French & Belgian River Cruising

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  • Departure Date: 01/09/20
  • Duration: 8 Nights
Overview

The largest and most recent addition to the Fred. Olsen fleet, Balmoral offers passengers a classic, relaxing cruise experience. First launched in 1987, and refitted in 2017, she can accommodate over 1,300 passengers across 10 decks.
Blending modern and traditional elements, she provides a mixture of casual and formal dining across four restaurants and cafés. A host of entertainment and relaxation is on offer, including cabaret, dancing, live music and spa treatments.

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French & Belgian River Cruising
Cruise Ship
Balmoral
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Main Info
  • Children Allowed
  • Smoking Some
  • Decks 10
  • Cabins 710
  • Wheelchair Cabins 9
  • Crew Members 510
  • Refurbished 2017
  • Currency GBP
Unique Features

On selected cruises, special interest themed excursions are on offer, where a range of activities and entertainment will be provided, regarding a particular point of interest or subject. A guest speaker will talk about their subject and ‘Shore Tours’ will take place. A ‘Shore Tour’ is a tour of a particular destination that will help bring to life and give a better understanding of the particular theme/subject that is being taught.

One example is a tour of the wine regions of Bordeaux and Rioja while wine expert Jilly Goolden delivers talks onboard and there is the opportunity to take part in wine-tasting activities and entertainment.

The majority of theme programs are free of charge, however relevant materials and ‘Shore Tours’ may have an additional cost.

Enrichment Facilities

Fred. Olsen offers an interesting array of guest speakers lectures discussing various subjects including upcoming destinations. These are available on the Vista-themed cruises.

Gratuities

Typically, gratuities are charged at £5.00 per person, per day for guests aged 12 and over. This amount is split equally between your stewardess and restaurant waiter, and will be automatically added to your on board account. While very much appreciated, these gratuities are voluntary, and therefore can be adjusted or removed completely at Guest Services on board the ship if you wish

Fares

Freedom Fare (Brochure Price)
Interior Room: £ 1099
Interior Room: £ 1169
Superior Interior: £ 1239
Ocean View Room: £ 1299
Ocean View Room: £ 1379
Ocean View Room: £ 1399
Superior Ocean View: £ 1539
Superior Ocean View: £ 1599
Superior Ocean View: £ 1599
Superior Ocean View: £ 1699
Single Interior Room: £ 1899
Single Interior Room: £ 2059
Balcony Room: £ 2249
Superior Balcony: £ 2299
Single Ocean View: £ 2299
Balcony Junior Suite: £ 2499
Balcony Junior Suite: £ 2499
Single Ocean View: £ 2599
Superior Suite: £ 2659
Superior Single: £ 2939
Single Balcony Suite: £ 3199
Marquee Suite: £ 3199
Premier Suite: £ 3499
Owner's Suite: £ 4199

Freedom Fare (Best Price)
Interior Room: £ 1099
Interior Room: £ 1169
Superior Interior: £ 1239
Ocean View Room: £ 1299
Ocean View Room: £ 1379
Ocean View Room: £ 1399
Superior Ocean View: £ 1539
Superior Ocean View: £ 1599
Superior Ocean View: £ 1599
Superior Ocean View: £ 1699
Single Interior Room: £ 1899
Single Interior Room: £ 2059
Balcony Room: £ 2249
Superior Balcony: £ 2299
Single Ocean View: £ 2299
Balcony Junior Suite: £ 2499
Balcony Junior Suite: £ 2499
Single Ocean View: £ 2599
Superior Suite: £ 2659
Superior Single: £ 2939
Single Balcony Suite: £ 3199
Marquee Suite: £ 3199
Premier Suite: £ 3499
Owner's Suite: £ 4199
Itinerary
Accommodation
Premier Suite

Premier Suites all have a bedroom and sitting area, balcony, bathroom with bath and/or shower, and a fridge/mini bar. All suites onboard Balmoral have interactive television. 

Guests in Premier Suites will benefit from Fred. Olsen's Suite Dreams package, which include a bottle of sparkling wine, a fruit basket, and flowers or plant waiting for you in your suite when your board. Afternoon canapés delivered daily as you prepare for dinner and complimentary fluffy bathrobe and slippers. The package also includes a daily newsletter with international and national news, delivered to your door, as well as complimentary shuttle vouchers to get you right to the heart of things if your port is outside town and there are even compact umbrellas if you should need them. Other vouchers include laundry, luxury towels and pressing of formal-wear.

Marquee Suite

Marquee Suites all have a bedroom and sitting area, balcony, bathroom with bath and/or shower, and a fridge/mini bar. All suites onboard Balmoral have interactive television. 

Guests in Marquee Suites will benefit from Fred. Olsen's Suite Dreams package, which include a bottle of sparkling wine, a fruit basket, and flowers or plant waiting for you in your suite when your board. Afternoon canapés delivered daily as you prepare for dinner and complimentary fluffy bathrobe and slippers. The package also includes a daily newsletter with international and national news, delivered to your door, as well as complimentary shuttle vouchers to get you right to the heart of things if your port is outside town and there are even compact umbrellas if you should need them. Other vouchers include laundry, luxury towels and pressing of formal-wear.

Superior Suite

Superior Suites all have a bedroom and sitting area, balcony, bathroom with bath and/or shower, and a fridge/mini bar. All suites onboard Balmoral have interactive television.

Guests in Superior Suites will benefit from Fred. Olsen's Suite Dreams package, which include a bottle of sparkling wine, a fruit basket, and flowers or plant waiting for you in your suite when your board. Afternoon canapés delivered daily as you prepare for dinner and complimentary fluffy bathrobe and slippers. The package also includes a daily newsletter with international and national news, delivered to your door, as well as complimentary shuttle vouchers to get you right to the heart of things if your port is outside town and there are even compact umbrellas if you should need them. Other vouchers include laundry, luxury towels and pressing of formal-wear.

Balcony Junior Suite

Balcony Junior Suites have a sitting area and balcony, bath and/or shower, and a fridge/mini bar.


Superior Balcony Cabins

Balcony Cabins feature a balcony, bathroom with shower, or bath and shower and interactive television.

Outside Cabins

Outside Cabins on board Balmoral range from approximately 165 square feet to approximately 200 square feet for a Superior Outside A Grade Cabin. All Outside Cabins have a bathroom with a shower and/or bath.

Some Outside Cabins have picture windows, and all cabins have interactive television.

Some cabins have two movable beds that may convert into one double bed. Please ask at the time of making your booking.

(Some C/D grades also have a bath and cabin numbers 5001, 5002, 5003, 5004, 5005, 5006, 5007 & 5008 have a porthole, not a window).

Inside Cabins

Twin Inside cabins onboard Balmoral are all approximately 160 square feet in size, and have a bathroom with a shower and/or bath. All Inside cabins also have interactive television.

Some cabins may have movable beds that convert into one double bed. Please ask at the time of making your booking.

Single Cabins

Single cabins onboard Balmoral range from 130 square feet for a Single Inside Cabin, to 160 square feet for a Superior Outside Single Cabin.

All single cabins have a bathroom with shower (some may have a bathtub also) and grades J & K feature picture windows. Cabins 8061 & 8072 also have a small balcony.

All single cabins have interactive television.

Entertainment

Entertainment onboard Balmoral is varied with large selection of lounges, each with their own atmosphere. From live comedians to card rooms, you're bound to find something to entertain yourself whilst onboard, whether you're looking to have some fun, or just relax for a bit.

Neptune Lounge

Shows, reviews and evenings of cabaret are what Balmoral's Neptune Lounge has to offer. It has ample room for passengers whichever dinner sitting you are on, so you can find a seat to enjoy the glitz and glamour of the evening shows.

Gaming Tables

Balmoral includes a gaming area where you may try your hand on the Black Jack table or Roulette wheel. There is even the opportunity to learn how to play better, with daytime sessions teaching you how to win big.

Lido Bar

The Lido Bar looks out over the aft pool and the stern of your cruise ship and is the ideal spot to appreciate the talents of the onboard pianist.

Marquee Bar

The Marquee Bar offers plenty of refreshment options, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. The floor-to-ceiling windows let the light flood in, letting you take in the panoramic views.

Morning Light Pub

The Morning Light Pub is decorated in a traditional style, depicting the century and a half of Fred. Olsen history. Daytime or evening you can be entertained by occasional live music or stand-up comedians.

Observatory Lounge

The large picture windows in the Observatory Lounge offer fantastic views which are enhanced with plenty of binoculars spaced around the lounge. A grand piano provides the perfect background music as you enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail on your cruise holiday.

Boutique

The Balmoral Boutique features a wide range of luxury gifts for yourself and your loved ones. It offers a wide range of fragrance, cosmetics, bags, clothing & fashion accessories from designer brands such as Dior, Estee Lauder, Leighton Denny, Radley & Fiorelli, all at duty-free prices.

Port Shop

The Port Shop onboard stocks all the holiday essentials that you may have forgotten to pack from toiletries to sun hats or even a good book. You’ll also find a wide range of sweet treats and savoury snacks – perfect for whilst onboard or as gifts to take home.

Library

Balmoral’s well stocked library is a popular area of the ship. With an array of novels, historical, geographical, autobiographical and many other books, the library onboard your cruise ship Balmoral is a true haven of peace and tranquillity.

Card room

Find card tables and competition in the card room. Bridge is always a popular pursuit onboard, so you’re sure to find players for a hand or two and more – whether casual or competitive is up to you.

Photo Gallery

View those photos taken by the ships photographers, capturing those all important holiday memories from going ashore to formal night. These are displayed each day and can be viewed and purchased in the Photo Gallery.

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