The magnificent Balmoral is Fred. Olsen's newest and largest ship. With 710 luxurious staterooms, a dedicated crew of 510 and a wide selection of modern facilities, you can expect a perfect blend of world-class service and relaxation.
Named after the Royal Family's Scottish home, Balmoral oozes elegance and style. Savour a mix of fine and casual dining in the ship's variety of venues. From a cafe devoted to luxury chocolates and coffee, to a restaurant serving gourmet cuisines and fine wines. Unwind at the friendly Morning Light Pub, listen to beautiful piano music at Lido Bar, and watch live performances at Neptune Lounge. Later on, try your luck at blackjack and roulette at the casino.
Although the largest and most contemporary of Fred. Olsen's fleet, Balmoral still retains the cruise line's personal and sociable atmosphere. For an unforgettable voyage of spectacular scenery, divine dining, entertaining facilities, and uninterrupted leisure, sail on Fred. Olsen's Balmoral.
Dining on Balmoral is an exciting experience. The spacious Ballindalloch Restaurant offers a tempting menu of dinners to enjoy in elegant surroundings. The Spey Restaurant and Avon Restaurant serve delicious a la carte meals with panoramic views and glasses of fine wines. Palms Cafe is the place to go for large buffets of international cuisines and a more casual atmosphere.
During warm spells, you can also savour fresh omelettes, salads, steaks, burgers, and sandwiches at The Grill — great for light breakfasts and lunches. Or if it's a calming tea, energising coffee or sweet treat you fancy; sample luxury chocolates and hot drinks from The Bookmark Cafe. You can even make the most of Balmoral's complimentary room service between 10:00 and 22:00 every day.
Enjoy a range of drinks and venues aboard Balmoral. Try cocktails in the sun at Marquee Bar, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, or head to the relaxing Lido Bar for piano music with a pint of beer or glass of wine.
Morning Light Pub is Balmoral's traditional and welcoming venue offering drinks and entertainment throughout the day. There's also Observatory Lounge which features cocktails, panoramic views, piano music, and dancing until late. For a lively night and menu of refreshments, take a seat at the glamorous Neptune Lounge. There's somewhere for everyone to enjoy aboard Balmoral.
You have a dazzling variety of entertainment to enjoy on board Balmoral. During the day, there are arts and crafts talks, as well as yoga, Pilates and aerobics sessions. In the evening, sit back with a drink at Neptune Lounge and be amazed by stunning cabaret acts, live music and dance shows. Enjoy stand-up comedians and a professional pianist in the bars, then head to the on-board casino for a few hands of blackjack or spin of the roulette wheel. Day or night, Balmoral can't fail to impress.
Day 1: Port of Tyne, UK
Arrive in Newcastle and embark on board Balmoral.
Day 2 - 3: Amsterdam, Netherlands
There's so much to experience when you step ashore in the Netherland's capital city of Amsterdam. Explore the Museum District — home to the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum — and step back in time at Anne Frankhuis. Discover the opulent Canal Ring district — an UNESCO World Heritage site, or simply escape to the tranquil surroundings of Vondelpark. You can get close to marine and animal life at Natura Artis Magistra; buy colourful tulips at Bloemenmarkt; or enjoy an interactive beer tour with the Heineken Experience.
Day 4 - 5: Antwerp, Belgium
The Belgian port city of Antwerp nestles on the River Scheldt. At the centre of the city, you'll discover the ancient Diamond District which is home to thousands of diamond traders, cutters and polishers. Admire the Flemish Renaissance architecture as you stroll around the Grote in the Old Town. Pay a visit to the 17th-century Rubenshuis to view artworks by the Flemish Baroque painter Peter Paul Roberts. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Museum Plantin-Moretus, the impressive MAS complex, and the Gothic-style Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal are well worth visiting too. Get up close to sharks and piranhas at Aquatopia aquarium or visit the animals at Antwerp Zoo.
Days 6 - 7: Rouen, France
The port city of Rouen sits on the River Seine and is the capital of northern France's Haute-Normandie region. Tracing its routes back to the Roman era and the Middle Ages; the city's skyline is dominated by the spires of Cathedrale Notre-Dame. Explore the Gothic Saint-Ouen and Saint-Maclou churches and medieval half-timbered houses in the cobblestoned pedestrian centre. Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in Place du Vieux Marche in 1431 and her illustrious history is brought to life at Historial Jeanne d'Arc museum. Admire artworks by Rubens, Modigliani, Pissarro, Renoir, and Monet at Musee des Beaux-Arts.
Day 8: Honfleur, France
The charming port city of Honfleur sits at the confluence of the River Seine and the English Channel in northern France. Walk around the distinctive Vieux-Bassin harbour to explore the quaint 16th to 18th-century town houses and the wood-built Saint Catherine's Church. Stroll though the intriguing cobbled streets, window-shop at the stylish boutiques, and stop for a cup of coffee at one of the waterfront cafes. Venture up the hillside to admire the 17th-century Notre Dame de Grâce chapel or step back in time at Musee de Vieux Honfleur and Blockhaus de la Gare. Escape to the tranquil surroundings of Naturospace which is alive with tropical butterflies, birds, and plants.
Day 10: Port of Tyne, UK
Disembark in Newcastle and make your way home.