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balmoral 27th sept


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thank you waves for your reply, the ships are older but they are so nicely maintained, the carpets look so clean and fresh not one bit was to be found on them and the same for all the furnishings around the ship.  What I did like is the actual wooden decks very nice. Balmoral also has a beautiful lounge where people can sit quietly and have a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate and buy individual chocalates to go with it. The pub also is very comfortable with an excellent keyboard player and singer. The shows excellent really good, including the crew show which all enjoyed.

 

I agree with boushki it was easy to navigate and for easy for anyone with walking difficulties

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Hi  I always enjoy my cruises with Fred Olsen.  I have tried all the ships and there's little to chose between them although I do prefer Braemar  even allowing for the unusual layout of the theatre.  In my opinion they are one of the better cruise lines sailing out of the UK and I would advice anyone to give them a go although many cruisers do seem to dismiss them mainly due to the ageing fleet.  However, Cunard and P&O et al would like to have the high number repeat cruisers Fred Olsen attract so they must be doing something right.

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I always enjoy my trips with Fred Olsen. I have never had a bad meal with them, unlike some others I will not mention. The ships may be older but they are in excellent condition. They offer an excellent product at a reasonable price and as already referred to by Land Ahoy they have a repeat business rate of which other cruise lines can only dream. At a press launch this year it was announced the repeat rate is 66% for normal 7/14 night cruises rising to 72% for long voyages.

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Hi  The production shows are enjoyable, the staging is not as impressive as those performed on modern ships but the choreography and the vocals are well performed, in addition, they use a live orchestra rather than backing tapes with is becoming more common on some  cruise lines.  On both Balmoral and Braemar offer a second show in a separate lounge due to the size of the main theatre.  The lounge acts are of similar standard to those on other cruise lines.  Daytime activities are the usual cruise fare but they do have quite good guest lecturers.

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