Balmoral

Named after the Scottish residence of the British Royal Family, Balmoral is small compared to other cruise ships and features just 710 guest cabins. Thanks to her smaller size, she is able to navigate some of Europe's most picturesque waterways, including the Kiel Canal and River Seine, and retains the warm, intimate and friendly atmosphere that the Fred. Olsen fleet is renowned for.

Guests on board have plenty of space in which to relax, in elegant and comfortable lounges, bars and public areas, including a Speciality Dining restaurant, the Marquee Bar with its comfortable rattan sofas and beautiful open promenade. Boasting two separate swimming pool decks, Balmoral is perfect for scenic cruising. [ReadMore]

The Spey and Avon restaurants at the top of ship offer spectacular views out to sea while you dine and the Observatory Lounge comes to life at sunset. With her beautiful classic ship style, you will be proud to dock each day and step off your ship, Balmoral.

Tonnage (GT) 43,537
Length 218.05m
Width 32.3m
Height 51.2m
Cabins 710
Guests 1,325 (standard occupancy)
Crew 551
Restaurants Six
Bars & Lounges Seven
Facilities 2 Swimming Pools | 4 Jacuzzis | Spa | Hairdressers | Fitness Centre | Library | RIBs
 
 

Ballindalloch Restaurant

The stylish Ballindalloch is Balmoral’s main restaurant and offers a fantastic selection of expertly prepared delicious dishes to enjoy. Located towards the stern of the ship on Main Deck 6, the Ballindalloch features large picture windows providing stunning views and elegant décor which has been refreshed with new soft, comfortable furnishings and lighting.

Dining in the Ballindalloch is a lavish affair from beginning to end, from admiring the fine art on display in the grand corridor leading to the restaurant, to devouring every last morsel of your five-course a la carte meal. And the choice on offer every single night will ensure there is always something to suit your taste.

Open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and a late night buffet - The Palms Café offers guests a more informal dining experience.

The relaxed buffet style service is perfect for those who prefer not to dine at a set time in the Ballindalloch, Spey and Avon restaurants, or those looking to indulge in a late night snack. While the style of the Palms Café is a lot more casual, you can still expect to find an abundance of indulgent dishes, expertly prepared to Fred. Olsen's renowned high standards.

Newly refurbished with comfortable new seating and tasteful furnishings, the Spey and Avon restaurants - located port side and starboard toward Balmoral's stern on Highland Deck - have been carefully designed to make the most of large windows providing soothing natural light and ever-changing views. 

Combining the same, five-course á la carte menus on offer at the main Ballindalloch restaurant with incredible scenery and the intimate feel of a smaller venue, dining at the Spey and Avon makes for a unique, memorable experience.

Each day complimentary afternoon tea is served, with sandwiches, scones and cakes, along with fresh tea and coffee, always a popular choice.

During sea days guests can book a very select experience: Traditional Premium Afternoon Tea*. Enjoy beautiful views from the stylish The Observatory Lounge, with musical accompaniment from our on board pianist and the careful attention of white-gloved waiters.

Your choice from a selection of premium teas by Taylors of Harrogate is served in porcelain teapots, along with elegant finger sandwiches, pastries and warm scones with jam and clotted cream. Such civilised indulgence – and all for only £11.99 per person*.
*Afternoon tea is bookable 13 weeks in advance via your My Cruises account, or alternatively whilst on board.

All rooms and Suites have tea and coffee making facilities as standard, so you can enjoy a pick-me-up first thing, and a relaxing drink at the end of the day. For those times when you’d like something more while you’re in your home-from-home at sea you can also order room service up until 11pm every day.

Continental breakfast can be ordered in advance for delivery at your preferred time, while snacks are available from 10am onwards. Should you prefer not to head to the restaurants, short lunch and dinner menus are also available. Whatever the time of day, you’ll never be hungry on a Fred. Olsen cruise.

The stylish interior space and inviting deck area aft of the Palms Café is the perfect spot to experience two of our popular Speciality Dining concepts on Balmoral. From Friday to Sunday, you can enjoy delicious Goan cuisine with our Vasco menu, while our Asian Fusion menu, Colours & Tastes, is brought to life from Monday to Thursday.

Whichever evening you choose to dine, you’re in for an unforgettable experience with an exclusive menu of expertly crafted cuisine.
Booking ahead is highly recommended at our speciality dining venues and this can be done using the pre-book button in your 'My Cruises' account from 13 weeks before and up to 1 day prior to departure. Please note, there is a £10 per person supplement for this dining option, speciality dining booked on board is chargeable at £15 per person.

The Bookmark Café

Life on the ocean waves doesn’t mean having to sacrifice the regular ‘caffeine fix’ at your favourite coffee shop. The Bookmark Café serves a selection of delicious speciality coffees – espresso, cappuccino, mocha, iced lattes and more – along with quality tea blends.

Enjoy a quiet moment with a book or share the experience with good conversation. You’re sure to be tempted by our heavenly fresh chocolates too. From pralines to Champagne truffles, these melt-in-the-mouth treats are too good to miss. Alternatively, the friendly Barista will be happy to fill your reusable cup with the beverage of your choice, to enjoy on a stroll around deck or as you explore ashore. 

The popular Bookmark Bestseller, which includes seven quality beverages and a bag of luxurious truffles for just £18.55, this can be booked before you cruise.
You can pre book your Bookmark Bestseller card 13 weeks before departure via your My Cruises account, or alternatively whilst on board.

The Oriental Room brings a touch of style and opulence to the Main Deck on board Balmoral, with its exotic décor, elegant furnishings and menu of quality teas and herbal infusions providing an authentic taste of the Far East.

You can enjoy a selection of oolong, black, green and white teas from China, Japan and Taiwan, as well as a few favourite blends from back home, such as Earl Grey and English Chamomile. If you prefer something cold and refreshing, the choice of tea cocktails and delicious bottled beer, including Tiger and Tsingtao, are sure to tempt too.

Decorated to resemble a British pub or inn, the Morning Light Pub has a welcoming atmosphere and charming traditional style. Open throughout the day and the evening, it’s the ideal place to relax and socialise with friends both old and new.

You could enjoy a quick pint or a glass of wine at lunch before spending the afternoon ashore; stop by for a pre-dinner drink; or settle into a comfortable seat and relax long into the night while enjoying performances from live bands and comedians.

The Lido Lounge & Bar is the perfect place to unwind after a day of exploring ashore, or while away some time at sea. Take a seat at the bar and chat with the friendly staff and your fellow guests, or perhaps grab a table and appreciate the talent of the resident musicians with a glass of your favourite drink in hand. A newly installed, 75 inch widescreen TV - complete with immersive Bose surround sound system - shows various channels, keeping you up to date with news, sports and maybe a few of your favourite programmes, too. 

Located on Lido Deck 8, the Lido Bar overlooks the aft pool on Lounge Deck 7 and offers superb, unspoilt views from the stern of the ship whether you’re at sea or docked alongside in one of the world’s most beautiful destinations.

With it's large windows, spectacular glass roof and beautiful décor and furnishings, the resplendent Marquee Bar provides guests with the perfect place to take a break from sunbathing on Marquee Deck. 

Grab a quick bite to eat, or perhaps a refreshing glass of your favourite drink. Along with a great selection of beers, wines and expertly-created exotic cocktails, the Marquee Bar also offers you a chance to enjoy tempting tipples from our premium gin menu.

Located on Marquee Deck at the very top of Balmoral, The Observatory boasts the most spectacular panoramic views and is a wonderful place to enjoy a pre-dinner drink. Sit by the bar, or perhaps take a seat in one of the new, comfortable chairs by the lounge's large windows and lose yourself in the stunning sights while listening to the twinkling sounds of a grand piano.

The Observatory is also the venue for our premium Traditional Afternoon Tea service, which offers guests a selection of delicious sandwiches, cakes, pastries and scones accompanied by premium teas and unforgettable views. 
Afternoon tea is bookable 13 weeks in advance via your My Cruises account, or alternatively whilst on board.

All Inclusive drinks upgrade

For many guests, the time spent sailing the world’s waterways on board one of Fred. Olsen’s smaller, more intimate cruise ships is the time to indulge and make the most of a well-earned escape away from it all. With this is mind, Fred. Olsen’s All Inclusive Drinks Upgrade is another service offered to ensure your holiday is relaxing and enjoyable.

Suites

Offered with our compliments on all our Suites, our Suite Dreams package includes benefits, extras and little luxuries that make your time on board even more special.

Premier Suite (PS)

The spacious, elegantly-styled Premier Suites on Balmoral are approximately 601 square feet in size and situated high on the ship on Highland Deck 10. These suites feature all the amenities guests need, plus a few extra touches for an even more comfortable, restful and memorable stay. 

  • Deck: Highland Deck 10
  • Size: 601 square feet (approx.)
  • Bedroom with twin or double bed
  • Separate sitting area
  • Bathroom with bath and shower
  • Private balcony with large table, chairs and sun loungers
  • Large floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Access to mini bar and fridge
  • Guests benefit from complimentary Suite Dreams package

Marquee Suite (MS)

At approximately 472 square feet in size, Balmoral's Marquee Suites provide guests with ample space in which to relax, and feature all of the amenities – as well as a few extra benefits – that are needed for a comfortable and enjoyable cruise experience.  

  • Deck: Highland Deck 10 (forward)
  • Size: 472 square feet (approx.)
  • Bedroom with large double bed
  • Separate sitting area
  • Bathroom with bath and shower
  • Private balcony with sun loungers
  • Large floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Access to mini bar and fridge
  • Guests benefit from complimentary Suite Dreams package

Superior Suite (SS)

Balmoral's Superior Suites, at approximately 341 square feet in size, provide guests with plenty of space in which to relax and enjoy their time on board. Each suite features all the amenities needed for a comfortable stay, as well as a few additional benefits. 

  • Deck: Highland Deck 10 & Bridge Deck 9 (midship)
  • Size: 341 square feet (approx.)
  • Bedroom with twin or double bed
  • Separate sitting area
  • Bathroom with bath and/or shower
  • Private balcony with sun loungers
  • Large floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Access to mini bar and fridge
  • Guests benefit from complimentary Suite Dreams package

Balcony Junior Suite (BJ)

A welcoming, comfortable space in which to enjoy a relaxing, restful stay, Balmoral's Balcony Junior Suites have all the amenities that guests need during their time on board, plus a private balcony for soaking up sunshine and scenery outside.

  • Deck: Highland Deck 10, Bridge Deck 9 & Lido Deck 8
  • Size: 279 square feet (approx.)
  • Bedroom with twin or double bed
  • Sitting area
  • Bathroom with bath and/or shower
  • Private balcony
  • Large windows
  • Guests benefit from complimentary Suite Dreams package

Please note, cabins 8057 and 8059 on Lido deck are equipped for use by disabled passengers.

Single Balcony Suite (JB)

A welcoming, comfortable space in which to enjoy a relaxing, restful stay, Balmoral's Single Balcony Suites have all the amenities that guests need during their time on board, plus a private balcony for soaking up sunshine and scenery outside.

  • Deck: Bridge Deck 9 
  • Size: 274 square feet (approx.)
  • Bedroom with single bed
  • Sitting area
  • Bathroom with bath and shower
  • Private balcony
  • Large windows
  • Guests benefit from complimentary Suite Dreams package

*Please note that some of the JB grades have 2 beds, but are sold as Single Balcony Suites.

Superior Balcony Cabin (BA)

Situated on Bridge Deck 9, Balmoral's Superior Balcony Cabins feature a private balcony on which guests can enjoy the sunshine and scenery in their own outdoor space. Inside, the cabins are spacious and welcoming, and feature all the amenities needed for comfortable stay. 

  • Deck: Bridge Deck 9 
  • Size: 260 square feet (approx.)
  • Bedroom with twin or double bed
  • Sitting area
  • Bathroom with bath and/or shower
  • Private balcony
  • Large windows

Balcony Cabin (BC)

Balmoral's approximately 248 square feet Balcony Cabins provide plenty of indoor space and all the amenities guests need for a comfortable, relaxing stay, with the additional benefit of a private balcony for enjoying the sunshine and ocean scenery. 

  • Deck: Bridge Deck 9 & Lido Deck 8
  • Size: 248 square feet (approx.)
  • Bedroom with twin or double bed
  • Sitting area
  • Bathroom with bath and/or shower
  • Private balcony
  • Large windows
BC Balcony room, Balmoral

Superior Ocean View (A)

Situated higher on the ship, on Lido Deck 8, and featuring large picture windows, Balmoral's A Grade Superior Ocean View rooms benefit from plenty of natural light and allow guests to enjoy scenic views in comfort from their own private space. 
 
  • Deck: Lido Deck 8
  • Size: 200 square feet (approx.)
  • Bedroom with twin or double bed
  • Sitting area
  • Bathroom with bath and/or shower
  • Large picture window

Superior Ocean View (B)

Balmoral's B Grade Superior Ocean View cabins, in addition to all the amenities needed for a comfortable, restful stay, feature a picture window that provides guests with plenty of natural light and fantastic ocean views.

  • Deck: Lido Deck 8 & Main Deck 6
  • Size: 165 square feet (approx.)
  • Bedroom with twin or double bed and a chair
  • Bathroom with bath and/or shower
  • Large picture window 

*Cabins 8073, 8075, 8084 and 8086 on Lido Deck 8 are wheelchair accessible and have a fully restricted window.

Superior Ocean View (C)

For a light, airy feel, and to provide guests with fantastic ocean views, Balmoral's C Grade Superior Ocean View cabins feature a picture window, in addition to all the amenities needed for a comfortable stay on board. 

  • Deck: Atlantic Deck 5
  • Size: 165 square feet (approx.)
  • Bedroom with twin or double bed and a chair
  • Bathroom with bath and/or shower
  • Picture window 

Single Superior Ocean View (J)

Situated higher on the ship, on Lido Deck 8, and featuring a picture window, Balmoral's J Grade Superior Ocean View cabins offer guests wonderful views, as well as ample space and all the amenities needed to rest, relax and enjoy their stay. 

  • Deck: Lido Deck 8
  • Size: 160 square feet (approx.)
  • Bedroom with double bed and a chair
  • Bathroom with bath and/or shower
  • Picture window 

Please note: Cabins 8061 and 8072 have a small corner balcony (with a restricted view).

Ocean View (D)

In a D Grade Ocean View cabin on Balmoral, guests will benefit from ample space in which to relax, all the amenities they need during their stay, plus plenty of natural light and scenic views provided by the cabin's picture window. 

  • Deck: Atlantic Deck 5 & Coral Deck 4
  • Size: 165 square feet (approx.)
  • Bedroom with twin beds and a chair
  • Bathroom with bath and/or shower
  • Picture window 

Ocean View (E)

In a E Grade Ocean View cabin on Balmoral, guests will benefit from ample space in which to relax, all the amenities they need during their stay, plus plenty of natural light and scenic views provided by the cabin's picture window. 

  • Deck: Coral Deck 4
  • Size: 165 square feet (approx.)
  • Bedroom with twin beds and a chair
  • Bathroom with a shower
  • Picture window 

Single Ocean View (K)

In a K Grade Ocean View cabin on Balmoral, guests will benefit from ample space in which to relax, all the amenities they need during their stay, plus plenty of natural light and scenic views provided by the cabin's picture window. 

  • Deck: Coral Deck 4
  • Size: 165 square feet (approx.)
  • Bedroom with bed and a chair
  • Bathroom with a shower
  • Picture window 

Please note that some of the K grades have 2 beds, but are sold as a Single Ocean View cabin.

Ocean View (F)

In addition to all the amenities needed for a comfortable, relaxing stay, the two porthole windows in Balmoral's F Grade Ocean View cabins also provide guests with plenty of soothing natural light and fantastic ocean views.

  • Deck: Atlantic Deck 5, Coral Deck 4 & Marina Deck 3
  • Size: 165 square feet (approx.)
  • Bedroom with twin beds and a chair
  • Bathroom with a shower
  • Two porthole windows

Single Ocean View (L)

In addition to all the amenities needed for a comfortable, relaxing stay, the porthole window in Balmoral's L Grade Single Ocean View cabins also provide guests with plenty of soothing natural light and fantastic ocean views.

  • Deck: Marina Deck 3
  • Size: 140 square feet (approx.)
  • Bedroom with bed and a chair
  • Bathroom with a shower
  • Single porthole window

Superior Interior Cabin (G)

Featuring all the amenities and comforts guests need, and positioned closed to stairs and lifts providing easy access to the ship's other decks and public areas, G Grade Superior Interior cabins on Balmoral are perfect for a relaxing stay on board. 

  • Deck: Bridge Deck 9 & Lido Deck 8
  • Size: 160 square feet (approx.)
  • Bedroom with twin or double bed and a chair
  • Bathroom with bath and/or shower

Please note: cabins 9048, 9056 and 9095 on Bridge Deck 9 are wheelchair accessible with a wetroom style en-suite.

Single Superior Interior (M)

Featuring all the amenities and comforts guests need, and positioned closed to stairs and lifts providing easy access to the ship's other decks and public areas, M Grade Single Superior Interior cabins on Balmoral are perfect for a relaxing stay on board. 

  • Deck: Bridge Deck 9
  • Size: 160 square feet (approx.)
  • Bedroom with a bed and a chair
  • Bathroom with bath and/or shower

Interior Cabin (H)

Featuring all the amenities and comforts guests need, and positioned closed to stairs and lifts providing easy access to the ship's other decks and public areas, H Grade Interior cabins on Balmoral are perfect for a relaxing stay on board. 

  • Deck: Main Deck 6 & Atlantic Deck 5
  • Size: 160 square feet (approx.)
  • Bedroom with twin or double bed and a chair
  • Bathroom with a shower

Interior Cabin (I)

Featuring all the amenities and comforts guests need, and positioned closed to stairs and lifts providing easy access to the ship's other decks and public areas, I Grade Interior cabins on Balmoral are perfect for a relaxing stay on board. 

  • Deck: Atlantic Deck 5, Coral Deck 4 & Marina Deck 3
  • Size: 160 square feet (approx.)
  • Bedroom with twin or double bed and a chair
  • Bathroom with a shower

Single Interior Cabin (N)

Featuring all the amenities and comforts guests need, and positioned closed to stairs and lifts providing easy access to the ship's other decks and public areas, N Grade Single Superior Interior cabins on Balmoral are perfect for a relaxing stay on board. 

  • Deck: Main Deck 6 & Marina Deck 3
  • Size: 130 square feet (approx.)
  • Bedroom with a bed and a chair
  • Bathroom with a shower

Pools & Jacuzzis

Keep fit by swimming a few lengths, or cool down after relaxing in the sunshine on deck in either of Balmoral’s large, heated saltwater pools. Located in the centre of Marquee Deck and at the stern of the ship on Lounge Deck, both pools have bubbling Jacuzzis close by, perfect for whiling away some time on sea days, or unwinding after an exciting exploration ashore. 

Located in the Bookmark Café on Lounge Deck, Balmoral's well-appointed library provides a wide variety of books and publications, including some large print books, to delve into, accompanied by speciality coffees, teas and tempting chocolates served at this quiet, comfortable space. 

Featuring plenty of card tables and comfortable chairs, the Card Room on board Balmoral provides guests with a quiet, relaxing space to enjoy a competitive hand or two, or simply a bit of fun. Bridge is always a popular pursuit on board, so you're sure to find players up for a challenge. On some cruises, Bridge tuition is on offer to help you develop your skills.

The shops on board Balmoral offer everything you may want or need during your time on board, whether you're treating yourself or a loved on to a holiday gift or simply need some basic essentials. 

Visit the Boutique Shop for designer handbags, perfumes and much more at fantastic Duty Free prices, or perhaps to pick from the range of casual clothing and evening wear if you need a new outfit; and bring home something special from the Jewellery Shop. At the Port Shop, you'll find everything from sun cream, shampoo and toothpaste to books and tasty snacks too. 

When the lights go down on board Balmoral, we’ll treat you to a selection of live shows ranging from music and cabaret to quick-fire stand-up comedy. Just relax, sit back and enjoy the fabulous performances with your favourite tipple or cocktail in our grand Neptune Bar & Lounge. After the main show, there's usually a chance to catch a set from our Ship's Orchestra and show-off your dance moves. With our talented Dance Hosts on hand, no-one goes too long without a dance partner. 

No matter where you choose to explore, our passion for showing you the world shines through. We encourage you to head off on a journey of discovery in every destination to really get the most out of every moment of your holiday.

Taking exploration to the next level are our on board RIBs. In operation on board all our vessels, these exciting crafts offer our guests the chance to be immersed in destinations in a way few others get to enjoy. 

Exploration is so much more rewarding when you can experience it from a refreshing new angle, when you are taken away from the tourist trail to see something really special. Whether you're breaking new ground by venturing even deeper into a stunning fjord, heading off on a scenic journey to an untouched beach, or sailing past an isolated spot of spectacular coastline only accessible by boat, you'll have an unmissable chance to see things on or by the ocean that regular cruise line guests never see.

Atlantis Spa

Refresh the mind and revive the body at the Balmoral's haven of relaxation. The soothing surroundings of the Atlantis Spa is where you can really treat yourself.

Situated on Highland Deck toward the bow of the ship, this luxurious spa offers a wide range of beauty and relaxation treatments, including massages, facials, manicures, pedicures and hairdressing, accompanied by stunning views provided by large picture windows. Perhaps try out a new style for your holiday; get set for a formal evening or special occasion; or simply unwind after a busy day of exploring ashore. The Atlantis Spa is open daily from 8am to 8pm.

Whether you start your day with a relaxing stroll in the sea breeze, catch some sunshine on an afternoon meander, or end the night under the stars, there's nothing quite like enjoying an invigorating walk around the open promenade. Relaxing by the large, heated pools or in the bubbling jacuzzis on Balmoral's Lounge and Marquee decks is the perfect way to make the most of your lazy days at sea too. 

To help guests work-off some energy and their holiday indulgences, or simply stay in shape as they explore the world, Balmoral's Fitness Centre is fully equipped with all the modern facilities and equipment you expect to find in your gym back home. We also offer a variety of complimentary fitness classes run by our fully qualified Fitness Instructors, including yoga, aerobics and Pilates, that cater to all levels of fitness and experience.