Balmoral (formerly Norwegian Crown) is a well designed and built ship, originally constructed for the long defunct Royal Cruise Line. Norwegian Cruise Line then operated the ship for many years before it was transferred to Orient Lines in 2000 and then back to
Norwegian Cruise Line in in September 2003.
Balmoral is best suited for British couples and single travelers wanting destination-intensive cruising in a ship that has European quality, style and character, a sense of peace, comfortable surroundings, decent facilities, realistic pricing and gopod value for money, with British food and entertainment. A friendly and accommodating mostly Filipino crew should help to make a cruise aboard the ship pleasant, no-hassle experience.
Balmoral in Sta. Cruz, La Palma on December 30, 2010. Photo: Dex Sularte
|Cruise Line:||Fred Olsen Cruise Lines|
|Entered Service:||June 1988/ Jan. 2008|
|Original Cost:||$178 million|
|Former names:||Norwegian Crown, Crown Odyssey|
|Gross Tonnage||43,537 tons|
Balmoral in Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura on December 27, 2010. Photo: Dex Sularte
Balmoral in Funchal, Madeira on January 9, 2011. Photo: Dex Sularte
Extracted from the Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships 2010 http://www.berlitzpublishing.com/
This is a family-owned and family-run company which was founded in Hvitstein, a town on Oslofjord, Norway in 1848. Today, a fifth-generation Olsen, Fred Jr. runs the company from its headquarters in Suffolk, England. The group also has interests in the hotels, aviation, shipbuilding, ferries and offshore industries. The company specializes in cruises for adults who are usually retired and of senior years – typically over 65.