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Balmoral Review

4.5 / 5.0
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Non Smokers beware !

Review for Balmoral to Canary Islands
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Brading10
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Jan 2017
Cabin: Superior Suite

My wife and I sailed to the Canaries for some winter sun and we had superior suite 9047. Lovely cabin , perfect size and a lovely balcony on the starboard side.

On the very first evening I sat out there whist my wife was getting ready , and I noticed a strange smell engulfing the balcony. I called my wife and we saw the passenger next to us smoking a pipe and the smoke was coming our way. Went out for the evening and next day every we tried to use our balcony again but this guy was out there smoking his pipe. We retreated inside BUT ..the smoke followed into our cabin!

This happened every day and after a week we spoke to Jo in guest relations to see if she could move us but the ship was full and guests on all Fred Olsen ships are allowed to smoke on balconies.

Cabin Review

Superior Suite

Cabin SS

As I said before apart from our balcony problem, our cabin was wonderful.

Port Reviews

Madeira (Funchal)

lovely port. A must see

La Palma

Very interesting and enjoyed the little shops

Tenerife

Very hot day. Lovely walks and friendly locals

Las Palmas (Gran Canaria)

Enjoyed every minute here. Another must see.

Lanzarote

Very poor. All shops closed as it was Sunday and a lot of the properties were derelict.

Lisbon

Been here a few times, and this time just a beer, snack and souvenir before heading back to the ship.

Southampton

Did not take an excursion

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