Recreating the feeling of a British Country House, the interior decor of Balmoral is comfy and traditional, welcoming rather than overtly glitzy.

About Balmoral

Fred. Olsen ships are smaller and more intimate than some modern liners – and it’s this home from home atmosphere that brings many repeat bookings and loyal guests. One of the biggest benefits of a smaller ship is the ability to visit ports that larger liners simply cannot access, and of course on a smaller ship there’s more chance to bump into the same familiar faces – meaning you can forge new onboard friendships with ease.

Dining on Balmoral revolves around the three main restaurants – the Ballindalloch, the Spey and the Avon. All serve a variety of dishes both British and international, with special gala buffet nights on many itineraries. The Palms Cafe has open seating for all meals, and theme nights offer a taste of Thailand or Spanish tapas, for example.

For energetic guests, the fitness centre is arranged so that you can work up a sweat while enjoying the view through floor-to-ceiling windows. You can also stretch your legs on the walking track. Sunny days might tempt you into one of two refreshing pools, while those keen to practise their swing can find two golf nets on deck 11. Feeling ready for some pampering? Then look no further than the Atlantis spa.

Entertainment onboard is gentle and traditional, incorporating everything from dance classes to port lectures, whereas evenings offer live music, cabaret and variety acts. You’ll have a fabulous time onboard this ship.


See What's Inside

Five main types of cabin are available – Suites, Balcony, Outside, Inside and Single – each with 24-hour room service. All rooms include an interactive TV, hair dryer, safe, wardrobe and drawer space.


Premier Suite

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.

  • 430 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Marquee Suite

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.

  • 390 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Superior Suite

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.

  • 275 square feet
  • Sleeps 2-3

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.

  • 200 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Superior Balcony Cabins

Balcony Cabins feature a balcony, bathroom with shower, or bath and shower and interactive television.

  • Superior Balcony Cabin: 190 square feet, sleeps 2
  • Balcony Cabin: 180 square feet, sleeps 2

Outside Cabins

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).

  • Superior Outside Cabin (Grade A): 200 square feet, sleeps 2-3
  • Superior Outside Cabin (Grade B): 165 square feet, sleeps 2-4
  • Superior Outside Cabin (Grade C, D, E): 165 square feet, sleeps 2-4
  • Outside Cabin (Grade F): 165 square feet, sleeps 2-4

Inside Cabins

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.

  • Superior Inside Cabin: 160 square feet, sleeps 2-4
  • Inside Cabin (Grade H, I): 160 square feet, sleeps 2-4

Single Cabins

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.

  • Single Balcony Suite: 200 square feet, sleeps 1
  • Superior Outside Single: 160 square feet, sleeps 1
  • Single Outside Cabin (Grade K): 165 square feet, sleeps 1
  • Single Outside Cabin (Grade L): 140 square feet, sleeps 1
  • Superior Inside Single: 160 square feet, sleeps 1
  • Single Inside Cabin: 130 square feet, sleeps 1

Marquee Deck 11

  • Observatory Lounge
  • Marquee Bar
  • Two Whirlpool Jacuzzi's
  • Swimming Pool
  • Sun Deck
  • Golf Net

Highland Deck 10

  • Fitness Centre
  • Beauty Salon
  • Avon Restaurant
  • Sprey Restaurant
  • Premier Suites
  • Marquee Suites
  • Superior Suites
  • Balcony Junior Suites

Bridge Deck 9

  • Bridge
  • Laundrette
  • 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
  • Library
  • Braemer Lounge
  • Card Rooms
  • Cruise Sales Office
  • Boutiques
  • Neptune Lounge

Main Deck 6

  • Ballindalloch Restaurant
  • Photo Gallery
  • Reception
  • Art Gallery
  • Port Shop
  • Customer Relations Office
  • Superior Outside Cabins
  • Superior Inside Cabins
  • Single Inside Cabins

Atlantic Deck 5

  • Superior Outside Cabins
  • Outside Cabins
  • Inside Cabins

Coral Deck 4

  • Outside Cabins
  • Inside Cabins
  • Single Outside Cabins

Marina Deck 3

  • Medical Centre
  • Arts and Crafts Room
  • Laundrette
  • Outside Cabins
  • Inside Cabins
  • Single Outside Cabins
  • Single Inside Cabins

Dining onboard Balmoral is spread across four restaurants and cafés, with fixed and casual dining options, as well as formal or more intimate surroundings.


Ballindalloch

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.

  • Experience: Complimentary
  • Cuisine: Classic

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.

  • Experience: Cover
  • Cuisine: Classic

Avon Restaurant

An informal, relaxed dining venue.

  • Experience: Cover
  • Cuisine: Classic

Palms Cafe

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.

  • Experience: Cover
  • Cuisine: Buffet

Marquee Bar

Casual lunch al fresco.

  • Experience: Snacks
  • Cuisine: Cafe

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.


Neptune Lounge

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.

Gaming Tables

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.

Lido Bar

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.

Marquee Bar

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.

Observatory Lounge

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.

Boutique

The Balmoral Boutique features a wide range of luxury gifts for yourself and your loved ones. It offers a wide range of fragrance, cosmetics, bags, clothing & fashion accessories from designer brands such as Dior, Estee Lauder, Leighton Denny, Radley & Fiorelli, all at duty-free prices.

Port Shop

The Port Shop onboard stocks all the holiday essentials that you may have forgotten to pack from toiletries to sun hats or even a good book. You’ll also find a wide range of sweet treats and savoury snacks – perfect for whilst onboard or as gifts to take home.

Library

Balmoral’s well stocked library is a popular area of the ship. With an array of novels, historical, geographical, autobiographical and many other books, the library onboard your cruise ship Balmoral is a true haven of peace and tranquillity.

Card room

Find card tables and competition in the card room. Bridge is always a popular pursuit onboard, so you’re sure to find players for a hand or two and more – whether casual or competitive is up to you.

Photo Gallery

View those photos taken by the ships photographers, capturing those all important holiday memories from going ashore to formal night. These are displayed each day and can be viewed and purchased in the Photo Gallery.

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

Atlantis Spa and Salon offers a range of treatments and facilities including: facials, massages, waxing and body shaping treatments.
The spa is open from 8am-8pm daily.

Fitness Centre

A fully equipped fitness centre with sea views, fitness instructors and a range of equipment includes: treadmills, rowing machines, exercise bikes, free weights.
Take a yoga, aerobics, stretch and tone or pilates class while you cruise. Or make the most of the beautiful views and join the ‘walk a mile’, with a revitalising stroll, or more energetic walk round your cruise ship deck in the mornings.

Swimming Pools

Both the swimming pools onboard your cruise ship are heated to a comfortable temperature.

Whirlpools

A pair of whirlpools sit on the lounge deck of the Balmoral. With two more on the Marquee deck.

Golfing

For those keen golfers, take in sweeping sea views as you hone your perfect swing. Take some time to yourself with the practice golf nets.

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 & Crafts Room onboard your cruise ship is the perfect space to explore your ideas and designs with arts and crafts lecturers. So, for the creatives amongst you, there will be plenty to keep you entertained throughout your cruise holiday, and perhaps leave you with your own self-crafted souvenir to take home.

Art Gallery

Paintings from the Olsen family’s private art collection hang on the walls around your cruise ship. A number of pieces form a mini-gallery on the way into the Ballindalloch Restaurant.

Lectures

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.

Ship Specifications

Launched:
1987
Refitted:
2008
Tonnage:
43,537
Language:
en-GB
Length:
218m (716ft)
Width:
28m (93ft)
Speed:
18 knots
Decks:
10
Crew:
510
Cabins:
710
Occupancy:
1,350
Currency:
GBP

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