Balmoral is the largest of our ocean-going cruise ships, yet is still small enough to navigate size-restricted waterways such as the Kiel Canal, providing fantastic scenic cruising opportunities, and retains the warm, intimate and friendly∘ atmosphere that the Fred. Olsen fleet is renowned for. Balmoral is named after the Scottish residence of the British Royal Family, and the Scottish theme runs throughout the main dining venues – the Ballindalloch, Avon and Spey – where guests can enjoy tantalising menus prepared by our expert chefs.

Featuring 710 well-appointed rooms and suites and a selection of comfortable lounges, bars and inviting public areas which have been extensively refitted Show less and improved as part of Fred. Olsen's fleet-wide refurbishment programme, Balmoral provides guests with ample space∘ in which to relax and share a memorable cruise experience with hundreds, not thousands, of fellow travellers. And, as our guests have come to expect, there is always an array of superb entertainment on offer throughout the day, from lectures and hobby classes to live cabaret and comedians, ensuring you can make the most of your time on board.

  • Size medium
  • Style Classic
  • Type ocean
  • Year of launch 1987
  • Year of last refit 2019
  • Gross tonnage 43537t
  • Length 218.18m
  • Width 28.2m
  • Speed 18kts
  • Decks 10
  • Language English (British)
  • Currency Pound Sterling (£)
  • No. of passengers 1325
  • No. of crew 510
  • No. of cabins 710
  • -wheelchair access 9
Unique Features

Fred. Olsen's new Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBs), the latest addition to our fleet of smaller ships. Now standing by to take you even closer. 

These exciting crafts take guests away from the tourist trails to see the natural wonders, stunning beaches, spectacular coastlines and much more - in a way few∘ others get to enjoy. An unmissable, immersive journey of exploration.  

RIB experiences are available in selected ports and areas of scenic cruising in some of the world's most beautiful regions. These include Norway, Iceland Greenland, Denmark, Sweden, The Maldives, Monaco, France, Estonia and the U.K. 

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. 

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Typically, gratuities are charged at £5.00 per person, per night for guests aged 12 and over. This amount is split equally between your stewardess∘ and restaurant waiter, and will be automatically added to your on board account. While very much appreciated, these gratuities are voluntary, and therefore can be adjusted or removed completely at Guest Services on board the ship if you wish

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Recently refitted as part of an extensive, fleet-wide refurbishment programme, the stylish, comfortable rooms on board Balmoral have been designed with their guests and their needs in mind. They've thought of everything to ensure your time∘ on board with them is as enjoyable, relaxing and carefree as possible. Even their lowest-priced Interior Rooms are equipped with climate control, an interactive smart TV, hairdryer, desk, phone, fridge (which can be stocked as a mini-bar) and tea and coffee making facilities as standard.

You could feel the sea breeze from your own private balcony; take in spectacular scenic views from the comfort of your Ocean View∘ room; or perhaps enjoy a distinctly superior experience in a stylish suite. Whichever room you choose, you’re sure to find the perfect home-from-home on board Balmoral.

Room Facilities

  • Climate control
  • Interactive Smart TV
  • Desk
  • Phone
  • Mini-fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities


Whether you're visiting far-flung destinations on an epic Grand Voyage or taking a relaxing short trip to European cities, dining on board Balmoral is always a highlight of any cruise. With six fantastic dining venues to choose from, you'll always find there's a tempting selection of dishes, all perfectly prepared by our expert chefs.

Take a seat in the beautiful Ballindalloch, Spey and Avon restaurants∘ to start the day with a breakfast cooked just the way you like it, or indulge with a mouthwatering five-course á la carte dinner∘ every evening; and help yourself to the tempting buffet at the Palms Café. For an extra special treat, The Grill offers cooked-to-order steaks and seafood; while al fresco dining at its finest can be enjoyed at the newly installed The Poolside.

Dining included:

  • Breakfast | À la carte & buffet
  • Lunch | À la carte & buffet
  • Dinner | À la carte & buffet
  • Supper Club | Buffet


  • The Grill | £20pp
  • The Poolside | £15pp
  • Premium Afternoon Tea | £8.95pp
  • The Bookmark Café | Coffees & chocolates


Entertainment on board 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 on board, whether you're looking to have some fun, or just relax for a bit.

Health and fitness

Cruising with Fred. Olsen is about being able to rest, relax and leave all the cares and stresses of life at home behind, and on board Balmoral it's easy to take your mind off it all. You'll find there's plenty of ways to unwind, from simply talking a sunrise stroll along the promenade to visiting the Atlantis Spa for an indulgent treatment accompanied by beautiful scenic views. With fantastic∘ fitness facilities on board too, you don't have to stray too far from your healthy lifestyle while on holiday either. 

Kids and Teens

During the Easter, Summer and Christmas holidays only, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines offer organised and hosted children’s activities within the Little Skippers Club subject to a minimum number of children booked on the cruise. The Little Skippers Club supervises children from ages 5-11, with Children’s Hosts∘ arranging meet and greets with parents and children when they embark.

The Little Skippers Club offers a wide range of activities including games, contests, scavenger hunts, sports and fitness instruction, arts and crafts, pizza making and cooking sessions, pool and swimming sessions, discos, karaoke and kids bingo.


As well as a choice of comfortable accommodation, dining venues, bars and lounges, all of which have been refreshed and refurbished as part of the ship's thorough refit in late 2017, Balmoral features all the facilities and amenities∘ you need for a comfortable, restful and stress-free stay on board, including heated pools and bubbling jacuzzis, a well-stocked library and even a self-service Laundry Room. 

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