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Balmoral

Ship statistics;

entered_service
01/02/1988
tonnage
43537
wheelchair_accessible_cabins
5
number_of_decks
9
number_of_elevators
4
number_of_pools
2
number_of_restaurants
5
formal_nights
maximum_apacity
1, 230
number_of_crew
400
refurbished
01/11/2017

Balmoral is the largest in the Fred. Olsen fleet, carrying a total of 1,350 guests, yet despite her size she still exudes the friendly and intimate atmosphere which makes this cruise line so special. Onboard Balmoral you can sail to fantastic destinations all around the world, with many itineraries departing from UK ports including Newcastle and Southampton, as you take advantage of what the ship has to offer. From delicious dining options to a host of bars and lounges, evening entertainment and daytime, you'll remember every special moment you spend on Fred. Olsen's Balmoral.

Enjoy a menu of award winning cuisine and a choice of several different dining options onboard Fred. Olsen Balmoral.

The main dining venue on the ship is the Ballindalloch Restaurant, which boasts an a la carte selection of dishes, cooked to perfection. The Spey Restaurant and the Avon Restaurant are sister venues, serving choices from the same menu as the Ballindalloch, but in a more cosy setting with stunning sea views. Expect to choose from a selection of high quality cuisine, such as marinated salmon, sirloin steak, slow roast duck and tempting treats like white chocolate parfait and Baked Alaska.

For a more casual dining experience with flexible dining times, visit the Palms Café. Here, you can expect to sample exquisite cuisine in a buffet-style setting. If you missed your evening meal due to a shore excursion, or are simply hungry later on, then the Palms Café serves a Supper Club buffet from 11pm.

As well as the included restaurants, Fred. Olsen Balmoral also boasts two speciality venues. At The Grill guests can try sumptuous steaks cooked perfectly to order, while The Poolside provides a laid-back atmosphere with food offering a taste of the local regions you'll visit during your cruise.

Daytime Entertainment

During the day onboard Balmoral, there are opportunities to enjoy some time to yourself or get involved in the activities organised by the dedicated crew. For a spot of reading, the onboard library provides a quiet environment and a large selection of books for you to browse and borrow. If you’re a fan of card games, board games or Bridge, then the Card Room is an excellent setting to play tournaments with friends and fellow guests. If you’re feeling creative then the wonderful Art & Crafts room puts on various enriching lectures as well as art workshops and classes. You can even take your inspiration from the onboard Art Gallery, which houses beautiful paintings from the Olsen family’s private collection. Other facilities include:

  • Shops and boutiques
  • Ballroom dancing classes
  • Pools and jacuzzis
  • Games tables

Evening Entertainment

When the sun goes down on Fred. Olsen Balmoral, head to the Neptune Lounge, the cruise ship's live entertainment venue, to catch some of the fabulous musical and cabaret performances that will have you dancing in your seat. The Lido Bar, Marquee Bar and the Morning Light Pub play host to a mixture of live comedy, resident musicians and scrumptious refreshments throughout the evening. If you're eager to dance the night away then the Observatory Lounge offers lively music, a resident pianist and a glass dance floor.

Family

Thanks to Fred. Olsen Cruises' Balmoral, parents and grandparents can rest assured that their children will have just as much fun as they do. Onboard, Little Skippers Club is on hand to keep 5-11 year olds entertained. Featuring activities such as treasure hunts, pool sessions, cookery and more, there's never a dull moment even for the youngest guests.

Head to the Atlantis Spa and Salon for a thorough pampering, which will leave you feeling rejuvenated, revitalised and refreshed. Treat yourself to a blissful full body or hot stone massage, a choice of facials, seaweed wraps and more. If you want to look your best, or perhaps you have a special occasion, then the spa also offers hair care treatments and styling, waxing, manicures, pedicures and eyebrow and eyelash tinting.

To keep yourself feeling fit and healthy onboard, you’ll find a well-equipped Fitness Centre, which also hosts daily Yoga, Pilates, Stretch & Tone and Aerobics classes. Meanwhile, if you fancy a spot of gentle exercise then there are two heated swimming pools onboard Fred. Olsen Balmoral, perfectly for some relaxed laps in the sea air.

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