Balmoral Review

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Named after the Scottish home of the Royal family, the Balmoral offers a classic British cruising experience as Fred. Olsen’s largest and newest ship. Still smaller than most cruise ships today, it has 710 cabins and suites with ample public space to accommodate 1,300 passengers. Dine in three formal restaurants, or mingle in the warm pub with occasional live music or comedy. Catch a cabaret in the Neptune Lounge. Drift the hours away with a cocktail and seascape in the Observatory Lounge. Nine cabins are now equipped for use by disabled passengers. Family-friendly, the arts and crafts room transforms to a children’s club during school holidays.

Although Balmoral entered service in 1988 as the Crown Odyssey for the defunct Royal Cruise Line, and then sailed for Norwegian Cruise Line as Norwegian Crown, Fred. Olsen gave the ship a makeover after acquiring it in 2007. With the addition of a 99-foot midsection, a completely refurbished Balmoral was relaunched in 2008 as the largest ship in the Fred. Olsen fleet. A wide range of entertainment, friendly service, well-prepared cuisine and well-planned itineraries at competitive prices make Balmoral a solid midrange choice. A loyal following of repeat customers return for spacious staterooms outfitted with the latest technology, friendly staff, professional entertainment, and the traditional afternoon tea service with white-gloved waiters. The spa is staffed by therapists recruited from international five-star resorts. Choose from a wide assortment of beauty and wellness treatments to rejuvenate body, mind, and spirit.

The large windows in the Observatory Lounge afford fantastic sea views, which are enhanced with binoculars strategically spaced around the lounge. A grand piano provides background music for dancing on the glass dance floor. The decor of a traditional-style English pub reflects more than a century of Fred. Olsen's history. A second bar and lounge venue overlooking the aft pool deck offers live music with views. Are you a bridge player or jigsaw puzzle master? Head to the game room to meet fellow enthusiasts.

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