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Fred. Olsen Balmoral Cruise Reviews

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"I enjoyed my visit to Iceland first cruise with Fred Olsen Balmoral. The Balmoral is a nice country feel ship. I liked that it has just over 1000 passengers and not thousands and thousands of people. Saying this I..."Read More
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WendyJ4444

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What was wrong

Review for Balmoral to Europe - All

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pillock

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

rewards for oceans members appalling compared to previously: no fred olsen pens [surely this is a free advert when cruisers leave them around or lend them , miserable selection snacks as only reward for diamond oceans members [one between two!!]. guest entertainers very poor. tap dancers may be talented but who want to have to endure two shows of them. comedian OK but other musicians no one wants ...
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Sail Date: December 2019


Must Do Better

Review for Balmoral to Europe - All

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Mark Richards

First Time Cruiser

Age 50s

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 for different cabins/decks so not all together in one big mad rush) and must be at the dock in time but not earlier. We arrived at 15.30 (just in case of traffic, parking etc) and sat & ...
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Sail Date: December 2019

Cabin Type: Outside


Beware this cabin!

Review for Balmoral to Europe - British Isles & Western

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feljen

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

There were lots of good things about this cruise. Embarkation and disembarkation were wonderfully swift and painless. there was no pressured up-selling, such as we'd experienced on other, more high-profile cruise lines. The food was good, even for a vegetarian like me; the drink prices on the Balmoral are far cheaper than on other cruise lines; the coffee bar is superb, with prices much cheaper ...
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Sail Date: November 2019

Cabin Type: Outside


Cities in Spain

Review for Balmoral to Europe - British Isles & Western

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dianebrad

2-5 Cruises

Age 70s

Chose cruise to visit cities not yet visited in Spain. Because three destinations were cancelled we still have not seen some of them. We were told of bad weather but did not experience much. Seemed premature to cancel two stops. Otherwise cruise was just as good as previously especially the food! Entertainment with a singer and comedian very good but ships company only average I would say. The ...
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Sail Date: November 2019

Cabin Type: Inside


Balmoral, ate Autumn cruise on the Seine, France

Review for Balmoral to Europe - British Isles & Western

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ES5331

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

First time with Fred Olsen and got a great saver deal. Sailing from Dover was so easy with excellent parking arrangements at the port and easy embarkation. This smaller ship is has a very friendly crew and staff. Excellent shows and entertainers in the bars and loung areas. Drinks and spa treatments are a reasonable price - much better than any other cruise line I have been with. Five course ...
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Sail Date: October 2019

Cabin Type: Outside with Porthole


First and last cruise with Fred Olsen

Review for Balmoral to Europe - British Isles & Western

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Martyn 33

First Time Cruiser

Age 60s

Cruise L1917 Isles of Scotland 1.8.2019 This was our first ever cruise and we had expected much better considering the cost. The M.S. Balmoral had its last refit some 10/11 years ago and it is looking very tired. Our cabin was showing the signs of wear and tear with the bathroom being particularly poor - cracked tiles in the shower and not very clean. Soundproofing between cabins was below ...
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Sail Date: August 2019

Cabin Type: Outside


Relaxing short local cruise

Review for Balmoral to Europe - British Isles & Western

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pugwash1701

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

Cruise was 5 nights from Rosyth to Orkney and Shetland then back again. Went with friends so a party of 4. First cruise for our friends who wanted a short one to see how they liked it and asked us to accompany them and "show them the ropes" (this was our 4th cruise with Fred. As usual the cabin, staff, service and facilities were excellent and our friends were very happy - the food in particular ...
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Sail Date: August 2019

Cabin Type: Outside with Porthole


Wonderful staff, great food, excellent trip!

Review for Balmoral to Europe - British Isles & Western

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JCN51

2-5 Cruises

Age 50s

Fred Olsen were recommended by family members. The fact that Balmoral sailed from Rosyth (near Edinburgh) was so handy for us and saved us a flight to Southampton. Our cruise to Norway far exceeded our expectations and the glorious weather was a huge added bonus! From the minute we arrived at the port terminal until the day of disembarkation, staff constantly went over and above to ensure ...
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Sail Date: July 2019

Cabin Type: Outside


Superb

Review for Balmoral to Europe - British Isles & Western

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Wetheral kate

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

We chose to sail from Rosyth which was completely hassle free, on a glorious summer's day. We were happy with our outside cabin and didn't miss having a balcony. Room of a good standard. Always plenty of hot water for showers. All staff were very courteous and friendly. Food was good and I think we were very fortunate dining in the Spey restaurant as the picture windows gave us wonderful views as ...
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Sail Date: July 2019

Cabin Type: Outside


Worst service and food ever

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Caroline27

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Restaurant and staff in outside bar are offish and service for drinks slow Restaurant staff. You catch their eye and they immediately walk away Yet rush you when eating to Move you on as quickly as they can Food School dinners from the 50’s only worse We are in Orkney and Shetlands the ultimate fishing area in U K yet a huge bowl of crab sticks on buffet Kipper for breakfast. ...
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Sail Date: June 2019

Cabin Type: Balcony Junior Suite


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