Balmoral Cruise Review by jocap
- Sail Date: August 2018
- Destination: British Isles & Western Europe
- Cabin Type: Superior Outside
The check in was simple, and everything is so well organised for you to reach your cabin with ease.
The ship has had a refurbishment since our last cruise on her, which included full make over of cabins- ours was spacious and very attractve.
In the main dining room, the food was as excellent as last time, when we were able to say that it was the best food we've had on any cruise line- good choices;well served; good ingredients. Because the dining rooms are much smaller than on many ships the noise was minimal; large dining rooms on big ships often are quite noisy. The buffet is small, although we ate there rarely,as there are other options for breakfast and lunch. We did like to go there for a cream scone at tea time!
Small ships don't have all the activities of the big ones, but there were plenty of lectures, along with traditional ship board games, quizzes and entertainment.The evening shows were good, with the usual song and dance routines, plus comedians, magicians and musicians.
The lat time we were on Balmoral,it was an adult only cruise- this time, being in the middle of the summer holidays, there were some children cruising- perhaps 30 or so, and they always seemed to be busy with their leaders.
Iceland itself was absolutely wonderful, from the long sail past the glacier, volcano and Westman Islands on the evening before arrivng at Reykjavk, to the final sailing down the last fjord, whale watching. There was a commentary for all these times, explaining much of what we were seeing,or what had happened in the past (Eyjafjallajokull eruption; Heimaey life; whale spotting).
We took the cruise for the itinerary, but the ship was also a pleasant part of that itinerary.
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The colour touches were turquoise; the lighting was new and bright enough to read by; a new TV hung on the wall, and the bed and linen were exceptionally comfortable.
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