Written on: 05/09/2011 by Quicksand56 (2 reviews written)
Still relatively new to cruising we avidly read the on line reviews of The Balmoral and were quite concerned at some of the comments made. We needn't have worried.Overall, the Balmoral delivered a high standard in practically every aspect. We were pleasantly pleased with the standard of cabin (we had a superior outside)although on a minor note the air conditioning was a bit noisy and difficult to control. Our cabin stewardess was excellent. Very helpful and attentive.
We enjoyed the food but queuing up for the restaurants was more than a little tedious. Again, we found the staff generally friendly and helpful.
We may have been lucky but we found there was a wide variety of ages and not the 'God's waiting room' some of the other reviews had led us to believe. Although keeping a teenager entertained without using the 20p a minute internet room was a bit of a challenge. The Bar prices were more or less average pub prices which was a pleasant surprise.
The pool and Jacuzzi areas were very good, but as the weather was pretty warm they were inevitably busy, but not unacceptably so.
The entertainment wasn't really our cup of tea, but in fairness there were plenty of people that that seemed to enjoy it.
We would definitely cruise the Balmoral again and would have no reservation in recommending it to others.