Overview

Although Balmoral is the largest of the Fred. Olsen fleet, there is an air of light and space onboard so you won't feel overcrowded. Make the most of the great bars and lounges with their live music or comedy acts, catch a show in the Neptune Lounge or sample some of the mouth-watering food in one of the four restaurants onboard, where you're sure to find something to suit every taste.

Ship Fast Facts

Ship Size: Mid-sized Ship
Gross Tonnage: 43,537
Entered Service: January 2008 (Originally June 1988)
Refurbished: January 2008
Aimed at: Couples, groups and single travellers
Length: 218m (715ft)
Beam (width): 28m (92ft)
Cabins: 710
Passengers: 1,350 double occupancy (1,930 maximum occupancy)
Crew: 510

Entertainment

Days at sea can be spent doing as much or as little as you like. Take a stroll around the onboard shops and boutiques where you can shop for duty-free clothes, jewellery and perfumes; join in with the daily quizzes and competitions held in the bars and lounges; while away a few hours with a great novel in the onboard library, or just soak up the rays by the pool from the comfort of your lounger. In the evening, enjoy a pre or post dinner cocktail in one of the bars, try your luck at Black Jack or Roulette at the gaming tables, or dance the night away in the Observatory Lounge. Stop by the Morning Light Pub for great live music and comedy acts in a traditional pub setting, or take in a fantastic show or cabaret act in the Neptune Lounge.

Health & Fitness

Balmoral has everything you need to help you relax and stay in shape on your cruise. The Atlantis Spa has several treatment rooms where you can enjoy a range of therapies including hot stone massages, aromatherapy and facials. Located nearby is the beauty salon where a full range of beauty therapies are available, including manicures/pedicures, hair treatments and hair styling. The fully-equipped gym has a great selection of fitness machines such as treadmills and cross-trainers, as well as a free weights area and an exercise area where you can join in with daily fitness classes such as yoga and pilates. Up on deck you'll find two swimming pools and 4 whirlpools to relax in, plus keen golfers can enjoy the great views from Sun Deck whilst mastering the perfect swing in the golf nets.

Trivia

Did you know that Balmoral is named after the Scottish home of the Royal Family? Many of the bars, lounges and restaurants on board also have Scottish-themed names, including the Ballindalloch Restaurant, and the Avon and Spey Restaurants.

Children's Facilities

Balmoral is a family-friendly ship and welcomes all children aged 6 months to 17 years of age. However, due to the size of the ship, organised children's activities are only held during Easter, Summer and Christmas holidays when the minimum number of children on the cruise is reached. The children's club is generally available for children aged 5 to 11 years, but this may increase if a greater number of children of a particular age group are sailing onboard. The club is fully supervised by trained staff and activities include treasure hunts, competitions, games, arts and crafts, parties, sports competitions and cooking classes.

Facilities

Dining

4 Restaurants
- International fine dining
- Buffet
- A la carte fine dining

Entertainment

7 Bars including
- The Morning Light Pub
- The Marquee Bar
- The Lido Bar
Show Lounge
Gaming tables

Relaxation

Atlantis Spa
Beauty salon
2 Swimming pools
4 Whirlpools

Fitness

Gym
Fitness centre
Golf nets

Other

Library
Card room
Duty-free shops
Internet facilities

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Balmoral Dining

Main Dining

Ballindalloch Restaurant - Fixed Seating Dining

The Ballindalloch Restaurant is the main dining room onboard Balmoral and it is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with waiter service. Breakfast is usually available from 7.15am to 10am whilst lunch is usually available from midday until 2pm, both with open seating.

Dinner is available at two fixed sittings of 6.15pm for first sitting and 8.30pm for second sitting, and you will have the same table reserved for the duration of your cruise.

The Spey and Avon Restaurants - Fixed Seating Dining

The Spey and Avon Restaurants are very similar to the Ballindalloch Restaurant but offer a more intimate dining experience as they are much smaller in size. Located higher up the ship, the restaurants also have spectacular views from the floor-to-ceiling windows. Both restaurants are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with waiter service. Open seating is available for breakfast and lunch, whilst in the evening dinner is served at two fixed times of 6.15pm and 8.30pm, with the same table reserved for the duration of the cruise.

Signature Dining

The Observatory Lounge - Traditional Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea is held in the Observatory Lounge each day, giving you the chance to experience this typically British tradition in stylish surroundings. A selection of premium teas from Taylors of Harrogate will be available as well as traditional finger sandwiches, pastries, cakes and scones with jam and cream. A cover charge of approx. £6.95 per person applies and you must make a reservation in advance as the Afternoon Tea is very popular and has limited seating.

Alternative Dining

The Palms Cafe - Self-service Buffet Restaurant

The Palms Cafe is a popular alternative for those who don't want to dine at a fixed time. The restaurant has open seating at all times so you can come and go as you please. Breakfast is typically available from 7am until 9.30am and features a selection of hot and cold food including cereal, cooked breakfasts, omelettes, fresh fruit and pastries.

Lunch is usually available between 12.30pm and 2.30pm, offering hot and cold starters and mains, salads, soups, sandwiches and desserts. Dinner is normally available from 6pm until 9.30pm with a variety of hot starters and main courses, salads and desserts, and the Supper Club is available from 11.30pm until 12.30am serving late night snacks and desserts.

Balmoral Cabins

Select a cabin onboard Balmoral to view amenities. With a range of cabins, we hope to have something to suit your needs.


Single Inside Cabin
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  • N
  • SI
  • Single Inside Cabin Approx. 130 square feet


What's included

  • One single bed
  • En suite bathroom with shower
  • Sitting area with table and chair

Extras

  • Interactive TV
  • 24-hour room service
Inside Cabin
×
  • H
  • I
  • IS
  • LIL
  • LIU
  • Inside Cabin Approx. 160 square feet


What's included

  • Two twin beds
  • En suite bathroom with shower
  • Sitting area with table and chair

Extras

  • Interactive TV
  • 24-hour room service
Superior Single Inside Cabin
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  • M
  • Superior Single Inside Cabin Approx. 160 square feet


What's included

  • One single bed
  • En suite bathroom with bath or shower
  • Sitting area with table and chair

Extras

  • Interactive TV
  • 24-hour room service
Superior Inside Cabin
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  • G
  • Superior Inside Cabin Approx. 160 square feet


What's included

  • Two twin beds
  • En suite bathroom with shower and/or bath
  • Sitting area with table and chair

Extras

  • Interactive TV
  • 24-hour room service
Single Outside Cabin
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  • K
  • L
  • SO
  • Single Outside Cabin Approx. 140 - 165 square feet


What's included

  • One single bed
  • En suite bathroom with shower
  • Sitting area with table and chair
  • Porthole or picture window

Extras

  • Interactive TV
  • 24-hour room service
Outside Cabin
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  • D
  • E
  • F
  • LOL
  • LOU
  • OS
  • Outside Cabin Approx. 165 square feet


What's included

  • Two twin beds
  • En suite bathroom with shower
  • Sitting area with table and chair
  • Porthole or picture window

Extras

  • Interactive TV
  • 24-hour room service
Superior Single Outside Cabin (Obstructed View)
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  • J
  • Superior Single Outside Cabin (Obstructed View) Approx. 160 square feet


Obstructed View

Obstructed view cabins will have little or no view due to lifeboats or safety equipment blocking the window.

What's included

  • One single bed
  • En suite bathroom with bath or shower
  • Sitting area with table and chair
  • Picture window

Extras

  • Interactive TV
  • 24-hour room service
Superior Outside Cabin
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  • B
  • C
  • Superior Outside Cabin Approx. 165 - 200 square feet


Obstructed Views

Please note that B grade cabins located on Lido Deck (Deck 8) will have obstructed views due to lifeboats or safety equipment blocking the window.

What's included

  • Two twin beds
  • En suite bathroom with shower and/or bath
  • Sitting area with table and chair
  • Picture window or porthole

Extras

  • Interactive TV
  • 24-hour room service
Superior Outside Cabin (Obstructed View)
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  • A
  • SOS
  • Superior Outside Cabin (Obstructed View) Approx. 200 square feet


Obstructed Views

Obstructed view cabins will have little or no view due to lifeboats or safety equipment blocking the window.

What's included

  • Two twin beds
  • En suite bathroom with shower and/or bath
  • Sitting area with table and chair
  • Picture window

Extras

  • Interactive TV
  • 24-hour room service
Balcony Cabin
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  • BC
  • Balcony Cabin Approx. 180 square feet including balcony


What's included

  • Floor to ceiling balcony door
  • Private balcony with table and chairs
  • Two twin beds
  • En suite bathroom with bath and/or shower
  • Sitting area with table and chairs

Extras

  • Interactive TV
  • 24-hour room service
Superior Balcony Cabin
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  • BA
  • LBA
  • Superior Balcony Cabin Approx. 190 square feet including balcony


What's included

  • Floor to ceiling balcony door
  • Private balcony with table and chairs
  • Two twin beds
  • En suite bathroom with bath and/or shower
  • Sitting area with table and chairs

Extras

  • Interactive TV
  • 24-hour room service
Single Balcony Suite
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  • JB
  • Single Balcony Suite Approx. 200 square feet including balcony


What's included

  • Floor to ceiling balcony door
  • Balcony with table and chairs
  • One single bed
  • En suite bathroom with bath
  • Sitting area with fridge/minibar, table and chairs

Extras

  • Welcome bottle of sparkling wine
  • Fruit basket on arrival (topped up on request)
  • Fresh flower arrangement on arrival
  • Afternoon canapé service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Interactive TV
  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • Luxury towels
  • Daily newsletter with national and international news
  • Free pressing service for formal wear
  • Laundry service discount vouchers
  • Pair of compact umbrellas for use ashore
  • Complimentary use of binoculars
  • Complimentary use of World Atlas and Country Guide
  • Complimentary shuttle coach vouchers
Balcony Junior Suite
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  • BJ
  • LBJ
  • Balcony Junior Suite Approx. 200 square feet including balcony


What's included

  • Floor to ceiling balcony door
  • Private balcony with table and chairs
  • Two twin beds
  • En suite bathroom with bath and/or shower
  • Sitting area with fridge/minibar, table and chairs

Extras

  • Interactive TV
  • 24-hour room service
Superior Suite With Balcony
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  • LSS
  • SS
  • Superior Suite With Balcony Approx. 275 square feet including balcony


What's included

  • Floor to ceiling balcony door
  • Private balcony with table and chairs
  • Two twin beds
  • En suite bathroom with bath and/or shower
  • Sitting area with fridge/minibar, sofa, table and chairs

Extras

  • Welcome bottle of sparkling wine
  • Fruit basket on arrival (topped up on request)
  • Fresh flower arrangement on arrival
  • Afternoon canapé service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Interactive TV
  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • Luxury towels
  • Daily newsletter with national and international news
  • Free pressing service for formal wear
  • Laundry service discount vouchers
  • Pair of compact umbrellas for use ashore
  • Complimentary use of binoculars
  • Complimentary use of World Atlas and Country Guide
  • Complimentary shuttle coach vouchers
Marquee Suite With Balcony
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  • MS
  • Marquee Suite With Balcony Approx. 390 square feet including balcony


What's included

  • Floor to ceiling balcony door
  • Private balcony with table and chairs
  • Two twin beds
  • En suite bathroom with bath and/or shower
  • Sitting area with fridge/minibar, sofa, table and chairs

Extras

  • Welcome bottle of sparkling wine
  • Fruit basket on arrival (topped up on request)
  • Fresh flower arrangement on arrival
  • Afternoon canapé service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Interactive TV
  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • Luxury towels
  • Daily newsletter with national and international news
  • Free pressing service for formal wear
  • Laundry service discount vouchers
  • Pair of compact umbrellas for use ashore
  • Complimentary use of binoculars
  • Complimentary use of World Atlas and Country Guide
  • Complimentary shuttle coach vouchers
Premier Suite With Balcony
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  • PS
  • Premier Suite With Balcony Approx. 430 square feet including balcony


What's included

  • Floor to ceiling balcony door
  • Private balcony with table and chairs
  • Two twin beds
  • En suite bathroom with bath and/or shower
  • Sitting area with fridge/minibar, sofa, table and chairs

Extras

  • Welcome bottle of sparkling wine
  • Fruit basket on arrival (topped up on request)
  • Fresh flower arrangement on arrival
  • Afternoon canapé service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Interactive TV
  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • Luxury towels
  • Daily newsletter with national and international news
  • Free pressing service for formal wear
  • Laundry service discount vouchers
  • Pair of compact umbrellas for use ashore
  • Complimentary use of binoculars
  • Complimentary use of World Atlas and Country Guide
  • Complimentary shuttle coach vouchers
Owners Suite
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  • OW
  • Owners Suite


What's included

  • Floor to ceiling balcony door
  • Private balcony with table and chairs
  • Two twin beds
  • En suite bathroom with bath and/or shower
  • Sitting area with fridge/minibar, sofa, table and chairs

Extras

  • Welcome bottle of sparkling wine
  • Fruit basket on arrival (topped up on request)
  • Fresh flower arrangement on arrival
  • Afternoon canapé service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Interactive TV
  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • Luxury towels
  • Daily newsletter with national and international news
  • Free pressing service for formal wear
  • Laundry service discount vouchers
  • Pair of compact umbrellas for use ashore
  • Complimentary use of binoculars
  • Complimentary use of World Atlas and Country Guide
  • Complimentary shuttle coach vouchers**
Twin Bedded Cabin - Any Cabin
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  • LLH
  • Twin Bedded Cabin - Any Cabin Approx. 160 square feet


Twin Bedded Cabin

This is a special reduced priced cabin and as such your cabin will be allocated by the cruise line. Please note it could be any cabin onboard the ship and may have an L shape bed or fixed twin bed configuration, alternatively could be an inside, outside (maybe obstructed view) or balcony cabin. This cabin could be situated anywhere onboard the ship.

What's included

  • Two twin beds
  • En suite bathroom with shower
  • Sitting area with table and chair

Extras

  • Interactive TV
  • 24-hour room service

Balmoral Decks

Select a deck plan to view:

Fred Olsen

Balmoral
Coral

Cabin Key

Stateroom categories

K
Single Outside Cabin
I
Inside Cabin
F
Outside Cabin
E
Outside Cabin
D
Outside Cabin
IS
Inside Cabin
OS
Outside Cabin
LIL
Inside Cabin
LOL
Outside Cabin
SO
Single Outside Cabin
LLH
Twin Bedded Cabin - Any Cabin
LOU
Outside Cabin

Room Types

:
4 berth room
Room with bathtub (Shower is usually also included over the bath)
+
Room with restricted view
Room with fully restricted view
Adapted for wheelchair users

Balmoral Reviews


Mr T Sproat 19/07/2017

Cabin Rating : 4
More than adequate for people who don`t spend a lot of time in their cabin. Cleanliness and wardrobe space was good. Facilities OK.

Dining Rating : 3
Food very good. Only limited times when food available and this did not suit our way of life on board a cruise ship.

Entertainment Rating : 4
The resident show company were good and we enjoyed the mixture of guest artists. Ship lacks a cinema.

Ship Rating : 4
Lifts were a problem because they were small and too few. Overall cleanliness of the ship was very good. Confusing deck layouts.


Mrs Z Booth 07/02/2017

Cabin Rating : 4
Roomier than expected...Loads of cupboard and drawer space. Showing some signs of wear and tear, but homely and comfortable.

Dining Rating : 5
Excellent!!! Huge choice, all presented and cooked really well. Personally preferred the self service experience, as could choose exactly what and the quantity I wanted to eat.

Entertainment Rating : 4
Mickey Zaney and Epic moves were very good. The Balmoral show group shows were all entertaining, Infact their newest show.....The Rock entertainment was outstanding!

Ship Rating : 4

Mr D Cook 23/01/2017

Cabin Rating : 5
Ideal size for two persons. Service, facilities and equipment all first class

Dining Rating : 3
Reduced menu in main dining room and a little rushed at times. We found more satisfaction in the Palms Cafe.

Entertainment Rating : 2
Allowing for poor seating in the Neptune lounge and seeing three different types of performances, we did not return to see further shows. The string trio pleased many guests. Some of the entertainment team were often loud and ill mannered in the Palms cafe at meal times.

Ship Rating : 4
We have sailed Balmoral many times and find the ship an ideal size. There is ample space and lounge areas are many and varied. All areas are clean and tidy. The crew are efficient and friendly, although at times they talked in their own language which I have not experienced on previous "FRED" cruises

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