Despite the fact that the Fred Olsen Balmoral is the largest ship of the fleet, it remains one of the more intimate cruise ships at sea. Named after the Scottish royal residence, it can hold up to 1300 passengers.
Cosy and hospitable, Balmoral has a host of activities, facilities and full-time staff ready to serve at your beck and call. One of the advantages of taking a Fred Olsen cruise is this one-on-one service, so why not sit back, relax and allow the staff to take control of planning your special event, be it birthday, anniversary, retirement or simply the holiday of a lifetime!
The leisure facilities available on Balmoral include practicalities such as the internet centre, where guests can keep in touch with their friends, family and loved ones.
Sharing snaps, statuses and likes is no longer only a dry-land activity! Alongside this is a self-service laundrette for those delicate items you don’t want out of your sight and a 24-hour staffed reception for any questions or comments you may have.
‘Intimately’ sized or not, the Balmoral cruise ship contains two heated pools, at the front and the back of the ship, as well as two Jacuzzis and a state-of-the-art spa and salon. Deck chairs and sun loungers allow you to lie back, relax and return to yourself in the glow of the sun-trap deck.
The on-deck golf nets allow you to take a swing while surrounded by the sparkling, sun-drenched waves, or if you feel inclined to escape even further, visit the Balmoral’s well-stocked library; a sanctuary of utter tranquillity.
Children and the more creative of the adults on board will be interested to visit the arts and crafts room. With arts and crafts lecturers on-board, ready for any questions or artistic emergencies which may arise, a handmade souvenir is only a few dots of glue away!
Spa and Fitness Options
Fittingly named the Atlantis Spa & Salon, the on-board spa allows you to sink fully into a state of utter relaxation with a hot stone massage or hydrating and renewing facial.
Have the body reflect the mind: get back into the routine of working out in the fully equipped on-board fitness centre with personal trainers, treadmills, exercise bikes and cross trainers, before a cool down with yoga or aerobics.
Got a hot date? Book early to ensure you get a sizzling new style in the salon with holiday highlights or a conditioning treatment.
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The dining experiences found on the Fred Olsen Balmoral all follow a theme: Scotland. Sumptuous menus derived by a whole team of expert chefs put the cap on your cruise of a lifetime.
There are three restaurants on board the Balmoral: the Ballindalloch restaurant is the main ship restaurant, where the Gala dinner takes place, while the Spey and Avon restaurants offer panoramic views across the ocean alongside fine wines and delicious gourmet meals.
Alongside these restaurants is the Palms Café, which offers food throughout the day – perfect for those who don’t enjoy sticking to the set dining times.
When we picture a cruise liner then we conjure up the image of the massive ship that holds thousands of passengers and that has everything on board from swimming pools,to cinema’s and driving ranges etc...
Indeed, many of the modern liners are like this however there are an equal number that cater for the more personalised holiday and Fred Olsen Cruises are one of these.
For many people having countless numbers of activities on board as well as being on the same ship as thousands of other people is something that they crave however it is not for everyone and sometimes people go on a cruise holiday in order to relax in serenity and comfort.
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One benefit that Fred Olsen Cruises have and something that you do not often get on some of the bigger ships is that you have a much better chance of bonding with fellow passengers especially if the size of the liner itself is quite small.
In fact, what many people have been commenting on is that, with these cruise liners, you actually forge some very strong friendships and that holiday makers often meet up time and time again on a Fred Olsen cruising holiday.
At the end of the day what do you really want from a cruise holiday? Relaxation, a place to meet new people and also the chance to see some sights that you would not normally get the chance to view. This is what you get on these cruise liners and it is much more catered towards an intimate setting that allows you to go at your own pace while providing all the amenities and services that you need.
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In fact, it is not just the passengers that form friendships on this basis and, as a spokesman for Fred Olsen stated: "We find people age into our product, rather than us having to adapt to a new demographic. What appeals to our customers is familiarity; our officers and crew are all long-serving, and many long-term friendships - both between passengers and between passengers and crew - are forged on our ships."
The company has, however, had to alter some of its regulations on board such as smoking as this is now banned in all the indoor areas although there are outside sections where it is permitted.
In an age when cruise companies are becoming larger and larger - owing to the cheap nature of these getaways now and that more people can now afford a cruise - companies such as Fred Olsen are keeping a human face, so to speak, on the cruise business and while they are certainly not the largest cruise company in the market today many would argue that they are the most welcoming and friendliest of the lot.
If it is an intimate setting that you are after with a relaxing break and the chance to explore new places and meet new people then this liner is your best choice in a time when cruise ships are becoming larger, more corporate and much more distant to many people.
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