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Rosyth — Lerwick (Shetland Islands) — Cruising by Sumburgh Head, Shetlands — Kirkwall (Orkney Islands) — Cruising Pentland Firth — Portree — Cruising by The Small Isles,Scotland — Loch Hourn, Scotland — Cruising by Dutchman’s Cap — Fingals Cave — Cruise by Iona — Stornoway — Rosyth
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4 Jul '24
Rosyth

Rosyth is in good proximity to the heartlands of Scotland, and many historic attractions are within an hours drive of Rosyth. Also within easy reach of Rosyth is the city of Edinburgh. You can explore this historic city, experiencing the famous Military tattoo, the museum of Scotland, as well as Edinburgh castle itself.

2
5 Jul '24
Cruising
3
6 Jul '24
Lerwick (Shetland Islands)

Sturdy little Lerwick is the friendly capital of the 100 islands and islets of the Shetland Islands, northernmost outpost of the British Isles (located almost halfway between Scotland and Norway, to which they once belonged) – and setting of ancient archaeological sites, intriguing Viking echoes and, in more contemporary vein, the renowned Shetland knitwear!

4
6 Jul '24
Cruising by Sumburgh Head, Shetlands
5
7 Jul '24
Kirkwall (Orkney Islands)

Kirkwall, the capital of the Orkney Islands, resonates with ancient echoes of Christian, Nordic and Celtic history. It’s a town that feels more Scandinavian than Scottish; in fact, the name Kirkwall comes from the Norse for ‘Church Bay’, relating to the town’s 11th century Church of St Olaf of Norway.

Exploring the town’s atmospheric paved streets and twisting lanes, reveals a number of highlights, including the ruins of the Earl and Bishop’s Palaces, dating from the mid-12th century and serving as a reminder of the Orkney’s turbulent past. The palaces are considered by many to be the finest Renaissance buildings in Scotland. Also worth visiting is the recently restored St. Magnus Cathedral, founded in memory of Saint Magnus Erlendsson by Norseman Earl Rögnvald Kali.

Don’t miss Tankerness House, a beautifully preserved 16th century townhouse, and the Orkney Wireless Museum, with it’s fascinating insights into the history of radio, too.

6
7 Jul '24
Cruising Pentland Firth
7
8 Jul '24
Portree

Portree is the Isle of Skye’s largest and liveliest town. Set within a pretty natural harbour with brightly-coloured houses and surrounded by rocky cliffs and rolling hills, Portree is a truly beautiful place to explore.

Its name (from the Gaelic for King’s Harbour) commemorates James V, who arrived here in 1540 to pacify the local clans. The town is a popular tourist destination, thanks to its stunning coastline and interesting attractions that include the Aros Centre and the An Tuireann Arts Centre, which celebrate the island’s Gaelic heritage.

Portree also serves as a gateway to other attractions on the island, such as the intriguing rock formations at Trotternish Ridge, north of the town, the ruins of Tusdale, and the peninsula unflatteringly known as ‘The Lump’, which once provided a setting for public hangings.

8
9 Jul '24
Cruising by The Small Isles,Scotland
9
9 Jul '24
Loch Hourn, Scotland

Loch Hourn is a sea loch which separates the peninsulas of Glenelg to the north and Knoydart to the south, on the west coast of Scotland.

10
9 Jul '24
Cruising by Dutchman’s Cap
11
9 Jul '24
Fingals Cave
12
9 Jul '24
Cruise by Iona
13
10 Jul '24
Stornoway

Thanks to its sheltered location, Stornoway, on the island of Lewis and Harris, is the largest town of the Outer Hebrides islands of Scotland. The port offers a warm welcome to those visiting Lewis as part of their exploration of one of the UK’s remotest locations.

A stroll along the quay reveals local fishermen on traditional fleets landing the catch of the day, before shipping it to one the island’s amazing eateries. There is an unmistakeable odour of peat in the air as the smokehouses turn the seafood into island specialities.

Historic Lews Castle and the adjoining museum are key cultural centre for the islands’ heritage. An Lanntair Art Centre samples local arts and a good programme of art events, while a unique shopping experience awaits at the Harris Tweed Hebrides Outlet and Lewis Loom Centre, where traditional weaving methods can be discovered. Alternatively, a wander through the surrounding woods and a visit to the Woodland Centre can while away a pleasant hour or two.

14
11 Jul '24
Cruising
15
12 Jul '24
Rosyth

Rosyth is in good proximity to the heartlands of Scotland, and many historic attractions are within an hours drive of Rosyth. Also within easy reach of Rosyth is the city of Edinburgh. You can explore this historic city, experiencing the famous Military tattoo, the museum of Scotland, as well as Edinburgh castle itself.

Launched

2008

Tonnage

43,537

Length

715

Crew

510

Capacity

1,325

Balmoral is named after the Scottish residence of the British Royal Family, and the Scottish theme runs throughout the main dining venues – the Ballindalloch, Avon and Spey – where guests can enjoy tantalising menus prepared by our expert chefs.

Featuring 710 well-appointed rooms and suites and a selection of comfortable lounges, bars and inviting public areas, Balmoral provides guests with ample space in which to relax and share a memorable cruise experience with hundreds, not thousands, of fellow travellers. And, as our guests have come to expect, there is always an array of superb entertainment on offer throughout the day, from lectures and hobby classes to live cabaret and comedians, ensuring you can make the most of your time on board.

Balmoral is small enough to navigate size-restricted waterways such as the Kiel Canal, providing fantastic scenic cruising opportunities, and retains the warm, intimate and friendly atmosphere that the Fred. Olsen fleet is renowned for.

Beauty Salon
Beauty Treatments for Men
Jacuzzi
Massage
Spa
Sun Deck
Swimming Pool

Fitness Center
Gym
Pilates
Yoga

Card Room
Deck Quoits
Golf Nets
Library
Shuffle Board

Art Gallery
Boutique
Future Cruise Sales
Hair Salon
Laundry Service
Medical Centre
Observation Lounge
Photo Gallery
Reception
Shops
Shore Excursion Office

Disco
Lido Lounge
Morning Light Pub
Neptune Lounge
Photo Gallery

Avon Restaurant
Ballindalloch Restaurant
Lido Bar
Lounge Bar
Marquee Bar
Palms Cafe
Palms Cafe
Spey Restaurant

Description

Balmoral is named after the Scottish residence of the British Royal Family, and the Scottish theme runs throughout the main dining venues – the Ballindalloch, Avon and Spey – where guests can enjoy tantalising menus prepared by our expert chefs.

Featuring 710 well-appointed rooms and suites and a selection of comfortable lounges, bars and inviting public areas, Balmoral provides guests with ample space in which to relax and share a memorable cruise experience with hundreds, not thousands, of fellow travellers. And, as our guests have come to expect, there is always an array of superb entertainment on offer throughout the day, from lectures and hobby classes to live cabaret and comedians, ensuring you can make the most of your time on board.

Balmoral is small enough to navigate size-restricted waterways such as the Kiel Canal, providing fantastic scenic cruising opportunities, and retains the warm, intimate and friendly atmosphere that the Fred. Olsen fleet is renowned for.

Relaxation

Beauty Salon
Beauty Treatments for Men
Jacuzzi
Massage
Spa
Sun Deck
Swimming Pool

Fitness

Fitness Center
Gym
Pilates
Yoga

Recreational

Card Room
Deck Quoits
Golf Nets
Library
Shuffle Board

Other

Art Gallery
Boutique
Future Cruise Sales
Hair Salon
Laundry Service
Medical Centre
Observation Lounge
Photo Gallery
Reception
Shops
Shore Excursion Office

Entertainment

Disco
Lido Lounge
Morning Light Pub
Neptune Lounge
Photo Gallery

Food and Drink

Avon Restaurant
Ballindalloch Restaurant
Lido Bar
Lounge Bar
Marquee Bar
Palms Cafe
Palms Cafe
Spey Restaurant

Included Services

  • Port Taxes & Fees
  • Family Friendly & Great for Couples
  • All Meals (Excluding Speciality Dining)

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