Southampton’s location, at the foot of the United Kingdom, offers an ideal point from which to embark on a cruise out of the UK. With a total of four terminals, the city can accommodate some of the largest cruise vessels in the industry. With fantastic shopping opportunities and a large number of museums and art galleries, Southampton is a cosmopolitan city with a lot to offer visitors as well as those arriving in the area prior to embarking on a cruise.
Situated in the Galicia region of north-west Spain, the city of La Coruña – also known as A Coruña – has become a centre for tourism. The city receives in excess of 60 cruise ship visits per year and, upon arrival, it is easy to understand why. A charming city square blends with relics such as the City Hall and a statue of the local heroine, Maria Pita. Many come to La Coruña, however, for its range of famed golden beaches which include Orzan and Riazor – both of which are situated in the heart of the city and are bordered by the promenade.
Lanzarote is the northernmost and easternmost of the Canary Islands and is home to a number of unique volcanic landmarks that paint an image of the island’s origins. The Timanfaya National Park is made up of a volcanic landscape that has not changed since the last eruption on the island, in the early 18th century. This fascinating area covers a quarter of the island’s surface and offers an insight into the natural history of Lanzarote. Alternatively, make the most of the glorious weather by relaxing on one of the many superb golden beaches.
Tenerife is the largest island of the Canary Islands and is home to a number of fabulous golden beaches and fascinating natural landmarks. Due to its location, just off of the western coast of Africa, the year-round temperature rarely drops below the high teens, creating perfect conditions for a spot of sun-kissed relaxation. One of the most instantly recognisable landmarks of the island is El Teide, which is the third highest volcano in the world when measured from its base on the ocean floor. A cable car ride to the top of this UNESCO World Heritage Site will give you a deeper understanding of the volcano, while also offering fabulous views over the island.
Situated just north of the Canary Islands is the Portuguese island of Madeira – a sub-tropical island known for its lush green and mountainous landscapes. This unique island is a nature-lover’s paradise, with volcanic caves, lava tubes, botanical gardens, and one of the world’s highest ocean cliffs all to be explored and admired. The island is also perfect for anyone looking to catch a glimpse of the local wildlife including a range of birds and a plethora of marine life in the surrounding waters.
Built on seven hills, the Portuguese capital of Lisbon shares a similar status to the Italian city of Rome and the Turkish city of Istanbul. This vibrant and cultural city has much to offer to the discerning visitor, with many beautiful gardens, stunning architectural wonders, and cultural relics such as the traditional trams which have operated in Lisbon since the 1930’s. Head to Cine Theatro Gymnasium if you get the chance, as this is where you will be able to experience a daily performance of Fado – a distinctive Portuguese style of music that has gained UNESCO World Heritage status.
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.
Shows, reviews and evenings of cabaret are what Balmoral's Neptune Lounge has to offer. It has ample room for passengers whichever dinner sitting you are on, so you can find a seat to enjoy the glitz and glamour of the evening shows.
Balmoral includes a gaming area where you may try your hand on the Black Jack table or Roulette wheel. There is even the opportunity to learn how to play better, with daytime sessions teaching you how to win big.
The Lido Bar looks out over the aft pool and the stern of your cruise ship and is the ideal spot to appreciate the talents of the onboard pianist.
The Marquee Bar offers plenty of refreshment options, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. The floor-to-ceiling windows let the light flood in, letting you take in the panoramic views.
Morning Light Pub
The Morning Light Pub is decorated in a traditional style, depicting the century and a half of Fred. Olsen history. Daytime or evening you can be entertained by occasional live music or stand-up comedians.
The large picture windows in the Observatory Lounge offer fantastic views which are enhanced with plenty of binoculars spaced around the lounge. A grand piano provides the perfect background music as you enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail on your cruise holiday.
The Balmoral boutique is a great place to buy gifts for those loved ones back home or treat yourself to a luxury present of your own. From stylish clothes items to famous fragrances, there is plenty on offer so that you don’t leave your cruise empty handed.
Left something behind? The Port Shop sells all of your holiday essentials so you needn’t panic too much. From simple items such as toiletries to new book-shaped friends to share your sun-lounger with; if you need it then the chances are that the Port Shop has it.
Because the library is often the quietest place on the ship, it can also be the most relaxing. And with your head in a good book you can transport yourself even further away from home than you already are. You’ll find many different types of literature here upon shelves which are always fully-stocked.
The card room is where you will find many people who share in the same interest. These tables allow you to keep up with your regular playing routine, forge new friendships with other card enthusiasts and take a break from the outside areas of the ship.
If you prefer similar pastimes, there may also be classic board games being played as well as a few puzzles being completed.
Have you been papped by the photography team during your holiday? Find out by browsing the pictures in the photo gallery and possibly purchasing a nice memento to take home. If you have digital photos on your camera, the team at the gallery can also put these onto a disk for you, whilst the nearby shop will stock any spare batteries or media cards to keep you clicking away for longer.
The Braemar Lounge is light and breezy and is the perfect place to slump into a comfortable chair and take a few minutes to yourself. Often the gentle sound of live music will dance on your ear drums and put you in the perfect holiday mood.
A brisk walk in the fresh sea air is great for the lungs and a good way to help your dinner digest before you enjoy a night of entertainment in the Neptune Lounge. The promenade stretches all the way around the Lounge Deck and helps to show off the wealth of space there is on board Balmoral. During the day, there are often games being played that all passengers are free to join in with.
Fred. Olsen offers an interesting array of guest speakers lectures discussing various subjects including upcoming destinations. These are available on the Vista-themed cruises.
Arts and Crafts Room
The arts and crafts room is predominantly used during Fred. Olsen Vistas themed cruises. This space is where you can allow your creative mind to roam free and see what you’re able to create. Your time spent in this room may leave you with a self-made something to take home or a more enriched mind courtesy of the passionate lecturers that often make presentations.
Art lovers will be delighted to know that some of the Olsen family’s personal art collection is dotted around the ship. As you walk towards the Ballindalloch Restaurant there is a mini gallery for you to browse in the corridor.
On selected cruises, a range of Vistas speakers who can’t wait to share their passion with you, and make your cruise really memorable to educate you on a range of topics. From Lars Tharp the admired historian, lecturer and a long-running expert on the Antiques Roadshow; food and wine expert Jilly Goolden and gardener Charlie Dimmock.
Dining onboard Balmoral is spread across four restaurants and cafés, with fixed and casual dining options, as well as formal or more intimate surroundings.
The Ballindalloch restaurant is the main dining option on board Balmoral. Named after the Scottish castle it offers ocean views in a formal setting. There are two seating per night and often a special gala dinner is held here. Tables seat 2-8.
The Spey Restaurant
Featuring the same à la carte menu as the main dining room with an intimate atmosphere and panoramic views. But it's intimate design and panoramic views combine to give a unique dining atmosphere on your cruise ship.
An informal, relaxed dining venue.
The Palms Cafe offers alternative for those times when you prefer not to stick to the set dinner times on board your cruise holiday. Casual self-service buffet, offering a less formal setting.
Casual lunch al fresco.
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.
Atlantis Spa and Salon
Step into the Atlantis Spa & Salon and emerge a different person. With a wide range of treatments that vary from massages to facials, you can discover an oasis on board Balmoral. Re-energise yourself and indulge in a bit of pampering; you know you deserve it.
Don’t forget the salon though. A stylish trim or an alluring new colour on your nails could set you up perfectly for one of the formal nights which often provide memorable highlights. The spa and salon will be open from 8am until 8pm, with the occasionally late closure at 10pm. We recommend booking any pamper sessions early as they can be very popular.
If your means of relaxation involves releasing your energy on the treadmill then you can take a visit to the well-equipped fitness centre. Gaze out to sea as you lift a few weights or imagine you are travelling alongside the ship on the rowing machine.
If you are looking for some lighter fitness activities, there are also dance and aerobics sessions that you are free to join in on. If you need a hand getting to grips with some of the machines then the helpful instructors will be on hand to guide you.
Swimming Pools and Whirlpools
If you are starting to feel slightly guilty about all the delicious food you have been enjoying, why not take to the pool and swim a few lengths. The heated water will mean that you can enjoy a quick dip even if you are sailing through the arctic, whilst the warm weather in other regions may leave you with little choice but to cool off by making a splash.
There are not one but two swimming pools on board Balmoral and the one found on the Lounge Deck also has two Jacuzzis attached to it. These whirlpools will add a touch of luxury to your swim and provide a great place to relax with a cool drink.
Sun Deck and Golfing
When the sun is out, the sun deck is definitely the place to be. Passengers just love to lay back and soak up the rays whilst others are splashing around in the nearby pool. And with a long drink in hand, the scene is set for a relaxing afternoon.
For the avid golfer (and those wanting to give it a go), there are practice nets on this deck for you to hone your skills. Feel like you are on the world’s most isolated golf course as you look out to sea whilst working on your swing.
24 hour reception
In the heart of the ship, a member of staff is on hand 24 hours a day to deal with any query you may have.
When it comes to evenings onboard your cruise ship, dressing for dinner is traditional. Generally the style is smart casual, with gentlemen wearing a jacket/or shirt and tie and ladies smartly dressed. Chino type trousers or smart dark jeans are acceptable, but no trainers.
During the day the restaurants require cruise guests to adhere to an appropriate dress code, i.e. no swimwear.
Individual needs are as catered for as possible. So, vegetarian, low fat, dairy-free, lactose-free and gluten-free food are all on the menu.
Please make any special requests when you make your cruise booking, and Fred. Olsen will do their best to source exact products, or provide certain foods, such as diabetic desserts. They may not be able to source specific brands given our location or the availability at local ports.
Electronic cigarettes, not emitting a vapour may be used in cabins or on cabin balconies but, are not permitted in any non-smoking public area. They can easily be mistaken for a real cigarette and result in potential confrontation and necessitate staff intervention.
Electronic cigarettes emitting any vapour, even if only a water vapour, may only be smoked in designated external smoking areas.
All Inclusive Package
Upgrade to the special All Inclusive Package and you can relax, knowing almost everything is covered. You'll enjoy selected beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks all day.
Fred. Olsen welcomes all guests relying on wheelchairs for mobility onboard cruise ships, but they do ask that you advise them of your mobility needs at the time of booking in order to meet their health & safety requirements.
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.
Marquee Deck 11
Highland Deck 10
- Fitness Centre
- Beauty Salon
- Avon Restaurant
- Sprey Restaurant
- Premier Suites
- Marquee Suites
- Superior Suites
- Balcony Junior Suites
Bridge Deck 9
- Superior Suites
- Balcony Junior Suites
- Superior Balcony Cabins
- Balcony Cabins
- Superior Inside Cabins
- Single Balcony Suites
- Superior Inside Single Cabins
Lido Deck 8
- Gaming Tables
- Lido Bar
- Lido Lounge
- Balcony Junior Suites
- Balcony Cabins
- Superior Outside Cabins
- Superior Inside Cabins
- Superior Outside Single Cabins
Lounge Deck 7
- Two Whirlpool Jacuzzi's
- AFT Pool
- Palms Cafe
- Morning Light Pub
- Internet Room
- Braemer Lounge
- Card Rooms
- Cruise Sales Office
- Neptune Lounge
Main Deck 6
- Ballindalloch Restaurant
- Photo Gallery
- Art Gallery
- Port Shop
- Customer Relations Office
- Superior Outside Cabins
- Superior Inside Cabins
- Single Inside Cabins
Atlantic Deck 5
Coral Deck 4
Marina Deck 3
Premier Suites all have a bedroom and sitting area, balcony, bathroom with bath and/or shower, and a fridge/mini bar. All suites onboard Balmoral have interactive television.
Guests in Premier Suites will benefit from Fred. Olsen's Suite Dreams package, which include a bottle of sparkling wine, a fruit basket, and flowers or plant waiting for you in your suite when your board. Afternoon canapés delivered daily as you prepare for dinner and complimentary fluffy bathrobe and slippers. The package also includes a daily newsletter with international and national news, delivered to your door, as well as complimentary shuttle vouchers to get you right to the heart of things if your port is outside town and there are even compact umbrellas if you should need them. Other vouchers include laundry, luxury towels and pressing of formal-wear.
Marquee Suites all have a bedroom and sitting area, balcony, bathroom with bath and/or shower, and a fridge/mini bar. All suites onboard Balmoral have interactive television.
Guests in Marquee Suites will benefit from Fred. Olsen's Suite Dreams package, which include a bottle of sparkling wine, a fruit basket, and flowers or plant waiting for you in your suite when your board. Afternoon canapés delivered daily as you prepare for dinner and complimentary fluffy bathrobe and slippers. The package also includes a daily newsletter with international and national news, delivered to your door, as well as complimentary shuttle vouchers to get you right to the heart of things if your port is outside town and there are even compact umbrellas if you should need them. Other vouchers include laundry, luxury towels and pressing of formal-wear.
Superior Suites all have a bedroom and sitting area, balcony, bathroom with bath and/or shower, and a fridge/mini bar. All suites onboard Balmoral have interactive television.
Guests in Superior Suites will benefit from Fred. Olsen's Suite Dreams package, which include a bottle of sparkling wine, a fruit basket, and flowers or plant waiting for you in your suite when your board. Afternoon canapés delivered daily as you prepare for dinner and complimentary fluffy bathrobe and slippers. The package also includes a daily newsletter with international and national news, delivered to your door, as well as complimentary shuttle vouchers to get you right to the heart of things if your port is outside town and there are even compact umbrellas if you should need them. Other vouchers include laundry, luxury towels and pressing of formal-wear.
Balcony Junior Suite
Balcony Junior Suites have a sitting area and balcony, bath and/or shower, and a fridge/mini bar.
Guests in Balcony Junior Suites will benefit from Fred. Olsen's Suite Dreams package, which include a bottle of sparkling wine, a fruit basket, and flowers or plant waiting for you in your suite when your board. Afternoon canapés delivered daily as you prepare for dinner and complimentary fluffy bathrobe and slippers. The package also includes a daily newsletter with international and national news, delivered to your door, as well as complimentary shuttle vouchers to get you right to the heart of things if your port is outside town and there are even compact umbrellas if you should need them. Other vouchers include laundry, luxury towels and pressing of formal-wear.
Superior Balcony Cabins
Balcony Cabins feature a balcony, bathroom with shower, or bath and shower and interactive television.
Outside Cabins on board Balmoral range from approximately 165 square feet to approximately 200 square feet for a Superior Outside A Grade Cabin. All Outside Cabins have a bathroom with a shower and/or bath.
Some Outside Cabins have picture windows, and all cabins have interactive television.
Some cabins have two movable beds that may convert into one double bed. Please ask at the time of making your booking.
(Some C/D grades also have a bath and cabin numbers 5001, 5002, 5003, 5004, 5005, 5006, 5007 & 5008 have a porthole, not a window).
Twin Inside cabins onboard Balmoral are all approximately 160 square feet in size, and have a bathroom with a shower and/or bath. All Inside cabins also have interactive television.
Some cabins may have movable beds that convert into one double bed. Please ask at the time of making your booking.
Single cabins onboard Balmoral range from 130 square feet for a Single Inside Cabin, to 160 square feet for a Superior Outside Single Cabin.
All single cabins have a bathroom with shower (some may have a bathtub also) and grades J & K feature picture windows. Cabins 8061 & 8072 also have a small balcony.
All single cabins have interactive television.
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