Balmoral is the largest of Fred. Olsen’s four ships but still retains the warm, friendly atmosphere found across the fleet. Balmoral takes her name from the Scottish residence of the British Royal Family and features 710 well-appointed rooms and suites. Balmoral passengers tend to be 50+ and Mainly British. When all cabins have double occupancy, the ship provides a space ratio of 32.2 tons per passenger and a crew to passenger ratio of one for every 2.7 passengers. At full capacity the space ratio is 31.1 tons per passenger and the crew ratio is one to 2.8 passengers.
On selected cruises, special interest themed excursions are on offer, where a range of activities and entertainment will be provided, regarding a particular point of interest or subject. A guest speaker will talk about their subject and ‘Shore Tours’ will take place. A ‘Shore Tour’ is a tour of a particular destination that will help bring to life and give a better understanding of the particular theme/subject that is being taught.
One example is a tour of the wine regions of Bordeaux and Rioja while wine expert Jilly Goolden delivers talks onboard and there is the opportunity to take part in wine-tasting activities and entertainment.
The majority of theme programs are free of charge, however relevant materials and ‘Shore Tours’ may have an additional cost.
As a general rule £2.00 per adult per day for your cabin stewardess and the same amount for your restaurant waiter is always very much appreciated. For guests convenience this is automatically added to your cruise end account. Please however contact Reception once onboard should you wish to vary this amount.
- Adults only
- children facilities
- smoking (some)
Entertainment onboard Balmoral is varied with large selection of lounges, each with their own atmosphere. From live comedians to card rooms, you're bound to find something to entertain yourself whilst onboard, whether you're looking to have some fun, or just relax for a bit.
A selection of health, fitness, beauty and relaxation areas are available onboard. From The Atlantis Spa & Salon to the state-of-the-art Fitness Centre, where you can work up a sweat in one of the many fitness classes on offer.
kid & teen
During the Easter, summer and Christmas holidays only, Fred Olsen offer organised and hosted children’s activities, subject to a minimum number of children booked on the cruise. Children’s club supervise children from age 5-11, with Children’s hosts arranging meet and greets with parents and children when they embark.
Children’s clubs offer a wide range of activities including games, contests, scavenger hunts, sports and fitness instruction, arts and crafts, cooking and children’s parties.
Fred. Olsen offers an interesting array of guest speakers lectures discussing various subjects including upcoming destinations. These are available on the Vista-themed cruises.