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Newcastle (England) to Europe - British Isles & Western Fred. Olsen Balmoral Cruise Reviews

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1-10 of 17 Newcastle (England) to Europe - British Isles & Western Fred. Olsen Balmoral Cruise Reviews


Boring old ship

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jeanniedance

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

Very dated ship. Mainly elderly passengers. Nothing on during the day except bridge bingo and handicrafts. More like a floating care home. Tour operator extremely unhelpful.. Don't book flam railway through olsen it's a lot cheaper to do yourself and there were plenty of seats. Guest service manager very helpful as had to move cabins as extremely noisy. Noticed a lot of cutbacks. Eg no conditioner ...
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Sail Date: May 2019

Cabin Type: Superior Outside


Not value for money

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jolai1

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

I consider the price we paid for the itinerary, distance travelled, entertainment, drinks package and cabin comfort (superior interior) was far too much. The A/C in the cabin was rubbish we had the setting off the scale and still found it stuffy and through the night it seemed to go off altogether, maybe to save money- so very poor sleep quality. Obviously we reported this and it was supposedly ...
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Sail Date: April 2019

Cabin Type: Superior Inside


Butlins afloat

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flip43

First Time Cruiser

Age 70s

My wife and I recently took our first cruise. We travelled on Deck 5 in an outer, windowed cabin, on Fred Olsen's Balmoral to the North German ports of Bremen, Hamburg and Kiel dep Newcastle 19 November. To say it was grossly disappointing would be to ignore the few highlights, but even they are too few to persuade us to repeat the experience. The worst aspect was the selfish and uncouth ...
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Sail Date: October 2018

Cabin Type: Superior Outside


Cabin experience

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teddytwo

10+ Cruises

Age 80s

The reason for choosing this cruise were many One the embarkation and disembarkation port was only half hour from home so we did not have any extra travel to join the ship.TwoThe ship Balmoral, we have sailed on this ship in the past and have had a wonderful time . The food,entertainment and ports of call had always been good. The size off the ship was also to our liking, friendly yet spacious ...
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Sail Date: October 2018

Cabin Type: Inside


First and last cruise

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Barbara Mills

First Time Cruiser

Age 50s

I’ve always wanted to try a cruise so picked this one as I’ve always wanted to go to the Shetland Islands and it was short so gave us a chance to experience cruising. Arrived on the boat to our very expensive upgraded cabin. Very disappointed. Only soap in a bottle supplied in the bathroom - just like a 3 star hotel. Very small towels. Thick rust round the taps and some black mould round bath. ...
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Sail Date: August 2018

Cabin Type: Superior Outside


Pleasantly Surprised

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monkey013

10+ Cruises

Age 50s

We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and were just viewing it as a means of getting to Orkney and Shetland and really were not expecting much. However how wrong we were. We found our inside cabin clean and spacious with a good sized shower room. The food was excellent and we found the entertainment some of the best we have come across. We have cruised many many times with Cunard, ...
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Sail Date: August 2018

Cabin Type: Inside


Very poor!

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fatsquirrel

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

We chose this cruise for its itinerary and the Orkneys and Shetland were great and well worth visiting. We took a shore excursion at Inverness which was informative and well organised by our guide. Check in at Newcastle was fast and efficient. We booked an inside superior cabin on Bridge deck and it was OK with a larger than average bathroom. However, there were none of the touches such as ...
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Sail Date: August 2018

Cabin Type: Superior Inside


Excellent Ports, Lackluster Ship

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WakebdrGRM

6-10 Cruises

Age 30s

Although this ship was recently refurbished (newer furniture and carpeting) it lacks the excitement and character of other cruise lines we've been on (P&O, NCL, RCCL). The entertainment was so-so (think community college theater not Vegas-style), the comedian unfunny, and the average passenger age was over 60. We traveled with a well-behaved toddler. Even so most people were friendly (only had ...
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Sail Date: August 2018

Cabin Type: Inside

Traveled with children


Glorious Iceland

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jocap

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

We've long wanted to visit Iceland, so this was the perfect choice- sailing out of Newcastle is easier for us than Southampton, and we were on Balmoral the previous autumn, so knew that she was a sturdy little ship, with excellent food and service. The itinerary was all Iceland- some cruises add other islands, or Norway, but that's not what we wanted. The check in was simple, and everything is ...
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Sail Date: August 2018

Cabin Type: Superior Outside


Excellent welcome in the Scottish Islands

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Jkerry

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

This was for me, a rare opportunity to visit Orkney, Shetland and Lewis and I was not disappointed. The ship was as excellent as expected (I have grown to love Balmoral) and the itinerary wonderful. Wonderful restaurant and bar staff, good choice of vegetarian food and everyone very friendly, as always expected from Fred. I particularly enjoyed the visits to the ancient archaeological sites on ...
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Sail Date: July 2018

Cabin Type: Single Inside


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