Black Watch is a small-sized ship, holding just 804 passengers, expanding your destination choices by taking you to small and unique ports in addition to popular stop overs. Cruising for family run cruise company Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, Black Watch offers a traditional and charming experience at sea.
Refurbished in November 2016 the ship has been refreshed and brought up to date with many new furnishings, features and highlights. Enhancements have been made to cabins, suites, dining venues and public spaces, creating a fresh and revitalising atmosphere throughout the ship.
Cabins have been revamped with new bedding and bed frames, brighter lights, a new mini bar (stocked on request) and hairdryer. All cabin bathrooms have been refreshed with more than half being completely refitted with new tiling, vanity unit and lockable storage shelves.
Dining options onboard are plentiful and range from relaxed buffet style to quick bites or superb a la carte options for a special evening.
There are numerous venues onboard offering entertainment throughout the evening, as well as providing a place to rest and relax with refreshments during the day. Black Watch boasts heated swimming pools, sun loungers and Jacuzzis for you to enjoy. You will also find onboard a library, a spa and salon, Scandinavian sauna and a Card Room especially for Bridge tournaments, card and board games.
Black Watch offers you an exciting range of destinations to choose from; sail to Cannes just in time for the for the famous Film Festival, explore the beautiful Secret Garden in Tenerife or soak up the exotic Caribbean views under the shade of a palm tree. Once in your destination, you can choose from a wide range of shore excursions, such as a walk around Monet’s Garden, Fjord fishing in Norway or a soak in the warm, therapeutic waters of Iceland’s Blue Lagoon.
From November 2016 Black Watch guests can benefit from new bedding and bed frames in all cabins onboard. New UK plug sockets have been fitted plus integrated USB portals.
Onboard the Black Watch you can choose from a range of single, double or twin accommodation. For single travellers, you have the choice of Single Inside or Single Outside cabins. For double and twin accommodation, you can choose from Inside, Outside and Balcony Cabins. All come with an ensuite bathroom, interactive television, mini bar, mini safe and hairdryer.
If you’re looking for something a little more luxurious, then Black Watch also hosts a range of comfortable suites. Single Balcony Suites, Superior Junior Suites and Junior Suites feature their own sitting room, ensuite bathroom, television and fridge. The Superior Suites and Balcony Suites also have this, but with the addition of a balcony.
Black Watch caters for all tastes, providing everything from formal dining nights to casual come-as-you-are lunches and snacks. For the main restaurants on board there are set dining times and you are able to request whether you would prefer first or second sitting. Breakfast is served in the main restaurants between 7.15am and 10am and lunch between 12pm and 2pm.
The main restaurant onboard is the Glentanar Restaurant, providing large windows for you to admire the view whilst dining. The Orchid Room is the other main restaurant, providing an Oriental style setting and the same menu as the Glentanar.
A fantastic new a la carte dining experience can be enjoyed in new dining venue The Black Watch Room. Delicious steak and seafood menu options include Prime Cut Sirloin or Rib Eye Steak, Grilled Mixed Seafood and Grilled Jumbo Shrimps. Reservations are required.
The Marquee Bar is the perfect place to enjoy an alfresco meal when the weather is nice, offering salads, fish and chips, burgers and more. You can also grab a midnight snack here from 11pm onwards with the Supper Club . The Poolside Café also provides light snacks throughout the day.
Relax with a book at the onboard Library, which stocks a large collection of novels, autobiographies, history books and more. For those who are fans of card games, board, games and Bridge, the Card Room offers the chance to play alongside other guests.
Take a stroll on the promenade and enjoy the sunshine and spectacular views. It’s also a great place for a jog or a game of shuffleboard and deck quoits. There is more recreational sports equipment located on the top deck, with golf and tennis nets for those keen to perfect their technique. If you’d rather just lie back and watch the world pass by, then this deck also plays host to sunbeds for you to use at your leisure.
Enjoy a coffee in the Braemar Lounge, or in the evening sample a delicious cocktail accompanied by piano music. The Morning Light Pub is also a great place to enjoy a relaxing evening drink, as is The Observatory, which features live music and binoculars for observing the views out to sea. For a lively after-dinner experience, the Lido Lounge hosts live quizzes as well as live music and dancing. The Marina Theatre screens various movies including 3d screenings, the Neptune Lounge shows musical performances and Cabaret, and the gaming tables give you the opportunity to indulge in a spot of Blackjack or Roulette. If you’re really keen to learn the skills behind it you can even attend a daytime talk which aims to teach you the key techniques needed to win.
If you fancy some onboard shopping you’ll find the Boutique and the Port Shop, which sell souvenirs, luxury perfume, jewellery and clothing, confectionary, snacks and holiday essentials. If you wish to organise your holiday photos, you can get them printed in the Photo Gallery. You can also buy camera equipment here as well as a DVD souvenir of your time onboard.
Unwind after a long day of exploring with a good pampering at the Atlantis Spa & Salon. Treat yourself to a range of revitalising massages, facials and body wraps. You can even visit the beauty studio for hair treatments and styling, manicures and pedicures. There is also a Scandinavian sauna onboard for you to add the finishing touch to your spa experience.
If you fancy a spot of exercise, the spacious Fitness Centre provides cardio equipment, weights and even a fitness studio, which plays hosts to aerobics, dance, yoga, pilates and stretch and tone classes. There are also two swimming pools onboard , the Aft Pool and the Marquee Pool. The Aft Pool also provides two exercise pools and a whirlpool Jacuzzi for winding down after a swim. The Marquee Pool provides a further two whirlpool Jacuzzis for the ultimate experience in relaxation.