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Balmoral Review

4.5 / 5.0
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231 reviews
3 Awards

First Fred Olsen cruise

Review for Balmoral to the Western Mediterranean
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10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: May 2012
Cabin: Outside

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 & healthy...but there were a significant proportion who were 85+ (regular medical emergencies happened throughout the cruise).

Cabin was a bit of a squeeze, but sufficient storage & wardrobe space. However, soundproofing was poor - you could clearly hear neighbours' conversations. Cabin steward very good.

Cabin Review


Cabin C

Cramped space for a superior outside. beds were a little uncomfortable. Reasonable drawer / wardrobe space. Soundproofing poor...take earplugs, but even those failed to eliminate the conversations from neighbouring cabin.

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