Life on the Ocean Waves
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Artemis Braemar Arcadia M/S Balmoral The Balmoral docked in New York in 2012
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)
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 cruisecritic.co.uk. 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 Balmoral leaving Southampton
Left and middle:  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.