Fred Olson - Balmoral

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The ship was built by Meyer Werft of Papenburg, Germany in 1988, for service with Royal Cruise Line as the Crown Odyssey.

Fred Olsen took delivery of the ship on November 7, 2007 from her previous owner Norwegian cruise lines and she was re named Balmoral after the balmoral estate, The company initiated a major refit adding a further 186 passenger and 53 crew cabins, making the ship currently the company's largest. Some of her onboard features include a laundrette, medical centre, library and Internet room, card room, art gallery, fitness centre, boutique, photo gallery and shop, swimming pools and Jacuzzis, and on board entertainment. 

The balmoral is aimed at middle-aged to mature passengers and guests travelling alone,the ship does welcome families though there are no designated areas for children or teens,but during school holiday or when there are children on board members of the entertainment staff will organise activities to keep the children entertained.



Onboard Entertainment and Facilities


Pools tick-icon whirlpools tick-icon
Flowrider  Cross-icon  Rock wall  Cross-icon 
Restaurants & Bars  tick-icon  Shops  tick-icon 
Fast Food  tick-icon  Room Service  tick-icon 
Nightclub or Disco  tick-icon  Lounge  tick-icon 
Theater  tick-icon Cafe's  tick-icon
Casino  tick-icon  Piano Bar  tick-icon 
Pursers desk  tick-icon  Excursion desk  tick-icon 
Library  tick-icon  Photo shop  tick-icon 
Card room  tick-icon  Medical room  tick-icon 
Laundry room  tick-icon Sauna/steam room  tick-icon
Gym  tick-icon Childrens activity clubs  Cross-icon
Babysitting service  Cross-icon Video games room  Cross-icon
Sports facilities  tick-icon Outdoor movie theater  Cross-icon



Ship Specifications



  • Size: Small
  • Length: 615 feet
  • Beam: 92 feet
  • Speed:  20 Knots
  • Tonnage: 43,537
  • Decks: 10
  • Crew: 471
  • Passengers: 1,400
  • Maiden Voyage: 1988 (as crown odyssey)
  • Christened:  
  • Godmother:


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Nautical Terms

Afterdeck - Deck behind a Ship's Bridge

Bow - The Front of the Ship (pointy bit)

Beam - The Greatest Width of the Ship

Bridge - The Location From Which a Ship is Steered and its Speed Controlled

Cargo Hold - A Space for Storing Cargo

Capstan - Upright Device for Winding in Heavy Ropes or Cables

Davit - Device for Hoisting and Lowering a Boat

Flagstaff - Flag Pole at the Stern of a Ship

Forecastle - The Section of the Upper Deck of a Ship Located at the Bow Forward of the Foremast

Foremast -  Mast nearest to  the Bow of a Ship

Galley - The Kitchen area of a Ship

Helm - Ship's Steering Wheel

Hull - The Main Structure or Body of a Ship

Knot - A Measure of Speed Equal to One Nautical Mile (6076 feet) per Hour