Cruise Line: Fred Olsen
Entered Service: June 1988/Jan 2008
Onboard Currency: British Pound
Passengers (lower berths): 1,340
Length: 218.18 metres
Beam: 28.2 metres
Draft: 7.26 metres
Balmoral has had many identities. She was first built for the Royal Cruise Line as the Crown Odyssey, then to Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) as the Norwegian Crown, before being transferred to the Orient Line as the Crown Odyssey again, and then back again to NCL as Norwegian Crown. She finally overcame her confused identity when she was sold to Fred Olsen in 2007.
Fred Olsen wanted to expand on their investment and got her stretched by 30.2 metres in the mid-section. Fred Olsen has a tradition of their ship names starting with the letter B since the 1800s. On 13th February 2008, the original Crown Odyssey was renamed Balmoral and made her first cruise for Fred Olsen.
Named after the Scottish home of the royal family, the Balmoral’s public rooms have a Scottish theme, although the onboard atmosphere is distinctly British. The Balmoral is a significant investment for Fred Olsen and is their largest ship. As the UK population continues to retire, Fred Olsen seems well positioned to capitalise on the pensioners’ desire for travel. Balmoral is best suited to British couples and single travellers wanting a destination-intensive cruise experience amidst an European experience onboard and realistic pricing offering value for money.
Fred Olsen’s alcohol policy states that any alcohol brought from ashore will be placed in safe keeping by the ship’s security officers and returned at the end of the cruise. However, any alcohol purchased onboard may be enjoyed anywhere onboard or taken home.
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