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Black Watch

Offering traditional cruising for the British market, Black Watch is a comfortable ship decorated in a modern style. Refurbished in late 2016, every cabin, suite and public area has been refreshed along with the addition of a new a la carte dining venue to complement the existing choices. Black Watch is best suited to the more mature traveller, with facilities to suit.

These include the two swimming pools and the Atlantis Spa and Salon, offering a number of beauty treatments and massages. Traditional cruise games such as quoits and shuffleboard are available, while in the evening there’s late night entertainment and a number of bars and lounges where you can enjoy a more relaxing drink.

  • Launched: 01 Jan 2009
  • 674 feet
  • 804 passengers

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Friends dining on Fred. Olsen Black Watch

Dining

From watching the sunrise over a hearty breakfast to winding down in the evening with an expertly prepared five-course meal, some of the most memorable experiences on any Black Watch cruise are enjoyed in the stylish and intimate dining venues on-board the ship. The main dining venues are Glentanar Restaurant, and the oriental-themed Orchid Room. For more casual dining, visit The Brigadoon for a delicious self-service buffet or The Poolside for fast food. For an extra special experience, book a table at The Black Watch Room to enjoy an a la carte evening meal prepared by expert chefs or The Poolside for a themed al fresco dinner. Room service and afternoon tea is also available. There are also plenty of bars and lounges available on-board Black Watch with a friendly and peaceful atmosphere. Choose from the Lido Lounge, Neptune Lounge, Observatory, Morning Light Pub, The Bookmark Café or the Marquee Bar.

Well lit stateroom on Black Watch

Accommodation

Accommodation options on board Black Watch include interior cabins, cabins with portholes, cabins with picture windows or balconies and suites. For solo travellers, single cabins are available in all grades. Even the lowest-priced rooms feature climate control, and interactive smart TV, a fridge, hairdryer, desk, phone and tea and coffee making facilities.

Man using gym facilities

Activities

Black Watch has lots of leisure activities to keep you busy all day long. Examples of the daily activities you’ll find include carpet bowls, table tennis, craft classes, deck quoits, bingo and dance classes. Take a dip in one of the two swimming pools or three Jacuzzis or soak up the sun on the loungers. Shop until you drop with jewellery, clothes and perfume on offer or, give yourself some quiet time to read a book in the library. You’ll also find fascinating lectures from a selection of guest speakers.

What better way than to spend a relaxing day than pampering yourself with a selection of treatments in the spa? You can choose from massage, facials or body wraps, all within comfortable surroundings. You’ll also find a fully-equipped fitness centre, table tennis and a teak-lined promenade which is perfect for a brisk stroll in the sunshine.

On peak holiday cruises, the Little Skipper´s Club provides a variety of entertainment and activities for children aged between 5 and 12 years old. These activities include arts and crafts, discos, treasure hunts and much more, and are run by Fred. Olsen’s friendly team of hosts and hostesses.

Black Watch Entertainments

Entertainment

With a range of activities, shows and performances to enjoy by day and by night, you´re sure to be entertained throughout your time on-board Black Watch. 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. 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.

    • Atlantis spa and salon
    • Cabaret entertainment
    • Fully-equipped fitness centre
    • Yoga and pilates classes
    • Two swimming pools
    • Movie theatre
    • Chic on-board boutique
    • Formal and informal dining choices
    • Observatory lounge with ocean views
    • On-board casino

deck plans Black Watch Deck Plans

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Black Watch Cabins

Inside Single

Inside Single

This cabin grade is approximately 140 square feet in size. This cabin grade has a bathroom with shower, hairdryer and television

Single Inside Cabin

Single Inside Cabin

This cabin grade is approximately 140 square feet in size. This cabin grade has a bathroom with shower, hairdryer and television

Inside Twin Cabin

Inside Twin Cabin

Inside Twin Cabin

Latesaver Lower Inside Cabin

Latesaver Lower Inside Cabin

Latesaver Lower Inside Cabin

Inside Cabin

Inside Cabin

This cabin grade is approximately 140 square feet in size. This cabin grade has a bathroom with shower, hairdryer and television

Superior Outside

Superior Outside

Picture window, bathroom with bathtub and shower, hairdryer, television.

Latesaver Single Outside

Latesaver Single Outside

Latesaver Single Outside

Outside Cabin

Outside Cabin

This cabin grade is approximately 160 square feet in size. This cabin is equipped with portholes, bathroom with bathtub and shower (or shower only) hairdryer and television.

Latesaver Outside Upper

Latesaver Outside Upper

Latesaver Outside Upper

Latesaver Outside Lower Cabin

Latesaver Outside Lower Cabin

Latesaver Outside Lower Cabin

Single Outside Cabin

Single Outside Cabin

Porthole, bathroom with shower, hairdryer, television

O/S Higher Grade

O/S Higher Grade

This cabin grade is approximately 160 square feet in size. This cabin is equipped with portholes, bathroom with bathtub and shower (or shower only) hairdryer and television.

O/S Lower Grade

O/S Lower Grade

This cabin grade is approximately 160 square feet in size. This cabin is equipped with portholes, bathroom with bathtub and shower (or shower only) hairdryer and television.

Superior Outside Cabin

Superior Outside Cabin

Picture window, bathroom with bathtub and shower (or shower only), hairdryer, television.

Latesaver Balcony Cabin

Latesaver Balcony Cabin

Latesaver Balcony Cabin

Superior Single Balcony Cabin

Superior Single Balcony Cabin

This cabin has a balcony, bathroom with shower, hairdryer, lockable drawer and television.

Balcony Cabin

Balcony Cabin

This cabin is approximately 160 square feet in size and can be found on Bridge Deck. These cabins have a balcony and bathroom with shower. Facilities include air conditioning, telephone, safe and a hairdryer. All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts) Smoking is permitted on cabin balconies. Cabins 8029, 8019, 8020, 8028, 8035, 8037 have fully restricted Views.

Terrace Balcony

This balcony cabin is approximately 200 square feet in size and can be found on Lido Deck. These balcony cabins have a terrace balcony and a bathroom with bathtub and shower. Facilities include air conditioning, telephone, lockable drawer and hairdryer. All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).

Terrace Balcony Single

This cabin is approximately 150 square feet in size and can be found on Lido Deck. These cabins have a terrace balcony, and a bathroom with bathtub and/ or shower. Facilities include air conditioning, telephone, lockable drawer and a hairdryer. . All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).

Superior Suite (Outside)

Superior Suite (Outside)

This suite is approximately 300 square feet in size. This luxurious suite enjoys a separate sitting area and veranda. The bathroom has a bathtub and shower and facilities include a hairdryer, television, DVD and CD player and refrigerator.

Premier Suite

Premier Suite

These suites have a bedroom and sitting room, floor to ceiling windows and a balcony, bathroom with bathtub and shower. Other facilities include a television, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and refrigerator.

Owner's Suite

Owner's Suite

Owner's Suite

Marquee Suite

Marquee Suite

These suites have a bedroom and sitting room, floor to ceiling windows, a balcony and en-suite bathroom with bathtub and shower. Facilities include a television, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and refrigerator.

Latesaver Superior Suite

Latesaver Superior Suite

Latesaver Superior Suite

Latesaver Premier Suite

Latesaver Premier Suite

Latesaver Premier Suite

Latesaver Marquee Suite

Latesaver Marquee Suite

Latesaver Marquee Suite

Latesaver Junior Suite

Latesaver Junior Suite

Latesaver Junior Suite

Latesaver Deluxe Suite

Latesaver Deluxe Suite

Latesaver Deluxe Suite

Latesaver Balcony Suite

Latesaver Balcony Suite

Latesaver Balcony Suite

Junior Suite (Outside)

Junior Suite (Outside)

Sitting area, picture window, bathroom with bathtub and shower, hairdryer, television, fridge

Single Balcony Suite

Single Balcony Suite

This cabin has a balcony and an en-suite bathroom with bathtub. Other facilities include a fridge, mini bar and safe.

Balcony Suite

Balcony Suite

Bedroom & sitting area, picture windows and balcony, bathroom with bathtub and shower (or shower only). hairdryer, television, refrigerator.

Superior Junior Suite

Superior Junior Suite

Terrace Balcony Suite

This suite is approximately 260 square feet in size and can be found on Lido Deck. These suites have a bedroom and sitting area, a terrace balcony, and a bathroom with bathtub and shower. Facilities include air conditioning, telephone, lockable drawer, hairdryer and mini-bar. All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).

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Cabin Categories

  • SSSuperior Suite (Outside)
  • PSPremier Suite
  • OWOwner's Suite
  • MSMarquee Suite
  • LSSLatesaver Superior Suite
  • LPSLatesaver Premier Suite
  • LMSLatesaver Marquee Suite
  • LJSLatesaver Junior Suite
  • LDSLatesaver Deluxe Suite
  • LBSLatesaver Balcony Suite
  • JSJunior Suite (Outside)
  • JBSingle Balcony Suite
  • BSBalcony Suite
  • DSSuperior Junior Suite
  • TSTerrace Balcony Suite
Atlantic Deck
Bridge Deck
Lido Deck
Lounge Deck
Main Deck
Marina Deck
Marquee Deck
Sun Deck

Black Watch Cabins

Inside Single

Inside Single

This cabin grade is approximately 140 square feet in size. This cabin grade has a bathroom with shower, hairdryer and television

Single Inside Cabin

Single Inside Cabin

This cabin grade is approximately 140 square feet in size. This cabin grade has a bathroom with shower, hairdryer and television

Inside Twin Cabin

Inside Twin Cabin

Inside Twin Cabin

Latesaver Lower Inside Cabin

Latesaver Lower Inside Cabin

Latesaver Lower Inside Cabin

Inside Cabin

Inside Cabin

This cabin grade is approximately 140 square feet in size. This cabin grade has a bathroom with shower, hairdryer and television

Superior Outside

Superior Outside

Picture window, bathroom with bathtub and shower, hairdryer, television.

Latesaver Single Outside

Latesaver Single Outside

Latesaver Single Outside

Outside Cabin

Outside Cabin

This cabin grade is approximately 160 square feet in size. This cabin is equipped with portholes, bathroom with bathtub and shower (or shower only) hairdryer and television.

Latesaver Outside Upper

Latesaver Outside Upper

Latesaver Outside Upper

Latesaver Outside Lower Cabin

Latesaver Outside Lower Cabin

Latesaver Outside Lower Cabin

Single Outside Cabin

Single Outside Cabin

Porthole, bathroom with shower, hairdryer, television

O/S Higher Grade

O/S Higher Grade

This cabin grade is approximately 160 square feet in size. This cabin is equipped with portholes, bathroom with bathtub and shower (or shower only) hairdryer and television.

O/S Lower Grade

O/S Lower Grade

This cabin grade is approximately 160 square feet in size. This cabin is equipped with portholes, bathroom with bathtub and shower (or shower only) hairdryer and television.

Superior Outside Cabin

Superior Outside Cabin

Picture window, bathroom with bathtub and shower (or shower only), hairdryer, television.

Latesaver Balcony Cabin

Latesaver Balcony Cabin

Latesaver Balcony Cabin

Superior Single Balcony Cabin

Superior Single Balcony Cabin

This cabin has a balcony, bathroom with shower, hairdryer, lockable drawer and television.

Balcony Cabin

Balcony Cabin

This cabin is approximately 160 square feet in size and can be found on Bridge Deck. These cabins have a balcony and bathroom with shower. Facilities include air conditioning, telephone, safe and a hairdryer. All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts) Smoking is permitted on cabin balconies. Cabins 8029, 8019, 8020, 8028, 8035, 8037 have fully restricted Views.

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Terrace Balcony

This balcony cabin is approximately 200 square feet in size and can be found on Lido Deck. These balcony cabins have a terrace balcony and a bathroom with bathtub and shower. Facilities include air conditioning, telephone, lockable drawer and hairdryer. All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).

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Terrace Balcony Single

This cabin is approximately 150 square feet in size and can be found on Lido Deck. These cabins have a terrace balcony, and a bathroom with bathtub and/ or shower. Facilities include air conditioning, telephone, lockable drawer and a hairdryer. . All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).

Superior Suite (Outside)

Superior Suite (Outside)

This suite is approximately 300 square feet in size. This luxurious suite enjoys a separate sitting area and veranda. The bathroom has a bathtub and shower and facilities include a hairdryer, television, DVD and CD player and refrigerator.

Premier Suite

Premier Suite

These suites have a bedroom and sitting room, floor to ceiling windows and a balcony, bathroom with bathtub and shower. Other facilities include a television, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and refrigerator.

Owner's Suite

Owner's Suite

Owner's Suite

Marquee Suite

Marquee Suite

These suites have a bedroom and sitting room, floor to ceiling windows, a balcony and en-suite bathroom with bathtub and shower. Facilities include a television, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and refrigerator.

Latesaver Superior Suite

Latesaver Superior Suite

Latesaver Superior Suite

Latesaver Premier Suite

Latesaver Premier Suite

Latesaver Premier Suite

Latesaver Marquee Suite

Latesaver Marquee Suite

Latesaver Marquee Suite

Latesaver Junior Suite

Latesaver Junior Suite

Latesaver Junior Suite

Latesaver Deluxe Suite

Latesaver Deluxe Suite

Latesaver Deluxe Suite

Latesaver Balcony Suite

Latesaver Balcony Suite

Latesaver Balcony Suite

Junior Suite (Outside)

Junior Suite (Outside)

Sitting area, picture window, bathroom with bathtub and shower, hairdryer, television, fridge

Single Balcony Suite

Single Balcony Suite

This cabin has a balcony and an en-suite bathroom with bathtub. Other facilities include a fridge, mini bar and safe.

Balcony Suite

Balcony Suite

Bedroom & sitting area, picture windows and balcony, bathroom with bathtub and shower (or shower only). hairdryer, television, refrigerator.

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Superior Junior Suite

Superior Junior Suite

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Terrace Balcony Suite

This suite is approximately 260 square feet in size and can be found on Lido Deck. These suites have a bedroom and sitting area, a terrace balcony, and a bathroom with bathtub and shower. Facilities include air conditioning, telephone, lockable drawer, hairdryer and mini-bar. All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).

Select Deck

Cabin Categories

  • SSSuperior Suite (Outside)
  • PSPremier Suite
  • OWOwner's Suite
  • MSMarquee Suite
  • LSSLatesaver Superior Suite
  • LPSLatesaver Premier Suite
  • LMSLatesaver Marquee Suite
  • LJSLatesaver Junior Suite
  • LDSLatesaver Deluxe Suite
  • LBSLatesaver Balcony Suite
  • JSJunior Suite (Outside)
  • JBSingle Balcony Suite
  • BSBalcony Suite
  • DSSuperior Junior Suite
  • TSTerrace Balcony Suite
Atlantic Deck
Bridge Deck
Lido Deck
Lounge Deck
Main Deck
Marina Deck
Marquee Deck
Sun Deck

itineraries-iconBlack Watch Itineraries

Departure Date Itinerary Embarkation port Nights Prices from
07 July 2019 Norwegian Fjords
Liverpool 8
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15 July 2019 Baltic
Liverpool 15
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30 July 2019 Greenland Fjords
Liverpool 14
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13 August 2019 Scotland With Edinburgh Tattoo
Liverpool 8
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21 August 2019 Scottish Lochs & Isles
Liverpool 5
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26 August 2019 Norwegian Fjords
Liverpool 8
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03 September 2019 Irish Cities & Scenery
Liverpool 7
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10 September 2019 French River Cruising
Liverpool 10
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20 September 2019 Norway's Northern Islands
Liverpool 13
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03 October 2019 Portugal
Liverpool 9
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12 October 2019 Western Med with French Riviera
Liverpool 16
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28 October 2019 Canary Islands
Liverpool 14
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11 November 2019 Roundtrip Liverpool
Liverpool 15
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26 November 2019 Spain, Portugal & Casablanca
Liverpool 11
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22 December 2019 Canary Christmas & New Year(Overnights)
Southampton 15
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06 January 2020 Madeira, Portugal & Spain
Southampton 11
£1099pp view
17 January 2020 Canary Islands
Southampton 14
£1499pp view
31 January 2020 Northern Norway With Sami National Day
Southampton 14
£1689pp view
14 February 2020 Citi Break
Southampton 5
£499pp view
19 February 2020 Authentic Andalusia
Southampton 13
£1399pp view
03 March 2020 Fred. Olsen In The Canary Islands
Southampton 14
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14 March 2020 Cape Verde
Southampton 18
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24 March 2020 Reposition
Southampton 2
£199pp view
26 March 2020 Four Fred.s in Funchal with the Azores
Liverpool 14
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09 April 2020 Mystery
Liverpool 9
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18 April 2020 Closer Spain & Cruising the Seine
Liverpool 10
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28 April 2020 Canaries & Portugal with Funchal Flower Parade
Liverpool 14
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12 May 2020 Norwegian Fjords with National Day in Oslo
Liverpool 11
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23 May 2020 Scotland with the Isles of Orkney and Mull
Liverpool 5
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28 May 2020 Closer Spain & Cruising the Seine
Liverpool 10
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07 June 2020 Authentic Flavours of Portugal
Liverpool 10
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17 June 2020 Scenic Fjords of Norway
Liverpool 8
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25 June 2020 A Voyage to Remote Spitsbergen
Liverpool 16
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11 July 2020 Exploring the Lochs of Scotland
Liverpool 7
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18 July 2020 Cruising the Fjords of Norway
Liverpool 9
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27 July 2020 Whales, Wonders & Waterfalls
Liverpool 9
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05 August 2020 Scottish Isles & the Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Liverpool 8
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13 August 2020 The Fjords of Greenland
Liverpool 14
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27 August 2020 Scotland with the Isles of Orkney and Mull
Liverpool 5
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01 September 2020 Uncovering the Natural Wonders of Iceland
Liverpool 11
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12 September 2020 Azorean Islands & Portuguese Cities
Liverpool 13
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25 September 2020 Norway's Northern Archipelagos with Lofoten
Liverpool 12
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07 October 2020 Authentic Portugal
Liverpool 9
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16 October 2020 Cultural Cities with the River Seine
Liverpool 9
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25 October 2020 Cultural Highlights of Southern Spain
Liverpool 12
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06 November 2020 Caribbean
Liverpool 32
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08 December 2020 Canaries & Portugal with Madeira Meteor Shower
Liverpool 14
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22 December 2020 Canaries Christmas & Funchal Fireworks
Liverpool 15
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06 January 2021 Liverpool to Southampton
Liverpool 2
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05 March 2021 Exploring Australia, Asia & the Med
Sydney, Australia 53
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05 March 2021 Exploring Australia & the Far East
Sydney, Australia 24
£4219pp view
29 March 2021 Historic Sites of India, Jordan & Israel
Colombo, Sri Lanka 29
£3839pp view
04 May 2021 Islands of the Mediterranean
Liverpool 18
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22 May 2021 Sailing Around Iconic Ireland
Liverpool 7
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Black Watch Reviews

Jason Sharpe

star rating

As well established members of the oceans club both my wife and I consider ourselves to be somewhat of Fred Olsen connoisseur and expect only the best. Yet again Fred Olsen delivers just that. Our 5th time on the Black Watch since 1993 and still as fantastic as the first day we sailed on her. Many of the staff are still there form last year and as expected they still remember me by name! We have already booked our next trip to the Baltic on the Black Watch. They say “variety is the spice of life” well at our age we would much rather settle for guaranteed quality.

Melinda Kelly

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I have come back from a mini cruise on Fred Olsens black watch. Having not cruised before I didnt know what to expect.

When we arrived at the port we saw the ship docked ready. From the outside the ship isnt like its competitors such as royal Caribbean or P&O. Fred Olsen has kept the traditional style of cruise ship with its elegant features. When we arrived on-board the staffs was all waiting on hand to make sure our embarkation went as smoothly as possible.

I have to say it was fantastic, the staff were friendly making sure we knew where to go and helped us to out cabin. When we arrived in our cabin our luggage was ready waiting for us complete with welcome packs. We were in our cabin for about 10 minutes when the maitred came to introduce herself and told us that she will be looking after us and if we needed anything shed be happy to help.

We had an hour or so before we set sail. We had a walk around the ship and headed to the lido bar on deck 7. When we arrived the staffs were warm and welcoming to us ensuring we had a drink in our hand to relax. Everyone had the same idea by going outside for when we set sail. Even though there were a lot of people on-board we didnt feel over crowded. There was plenty of deck space and table to sit at. It was the perfect start to our cruise.

The restaurants on-board were fantastic. Very spacious and open. The waiters are always making sure that your are comfortable and nothing is too much for them. The food is fantastic, one of the best meals I have had.

After your evening meal you can relax with a show or just have a drink in one of the bars. We choose to go and have drinks in the Lido Bar.

At night they have a singer in the bar while you relax and enjoy your drinks. They have a large open seating area outside on deck where you can sit out and watch the sea go by.

I recommend going up to the observatory lounge on the top deck. This has great views at night. It is all glass round the bar where you can sit with your drink in had and enjoy the amazing views.

The black watch is the smallest of Fred Olsens fleet but it a stunning ship. The décor is light and warming making you feel at home instantly. The staff are all welcoming and nothing is ever to much trouble. I really enjoyed my cruise on-board the black watch and would recommend this to anyone of any age. Ill will be booking my next cruise with them soon.

Fred. Olsen crew were marvelous to those passengers who needed assistance on the excursions especially when the trips needed tenders to get off and on the Balmoral. No wonder many of the passengers are repeat cruisers.

David Gerard

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Oldest Ship, Black Watch , was voted in 2012 by Cruise Critic Readers as the Ship with the Best Entertainment!

She is a vessel that will take you back to an almost Lost era of when Cruising was more of a adventure. Voyages to the far off the beaten track ports of call. She is able to offer this due to her Size. At just around the 800 passenger mark, She is smaller than most Cruise Ships of today and so able to take you to the smaller Ports or even Berth right in town!

A 4 star vessel with a 5 star heart. The Service and food on board is exceptional. Nothing is too much trouble for the attentive crew and the fact that the majority of your fellow passengers are British means that the food will appeal to your palette.

Spacious Cabins, although very few balconies (They werent all the rage when Black Watch was built in the 1970s), She will offer you comfortable accommodation and plenty of Wardrobe space to hang your clothes. Perfect also if you are on one of her many longer voyages.

Named after the Scottish Regiment “Black Watch”, She embraces the traditions of British Cruising. A good cup of British Tea is never far away and the on board currency is the British Pound.

Prices on board are very reasonable with no hidden surcharges such as 15% “Gratuity” on bar prices like so many of the American Ships.

Janine Lasky

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Just come back from the Fred Olsen Black Watch – lovely little ship, perfect for me and my husband not too big and you won’t get lost, we like things simple and not too fussy which is what this one was. Staff were lovely made us feel like family, my husband spent most of the time in the library whilst I met some new friends on there and had regular coffee mornings with my new acquaintances. Felt home from home and everything was so easy, if your looking for a cruise where there’s hardly/no kids try this one, we have previously been with P&O but we like Fred Olsen as the ships smaller and a lot more friendly oh and not as many kids!

Roberta Down

star rating

We really like dancing and we get chance to do this on here as they have proper ballroom classes and dances onboard. We go with our friends every year if possible. Crew, food and cabins are excellent. Wouldn’t try any other cruise line!

Denise Poole

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It was our 1st cruise and what an experience!!! We checked in at Southampton which was quick and good. Our trip was to Norway as we wanted to do something different and we are so glad we did. Iceland was amazing, the views were great! Then onto Norway which was specular even saw killer whales on a trip. The Black watch staffs are 100 per cent very helpful and always dress to impress. We were a bit worried we wouldn’t like the entertainment but again we were completely wrong! The evening shows are fantastic, with ballroom dancing, shows and very interesting talks. The only thing that was not great was the weather which could have been kinder. But I just want to say a big THANK YOU to all the staff of black watch & of course Fred Olsen.

We have just booked our second one on the Black Watch for next year, counting down the days!

Claire Dunmore

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The Fred Olsen ship the Black Watch was superb. We met some fantastic people on board. The staff were polite, efficient and attentive. The food was fantastic and varied every night which was great! We wouldn’t hesitate to book another Fred Olsen cruise. Our concierge at cruise 118 was very knowledgeable about Fred Olsen ships and was able to find the perfect cabin for us. Very impressed with the holiday from start to finish.

Cheryl Hayes

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I have just returned from my cruise with Fred Olsen on board the Black Watch. As a single traveller I was nervous about being lonely on my cruise. However I was pleasantly surprised on the hospitality of the staff and the warmth of all the passengers on board. I enjoyed the Glentanar restaurant and can I honestly say I made some great friends on board. I am thinking of cruising in the future with a friend I met on board, which is great. The ship itself was beautiful too. Cannot fault this cruise at all.

Benjamin Moss

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I travelled on a cruise on the Black Watch with Fred Olsen recently that was so much more than I had expected. I went just before Christmas and the prices were fantastic, so we thought we’d give Fred Olsen a whirl! Well we are both in our 60’s and have always been on huge ships so this is the first time we had tried out such a small ship but we were very pleasantly surprised. We have been with 8 different cruise lines and I would put the food on Fred Olsen up there with the best. The staff couldn’t do enough for you and there was such a warm, friendly atmosphere. We made so many new friends who we now keep in touch with. One of the couples we have met have asked us to go with them this year so we have just booked with Fred Olsen again!

Samantha Horbury

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Although the oldest of the ships it still had a presence on board…..Very intimate and everyone on board was like family! Service very good – staff knew your name by face.

Primrose Roworth

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The Balmoral is fantastic, I’ve just got back off a little Amsterdam trip on this one and it really is a charming little ship. The food was excellent in the Spey restaurant, I would not hesitate to book again!! If you can spare the money, the superior outsides are fantastic, we had great views, and our cabin was always flooded with light.

Lillian Housden

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Sailed on the Black Watch recently what a fantastic time we both had, the crew on board I have to say are so friendly and warm great to be on a smaller ship no worries of having to queue up for things and nice pleasant disembarkation also.

Loretta Shaw

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The Black Watch suited all of our needs perfectly, being a small ship meant it was very easy to navigate around, yet there was still plenty of choice with regards to dining and entertainment. All the staff made us feel welcome, and were on first name terms with us after the first day of the cruise!

Amanda Peretti

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We have cruised with Fred Olsen four times before and are yet to be disappointed. This was our second time on the Black Watch Ship and had a lovely time. We like how the staff on board always remember our names and always seem happy, even after working all day long, and this really adds to the relaxed atmosphere. We plan to go back on the Balmoral next spring and very much looking forward to it.

Mr Estair

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I recently sailed on the black watch with Fred Olsen, The service and the food is outstanding on-board. The staff cant do enough for you. They were helpful everytime. They even remember your name after the 1st day and made my cruise that extra bit personal.

Mr & Mrs Sanders

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We decided to take the plunge and go on a cruise with our friends who have been asking us for the past 2 years to go. We were a bit undecided as we’d tried it quite a few years back now as it was getting started. It was the perfect excuse for me to go out and spoil myself on some new dresses for the cruise and get a holiday wardrobe. The day of boarding was so smooth, we were so excited and the staff on board were excited for us! They just couldn’t do enough for us and were constantly full of enthusiasm and excitement which really made our cruise. The ship is a small ship which we couldn’t of been happier about, gives you chance to really get to know the staff and them you, our waiter was a lovely young lad and nothing was ever too much trouble. He knew our names instantly, always said hello Mr and Mrs Sanders if he passed us, and knew our dislikes and likes. As there were four of us I didn’t think we would meet that many people but everyone is so friendly on board and we got chatting to another few couples and had some great times and laughs with them. Our Cabin was lovely, well furnished and spotless. We had an outside cabin on Deck 4, was nice bit of sunlight in the morning as we got up and great wardrobe space. The Entertainment was top class, the comedians were hilarious and the singers were brilliant, normally you would pay a small fortune to get this standard of entertainment but it was all included in the cruise price. Overall everything was great, the ship was perfect size, staff made our holiday, cabin was fantastic, entertainment and food out of this world. Already booked to go on the Black Watch again next year, this time it was us that were pestering our friends to go!!

Sian Henderson

star rating

We decided that the cruise to the Fjords from Dover was one of those trips you just have to do . The Dover departure worried us as being up North it seemed such a long way however we need not have worried the coach pick up was so easy and worked out much better that driving down .When we boarded we were greeted like long lost friends although it quickly became clear there were lots of regular cruisers onboard. We found the drinks and excursions prices much more reasonable than some of the ships that depart Southampton . The food onboard was excellent and very varied we particularly liked the Scandinavian touches to the buffet lunch menus . Entertainment was of a high standard and there were even dance hosts for those of us ladies who have a partner who can no longer dance there were also dance professionals if you wanted to brush up your technique . We met some lovely people onboard including a GP and a vicar on his week off which led to some hilarious dinner time conversations I do hope we meet similar guests when we next sail.

Mr and Mrs Hughes

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Wow what a fantastic holiday we had with Fred Olsen on board the blackwatch, the standards of service was impeccable and would recommend this ship to anyone. We arrived at the dock and we were checked in by a lovely gentleman who knew everything we needed to know about the ship. The check in service went smoothly and quickly and we were soon sat in are beautiful spacious cabin. The food was amazing and the fact everything was in sterling made the whole experience easier

Max Neumayer

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I am a repeat guest of Fred Olsen for many years, I always feel welcomed back on board and the food is great. We have meet so many friends through the years and I feel now I couldn’t go on another cruise line. Its more ‘home from home’.

Jason Sharpe

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As well established members of the oceans club both my wife and I consider ourselves to be somewhat of Fred Olsen connoisseur and expect only the best. Yet again Fred Olsen delivers just that. Our 5th time on the Black Watch since 1993 and still as fantastic as the first day we sailed on her. Many of the staff are still there form last year and as expected they still remember me by name! We have already booked our next trip to the Baltic on the Black Watch. They say “variety is the spice of life” well at our age we would much rather settle for guaranteed quality.

Melinda Kelly

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I have come back from a mini cruise on Fred Olsens black watch. Having not cruised before I didnt know what to expect.

When we arrived at the port we saw the ship docked ready. From the outside the ship isnt like its competitors such as royal Caribbean or P&O. Fred Olsen has kept the traditional style of cruise ship with its elegant features. When we arrived on-board the staffs was all waiting on hand to make sure our embarkation went as smoothly as possible.

I have to say it was fantastic, the staff were friendly making sure we knew where to go and helped us to out cabin. When we arrived in our cabin our luggage was ready waiting for us complete with welcome packs. We were in our cabin for about 10 minutes when the maitred came to introduce herself and told us that she will be looking after us and if we needed anything shed be happy to help.

We had an hour or so before we set sail. We had a walk around the ship and headed to the lido bar on deck 7. When we arrived the staffs were warm and welcoming to us ensuring we had a drink in our hand to relax. Everyone had the same idea by going outside for when we set sail. Even though there were a lot of people on-board we didnt feel over crowded. There was plenty of deck space and table to sit at. It was the perfect start to our cruise.

The restaurants on-board were fantastic. Very spacious and open. The waiters are always making sure that your are comfortable and nothing is too much for them. The food is fantastic, one of the best meals I have had.

After your evening meal you can relax with a show or just have a drink in one of the bars. We choose to go and have drinks in the Lido Bar.

At night they have a singer in the bar while you relax and enjoy your drinks. They have a large open seating area outside on deck where you can sit out and watch the sea go by.

I recommend going up to the observatory lounge on the top deck. This has great views at night. It is all glass round the bar where you can sit with your drink in had and enjoy the amazing views.

The black watch is the smallest of Fred Olsens fleet but it a stunning ship. The décor is light and warming making you feel at home instantly. The staff are all welcoming and nothing is ever to much trouble. I really enjoyed my cruise on-board the black watch and would recommend this to anyone of any age. Ill will be booking my next cruise with them soon.

Fred. Olsen crew were marvelous to those passengers who needed assistance on the excursions especially when the trips needed tenders to get off and on the Balmoral. No wonder many of the passengers are repeat cruisers.

David Gerard

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Oldest Ship, Black Watch , was voted in 2012 by Cruise Critic Readers as the Ship with the Best Entertainment!

She is a vessel that will take you back to an almost Lost era of when Cruising was more of a adventure. Voyages to the far off the beaten track ports of call. She is able to offer this due to her Size. At just around the 800 passenger mark, She is smaller than most Cruise Ships of today and so able to take you to the smaller Ports or even Berth right in town!

A 4 star vessel with a 5 star heart. The Service and food on board is exceptional. Nothing is too much trouble for the attentive crew and the fact that the majority of your fellow passengers are British means that the food will appeal to your palette.

Spacious Cabins, although very few balconies (They werent all the rage when Black Watch was built in the 1970s), She will offer you comfortable accommodation and plenty of Wardrobe space to hang your clothes. Perfect also if you are on one of her many longer voyages.

Named after the Scottish Regiment “Black Watch”, She embraces the traditions of British Cruising. A good cup of British Tea is never far away and the on board currency is the British Pound.

Prices on board are very reasonable with no hidden surcharges such as 15% “Gratuity” on bar prices like so many of the American Ships.

Janine Lasky

star rating

Just come back from the Fred Olsen Black Watch – lovely little ship, perfect for me and my husband not too big and you won’t get lost, we like things simple and not too fussy which is what this one was. Staff were lovely made us feel like family, my husband spent most of the time in the library whilst I met some new friends on there and had regular coffee mornings with my new acquaintances. Felt home from home and everything was so easy, if your looking for a cruise where there’s hardly/no kids try this one, we have previously been with P&O but we like Fred Olsen as the ships smaller and a lot more friendly oh and not as many kids!

Roberta Down

star rating

We really like dancing and we get chance to do this on here as they have proper ballroom classes and dances onboard. We go with our friends every year if possible. Crew, food and cabins are excellent. Wouldn’t try any other cruise line!

Denise Poole

star rating

It was our 1st cruise and what an experience!!! We checked in at Southampton which was quick and good. Our trip was to Norway as we wanted to do something different and we are so glad we did. Iceland was amazing, the views were great! Then onto Norway which was specular even saw killer whales on a trip. The Black watch staffs are 100 per cent very helpful and always dress to impress. We were a bit worried we wouldn’t like the entertainment but again we were completely wrong! The evening shows are fantastic, with ballroom dancing, shows and very interesting talks. The only thing that was not great was the weather which could have been kinder. But I just want to say a big THANK YOU to all the staff of black watch & of course Fred Olsen.

We have just booked our second one on the Black Watch for next year, counting down the days!

Claire Dunmore

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The Fred Olsen ship the Black Watch was superb. We met some fantastic people on board. The staff were polite, efficient and attentive. The food was fantastic and varied every night which was great! We wouldn’t hesitate to book another Fred Olsen cruise. Our concierge at cruise 118 was very knowledgeable about Fred Olsen ships and was able to find the perfect cabin for us. Very impressed with the holiday from start to finish.

Cheryl Hayes

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I have just returned from my cruise with Fred Olsen on board the Black Watch. As a single traveller I was nervous about being lonely on my cruise. However I was pleasantly surprised on the hospitality of the staff and the warmth of all the passengers on board. I enjoyed the Glentanar restaurant and can I honestly say I made some great friends on board. I am thinking of cruising in the future with a friend I met on board, which is great. The ship itself was beautiful too. Cannot fault this cruise at all.

Benjamin Moss

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I travelled on a cruise on the Black Watch with Fred Olsen recently that was so much more than I had expected. I went just before Christmas and the prices were fantastic, so we thought we’d give Fred Olsen a whirl! Well we are both in our 60’s and have always been on huge ships so this is the first time we had tried out such a small ship but we were very pleasantly surprised. We have been with 8 different cruise lines and I would put the food on Fred Olsen up there with the best. The staff couldn’t do enough for you and there was such a warm, friendly atmosphere. We made so many new friends who we now keep in touch with. One of the couples we have met have asked us to go with them this year so we have just booked with Fred Olsen again!

Samantha Horbury

star rating

Although the oldest of the ships it still had a presence on board…..Very intimate and everyone on board was like family! Service very good – staff knew your name by face.

Primrose Roworth

star rating

The Balmoral is fantastic, I’ve just got back off a little Amsterdam trip on this one and it really is a charming little ship. The food was excellent in the Spey restaurant, I would not hesitate to book again!! If you can spare the money, the superior outsides are fantastic, we had great views, and our cabin was always flooded with light.

Lillian Housden

star rating

Sailed on the Black Watch recently what a fantastic time we both had, the crew on board I have to say are so friendly and warm great to be on a smaller ship no worries of having to queue up for things and nice pleasant disembarkation also.

Loretta Shaw

star rating

The Black Watch suited all of our needs perfectly, being a small ship meant it was very easy to navigate around, yet there was still plenty of choice with regards to dining and entertainment. All the staff made us feel welcome, and were on first name terms with us after the first day of the cruise!

Amanda Peretti

star rating

We have cruised with Fred Olsen four times before and are yet to be disappointed. This was our second time on the Black Watch Ship and had a lovely time. We like how the staff on board always remember our names and always seem happy, even after working all day long, and this really adds to the relaxed atmosphere. We plan to go back on the Balmoral next spring and very much looking forward to it.

Mr Estair

star rating

I recently sailed on the black watch with Fred Olsen, The service and the food is outstanding on-board. The staff cant do enough for you. They were helpful everytime. They even remember your name after the 1st day and made my cruise that extra bit personal.

Mr & Mrs Sanders

star rating

We decided to take the plunge and go on a cruise with our friends who have been asking us for the past 2 years to go. We were a bit undecided as we’d tried it quite a few years back now as it was getting started. It was the perfect excuse for me to go out and spoil myself on some new dresses for the cruise and get a holiday wardrobe. The day of boarding was so smooth, we were so excited and the staff on board were excited for us! They just couldn’t do enough for us and were constantly full of enthusiasm and excitement which really made our cruise. The ship is a small ship which we couldn’t of been happier about, gives you chance to really get to know the staff and them you, our waiter was a lovely young lad and nothing was ever too much trouble. He knew our names instantly, always said hello Mr and Mrs Sanders if he passed us, and knew our dislikes and likes. As there were four of us I didn’t think we would meet that many people but everyone is so friendly on board and we got chatting to another few couples and had some great times and laughs with them. Our Cabin was lovely, well furnished and spotless. We had an outside cabin on Deck 4, was nice bit of sunlight in the morning as we got up and great wardrobe space. The Entertainment was top class, the comedians were hilarious and the singers were brilliant, normally you would pay a small fortune to get this standard of entertainment but it was all included in the cruise price. Overall everything was great, the ship was perfect size, staff made our holiday, cabin was fantastic, entertainment and food out of this world. Already booked to go on the Black Watch again next year, this time it was us that were pestering our friends to go!!

Sian Henderson

star rating

We decided that the cruise to the Fjords from Dover was one of those trips you just have to do . The Dover departure worried us as being up North it seemed such a long way however we need not have worried the coach pick up was so easy and worked out much better that driving down .When we boarded we were greeted like long lost friends although it quickly became clear there were lots of regular cruisers onboard. We found the drinks and excursions prices much more reasonable than some of the ships that depart Southampton . The food onboard was excellent and very varied we particularly liked the Scandinavian touches to the buffet lunch menus . Entertainment was of a high standard and there were even dance hosts for those of us ladies who have a partner who can no longer dance there were also dance professionals if you wanted to brush up your technique . We met some lovely people onboard including a GP and a vicar on his week off which led to some hilarious dinner time conversations I do hope we meet similar guests when we next sail.

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