Black Watch joined the Fred Olsen Cruises fleet in 1996 and as with her sister ship Boudicca, has a high guest to space ratio with a wide choice of larger than usual cabins and suites, many of which are outside. Refitted in 2005, Black Watch is ideally suited for longer voyages and offers a seamless blend of traditional sophistication and modern on-board amenities.
Aboard this incredible ship you can of course expect a homely Scottish ambience, a friendly crew welcome and plenty of like-minded travellers to make friends with along the way. With bars, lounges, restaurants, entertainment venues, a spa and salon, comfy cabins and plenty of leisurely activities, isn’t it about time you booked your spot on the Black Watch?
Facts & Figures
This small and intimate ship only has a guest capacity of 804, she has a length of 675ft and a gross tonnage of 28,613. Her maiden voyage was the 26th June 1972 and she cruises to a speed of 22knots/25mph.
The main dining area is "Glentanar Restaurant" where you can choose from a selection of the finest gourmet foods. "The Orchid Room" is an oriental themed restaurant, with a buffet style eatery, "Braemar Garden Café" is open for lunchtime snacks and "Marquee Pool Bar" serves fast food such as, chips, burgers and salad. There are plenty of bars and lounges available aboard Black Watch with a friendly and peaceful atmosphere. You can choose from "Braemar Lounge", "Lido Lounge", "Neptune Lounge’, Pipers Bar" or "The Observatory".
Black Watch has lots of leisure activities to keep you busy all day long. You can play a spot of golf, jog around the promenade, take advantage of the fitness centre with classes such as; Yoga and Pilates, send your family and friends an e-postcard in the Internet Café, take a dip in the Swimming Pool or soak up the sun on the loungers, shop till you drop with jewellery, clothes and perfume on offer, give yourself some quiet time to read a book in the Library or observe the spectacular art in the Art Gallery.
There are plenty of bars and lounges aboard this ship with a variety of shows and entertainment acts. "Neptune Lounge" features live shows and cabaret acts, "Braemar Lounge" boasts an elegant atmosphere where you can pre-order your dinner and relax amongst friends. "Observatory Lounge" is where you can have a pre-dinner drinks and awe at the extraordinary ocean views, "Lido Lounge" offers cocktails and dancing to the on-board band, or if you fancy your hand with lady luck, then try the "Casino" for Blackjack, Roulette and Poker. She also has an on-board cinema called "Marina Theatre" with daily showings of everyone’s favourite films.
What better way than to spend your day pampering yourself to a selection of treatments in the spa? You can choose from a selection of treatments including; massage, facials, body wraps, all within comfortable surroundings. There is also a hair-dresser on-board for you to get a new style or even just a trim, but it is best to book early as it is a really popular facility.
Children are welcome on-board Black Watch and she does offer children’s activities during the summer, but Black Watch is for the more mature traveller so it would be unusual for children to be on-board.
Medical & Accessibility
There is a medical centre on-board fully stocked with everything that you may need in case of an emergency and there is always a doctor and nurse on call 24 hours. The ship also has a number of staterooms designed to accommodate for wheelchair users.