Although Balmoral entered service in 1988 as the Crown Odyssey for the defunct Royal Cruise Line, and then sailed for Norwegian Cruise Line as Norwegian Crown, Fred. Olsen transformed the ship after acquiring it in 2007. With the addition of a 99-foot midsection, a completely refurbished Balmoral was relaunched in 2008 as the largest ship in the Fred. Olsen fleet.
The large windows in the Observatory Lounge afford fantastic sea views, which are enhanced with binoculars strategically spaced around the lounge. A grand piano provides background music for dancing on the glass dance floor. The decor of a traditional-style English pub reflects the century and a half of Fred. Olsen history. Musicians or stand-up comedians occasionally perform there.
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