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Fred. Olsen Balmoral

Balmoral is the largest of our four cruise ships but still retains the warm, intimate and friendly atmosphere found across our fleet. Balmoral takes her name from the Scottish residence of the British Royal Family and features 710 well-appointed rooms and suites.

Cruise Information

With Balmoral spending a night docked in Madeira, you’ve an unmissable opportunity to experience two days of the garden island’s annual Wine Festival. You’ll find Funchal is alive with immersive displays and re-enactments showcasing techniques used in the creation of Madeira’s sweet wines; and people serving the famous tipples and tempting local cuisine. Alternatively, you might opt to explore the enchanting Monte Palace Tropical Garden – reached via cable car – or the lush-green landscapes of the levada walking trails. On the mainland, some of Portugal’s finest flavours are yours to sample in Oporto; this UNESCO-listed city is home to wine cellars, bars and restaurants famed for producing, storing and serving the world’s finest port wines.

Your time in France begins with over 50 nautical miles of relaxing scenic cruising along the Gironde and Garonne rivers, as your smaller ship takes you straight into beautiful Bordeaux. A wine-lovers paradise, the ‘Pearl of Aquitaine’ is renowned for its Medoc, Merlot and Saint Emilion wines; and you’ve ample time to enjoy a glass or two at your pick of the city’s stylish bars, or even visit one of the family-run countryside vineyards nearby to sample them at source. As Balmoral docks alongside the promenade in Bordeaux, close to the city’s UNESCO-listed heart, it’s easy to take in historical, architectural and cultural highlights such as the gothic Cathédrale Saint-André, imposing Place de la Bourse and Calihau Gate too. Finally, a visit to Honfleur not only allows for rewarding exploration of the charming Vieux Bassin, to immerse yourself in rich maritime history, but also time to enjoy Normandy’s delicious Calvados and Pommeau.

 

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Board basis

Full Board

Departure date

4th September 2021

Ship statistics

  • Occupancy: 1350
  • Length: 218.18m
  • Tonnage: 43,537 grt

Factfile on Fred. Olsen Balmoral

Balmoral is the largest of our four cruise ships but still retains the warm, intimate and friendly atmosphere found across our fleet. Balmoral takes her name from the Scottish residence of the British Royal Family and features 710 well-appointed rooms and suites....

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Cabins

Interior from £1,699

Interior Rooms on board Balmoral are approx. 160 sq ft so there’s ample room, and all feature their own en-suite. Most en-suites are fitted with a shower, although selected en-suites are fitted with a bath (with a shower over the bath). All rooms are complete with everything you need for a comfortable, relaxing and enjoyable stay, including a desk, telephone, interactive television, hairdryer, air conditioning and tea and coffee making facilities.

Ocean from £2,039

Ocean View Rooms on board Balmoral range from approx. 165 sq ft to approx. 200 sq ft in Superior Ocean View Rooms. There’s ample room to relax and enjoy the view from either your porthole or picture window, and each room is complete with everything you need for a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Amenities include an en-suite (most are fitted with a bath and a shower over the bath, others with a shower), a telephone, interactive television, hairdryer, air conditioning and tea and coffee making facilities.

Balcony from £3,739

Balcony Rooms on board Balmoral range from approx. 180 sq ft to approx. 190 sq ft in Superior Balcony Rooms and feature a private balcony – the perfect place to indulge in superb ocean views, the soothing sea air and a sense of uncanny peace and tranquillity. Inside your room you’ll find there’s ample room to relax too, as well as everything you need for a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Amenities include an en-suite with a bath and shower over the bath (selected en-suites are fitted with a shower), a desk, telephone, interactive television, hairdryer, air conditioning and tea and coffee making facilities.

Junior Suite from £3,999

Suites on board Balmoral are the ultimate indulgence and range from approx. 200 sq ft in a Single Balcony Suite to approx. 430 sq ft in a Premier Suite. Featuring a private balcony and a separate sitting area, Suites are like a home-from-home from which to enjoy incredible sea views and unrivalled relaxation. Most Suites feature an en-suite with a bath (and a shower over the bath), although some Superior Suites have an en-suite with a shower. They’re equipped with an interactive television, a telephone, a hairdryer, air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, a refrigerator and mini-bar. Guests also benefit from our Suite Dreams package, which includes a welcome bottle of sparkling wine, flowers in your Suite, luxury towels, complimentary water and much more to ensure your stay is even more comfortable, relaxing and memorable

Itinerary

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