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Balmoral Review

4.5 / 5.0
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227 reviews
31 Awards

Yet Another Excellent Cruise with Fred Olsen

Review for Balmoral to Canary Islands
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6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Apr 2016
Cabin: Outside with Porthole

We chose this cruise as it stayed overnight in Madeira for the Flower Festival and what a treat that was, we could not believe that we were the only cruise ship that stayed overnight. Celebrity left on the day of the flower festival and the MSC and Aida both arrived the day after - well done Fred Olsen and thank you.

As always we found the food and staff to be the same excellent standard as we have experienced in the past. There was plenty of choice both at lunch time and in the evenings and no meals were repeated. Indeed we were on the Balmoral in January, and the meals were quite different.

All the staff from the waiters, to the entertainment staff to the Show Company were outstanding, especially as they did have to cope with the dreaded Norovirus and all the extra work that it entails for all on board. They were still cheerful and always had time to talk to you. It doesn't help when passengers who are infected with norovirus leave their cabins and go into the shops, spreading the disease further, and one lady refusing to use soap after visiting the toilet - then we wonder why these incidents keep happening. Perhaps the people should be banned from cruising and thrown off the ships.

Cabin Review

Outside with Porthole

Cabin F

There was some noise from the waves crashing against the side when the sea was rough, but apart from that the cabin was very good.

Port Reviews

Madeira (Funchal)

Excellent trip on the cable car, quite a queue when we got there but it moved very quickly, bought tickets at the cable car itself


Another excellent visit to Lisbon, went up the Gloria funicular railway, a short ride, so the view wasn't as good as we'd hoped for, but still a good trip


A very pretty little Marina


Check in was quite slow as the terminal was quite small


Had an enjoyable walk and then a very nice lunch

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