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Overview...........................................................Page One

Pools, Spa, and Outdoor Facilities....................
Page Two

Shops and Other Public Areas...........................Page Three

Bars, Lounges, Nighttime Entertainment.............Page Four

Dining.................................................................Page Five

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BALMORAL
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OVERVIEW

     Balmoral has had a somewhat involved history.  She began
life as the Crown Odyssey of Royal Cruise Line, entering service
in 1988.  Eight years later, in 1996, Royal was absorbed into
Norwegian Cruise Line and the ship was renamed Norwegian
Crown.  During the period 2000 to 2003, she was transferred to
Orient Lines and reverted to her original name.  However, she
was then returned to NCL and resumed sailing as Norwegian
Crown, which she did until she was sold to Fred.Olsen Cruise
Lines in late 2007.

       Upon taking delivery of the ship, Fred.Olsen sent her to the
Vlom & Voss shipyard in Germany to be cut in half and have a 30
meter section inserted.  This increased her passenger capacity by
approximately 350 and created additional public space.  When she
re-entered service n 2008, she became the largest ship in the Fred.
Olsen fleet.

       This does not mean that Balmoral is a large ship.  The line
specializes in small ships and prides itself on offering the intimate
atmosphere associated with the experience of sailing on a small
ship.

       The Fred.Olsen Line can trace its lineage back to 1886.  
Shortly after the turn of the 20h Century it began offering
passenger voyages between Britain and Norway and by 1966, the
line was offering modern cruises as well  It remains a family-
owned business and its ships, including Balmoral, which is named
after the royal family’s country estate in Scotland, cater primarily
to the British cruising market.

       Balmoral retains much of the feel of a 1980s/90s ship.  The
décor reflects that period and the focus of the experience is
relaxation at sea in comfortable surroundings rather than on the
array of amenities that a ship can offer.

       Based in Dover, England, Balmoral offers  cruises to
Northern Europe, the Mediterranean,  Iberia, the Canary Islands,
and around the British Isles.  She also does a world cruise.        
The centerpiece of the ship is a two-deck
lobby, dominated by a glass and metal
staircase and a sculpture by the artist
Pomodoro on the lower level
.  That level
has a late 20th Century look with
extensive use of mirrors and metal (see
below)
Maritime models of a
sailing ship and of
Balmoral.
Above left:  The Shore Tours Office is
located on the lower level of the lobby.
Above:  The Reception Desk is located
nearby.

Left:
The Future Cruise Desk is on
the upper level of the lobby

The upper of level of the lobby
continues in the same style (above)
.

Similarly, some of the stairways
retain the original look of the ship
(below).
Balmoral has an extensive collection of contemporary paintings.
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