As the smallest ship in the multi-award winning Fred Olsen fleet, Black Watch transports her guests to the heart of the world’s most fabulous destinations. With just 804 passengers and 220 crew on board, there is a real feeling of intimacy and comfort aboard this classic ship. Relaxed, spirited and friendly; Black Watch is the perfect ship for those who prefer the traditional British cruise experience.
Sailing from departure ports around the UK, Black Watch’s exciting itineraries put the world on your doorstep; experience the Irish charm of Dublin with a mini cruise, soak up the sun and scenery in the Canary Islands or immerse yourself in the romance and culture of Venice and the Adriatic. Embark on a Canadian adventure direct from Liverpool or set sail for the Caribbean from the shores of Greenock (Glasgow). There’s no need for flights, simply step aboard and make yourself at home; Fred Olsen will take care of the rest.
Part of the appeal of Black Watch is its relaxed attitude, with the days passing by in a blur of new destinations, award-winning shore excursions, lazy sea days, and delicious meals with friends both new and old.
The ship’s two pool areas offer ample space to relax beneath sunny skies, with a cocktail in hand and nothing around you but ocean; on approach to port, there is something wonderful about sitting in the hot tub, edging closer to a brand new destination. The first of the ship’s pools is located on Lounge Deck and is joined by a pair of exercise pools and a whirlpool Jacuzzi. Intersperse your pool time with trips to the adjacent Poolside Café, where the buffet and beverages will keep you going until dinner.
The ship’s second pool is located on Marquee Deck; its position at the aft of the ship giving views over the ship’s wake and creating a glorious sun trap. Two whirlpools will bubble away any stresses, with a cocktail from the adjacent Marquee Pool Bar helping too. Befitting of Fred Olsen’s Scandinavian heritage, Black Watch also features a sauna.
Black Watch offers plenty of opportunity to get out in the open, from golf and tennis on Sun Deck, to a traditional stroll or more energetic jog around the Promenade on Lido Deck. A state-of-the-art fitness centre is overseen by qualified and helpful fitness professionals, with yoga, aerobics and stretch-and-tone just a handful of the classes offered throughout the week. Work off some of those five-course meals in the gym, before heading to the Atlantis Spa for pampering; the nirvana of relaxation is open 8am to 8pm each day, with the occasional late night opening as advertised in the ship’s daily paper.
Play bridge in the Dalreoch Card Room or relax in the courtyard of the Braemar Garden Café. With boutique shopping, lectures and a dedicated cinema at the Marina Theatre, you will never struggle for ways to fill your days.
Black Watch comes to life when the sun goes down, with a great range of bars and lounges catering to all tastes. Head to the Neptune Lounge for cabaret, comedy and dancing to the Black Watch Orchestra, before enjoying a nightcap at The Observatory; a popular venue throughout the Fred Olsen fleet, with panoramic windows and a pianist adding to the atmosphere.
An evening at The Morning Light Pub feels just like a night down your local, with real ales, good laughs and great live entertainment. The Lido Lounge on Deck 7 is located close to the Explorers Lounge and the Casino, making it a great place to enjoy a quiz or live music before the night moves on.
Guests can enjoy impeccable service and incredible food with open seating meals at breakfast, lunch and dinner in the ship’s main dining room, the Glentanar Restaurant. Panoramic windows lend an airy feel to the elegant dining room and offer incredible views as you approach scenic new ports.
The Orchid Room is the ship’s more intimate dining venue, with oriental inspired décor and the same gourmet cuisine as that enjoyed in the main dining room. Al fresco dining is available for breakfast and lunch at The Grill, with al fresco dinners beneath the stars worth the small charge each evening.
Those seeking a more relaxed alternative to the ship’s traditional dining venues can head to the Braemar Garden Café, where an extensive and delicious buffet is on offer all day long. Themed nights take the best cuisine of the day’s port of call and bring it on board in spectacular style; it’s a fun evening that should be experienced at least once.
A Fred Olsen cruise holiday is great for those who enjoy the more traditional aspects of cruising, including formal evenings and gala dinners. These special events take place twice each week and are a fantastic excuse to go all out with glamorous evening wear and tuxedos. During the day, the dress code is casual, with the focus being on relaxing and enjoying your holiday. Shorts and swimwear are not permitted in the dining rooms at any point.
Days ashore require comfy clothing and footwear, however, do take into consideration religious and cultural expectations of your destination. Visits to sacred sites will often require you to cover arms and knees, so be prepared in advance so as not to miss out!