Fred. Olsen Balmoral Cruise Reviews

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MyCruseReview
Member Since 2017
1 review
We chose this cruise as it was sailing from Newcastle. This avoided the journey from Yorkshire to a South Coast port before and return after the cruise. The ports of call and the small number of days at sea also contributed to the ... Read more
bravotozero@outlook.com
1 review
11 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
Having sailed with Fred before we decided to do the Norway ,Arrived Dover parked the old bus up, Check in seemed to take for ever with those above our deck taking preference on boarding, lots of old people over 60 if you catch my drift . ... Read more
troath
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
6 helpful votes
Most pleasant cruise to date. My husband and I have just returned from a cruise to the Norwegian Fjords with Fred Olsen. In a nutshell, it was a joy from start to finish. The organisation getting everyone on the Balmoral was fantastic, ... Read more
sjpo
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
364 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Once upon a time I was working at a shipping agency in a South American port, when a brand-new ship come into port. It was the Crown Odyssey, which belonged to the Royal Cruise Line and we were appointed agents for four calls during ... Read more
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SimonCornes
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
6 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
My partner saw the cruise advertised as a last minute deal via Iglu so it was booked on the Monday and we sailed the following Sunday. I have to say that both Iglu and Fred Olsen were brilliant. My other half had a 'significant' birthday ... Read more
Doc-Nexie
Member Since 2017
1 review
9 helpful votes
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 dated and feel that it ... Read more
Suespecs
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed April 2017
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 forward section on the 4th ... Read more
Parsman
Member Since 2008
15 reviews
782 forum posts
13 helpful votes
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, ... Read more
Trebor2017
Member Since 2017
1 review
12 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
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 ... Read more
Pete 800
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
For the Mardi Gras Celebrations in New Orleans - which were tremendous. The voyage started 7-8 hours late, this did not really affect us. Many passengers travelled down by pre-arranged coach from Scotland, Wales & North of England ... Read more
The happy wanderers
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We choose this cruise for the Mardi Gras, which was both the highpoint and low point. We made the mistake of booking via Fred for the masquerade ball, very expensive and very poor, probably the worst value for money I have ever spent. ... Read more
Liz200
Member Since 2017
1 review
16 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
This was a really disappointing cruise. From a 7 hour delay in departure, 4 missed ports, 3 Captains and an ignominious homecoming with one of the lifeboats strapped to the bow deck like a bathtime duck, this was definitely not Fred ... Read more
1253lovelace
Member Since 2017
1 review
17 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
My wife and I have always preferred colder destinations, and the thought of possibly seeing the Northern Lights, and snowy scenery of Norway, attracted us to book this 15 night cruise. Also, the fact that we could sail direct from ... Read more
David Wheeler
Member Since 2014
9 reviews
37 helpful votes
I was brought up to say nothing, if I couldn't say something good about someone or something. So I will not have much to say about this ship. Built 28 years ago by the German builders Meyer Werft as one of the most luxurious ships of its ... Read more
Mary and Alan
Member Since 2017
1 review
12 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
we chose this cruise for its interesting itenary and size of ship...and the fact that one didn't need to fly to join her...as we booked late we selected an anchor package which suited our budget well... the staff cabin activities and ... Read more
twotravellersLondon
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
12 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because we wanted to enjoy the experience of the arctic in winter from the comfort of a cruise ship and hoped to see snow covered, breathtaking scenery and the northern lights. We also wanted to eat well, have a ... Read more
bartonhillbum
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 forum posts
13 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
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 ... Read more
sekrapdjp
Member Since 2014
4 reviews
6 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
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 ... Read more
toadwarble
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
5 helpful votes
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 ... Read more
High Society
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
Short break. Old ship but friendly and very clean Adapted cabin Well positioned Close to lift.. Twin beds . Bed next to window very cold. Impossible to sleep even with extra quilts and heating full on plus very noisy children ... Read more
Parsman
Member Since 2008
15 reviews
782 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
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 ... Read more
Evenette
Member Since 2016
1 review
27 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
Embarkation went smoothly. Entertainment team good. Meals in main restaurant good. Palms cafe under staffed and food ok. At times very unclear where soup, gravy was being served and under staffed, no clear direction. The lounge areas I ... Read more
spragg011@virginmedia.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
15 helpful votes
We are fit 70 plus ex-teenagers from Middlesbrough. Travelling from Newcastle to Port of Tyne is very convenient and quick for us. We chose this cruise because our previous 2 Fred Olsen cruises, one to the Baltic and the other to the ... Read more
lakeotter2
Member Since 2016
1 review
42 helpful votes
We selected the Fred Olsen cruise to The Baltic 1) because it coincided with our 30th wedding anniversary and 2) We would be in St Petersburg for 2 days - the highlight of our trip. As a bonus there will be a gym, a library, and self ... Read more
lakeotter
Member Since 2016
1 review
18 helpful votes
“Worse things happen at sea.” They did. BE WARNED. . . . . We selected the Fred Olsen cruise to The Baltic 1) because it coincided with our 30th Wedding anniversary and 2) We would be in St Petersburg for 2 days the ... Read more

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