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Balmoral Review

4.5 / 5.0
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Review for Balmoral to Norwegian Fjords
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2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Mar 2016
Cabin: Superior Outside

The itinerary was what we went for and we got to see the northern lights so that was good.

The ship has absolutely nothing for anyone under 60+ to do all day. We had quite a few sea days as it was a cold cruise and we were so bored. Options were to sleep or drink as any activities were aimed at the elderly. I am 44 and did not pay for a cruise to sit knitting or reading all day which most seemed to do, this in turn felt like the whole ship was a library throughout the day. You felt guilty walking around and speaking, the looks that we were given at times were not friendly at all. People were getting up in the morning then finding somewhere to sit and sleep until lunch if not reading or knitting.

Feeding time was a joke, I say feeding time as it was shocking to watch. I have never seen so many older people with walking aides expecting to be given priority for everything yet when feeding time comes they practically run.

Cabin Review

Superior Outside

Cabin B

Our cabin was fine, we had a superior outside but to be honest I still do not know what was superior about it other that it was on a higher deck. We did find 25 Brazilian real under one of the beds which told us a lot about the cabin steward as the ship had returned from Brazil 2 weeks prior to our cruise. I shudder at the thought of what else was not cleaned properly, fortunately I take antibacterial cleaning wipes with me on a cruise and go over the bathroom and any handles and tops etc in the cabin. The decorative cushions on the beds stink and need changing, I hated coming back to the room to find the steward had put them on the bed.

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