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Balmoral, Fred. Olsen Cruises


Entered Service:
June 1988
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34,242 Gross Tonnage


Typical Passengers

Balmoral draws a broad range of passengers, most of whom are interested just as much in the destinations as in the cruising experience itself due to the exciting itineraries on offer. There’s a high percentage of British couples as well as solo travellers onboard a typical Balmoral cruise. 

Ship Amenities 

Refurbished in 2007 when it was acquired by Fred. Olsen Cruises, Balmoral features a sleek, balanced profile with a walkaround teak promenade deck. This provides a pleasant location for having a wander, jogging, or just enjoying the view! Another great place for admiring ocean views is in the ship’s Observatory Lounge, positioned at the top of the ship. A tranquil lounge during the day, it transforms into a bar and nightclub in the evening. Outdoors, guests can have a swim in the heated salt-water pool. Indoors, there’s a Lounge Deck filled with entertainment venues from the Neptune Lounge to the Braemar Lounge with its internet centre. There’s also a library, card room, and selection of duty-free shops.  Visit the Morning Light Pub for draft beers, or simply admire the unique décor in the lobby including the globe-shaped golden sculpture by artist Arnaldo Pomodoro. 

Cabin Amenities 

There’s a rather staggering range of accommodation with 21 different price categories. Generally speaking; you’ll pay more as you go upwards in height. Cabins themselves are all of a similar layout with light blond wooden accents, plenty of mirrors to maximise the space, and a good amount of storage for personal belongings. All accommodation features a colour TV, music console, hairdryer, private bathroom with shower and toiletries, and hairdryer. There are cabins with interconnecting doors available which are ideal for families with children or groups of friends, and the most spacious accommodation can be found on the Highland Deck. These suites offer separate living rooms, marble-clad bathrooms, private balconies and bathtubs. 

Dining Options

Balmoral’s main dining room is called the Ballindalloch Restaurant, offering ocean views and two choices of seating times. The menu features traditional items with a British slant. Highland Deck 10 includes two additional dining outlets, the Avon and Spey Restaurants. These offer floor-to-ceiling windows, contemporary décor, and a quieter ambience than the larger restaurant. If you’re in the mood for something a bit more casual, you can visit the Palms Café for informal buffet meals. Breakfast and lunch are served in all of these venues, with an open seating plan for flexibility. 


In the evening, passengers flock to the Neptune Lounge. This is the ship’s main show lounge, hosting its entertainment shows, historic and artistic lectures, social events, and cabaret acts alike. The lounge is laid out on a single level, but there’s tiered seating so that you can enjoy good lines of sight from most seats in the house. Expect plenty of talented performers and light-hearted cabaret acts as part of the programming. 

Sports and Wellness

An outdoor jogging track provides a pleasant way to keep fit during your cruise, but if you want to pump up the volume you can also pay a visit to the ship’s main gym. This fitness room is fully stocked with all the weight and cardio equipment you could want, and it offers ocean views to keep you motivated as you work up a sweat. Balmoral’s spa facility is a tranquil sanctuary of calm, with a choice of body treatment rooms where you can choose from massages, facials, body wraps or beauty treatments. 


Fred Olsen - Balmoral

Service with a smile


Brine, Kent on 19th Oct 2019

This was our sixth Fred Olsen cruise and our second on Balmoral and we were not disappointed. We like the smaller ship, the simpler menus and the excellent service.

Fred Olsen - Balmoral

Better than Anticipated


Crabb, Edinburgh on 24th Jun 2019

We couldn't recommend the food and service enough - they even allocated us a table for 4 but only set it for the two of us. Would we go again - yes!

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