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  Balmoral (Fred Olsen Cruise Lines)

Balmoral | Fred Olsen Cruise Lines
Balmoral, Fred Olsen Lines
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Balmoral | Fred Olsen Cruise Lines
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Balmoral is a cruise ship owned by Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, named after the Balmoral state in Scotland. She is the largest ship in the Fred Olsen fleet. The ship's public rooms have a Scottish theme. The main restaurant, the Ballindalloch is named after a Speyside village. The Avon and Spey restaurants are named after Scottish rivers.

Balmoral was built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, West Germany in 1988. The ship entered service as the Crown Odyssey and sailed for Royal Cruise Line. In 1996 she was sold to Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) where she was renamed Norwegian Crown. She was renamed back to Crown Odyssey in 2000 and put into service for Orient Lines who had been taken over by NCL that year. she returned to the main NCL fleet as Norwegian Crown in 2003. She was bought by Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines in 2006 and renamed Balmoral in 2007. In 2012, the ship was chartered by Miles Morgan Travel on a special cruise to retrace the journey of the Titanic from Southampton to her final resting place. This was to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.

Restaurants include the Ballindalloch Restaurant, the Spey restaurant, Palms cafe and the Avon restaurant. There are also several bars.

Facilities include shown lounge (Neptune Lounge), atrium with shopping boutiques, Braemar lounge, casino, library, Lido bar and lounge, fitness centre, swimming pool, Jacuzzis, sun deck, beauty salon.

The ship has 710 cabins and can carry 1350 passengers. Accommodation options include inside cabins, outside cabins, balcony cabins and suites.

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Ship Summary
Operator:Fred Olsen Cruise Lines
Built by:Meyer Werft shipyard, Papenburg, West Germany
Date Completed:1988
Gross Tonnage:43537
Length:218.1 m
Width:28.2 m