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Ship Stats and Features
Maximum Capacity: 762 (843)
Year Entered Service: 01/01/1972
Beam (Ship Width): 83 ft
Draught(Ship Depth): 25 ft
Length: 674 ft
Tonnage: 28500
Crew: 310
Cruising Speed: 19 kts
Number of Decks: 8
Number of Lifts: 4
Number of Pools: 2
Number of restaurants: 4
Formal nights: Yes
Adult Only: No
Kids Club: No

Fred. Olsen Cruises' ship Black Watch provides traditional cruising in an intimate atmosphere allowing you to engage with your fellow passengers and forge new friendships.

Since being refurbished in November 2016, the ship has received a major upgrade to cabins, suites and public areas. The refresh covers many aspects and areas of the ship such as fresh new carpets and upholstery, new bathrooms in many cabins and a new a la carte dining venue ‘The Black Watch Room’. Cabin improvements have been made right down to the little details such as new plug sockets and hairdryers, brighter bulbs and new bedding.

Fred. Olsen has long been known as a family run company that provides a classic pedigree of cruise that refers back to the values of a bygone age. Intimate, relaxed and friendly cruises are what the Fred. Olsen brand personifies.

Black Watch captures the feel and spirit of a traditional cruise. Her relaxed public areas have been rejuvenated but still maintain many traditional cruise ship features. Large windows, soft tones and elegant décor all contribute to the warm classic feel of this ship. Weighing in at 28,492 tons and with a length of 674 feet, Black Watch packs in a wealth of entertainment and facilities that will satisfy all.

Cuisine and Dining on Black Watch

There are many dining options onboard Black Watch, each serving menus from well-practised and accomplished chefs. Glentanar Restaurant will provide waiter service and a fine choice of cuisine. Crab meat salad, grilled fillet of red snapper and pink grapefruit sorbet are just some of the options available that will get your taste buds watering. If you just want to grab a quick meal, the informality of Brigadoon, the Poolside Café or Marquee Pool Bar provide perfect choice. The intimate Orchid Room offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy a delicious meal in fabulous company.

The Black Watch Room is the speciality restaurant onboard. This extra special a la carte dining experience offers juicy steaks and the freshest of seafood for you to indulge in. There is a small supplement for dinner reservations but we can't see you regretting this extra spend.

Complimentary room service is available for food from 10am - 10pm each day and drinks are available 24 hours per day.

Entertainment on Black Watch

As the evening draws closer, Black Watch comes to life with a cacophony of conversation and buzz of entertainment. There are various bars on Black Watch that offer the perfect environment to engage in conversation with your fellow passengers whilst enjoying a cocktail or two. The nautically themed Lido Lounge, Scottish Piper's Bar, Braemar Lounge and the Observatory, with its panoramic view, all serve delicious cocktails created with care and attention.

After you have socialised and perhaps made new acquaintances, why not visit the main night time lounges providing fabulous entertainment until the early hours? Enjoy cabaret shows in The Neptune Lounge and be dazzled by the lights, costumes and dancing as the ships entertainers put on stunning performances. While the ship is in various destination ports, local entertainers are also welcomed aboard, and give you the chance to experience some memorable evenings. Alternatively dance the night away or visit the casino to see if lady luck is smiling on you.

Take a seat and watch a movie as Black Watch is the only ship in the Fred. Olsen fleet to feature a cinema onboard.

Spa & Fitness on Black Watch

Whilst taking in amazing views on Mediterranean cruises, you can relax by one of the two swimming pools onboard and let your stresses melt away. For a more challenging pursuit, why not keep up your fitness regime or try something new in the well equipped fitness centre with its supervised group fitness classes. Recover from your gruelling work out in the sauna & steam room and top off your afternoon of leisure with a luxurious treatment at the Atlantis Spa & Salon.

Recreation on Black Watch

Take in the stunning vistas on a stroll on the sun deck and practice your technique with the onboard golf nets. Enjoy a spot of tennis? There's also a tennis court on the sun deck for you to use at leisure. Other recreational activities include the Card Room, the library and the Promenade, where you can play deck quoits and shuffleboard.

Fred. Olsen Cruises is a leading provider of themed cruises that offer passengers the chance of combining favourite hobbies or pastimes with amazing cruise experiences. Fred. Olsen's brand of themed cruises, The Arts Club, welcome guest speakers and provide interesting activities related to a particular theme. Whether you want to join in a wine tasting session or attend lectures on ancient history, the choice is yours. Black Watch offers UK passengers fantastic mini cruises with the added convenience of cruises from UK helping to make your experience even more pleasurable and hassle free. Overall Black Watch is a stunning ship that provides a traditional cruising ethos with a bounty of choices.

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