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We enjoyed a cruise on Fred Olsen last year and like the smaller ships. The staff and the ship are good BUT the food was so disappointing. Very small amounts in the evening in the dining room and nothing special at all.We had a meal one evening which was not unlike a frozen Findus dinner from years ago. A dry piece of pork covered in very burnt breadcrumbs and a few frozen diced carrots and peas and again frozen chips.Yuk, even the Head Waiter agreed it was rubbish. There was no sign of steak or lobster and having sailed with several other lines, these items usually make an appearance especially on a Gala night. The buffet between 11pm and midnight seemed to have more interesting and hot dishes and we went down there regularly for cheese and biscuits as we were hungry, (a first for us on any previous cruise) All in all not good value as we had paid over £4000 for 7 days!!

Love the ship, shame about the food

Balmoral Cruise Review by kaykearns

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2017
  • Destination: Norwegian Fjords
  • Cabin Type: Balcony Junior Suite
We enjoyed a cruise on Fred Olsen last year and like the smaller ships.

The staff and the ship are good BUT the food was so disappointing.

Very small amounts in the evening in the dining room and nothing special at all.We had a meal one evening which was not unlike a frozen Findus dinner from years ago.

A dry piece of pork covered in very burnt breadcrumbs and a few frozen diced carrots and peas and again frozen chips.Yuk, even the Head Waiter agreed it was rubbish.

There was no sign of steak or lobster and having sailed with several other lines, these items usually make an appearance especially on a Gala night.

The buffet between 11pm and midnight seemed to have more interesting and hot dishes and we went down there regularly for cheese and biscuits as we were hungry, (a first for us on any previous cruise)

All in all not good value as we had paid over £4000 for 7 days!!
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