere. The accommodation was fine, the staff were fantastic, with nothing being too much trouble. The entertainment was exceptionally good ...
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Sail Date: March 2017

Departure Port: Kusadasi

Traveled with disabled person

18 Helpful Votes


Mixed Bag

Review for Balmoral to Europe - Western Mediterranean

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cadizcruiser

First Time Cruiser

Age 50s

Some things on the cruise were terrific. The waiting staff were. The food generally was of a high standard, at times excellent. Nothing was too much trouble and in that respect the cruise was 5 star plus. When I needed my trousers repaired, the tailor appeared in moments, disappeared briefly, and reappeared with the trousers totally repaired. A lot of the staff were actually incredibly nice. In ...
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Sail Date: October 2015

Departure Port: Kusadasi

Cabin Type: Single Balcony

11 Helpful Votes


Not for children

Review for Balmoral to Europe - Western Mediterranean

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flowers5959

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

The price for two cabins were over priced as we were given cabins on the front of ship with port holes only. Cabins 5003 5001 Two Adults and three children. Cabins very dark . We were advised of children's club when booking only to find upon our arrival on the ship that they had indeed a kids club but the children had to be accompanied by an adult at all times. Rather defeated the whole object ...
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Sail Date: August 2015

Departure Port: Kusadasi

Cabin Type: Outside

Traveled with children

5 Helpful Votes


A lovely cruise

Review for Balmoral to Europe - Western Mediterranean

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Janet Paxton

2-5 Cruises

Age 70s

We have just returned from a great cruise to the Azores & Maderia. Thoroughly enjoyed visiting some of the islands in the Azores and spending time in Maderia Cabin was very clean and comfortable even if it was an inside, not my choice but booked at the last minute (our fault) much prefer an outside. There was problems on the ship due to the Novovirus which was still evident from the previous ...
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Sail Date: May 2015

Departure Port: Kusadasi

Cabin Type: Inside

3 Helpful Votes


First Fred Olsen cruise

Review for Balmoral to Europe - Western Mediterranean

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dogfishdoug

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Embarkation was from Southampton, following a long coach journey with Portlink (which was quite pleasant). Not an entirely smooth embarkation, passengers sat around for sometime until called by batch numbers, 20 a time. Initial impressions of passenger mix - mainly UK & older clientele. Although we are in our early 60s, we felt a little young - although, to be fair, many were in 60s & 70s fit & ...
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Sail Date: May 2012

Departure Port: Kusadasi

Cabin Type: Outside


Exceeded expectations!

Review for Balmoral to Europe - Western Mediterranean

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dun123das

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Departed on 23 April 2011 from Southampton, having stayed on the previous night at the Dolphin Hotel. For anyone cruising from Southampton, this is a cheap and cheerful option due to it's location and car-parking deal, but not it's breakfast on the day we were there. Our cabin on deck 8 was lovely and much larger than we expected - after paying half- price upgrade in January. No bath, but the ...
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Sail Date: April 2011

Departure Port: Kusadasi

Cabin Type: Balcony Junior Suite

25 Helpful Votes


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