Like other Fred. Olsen ships, the 1,325-guest Balmoral is thoroughly British in character: It is named after the Scottish residence of the royal family, the onboard currency is the British pound, and the majority of passengers are Brits age 50 and up. Since the debut of Borealis and Bolette (two former Holland America ships purchased by Fred. Olsen in 2020), Balmoral is now the smallest ship in the Fred. Olsen fleet. Lengthened nearly 100 feet during its 2007 refit and extensively refurbished in 2017, the ship is solidly midsize and retains a cozy, intimate setting.