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 the alfresco Poolside 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
Rooms 710
Passengers 1,325 (standard occupancy)
Crew 551
Length 218.05m
Restaurants Six
Facilities Swimming pool | Spa | Gym | Jacuzzi 

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 relaxed, 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.

Located portside aft on Lido Deck, featuring large picture windows, elegant décor, comfortable seating and premium dinner menus, Balmoral's exclusive The Grill restaurant offers a very special dining option on board. 

At The Grill, guests can enjoy a romantic evening in the company of a loved one on an intimate table for two; or perhaps celebrate in style in a group of new-found friends. Whatever the occasion, enjoying the finest cooked-to-order steaks and much more while taking in tranquil ocean views is always an experience to remember. 

The Grill is available for dinner in the evenings, and can be booked in advance by using our pre-book button, with our Maître D, or Guest Services once you are on board. There is a £5pp additional supplement for this dining option which will be added to your cabin account.

Making the most of the stylish interior space and inviting deck area aft of the Palms Café, Balmoral's newly installed The Poolside is an exclusive venue for very special indoor and al fresco dining. 

Opt for an intimate dinner indoors, or perhaps dine outside in the evening sea breeze at The Poolside and you're in for an unforgettable experience, with a sublime, themed menu of expertly crafted dishes, all inspired by flavours from your cruising region, to enjoy. 

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 £9.95 per person*.
*Chargeable to your on board account.

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.

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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 £16.50, this can be booked before you cruise.

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. 

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)

This suite is approximately 601 square feet in size and can be found on Highland Deck 11.

This suite has a sitting room, balcony and a bedroom with large double bed and bathroom with bath and/or shower.

All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).

Smoking is permitted on cabin balconies.

Marquee Suite (MS)

This suite is approximately 472 square feet in size and can be found on Highland Deck 10.

This suite has a bedroom with a large double bed and a sitting area, a bathroom with bath and/or shower.

All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).

Smoking is permitted on cabin balconies.

Superior Suite (SS)

This suite is approximately 341 square feet in size and can be found on Highland Deck 10 & Bridge Deck 9.

This suite has a bedroom with sitting area and a balcony. The bathroom has a bath and/or shower.

All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).

Smoking is permitted on cabin balconies.

Single Balcony Suite (JB)

This suite is approximately 274 square feet in size and can be found on Bridge Deck 9.

This suite has a bedroom with sitting area and a balcony. The bathroom has a bath and/or shower.

All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).

Smoking is permitted on cabin balconies.

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

Balcony Junior Suite (BJ)

This suite is approximately 279 square feet in size and can be found on Highland Deck 10, Bridge Deck 9 and Lido Deck 8.

This suite has a bedroom with a sitting area and a balcony. There is an en-suite bathroom with bath and/or shower.

All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).

Smoking is permitted on cabin balconies.

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

Superior Balcony Cabin (BA)

These cabins are approximately 248 square feet in size and can be found on Bridge Deck 9.

These cabins have a balcony, bathroom with bath and/or shower.

All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).

Smoking is permitted on cabin balconies.

Balcony Cabin (BC)

This cabin is approximately 260 square feet in size, and can be found on Lido Deck 8 and Bridge Deck 9.

It has a balcony, bathroom with bath and/or shower.

All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).

Smoking is permitted on cabin balconies

BC Balcony room, Balmoral

Superior Ocean View (A)

This cabin is approximately 200 square feet in size and can be found on Lido Deck 8.
 
It has a picture window, bathroom with bath and/or shower.
 
All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).

Superior Ocean View (B)

Around 165 square feet in size, these cabins are located on the Lido Deck 8 and Main Deck 6. Fitted with everything you need for your stay, there’s a picture window too.

The bathroom has bath and/or shower, there’s a TV, mini fridge, hairdryer and safe.

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

Superior Ocean View (C)

Located on Atlantic Deck 5. Around 165 square feet, with a picture window; and have a bathroom with a shower or bath.

All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).

Single Superior Ocean View (J)

This cabin is approximately 160 square feet in size and can be found on Lido Deck 8.

It has a picture window, a bathroom with bath and/or shower.

Facilities include air conditioning, a TV, mini fridge, telephone, safe and hairdryer.

All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).

Please note cabins 8061 and 8072 have a small balcony.

Ocean View (D)

These cabins are approximately 165 square feet in size, and can be found on Atlantic Deck 5 and Coral Deck 4.

They have a picture window and a bathroom with bath and/or shower.

All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).

Ocean View (E)

This cabin is approximately 165 square feet in size and can be found on Coral Deck 4.

It has a picture window and a bathroom with shower.

All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).

Single Ocean View (K)

This cabin is approximately 165 square feet in size and can be found on Coral Deck 4.

It has a picture window and a bathroom with a shower.

All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).

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

Ocean View (F)

This cabin is approximately 165 square feet in size and can be found on Atlantic Deck 5, Coral Deck 4 & Marina Deck 3.

It has 2 portholes, bathroom with a shower.

All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).

Single Ocean View (L)

This cabin is approximately 140 square feet in size and can be found on Marina Deck 3.

It has a porthole and a bathroom with shower.

All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).

Superior Interior Cabin (G)

Our Superior Interior Cabins are approximately 160 square feet in size and can be found on Lido Deck 8 and Bridge Deck 9.

These cabins have a bathroom with bath and/or shower.

All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).

Please note, cabins 9048, 9056 and 9095 on Bridge Deck have been adapted for use by disabled passengers.

Single Superior Interior (M)

This cabin is approximately 160 square feet in size and can be found on Bridge Deck 9.

It has a bath and/or shower.

All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).

Interior Cabin (H)

This cabin is approximately 160 square feet in size and can be found on Main Deck 6 and Atlantic Deck 5.

It has a bathroom with shower.

All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).

Single Interior Cabin (N)

These cabins are approximately 130 square feet in size and can be found on Main Deck 6 and Marina Deck 3.

They have a bathroom with shower.

All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).

Interior Cabin (I)

This cabin is approximately 160 square feet in size and can be found on Atlantic Deck 5, Coral Deck 4 & Marina Deck 3

It has a bathroom with shower.

All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).

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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 both Balmoral and Braemar, 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.