LASTMINUTE. CRUISE. BREAKS!
Sail to staggering islands off the shore of Africa and appreciate an exceptionally joyous happy season with Fred. on this fabulous cruising on board Balmoral. While your loved ones at home persevere through the regularly cool, wet climate of winter, you’ll unwind and enjoy some mitigating daylight and remarkable encounters – the ideal approach to close down the year.
A call into the Galician pearl of La Coruna – from where you can join a visit to the radiant UNESCO-recorded Santiago de Compostela Cathedral – is trailed by a vital Christmas adrift. Disregard the standard anxiety of a bustling Christmas Eve back home as Fred. deals with everything for you; then appreciate happy sustenance and fun on the enormous day with your companions, friends and family and kindred visitors as the ship floats towards the Canaries. On Boxing Day Balmoral will dock in Arrecife, the ideal place to recuperate from two days of liberality on board. Douse up the daylight on the delicate sands of Playa del Reducto – found simply off of Fred. Olsen road; or maybe set out on a ‘moonscape trek’ through the lunar-like scenes of Timanfaya National Park and see the fantastic Fire Mountains. .. . .. …
Great value, wherever we take you As you’d expect from Fred. Olsen, this fantastic programme won’t cost the earth. There are special prices on all the cruises on this site, so you can book with confidence knowing you’re benefiting from great value for money, along with a holiday packed full of wonderful experiences. What’s more, the price includes almost everything. In fact, all of the following comes as standard:
• Comfortable en-suite accommodation with TV, hairdryer, tea & coffee making facilities and individually controlled air conditioning
• All meals throughout your cruise – from five-course à la carte dining to casual buffets and late-night snacks
• Self-service tea & coffee at selected venues, afternoon tea with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks
• On board leisure facilities including gym, swimming pools and Jacuzzis
• A choice of daily on board activities and lectures
• All evening entertainment, including dancing, cabaret shows and live music
• Captain’s Drinks Party and Gala Buffet (Gala Buffet not available on Short Breaks)
• All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)
• Baggage porterage between your room and the drop-off/pick-up point
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Food and Dinning on Ship
Dining & Restaurants on Balmoral
Whether you’re visiting far-flung destinations on an incredible Grand Voyage or taking a relaxing short trip to stylish European cities, dining on board Balmoral is always a highlight of your cruise.
There are five fantastic dining venues on board Balmoral, all serving a range of delicious dishes perfectly prepared by our expert chefs. Take a seat in the beautiful Ballindalloch, Spey and Avon restaurants to start the day with a breakfast cooked just the way you like it, or indulge with a mouthwatering five-course á la carte dinner every evening. Visit the Palms Café for a tempting self-service buffet which is perfect for a quick lunch or satisfying late-night snack; or perhaps book a table at The Grill and treat yourself to succulent prime-cut steaks, juicy burgers, fresh seafood and much more, all in a wonderful al fresco setting.
No matter which venue you choose, you’re sure to enjoy an unforgettable dining experience on board Balmoral.
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The stylish Ballindalloch is Balmoral’s main restaurant and offers a fantastic selection of expertly prepared delicious dishes to enjoy. Located towards the stern of the ship on Main Deck 6 and featuring large windows along either side, the Ballindalloch boasts stunning sea views which perfectly compliment the elegant décor.
Dining in the Ballindalloch is a lavish affair from beginning to end, from admiring the fine art on display in the grand corridor leading to the restaurant, to devouring every last morsel of your five-course a la carte meal. And the choice on offer every single night will ensure there is always something to suit your taste.
The Spey & Avon
Located towards the stern of the ship on Highland Deck 10, the Spey and Avon restaurants offer the same fine, five-course a la carte dining as the main Ballindalloch restaurant but in a smaller, even more intimate setting.
Carefully designed to make the most of the incredible views provided by the large picture windows and tastefully decorated, the Spey and Avon restaurants offer guests a unique and unforgettable dining experience.
For an extra special dining experience, book a table at The Grill for al fresco dining at its finest. Open in warm weather, The Grill – located towards the stern of the ship on Lounge Deck 7 – combines the relaxing sounds of the ocean with incredible views and fantastic food – a real feast for all the senses. Indulge at lunchtime, or perhaps treat yourself to The Grill’s premium dinner menu in the evening – a unique experience that’s not to be missed.
Open in warm weather, you can dine while watching tranquil views of the ocean as your ship sails towards your next destination.
Enjoy breakfast of eggs benedict or omelette, and fresh sandwiches, salads or burgers for lunch. For a small charge, you can indulge in this special dining experience in the evening too.
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The Bookmark Café
Balmoral’s Chocolate and Coffee Café offers guests a selection of delicious speciality coffees and teas and luxury chocolates.
Sip on Taylors of Harrogate intensely rich espresso and loose leaf teas. Try our sumptuous selection of quality chocolates, from Pralines to Champagne Truffles. All available at reasonable prices.
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During your cruise holiday, Fred. Olsen offers a complimentary room service for breakfast and light snacks. Our room service menu operates on board all our cruise ships between 10am and 10pm each day, offering light snacks (except during embarkation and disembarkation times) for those occasions when maybe our restaurant times just don’t suit your plans for the day or you simply just fancy a bite to eat. Drinks are available 24 hours a day.
Open in warm weather, you can dine while watching tranquil views of the ocean as your ship sails towards your next destination..
Bars and Lounges
While you won’t find gimmicks such as climbing walls and wave machines on board Balmoral, you will find plenty to keep you entertained on board throughout the duration of your cruise.
With talks, lectures and classes taking place during the day, and fantastic live performances – including cabaret, stand-up comedy and intimate shows from the resident bands and singers – to enjoy in the evening, there’s something for everyone.
The Neptune Lounge is Balmoral’s main entertainment venue and offers ample room for you to sit, relax and enjoy a fantastic evening of music, dance, comedy and costume alongside your friends, loved ones and fellow guests. Take your seat and experience the ‘glitz and glam’ of the entertainment on board – there’s a show after each dinner sitting every evening – and let our friendly waiters to take care of you, bringing your favourite drinks straight to your seat.
The Lido Bar is the perfect place to unwind after a day of exploring ashore, or while away some time at sea. Take a seat at the bar and chat with the friendly staff and your fellow guests, or perhaps grab a table and appreciate the talent of the resident musicians with a glass of your favourite drink in hand.
Located on Lido Deck 8, the Lido Bar overlooks the aft pool on Lounge Deck 7 and offers superb, unspoilt views from the stern of the ship whether you’re at sea or docked alongside in one of the world’s most beautiful destinations.
Located on Marquee Deck 11, Balmoral’s Marquee Bar features large windows and a spectacular glass roof providing panoramic views to take in over a glass of your favourite tipple or a quick bite to eat. It’s the perfect place to take a break from the sunshine on deck or enjoy a pre-dinner drink or two.
Alongside a great selection of beers, wines and expertly-created exotic cocktails, the Marquee Bar also offers a premium gin menu which includes the finest quality gins, such as The Botanist Islay or Bols Jonge, perfectly complemented by Fevertree tonic water.
Morning Light Pub
Decorated to resemble a British pub or inn, the Morning Light Pub has a welcoming atmosphere and charming traditional style. Open throughout the day and the evening, it’s the ideal place to relax and socialise with friends both old and new.
You could enjoy a quick pint or a glass of wine at lunch before spending the afternoon ashore; stop by for a pre-dinner drink; or settle into a comfortable seat and relax long into the night while enjoying performances from live bands and comedians.
Located on Marquee Deck 11 at the very top of Balmoral, the Observatory Lounge boasts the most spectacular panoramic views and is a wonderful place to enjoy a pre-dinner drink. Sit around the bar in the centre of the lounge, or perhaps take a seat by one of the large windows and lose yourself in the stunning sights while listening to the twinkling sounds of a grand piano.
The Observatory Lounge is also the venue for our premium Traditional Afternoon Tea service, which offers guests a selection of delicious sandwiches, cakes, pastries and scones accompanied by premium teas and unforgettable views.
Try your hand at the Black Jack table or Roulette wheel at the gaming tables. There is even the chance to learn how to improve your skills, with daytime sessions teaching you how to win big.
Relax & Fitness on Balmoral
Cruising with Fred. Olsen is about being able to rest and relax away from the stresses of life at home and on board Balmoral it is easy to take your mind off it all.
From the luxurious Atlantis Spa, offering a range of treatments such as massages, manicures and hairdressing, to the bubbling jacuzzis and large promenade which is perfect for relaxing strolls in the morning sunshine or under moonlight, you’ll find there are plenty of places to unwind on board the ship.
Making the most of your time on board to relax and indulge doesn’t mean you have to stray too far from your healthy lifestyle either, thanks to Balmoral’s fantastic fitness facilities. You can work to a familiar routine or have a go at something new in our fully equipped Fitness Centre, which hosts a number of energetic classes; or swim lengths in one of the large heated pools – a great way to stay in shape.
Atlantis Spa & Salon
We’re confident you’ll feel thoroughly relaxed and spoilt on board Balmoral, but if you’re after a little extra pampering, head to Highland Deck 10 and immerse yourself in the soothing surroundings of the Atlantis Spa and Salon – located next door to the Fitness Centre. Here you’ll find everything to refresh and revitalise you, including manicures, massages, waxing and hair styling and colouring. If you’re looking to unwind after a workout in the gym or a busy day ashore, or simply wanting to treat yourself to a new look ready for formal night, the experts in the Atlantis Spa and Salon will have you covered.
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With so much time to relax on board and sumptuous meals to enjoy every day, we know it’s important for you to have somewhere to stay in shape. Balmoral’s Fitness Centre – located at the front of the ship on Highland Deck 10 – is fully equipped with all the modern facilities and equipment you’d expect to find in your gym back home, including treadmills, rowing machines, exercise bikes and free weights. Classes including yoga, aerobics and pilates regularly take place in the Fitness Centre too, catering to all levels of fitness and experience.
Start the day with a quick run or row, or perhaps enjoy a full workout while enjoying the view out over the bow of the ship – perfect for burning-off those indulgences from the night before!
Swimming Pool & Jacuzzis
Keep fit by swimming a few lengths, or cool down after relaxing in the sunshine on deck in either of Balmoral’s large, heated pools. Located in the centre of Marquee Deck 11 and at the stern of the ship on Lounge Deck 7, both pools are surrounded by sun loungers and have two bubbling Jacuzzis close-by – a welcome relief after a busy and exciting day ashore.
As well as offering a fantastic range of facilities, lounges, bars and restaurants, Balmoral also benefits from extensive outside deck space which guests are free to explore at their leisure. The Promenade – which extends all the way around Lounge Deck 7 – is perfect for starting your day with a relaxing stroll in the sea breeze, catching some sunshine on an afternoon meander, and enjoying romantic after-dinner strolls under moonlight.
There are often games of shuffleboard or deck quoits taking place on the Promenade too, which you’re always welcome to join. Just don’t forget to look up from time to time, as you never know what stunning sights are coming up on the horizon.