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Onboard the newly refurbished Fred. Olsen Black Watch

24th May 2017

Updated August 2019

Fred. Olsen has been operating for nearly 170 years now with British style and Norwegian heritage. Focusing on a more traditional style of cruising, without the gimmicks or quirks many are becoming familiar with, Fred Olsen’s Black Watch is a friendly and familiar home away from home whilst at sea. Having undergone an extensive refurbishment in November 2016, we were keen to see the newly improved Black Watch. We sent Gavin from our Marketing Team to sunny Southampton to explore this homely ship. Gavin describes his thoughts as he steps onboard with Fred. Olsen for the first time.


The choice of dining venues onboard Black Watch is exceptionally varied, from the 5 course a la carte menus of Glentanar through to the alfresco dining offer at The Poolside. If you’re a fan of the buffet then head along to Brigadoon where you’ll find Scottish themed décor and a host of international cuisine throughout your cruise. If you want to enjoy the same meals being served in Glentanar but in a more intimate setting then head along to The Orchid Room or for a real treat, why not check out The Black Watch Room. Here you’ll find an extra special a la carte dining experience with dishes such as steak and seafood cooked to order.



If you just fancy a sweet treat, then definitely make your way to the Bookmark Café where you’ll find a sumptuous selection of chocolates calling out your name.


From single rooms all the way through to suites, there is plenty of choice onboard Black Watch. All the rooms come with amenities you would expect from a land based hotel room including TV, hairdryer, air conditioning and tea and coffee making facilities. All the rooms feature en-suite with shower and there’s plenty of room for you to get ready for that special occasion. If you prefer a view though, it’s worth booking a balcony, with the option of either a private balcony or a terrace balcony which is perfect for a spot of people watching.



However for that little bit of luxury, how about a suite? With that extra space to make your stay even more comfortable and luxurious, you will really feel like you have your very own home away from home.


Entertainment & recreation

Now whether you want to just chill out by the pool, take in a movie, watch a show or sip on a cocktail as you watch the sunset, there is the option for you on Black Watch. How would you like an afternoon tea in the Observatory Lounge? Or perhaps you’d prefer a glass of wine or a pint as you soak up the rays at The Marquee Bar, Black Watch’s alfresco bar. Of course, there are all the deck games to enjoy along with board games, card games and even some gaming tables if you fancy trying your luck.



If you prefer to sit back and be entertained, why not head along to the Marina Theatre which is Black Watch’s onboard cinema, here you find the latest in 3D technology plus some very comfy seating. Or, if you prefer your entertainment live, head along to the Neptune Lounge, where you can sit sipping your glass of wine as you relax to the feast of music, dance and comedy entertainment.


Lasting impressions

Holding just 804 guests, Black Watch is the perfect place to unwind in intimate, charming surroundings. With the super friendly and accommodating staff and the welcoming and warm atmosphere wherever you go on the ship, it’s no wonder that Fred Olsen’s Black Watch see's such high repeat passenger numbers. From the moment you walk on board you will feel right at home and be able to enjoy your cruise in true comfort, so you can just sit back and soak in everything the ship has to offer!


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Black Watch Refurbished

23rd December 2016

We had an extra special Christmas treat this week as we were invited onboard one of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines most popular cruise ships, Black Watch as she docked in Tilbury London. Our visit comes just one month after Black Watch entered dry dock at the Blohm + Voss shipyard in Hamburg for a multi-million pound refit. The extensive refurbishment saw ship-wide enhancements including upgrades to cabins, suites and public areas.

Not only did we get a private tour of the ship, stopping off to see the updated cabins with a talk from Julian – Fred. Olsen’s Deputy Hotel Manager of Operations, but we also got to see the ship decked out in all her Christmas glory. With Christmas trees and gingerbread houses galore!

See photos from our day onboard the newly refurbished Black Watch below.

The Neptune Theatre

The Neptune Theatre

The Neptune Bar

The Morning Light Pub

The Black Watch Room - A new a la carte dining experience serving up delicious steak and seafood

Fresh new carpets

The Glentanar main restaurant

It's Christmas onboard!

Deck 7 - Tenerife Suite 7024

Balcony Suite 9901

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