Fred Olsen Cruises, Balmoral Review

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Guest's review of Fred Olsen Cruises, Balmoral

★★★☆☆

“Had a good time, the weather was brilliant sailing...”

Written on: 07/10/2010

Had a good time, the weather was brilliant sailing around Norway but a bit choppy on our way back down to Antwerp (so bad that we couldn't get there and so had to call at Rotterdam instead which was fine) The Captain always knows best, he was very informative all the way and pointed out several things that we needed to know.



Having been on about 8 cruises before with other companies we were very disappointed this time with the dining room, their was no atmosphere at all, our waiters were very miserable and couldn't wait to get rid of us, it spoilt it so much that we ate in the self-service restaurant for a few nights, the staff were much more pleasant in there



We did look forward to the entertainment every night, the shows were fantastic with the boys and girls all singing and dancing (no miming on this ship) led by Matt who stole the shows with his wonderful rich deep voice and the girls were all good.



The Cruise Director, although word perfect and pleasant wasn't the usual type of person you would expect to be head of entertainment on the ship, not much personality, they need someone who will joke about a bit and half a laugh with people.



The maintenance staff spent the whole of the 12 days replacing a small area of the front deck by the pool, using welding gear etc when people were sitting round the pool relaxing, I'm sure they could have done it when everybody was having their dinner !! they still hadn't finished it when we got off the ship . . . .



Having said all that, the drinks were good value, the quizzes good fun and we saw some beautiful places so it was great

  • 28th August 2010

    Date of Cruise

  • 12

    Nights on board

  • Fjords

    Itinerary Name

  • outside with picture window

    Cabin Type

  • Couple

    Group description

  • Food - quality & variety

  • Entertainment on board

  • Value For Money

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Guest's Comment

Written on: 14/06/2011

Hi...we are thinking of doing this Baltic cruise. Could you possibly advise on which shore visits you really need to pay for an excursion and which ones you can do by yourself? I would be very grateful.
Thanks
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