Cruise ships were once famous for their style and charm. And our Black Watch cruise ship is a hark back to those days, when quality and service were taken for granted. Sleek and intimate, with cabins and suites for 804 people, Black Watch has a warm welcome waiting for you.
Black Watch was voted 'Best for Entertainment' in the 2012 Cruise Critic 'Cruisers' Choice UK Awards*. Only UK cruisers voted, and they were especially impressed with our service: they consistently went the extra mile.
So, be captivated by the entertaining cabaret at the Neptune Lounge,and fire-up your taste buds for a treat at the Glentanar Restaurant. Or, share a relaxing drink over panoramic views across the ocean in our Observatory Lounge.
Join us on board Black Watch for a relaxing cruise holiday departing from the UK.
Keep up to date with current news and sporting events or even share your cruise holiday adventures and photos with friends and family back home. Both are possible by visiting our fully equipped Internet Centre, where our guests are able to browse the internet and e-mail is available via web-based e-mail accounts.
Many of our cruise guests like to leave behind their everyday chores and of course, there is a comprehensive on board laundry service which your cabin staff will be pleased to arrange for you. Details of our services can be found in the Welcome Pack waiting for you in your cabin.
However especially during a longer cruise holiday we do appreciate that occasionally there may be items you wish to deal with yourself, and the self-service launderette is very well equipped with washing machines, tumble dryers and ironing facilities.
You can relax totally on a Fred. Olsen cruise holiday knowing that your every need is being taken care of. We hope that you never need to visit the medical centre, but reassured that any ailments you may have can be assessed by our medical staff.
Our medical centre offers primary care with a doctor and/or nurse on permanent call if the requirement should arise during your cruise holiday.
The Reception area is the heart of the Black Watch and is the place to find out all the information you may need to know throughout your cruise holiday.
Here our dedicated Receptionists are on hand to help with any enquiries; whether it's changing currency, requesting a bath robe or helping with your holiday arrangements.
Atlantis Spa & Salon
Feel the cruise ship spa serenity and massage the hours away. Or indulge in facials, body wraps or a new look hair style. The Atlantis Spa is on the Atlantic deck, so pop in anytime*.
Your cruise ship's Atlantis Spa offers blissful treatments for women and men after all, we all deserve a treat sometimes. We have separate treatment rooms, a beauty studio, fitness centre, steam and sauna facilities to make the most of your relaxing sailing.
*The Atlantis Spa is open from 8am till 8pm whilst at sea and in port. On occasional evenings the spa will remain open until 10pm. These services tend to be in high demand, so please do make sure you book your treatment early.
Remember when you're on board to check your cruise ship's Daily Times there may be a special offer to take advantage of.
The large and well equipped fitness centre on board Black Watch has everything you could need; from treadmills, rowing machines and weights for those energetic types to a dance studio for dance lessons and aerobics sessions.
Also not to be missed are the fitness classes all led by a qualified instructor. Take a yoga, aerobics, stretch and tone or pilates class while you cruise. Or make the most of the beautiful views and join the walk a mile, with a revitalising stroll, or more energetic walk round your cruise ship deck in the mornings.
Swimming pool & Jacuzzis
Burn off some of the five-course meals with a few lengths of the pool, or relax on one of the comfortable sun loungers around one of the two pools on board Black Watch. Both the swimming pools on board your cruise ship are heated to a comfortable temperature.
The pool on the Lounge deck of Black Watch is located at the aft of the ship, adjacent to the Poolside cafi. The aft pool also incorporates a pair of exercise pools and a whirlpool jacuzzi, meaning that this area is perfect to relax your days away.
Situated higher up your cruise ship on the Marquee deck is a beautifully tiled pool, which is the perfect area to relax and unwind on your cruise holiday. There are two whirlpools adjacent to the pool, the ultimate indulgence.
With our Scandinavian heritage, a sauna is a must and should help you to unwind after a busy day on your cruise holiday.
Relax with a good book in our well-stocked library, whose striking decor will make an impression on you.
With an array of novels, historical, geographical, autobiographical and many more books, this is a true haven of peace and tranquility.
The Braemar Lounge is in two sections; one being an enjoyable relaxing area and the other, a courtyard opening into the Braemar Garden Cafe.
The Braemar Lounge has a small selection of tables, which are used for dinner service, whilst you are entertained by the pianist. At the other end of the lounge there is an elegant bar and cocktail lounge.
One of the pleasures on board a Fred. Olsen cruise ship are the views from the decks. Stand at the bow of your cruise ship, just below the bridge and see the horizon disappear into the sunset, or watch the crew bringing up the anchor when we are leaving port - always a popular view!
On board your cruise ship Black Watch , the Promenade runs all the way round the Lido Deck where you can take a traditional stroll in the fresh air before dinner, or for the more energetic, perhaps take a jog in the morning. Or simply join friends and fellow passengers for an invigorating game of shuffleboard or deck quoits.
Sun Deck, Golfing & Tennis Nets
Sunbathe at the top of Black Watch on the Sun Deck at the aft of the ship located. Or for those guests wishing to hone that perfect swing or back hand why not practice in our practise golf and tennis nets?
Morning Light Pub
Like your own local, the pub on board your cruise ship is the ideal place for socialising with friends old and new.
The Morning Light Pub on board your cruise ship, Black Watch, is decorated in traditional style, depicting the century and a half of Fred. Olsen history. It's a relaxing place for guests to gather with a drink and enjoy live evening entertainment.
Set at the forward point of the ship this lounge allows you a panoramic view of your journey, or the port you are staying in that day.
One of the most popular lounges on board Black Watch, being shaped like a horse shoe the large windows in The Observatory afford fantastic views of the entire bow of the cruise ship, 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 drink or a late nightcap.
This area of the cruise ship is popular after dinner, where you can enjoy a late night cocktail, take part in a quiz or dance the night away with the on board pianist.
Our bar staff in the nautically themed Lido Lounge are always on hand to serve a whole array of exotic cocktails, beers, spirits or something refreshing and non-alcoholic. The perfect reward after a hard day sightseeing or lounging in the sun!
Enjoy one of our 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 Reception.
The Neptune Lounge on board Black watch is the place to head after enjoying your evening meal. With shows, reviews and evenings of cabaret guaranteed to have you shouting encore.
Take your seat in the Neptune Lounge as the sun goes down and experience the music, dancing, lights and costumes. Choose to enjoy a cabaret act, stand-up comedian, or dance the night away to the Black Watch Orchestra.
Your cruise ship Black watch includes a gaming area where you may try your hand at the Black Jack table or Roulette wheel. Try and beat our experienced croupiers, and there is even the opportunity to learn how to play better, with daytime sessions teaching you how to win big.
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.
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