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Balmoral

Capacity
1325
Crew
510
Tonnage
43,537
Length
217.91 m
First voyage
07.06.1988
Decks
10

Balmoral is a cruise ship owned and operated by Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. She was built in 1988 by the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, West Germany, as Crown Odyssey for Royal Cruise Line. She has also sailed for the Norwegian Cruise Line as Norwegian Crown and Orient Lines as Crown Odyssey. In 2007–2008 she was lengthened by 30 m (98 ft) at the Blohm + Voss shipyard in Hamburg prior to entering service with her current operator.

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Balmoral

Cruiseline: 
Capacity (DO): 
1325
Crew: 
510
Tonnage: 
43,537
Length: 
217.91 m
Beam: 
28.21 m
First voyage: 
07.06.1988
Decks: 
10

Balmoral is a cruise ship owned and operated by Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. She was built in 1988 by the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, West Germany, as Crown Odyssey for Royal Cruise Line. She has also sailed for the Norwegian Cruise Line as Norwegian Crown and Orient Lines as Crown Odyssey. In 2007–2008 she was lengthened by 30 m (98 ft) at the Blohm + Voss shipyard in Hamburg prior to entering service with her current operator.

History

The vessel was built by Meyer Werft of Papenburg, Germany, in 1988, for service with Royal Cruise Line as the Crown Odyssey. In 1989, Royal Cruise Line was sold to Norwegian Cruise Line, which continued operation of the company, along with the Crown Odyssey, until 1996. A reorganization of all the fleets owned by Norwegian Cruise Line saw Crown Odyssey enter service with NCL's main fleet, where it was renamed Norwegian Crown.

Following the purchase of Orient Lines by NCL in April 2000, Norwegian Crown was transferred, regaining her original name, Crown Odyssey, in the process.

In September 2003, Crown Odyssey was refurbished and returned to the NCL fleet, again with the name Norwegian Crown.

On 25 May 2006, NCL Corporation announced that its parent company, Star Cruises, had agreed to sell Norwegian Crown to Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines effective August 2006. Star Cruises concurrently chartered the vessel back from Fred. Olsen and NCL continued her deployment through to November 2007. “Although a beautiful and well-maintained vessel, Norwegian Crown’s smaller size is less suitable for Star Cruises’ ambitions in Asia,” said Colin Veitch, president and CEO of NCL Corporation. “Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines specializes in operating smaller and mid-sized upscale vessels and this ship should fit perfectly in their fleet.” Her last NCL cruise was on 28 October 2007.

On 21 January 2009, during a cruise, the ship sailed into rough weather in the Bay of Biscay, smashing through 50 ft (15 m) waves and 60 mph (97 km/h) winds. Two passengers were sent to a hospital in A Coruña, Spain, with serious injuries.

Reconstruction

Fred. Olsen took delivery of the ship on 7 November 2007, renaming her after the Balmoral estate in 2008. The company initiated a major refit at the Blohm + Voss repair shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, before her inaugural cruise on 13 February 2008, to Florida—her base for Caribbean cruising. The work included the insertion of a 30 meter (99 ft) midsection, built in conjunction with Schichau Seebeckwerft in Bremerhaven, and floated into Hamburg at the end of October 2007.

The reconstruction added a further 186 passenger and 53 crew cabins as well as creating new and modified public areas.

Titanic commemoration

Balmoral was chartered by Miles Morgan Travel to follow the original route of the RMS Titanic, intending to stop over the point on the sea bed where Titanic rests on 15 April 2012, to honor the 100th anniversary of her sinking. She set sail from Southampton on Easter Sunday, 8 April 2012, passing Cherbourg and then on to Cobh, formerly Queenstown, in the Republic of Ireland, arriving on Easter Monday, 9 April 2012. Cobh was the last port of call for RMS Titanic before she set off across the Atlantic.

Balmoral reached the site of the wreck of Titanic in time for the 100th anniversary of the sinking at 11pm on 14 April 2012. A memorial service was held onboard which culminated in three floral wreaths being cast overboard. Balmoral remained at the location overnight and then departed early the following morning, with the intention of reaching the Titanic's intended destination of New York.

Public spaces

Balmoral has eleven decks nine of which are designated passenger decks, numbered 3 to 11.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
MV_Balmoral_(2008)

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Attractions on Balmoral


The Bookmark Cafe

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Balmoral's Chocolate and Coffee Caf? offers guests a selection of delicious speciality coffees and teas and luxury chocolates. Sip on Taylors of Harrogate intensely rich espresso and loose leaf tea...

Marquee Bar

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Located on Marquee Deck 11, Balmoral’s Marquee Bar features large windows and a spectacular glass roof providing panoramic views to take in over a glass of your favourite tipple or a quick bite to ...

Library

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All our cruise ships have a well-appointed library on board offering a wide range of titles, including some large print books.

Sun Deck

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Head to Sun Deck to enjoy the most spectacular ocean vistas and bathe in the unbroken sunshine, or hone your skills and perfect your technique in the golf nets. Drive, chip and putt to your hearts ...

Medical Center

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Rest assured that on each of our cruise ships, we have a doctor and/or nurse on call. Our Medical Centre offers primary care, whenever you might need it. We hope you won’t be in need of health care...

Morning Light Pub

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Decorated to resemble a British pub or inn, the Morning Light Pub has a welcoming atmosphere and charming traditional style. Open throughout the day and the evening, it’s the ideal place to relax a...

Golf Net

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You can practice your golf swing to your hearts' content using the nets on board all four of our cruise ships.

Arts & Crafts Room

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If you feel like getting creative during your cruise holiday, then head to Boudicca’s Craft Room. This room is specifically available for crafts themes and occasional classes that take place. Check...

Palms Cafe

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Slightly less formal than the Ballindalloch, Spey and Avon, the Palms Caf? offers a relaxed buffet style of service – perfect for guests who prefer not to dine at a set time, or those looking for a...

Laundry Room

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One of the treats of being on board your cruise ship is to leave behind the routine chores. And of course, there is a comprehensive on board laundry service which your stewardess will be pleased to...

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