Introduction

Sister ship of Boudicca, Black Watch was first launched in 1972 and fully refit at the end of 2016. Offering a traditional cruising experience, she welcomes up to 804 passengers across her 8 decks. 

Black Watch is sleek, intimate and harks back to the days when cruise ships were revered for their style and charm. Focusing on providing a traditional cruise experience rather than gimmicks such as climbing walls and on board bumper cars, Black Watch feels friendly and familiar. This is further enhanced by the attentive staff who strive to offer service with a smile and remember the important things, such as your name and favourite tipple and how your like your eggs cooked at breakfast.

Able to accommodate up to 804 guests, there are a selection of suites and ocean view rooms to choose from, providing ample room and everything you need for a comfortable enjoyable and stress-free stay; and spacious public rooms bathed in natural light and retaining the elegant style of a traditional cruise ship. Black Watch has four restaurants options, including the stylish Glentanar Restaurant and beautiful Orchid Room which has a wonderful oriental look and feel. Before dinner you could delve into a good book in the well-stocked library, relax in the warmth on the Sun Deck, sample a great selection of premium gin at the Marquee Bar, or even devour a premium afternoon tea. Don’t miss the extravaganza of music, dance and comedy at evening shows in the Neptune Lounge.

Black Watch sails from ports all around the UK, and thanks to her new Terrace Balcony Rooms, offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy unforgettable sights and experiences as you cruise the world’s most spectacular waterways to a string of stunning destinations.

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Main Info
  • Children Allowed
  • Nursery -
  • Smoking Some
  • Style Classic
  • Decks8
  • Cabins423
  • Size Medium
  • Ship Type Ocean
  • Wheelchair Cabins4
  • Crew Members330
  • Refurbished2016
  • CurrencyGBP
Unique Features

On selected cruises, special interest themed excursions are on offer, where a range of activities and entertainment will be provided, regarding a particular point of interest or subject. A guest speaker will talk about their subject and ‘Shore Tours’ will take place. A ‘Shore Tour’ is a tour of a particular destination that will help bring to life and give a better understanding of the particular theme/subject that is being taught.

One example is a tour of the wine regions of Bordeaux and Rioja while wine expert Jilly Goolden delivers talks onboard and there is the opportunity to take part in wine-tasting activities and entertainment.

The majority of theme programs are free of charge, however relevant materials and ‘Shore Tours’ may have an additional cost.

Dietary Requirements

Individual needs are as catered for as possible. So, vegetarian, low fat, dairy-free, lactose-free and gluten-free food are all on the menu.
Please make any special requests when you make your cruise booking, and Fred. Olsen will do their best to source exact products, or provide certain foods, such as diabetic desserts. They may not be able to source specific brands given our location or the availability at local ports.

Dress Code

When it comes to evenings onboard your cruise ship, dressing for dinner is traditional. Generally the style is smart casual, with gentlemen wearing a jacket/or shirt and tie and ladies smartly dressed. Chino type trousers or smart dark jeans are acceptable, but no trainers.
During the day the restaurants require cruise guests to adhere to an appropriate dress code, i.e. no swimwear.

E-cigarette Policy

Electronic cigarettes, not emitting a vapour may be used in cabins or on cabin balconies but, are not permitted in any non-smoking public area. They can easily be mistaken for a real cigarette and result in potential confrontation and necessitate staff intervention.
Electronic cigarettes emitting any vapour, even if only a water vapour, may only be smoked in designated external smoking areas.

All Inclusive Packages

Upgrade to the special All Inclusive Package and you can relax, knowing almost everything is covered. You'll enjoy selected beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks all day.

Disabled facilities

Fred. Olsen welcomes all guests relying on wheelchairs for mobility onboard cruise ships. but they do ask that you advise them of your mobility needs at the time of booking in order to meet heir health & safety requirements.

Deck Plans
Sun Deck 10

  • Sun Decks
  • Fitness Centre
  • Saunas
  • Gymnasium

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Marquee Deck 9

  • Marquee pool
  • Whirlpools
  • The Observatory
  • Premier Suites
  • Marquee Suites
  • Superior Suites
  • Balcony Suites
  • Single Balcony Suite

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Bridge Deck 8

  • Bridge
  • Superior Suites
  • Balcony Suites
  • Balcony Cabin
  • Single Balcony Suite
  • Superior Outside Single

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Lido Deck 7

  • Internet Centre
  • Gaming Tables
  • Dalreoch Card Room
  • Explorers Library
  • Lido Lounge
  • Open Promenade
  • Superior Junior Suites
  • Junior Suites
  • Superior Outside Cabins
  • Single Outside Cabins

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Lounge Deck 6

  • Glentanar Restaurant
  • The Orchid Room
  • Bar
  • The Braemar Garden
  • The Braemar Garden Café
  • Pipers' Bar
  • Neptune Lounge
  • Games Room
  • Poolside Café
  • Swimming Pool
  • Exercise Pools

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Main Deck 5

  • Cruise Sales Office
  • Shore Tours Office
  • Port Shop
  • Reception Desk
  • Shop
  • Photo Gallery
  • Laundrette
  • Superior Junior Suites
  • Superior Outside Cabins
  • Single Outside Cabins
  • Single Inside Cabins

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Atlantic Deck 4

  • Laundrette
  • Beauty Salon
  • Outside Cabins
  • Inside Cabins
  • Single Outside Cabins
  • Single Inside Cabins

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Marina Deck 3

  • Marina Theatre
  • Medical Centre
  • Outside Cabins
  • Inside Cabins
  • Single Outside Cabins

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Accomodation
Premier Suite

Premier Suites all have a bedroom and sitting area, balcony, bathroom with bath and/or shower, television and a fridge. Guests in Premier Suites will benefit from Fred. Olsen's Suite Dreams package, which include a bottle of sparkling wine, a fruit basket, and flowers or plant waiting for you in your suite when your board. Afternoon canapés delivered daily as you prepare for dinner and complimentary fluffy bathrobe and slippers. The package also includes a daily newsletter with international and national news, delivered to your door, as well as complimentary shuttle vouchers to get you right to the heart of things if your port is outside town and there are even compact umbrellas if you should need them. Other vouchers include laundry, luxury towels and pressing of formal-wear.

Marquee Suite

Marquee Suites all have a bedroom and sitting area, balcony, bathroom with bath and/or shower, television and a fridge. Guests in Marquee Suites will benefit from Fred. Olsen's Suite Dreams package, which include a bottle of sparkling wine, a fruit basket, and flowers or plant waiting for you in your suite when your board. Afternoon canapés delivered daily as you prepare for dinner and complimentary fluffy bathrobe and slippers. The package also includes a daily newsletter with international and national news, delivered to your door, as well as complimentary shuttle vouchers to get you right to the heart of things if your port is outside town and there are even compact umbrellas if you should need them. Other vouchers include laundry, luxury towels and pressing of formal-wear.

Superior Suite

Superior Suites all have a bedroom and sitting area, balcony, bathroom with bath and/or shower, television and a fridge. Guests in Superior Suites will benefit from Fred. Olsen's Suite Dreams package, which include a bottle of sparkling wine, a fruit basket, and flowers or plant waiting for you in your suite when your board. Afternoon canapés delivered daily as you prepare for dinner and complimentary fluffy bathrobe and slippers. The package also includes a daily newsletter with international and national news, delivered to your door, as well as complimentary shuttle vouchers to get you right to the heart of things if your port is outside town and there are even compact umbrellas if you should need them. Other vouchers include laundry, luxury towels and pressing of formal-wear.

Balcony Suite

Balcony Suites all have a bedroom and sitting area, balcony, bathroom with bath and/or shower, television and a fridge. Guests in Balcony Suites will benefit from Fred. Olsen's Suite Dreams package, which include a bottle of sparkling wine, a fruit basket, and flowers or plant waiting for you in your suite when your board. Afternoon canapés delivered daily as you prepare for dinner and complimentary fluffy bathrobe and slippers. The package also includes a daily newsletter with international and national news, delivered to your door, as well as complimentary shuttle vouchers to get you right to the heart of things if your port is outside town and there are even compact umbrellas if you should need them. Other vouchers include laundry, luxury towels and pressing of formal-wear.

Superior Junior Suite

Superior Junior Suites all have a sitting area, bathroom with bath and/or shower, television and a fridge. The package also includes a daily newsletter with international and national news, delivered to your door, as well as complimentary shuttle vouchers to get you right to the heart of things if your port is outside town and there are even compact umbrellas if you should need them. Other vouchers include laundry, luxury towels and pressing of formal-wear.

Junior Suite

Junior Suites all have a sitting area, bathroom with bath and/or shower, television and a fridge. The package also includes a daily newsletter with international and national news, delivered to your door, as well as complimentary shuttle vouchers to get you right to the heart of things if your port is outside town and there are even compact umbrellas if you should need them. Other vouchers include laundry, luxury towels and pressing of formal-wear.

Balcony Cabin

These Balcony Cabins have a cabin with balcony, bathroom with shower. All Balcony Cabins on board Black Watch have a hairdryer and television. Guests also benefit from our Suite Dreams package, which includes a welcome bottle of sparkling wine, flowers in your Suite, luxury towels, complimentary water and much more to ensure your stay is even more comfortable, relaxing and memorable

Superior Outside Cabin

Outside Cabins on board Black Watch range from approximately 160 square feet to approximately 200 square feet for a Superior Outside Cabin. All Outside Cabins have a bathroom with a shower and/or bath. Some Outside Cabins have picture windows, and all cabins have a television. Guests also benefit from our Suite Dreams package, which includes a welcome bottle of sparkling wine, flowers in your Suite, luxury towels, complimentary water and much more to ensure your stay is even more comfortable, relaxing and memorable

Outside Cabin

All Outside Cabins have a bathroom with a shower and/or bath. Some Outside Cabins have picture windows, and all cabins have a television. 

Inside Cabin

Twin Inside cabins onboard Black Watch are all approximately 140 square feet in size, have a bathroom with a shower, and can be found on Atlantic and Marina Decks. All Inside cabins also have a television.

Single Balcony Suite

Single Balcony Suites all have a bedroom and sitting area, balcony, bathroom with bath and/or shower, television and a fridge. Guests in Single Balcony Suites will benefit from Fred. Olsen's Suite Dreams package, which include a bottle of sparkling wine, a fruit basket, and flowers or plant waiting for you in your suite when your board. Afternoon canapés delivered daily as you prepare for dinner and complimentary fluffy bathrobe and slippers. The package also includes a daily newsletter with international and national news, delivered to your door, as well as complimentary shuttle vouchers to get you right to the heart of things if your port is outside town and there are even compact umbrellas if you should need them. Other vouchers include laundry, luxury towels and pressing of formal-wear.

Single Cabins

All single cabins on board Black Watch have televisions. All single cabins have a bathroom with shower (some may also have a bathtub).

Entertainment

Entertainment onboard Black Watch is varied with large selection of lounges, each with their own atmosphere. From live comedians to card rooms, you're bound to find something to entertain yourself whilst onboard, whether you're looking to have some fun, or just relax for a bit.

Morning Light Pub

The Morning Light Pub is decorated in a traditional style, depicting the century and a half of Fred. Olsen history. Daytime or evening you can be entertained by occasional live music or stand-up comedians.

The Morning Light Pub – a feature on all Fred. Olsen ships – has been relocated becoming more open and spacious than before, with stylish new furniture, fabrics and of course, a brand new bar. In the place of the old Morning Light Pub you’ll find the inviting Neptune Bar.

Observatory Lounge

The large picture windows in the Observatory Lounge offer fantastic views which are enhanced with plenty of binoculars spaced around the lounge. A grand piano provides the perfect background music as you enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail on your cruise holiday.

Neptune Lounge

Shows, reviews and evenings of cabaret are what the Neptune Lounge has to offer. Neptune Lounge has ample room for passengers whichever dinner sitting you are on, so you can find a seat to enjoy the glitz and glamour of the evening shows.

Port Shop

The Port Shop onboard stocks all the holiday essentials that you may have forgotten to pack from toiletries to sun hats or even a good book. You’ll also find a wide range of sweet treats and savoury snacks – perfect for whilst onboard or as gifts to take home.

Boutique

The Boutique features a wide range of luxury gifts for yourself and your loved ones. It offers a wide range of fragrance, cosmetics, bags, clothing & fashion accessories from designer brands such as Dior, Estee Lauder, Leighton Denny, Radley & Fiorelli, all at duty-free prices.

Card room

Find card tables and competition in the card room. Bridge is always a popular pursuit onboard, so you’re sure to find players for a hand or two and more – whether casual or competitive is up to you.

Photo Gallery

View those photos taken by the ships photographers, capturing those all important holiday memories from going ashore to formal night. These are displayed each day and can be viewed and purchased in the Photo Gallery.

Marina Theatre

Enjoy one of the programmed movies in the surroundings of a cinema. The Marina Theatre is perfect for those relaxing days at sea or even to catch a late night movie after dinner. The Marina Theatre can also be used for group meetings or get-togethers, if booked with the Reception.

Gaming Tables

The Black Watch includes a gaming area where you may try your hand at the Black Jack table or Roulette wheel. Try and beat the experienced croupiers, and there is even the opportunity to learn how to play better, with daytime sessions teaching you how to win big.

The Braemer Lounge

The Braemar Lounge on board your cruise ship Black Watch, is located on the Lounge Deck, close to the Glentanar Restaurant. It is the perfect spot to enjoy a morning coffee and catch up on a good book, conversation with friends, or for a pre-dinner drink. You may even hear the resident pianist tinkling the ivories in the Braemar Garden from here.