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Fred Olsen's Balmoral is the largest of their four ships, but still retains the same friendly, intimate atmosphere you will find on the smaller ships.

Small enough to navigate narrow waterways such as the Kiel canal, Balmoral offers passengers the opportunity to experience some of the most wonderful scenic cruising, which is missed on the larger vessels.

Named after the Scottish residence of the British Royal Family, a Scottish theme runs throughout the ship, including restaurants inspired by the Highlands, the Ballindalloch, Avon and Spey.

Your time at sea will give you the opportunity to explore the wonderful facilities Balmoral offers, including a host of lounges and bars, an array of entertainment throughout the day and a bubbling Jacuzzi, relaxing spa or heated pools to unwind in.

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Balmoral offers elegant and intimate dining venues on board, with a wide range of delicious dishes, prepared by expert chefs. The Scottish influenced Ballindalloch, Spey and Avon restaurants provide a 5-course a la carte menu, but for a more relaxed dining experience, enjoy a self service buffet in the Palms Café or perfectly cooked steaks and burgers in the alfresco setting of The Grill.


With entertainment day and night, even your time at sea will be full of fun. With talks, lectures and classes for those who'd like to learn a new skill, as well as fantastic live performances including cabaret, stand-up comedy and intimate shows from the resident bands and singers, you're bound to find something to do.

Other Facilities

At the Atlantis Spa, you can take care of your mind and body, as you enjoy a massage or manicure in the sensual surroundings. For those who'd like to keep fit, why not swim a few laps in the heated pool, or take advantage of the fully equipped fitness centre, then finish off with a soak in the bubbling Jacuzzi.

With shops and boutiques on board, you can treat yourself or your loved ones, with a wide range of designer fragrances, cosmetics, bags, watches and more.

Out On Deck

With lots of seating by the pool and Jacuzzi, there are plenty of places on deck to soak up the sun and watch the scenery pass you by. On deck you'll also find the alfresco dining area The Grill, where you can enjoy your meal in the fresh air.

Fred Olsen

The Olsen family business can be traced back to 1848. A young shipmaster called Fredrik Christian Olsen (known as First Fred. Olsen) entered ship owning. His earliest vessels were wooden schooners of little more than 50 gross tones.

Today customers return time after time, and now in the fifth generation of the family, it's clear they've mastered skills needed to provide unforgettable holidays.


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The Ship Profile

Gross Tonnage: 43,537

Passenger Capacity: 1,350

Cruising Speed: 18.5 Knots

Passenger Decks: 9

Stabilised and Air Conditioned

Officers and Crew: International

Cruise Staff and Entertainers: British & International


Length: 218.18m

Beam: 28.2m