Motor Vessel Balmoral

Updated 11 June 2013

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Motor Vessel Balmoral is operated by Waverley Excursions Limited in support of Paddle Steamer Waverley.

Balmoral at anchor in the Sound of Iona, 1 May 2000.

Image by Stuart Cameron

M.V. Balmoral is a classic passenger ship built in 1949 and sailed around the coasts of England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man every year. She is inspected annually by the British Martime and Coastguard Agency and is certificated for up to 800 passengers. She is equipped with heated lounges, dining saloon, licensed bars and has a large open deck.

For 2013 Balmoral is laid up in Bristol City Docks while a team of volunteers are keeping her fit for future use.   In June an appeal to return her to service was launched.  Click here for the appeal leaflet

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I am always pleased to publish accounts of travels on the Balmoral - a simple email is sufficient

Digital pictures also welcome (about 490 x 350 pixels)

 Appeal Leaflet June 2013

From the Purser's Office - July 2012

From the Purser's Office - June 2012

The 2011 Purser's Tale – Part 2

The 2011 Purser's Tale – Part 1

The 2010 Purser's Tale - Part 4

The 2010 Purser's Tale - Part 3

The 2010 Purser's Tale - Part 2

The 2010 Purser's Tale - Part 1

New Balmoral 60th Anniversary DVDs

Chris Phillips has produced another excellent new DVD “Balmoral's 60th Anniversary: a Celebration" to accompany last year’s production “Steaming Round Wight".    The new DVD features the veteran motorship on the occasion of her 60th Anniversary cruise Round the Isle of Wight on 27 June 2009.    Order from

So you wait years for a Balmoral DVD and two come along at once ... 

The Bristol Channel Branch of the PSPS reports “MV Balmoral closed her 60th anniversary season on a glorious day with a packed sailing from Clevedon to Penarth and Ilfracombe where civic dignitaries came on board for the ceremonial cutting of a birthday cake.”

Shipping journalist Nigel Heath and film camera man John Dakin were on board and interviews together with still pictures can now be viewed on Nigel’s web site which is called

You will also find stories on Clevedon Pier and personalities associated with the Bristol Channel, as well as features on a banana boat voyage and the magnificent Queen Mary 2.

AND a Balmoral DVD filmed by Nigel and John during the recent sailing and priced at £9.95 will be available in time for Christmas.   To reserve your copy simply email Nigel at


A Purser's Tale - Part 4

A Purser's Tale - Part 3

A Purser's Tale - Part 2

A Purser's Tale - Part 1

Two Ships Day 2009

Final Sailings of 2008

September's Indian Summer

Stormy Channel Season

Mid Term Report

Balmoral's Manx Visit

Balmoral's Start of Season

Manx Weekend

HTV Charter

The QE2 from Balmoral

Millport Illuminations

Balmoral from the QE2

 North East Visit

 Day Trip to Rye

 Visit to the Republic of Ireland

Balmoral Draw Prize Winners 2006

Bournemouth to Yarmouth

Sailing down the Avon

Winter Work 2005-06

Setting sail for the start of the Season

Winter Work 2004/05

In Dry Dock - 2

In Dry Dock - 1

Balmoral on the Thames

Into Service 2004

New pictures in Gallery

Regeneration Year 2 - 3 May 2004

Regeneration Year 2 - 28 April 2004

Regeneration Year 2 - 16 April 2004

Regeneration Year 2 - 14 April 2004

Regeneration Year 2 - 3 April 2004

Regeneration Year 2 - 20 & 24 March 2004

Regeneration Year 2 - 16 March 2004

Regeneration Year 2 - 5 March 2004

Regeneration Year 2 - 18 February 2004

Regeneration Year 2 - 7 February 2004

Regeneration Year 2 - 31 January 2004

Balmoral Sails to Sharpness 9 January 2004

Winter Work Parties

Leaving Ilfracombe

 Off Swansea

 In the Avon Gorge

 Cruise from Clacton

 Passing Broadstairs

 At Whitehaven

 Northern Ireland Report

 At Bangor, Co Down

Sailing Reports 28 & 29 June 2003

Balmoral Gallery Five new shots

Voyage Report 29 June 2002

From Southwold to the Capital

Balmoral re-opens Southwold Pier

Mostyn Duck Broken!

Balmoral in Dry Dock


Balmoral Blurb

Articles about the ship and her sailings

Balmoral Regeneration Project

 Progress Reports

Articles about the 2002 Season

Balmoral in Dry Dock

Sailings in 2001

Balmoral becomes a MacBrayne 'Steamer'

A Bonny Day at Carrick Castle

Millport Illuminations 2001

Red Funnel Friday

Forth Five Islands Cruise

Cruise to Newcastle

Bal and Ben, 19 May 2001

Sailings in 2000

Down the Thames from Tower Pier, 9 July 2000

Cruise to view P&O's Aurora 18 June 2000

Fort William, the Four Lochs and Corryvreckan

Columba’s Sacred Isle

Through the Small Isles to Canna

Round the Mull to the Hebrides

Through the Kyles to Tighnabruaich

First Glasgow Sailing of 21st Century

Tall Ships Cruise 16 April 2000

Balmoral returns to Service 11 April 2000

Refit Pictures

Pictures of Balmoral in Dry Dock at Sharpness

Sailings in 1999

Eclipse Report - Cruise to Totality (Non-landing) - 11 August 1999

Report on Balmoral's First Cruises of the 1999 Season

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