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: Newcastle, UK
Arrive in Newcastle and embark on board Balmoral.
Day 4: Reykjavik, Iceland
Reykjavik — the world's most northern capital — is Iceland's cultural hub. Sundahöfn is a modern harbour just minutes from the city centre that welcomes large ships from around the world, while smaller ships dock in the Old Harbour at the heart of town. Famous for its vibrant nightlife and vast array of cafes, bars and restaurants this diverse setting also boasts natural beauty in the unspoilt countryside.
Away from the bustling centre, discover a small piece of paradise at the Nauthólsvík geothermal beach. Golden sand meets a fusion of cold sea and hot geothermal water, which produces warmer temperatures perfect for swimming. Visit in winter and catch a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis - The Northern Lights.
Day 5: Isafjordur, Iceland
Isafjordur is the largest town in the Westfjords peninsula with a natural harbour dating back more than 250 years. Accommodating large cruise ships in its two quay port, cruise passengers can enjoy varied experiences and picturesque views when disembarking. Between five quaint villages, the town sits on a narrow sandspit in one of Iceland's deepest fjords. Now one of the country's main fishing and trading centres, it's home to a great range of cosy cafes and bakeries as well as family-run restaurants serving fresh, locally-caught seafood.
Wander from the cruise port and discover history and culture at Maritime Museum, or sail across to Vigur — 'The Paradise Island' which is home to thousands of bird species including puffins and Arctic terns.
Day 6: Akureyri, Iceland
Just a stone's throw from the Arctic Circle, Akureyri boasts some of the best summer weather in Iceland. This diverse town in north-east Iceland sits at the foot of snow-topped mountains soaring 1,500ft and is the second largest urban area in the country. This resort flourishes in the warmer months with its picturesque parkland and Botanical Garden presenting beautiful plant life. Winter brings vibrant festivals and some of Iceland's most popular ski destinations making it an ideal year-round port of call.
Stroll through 'Arts Alley' in the centre of town for a taste of the local culture or join a whale-watching tour and admire the rare humpback and sei whales.
Day 7: Eskifjordur, Iceland
The port town of Eskifjordur is famous for its fishing industry and sits on the Eskifjord in eastern Iceland. Holmatindur Mountain is the impressive backdrop to the town and you can admire the Bleiksa River and waterfalls that flow from Haroskafi Mountain down to the fjord. The nearby protected Holmanes Peninsula is rich in sea and wading birds, ducks, and geese, and is also home to over 150 species of vegetation. Explore local fishing and seafaring history at Maritime Museum or travel back to WWII on a visit to the Icelandic Wartime Museum in Reyoarfjordur. Stop by Randulffs Seahouse to purchase local delicacies like shark-meat, dried fish, pickled herrings, reindeer, and freshly-caught fish; before dining at the adjoining restaurant. See over 1,000 fascinating stones on display at Stone Collection of Soren and Sigurborgs. In the summer months, the outdoor swimming pool with its hot tubs, sauna, water slides, and children's pool is the perfect place to relax.
Day 10: Newcastle, UK
Disembark in Newcastle and make your way home.