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M/S Balmoral vital statistics Company: Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines Home Port: Nassau, Bahamas Gross Tonnage: 43,537 tons Cruising Speed: 20 knots Passenger Capacity: 1350 Passenger Decks: 11 Built: 1988 (refitted 2008) Voyages sailed on this ship: Transatlantic (2012), North Sea (2016, 2017 and 2019)
The Balmoral is the flagship of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. She was built in 1988 as the Crown Odyssey operated by Orient Lines, then sold to NCL and renamed Norwegian Crown. In fact we sailed on her in 2003 when she was the Norwegian Crown, but there was little we recognised from those days after the Balmoral’s refit in 2008. In April 2012 we sailed from Southampton to New York in the wake of the Titanic on the amazing and unique Titanic Memorial Cruise. Read my 2012 review of the Balmoral on In June 2016 we spent a terrific week cruising the very picturesque Norwegian fjords. Read the review here.
Lifeboat station 9 on the boat deck of the Balmoral Pool deck on Balmoral, showing elegant cascading decks The wake of the Balmoral as she steams across the Atlantic Cabin 4170 on the Balmoral The Morning Light pub in the Balmoral The Balmoral in Cobh, Ireland in April 2012
Lifeboat muster station 9 on the boat deck of the Balmoral. It was invigorating (and bracing, in the transatlantic April air) to walk around the deck on sea days, and feel the wind in your hair and the taste of salt on your lips.
The aft pool and jacuzzi deck on the Balmoral, showing the elegant cascading decks on which it was very pleasant to sit in finer weather.
The wake of the Balmoral as she steams across the Atlantic ocean, en route to the Titanic wreck site during the Titanic Memorial Cruise. It was from this deck (Deck 7, aft) that the Memorial Service was held, with the White Star Line pennant hoisted aloft from the stern mast.
Cabin 4170 which was our home for two weeks in April 2012. As you can see it isn’t posh, but it was clean and comfortable and contained everything we needed to enjoy our voyage.
The Morning Light pub, which also doubled as an alternative entertainment venue as well as being a pleasant place to relax with new friends over a drink.
The Balmoral docked in Cobh, Ireland in April 2012.
The Balmoral leaving Southampton on 3rd May 2015
The Balmoral leaving Southampton in May 2015. These photos were taken from our vantage point on board the Queen Victoria.
The Balmoral in Geirangerfjord, Norway
The Balmoral in her new livery of grey hull with red stripe. Photo taken June 2016 in Geirangerfjord, Norway.
Balmoral in Port of Tyne, Newcastle in July 2016
The Balmoral docked in the Port of Tyne, Newcastle, in July 2016. This picture was taken from our vantage point on board the DFDS ferry M/S King Seaways.
Video slideshow of some scenes from Balmoral on our August 2017 cruise of the German Waterways. Best viewed in full screen.
M/S Bamoral in Bremen, Germany in August 2017
Balmoral in Bremen, Germany in August 2017.
Cabin 4137 on the Balmoral Pool and sun deck on Balmoral
Cabin 4137 was spacious and comfortable.
Upper pool / sun deck. Unlike the mammoth cruise ships, no-one feels crowded and there is plenty of open space per person.
Another view of Balmoral's upper pool deck
Another view of Balmoral’s upper pool deck.
Atium and shopping area
Atrium and shopping area, with interesting brass sculpture.
Aft deck swimming pool
Aft pool deck with hot tubs. Photo taken while docked in Wismar, Germany, in August 2017.
Cabin 6009 on the Balmoral Trevor in the Ballindalloch Restaurant
Cabin 6009 on the Balmoral, which was our home for nine days in August 2019 on our cruise of the canals and rivers of Europe.
Trevor in the Ballindalloch Restaurant on the Balmoral on 9th August 2019, his birthday, which was also a formal evening. All the waiters sang “Happy Birthday” and presented him with a cake.
Table #78 in the Ballindalloch Restaurant. Some of the amazing food sculptures at the Grand Gala Buffet Some of the wonderful crew perform for us
Our table, #78, in the Ballindalloch Restaurant. On the left you have Trevor with Gill and Bev behind him. On the right is me with Carl and Barry behind me.
Just a small sample of the amazing food sculptures which featured at the Grand Gala Buffet lunch on the last day of our August 2019 cruise.
Some of the talented and hard-working crew perform a traditional Thai dance for us during the very popular Crew Show on the Balmoral.