The entertainment onboard a Fred. Olsen ship ranges from swimming pools and sunbathing, to live performances and shows, to deck games and card tournaments, meaning there really is something to suit everyone. All of the ships have the well-appointed Atlantis Spa and Salon, where you can book in for an indulgent spa treatment or new hair style for the Gala dinner, and the open decks have swimming pools, whirlpool jacuzzis and ample space for sunbathing in warmer climates. Quizzes, competitions, games tournaments such as backgammon and bridge, deck games including quoits and shuffleboard, and golf nets are available on a daily basis. Each ship has a well-stocked library with a range of novels and books, and the duty-free shops sell perfume, cosmetics, jewellery and souvenirs. In the evening, the bars and lounges feature live entertainment from solo musicians, live bands, cabaret acts, musical shows and other entertainers. Most cruises will have a number of different themed nights, like 'Tropical', 'British' and 'Rock and Roll' night, where the entertainment will fit in with the theme and passengers can join in by dressing up. On a typical two week cruise there will usually be four formal nights where you can get dressed up in tuxedos and cocktail dresses, and often there are special menus in the restaurants on these nights. The formal nights aren't mandatory though, so if you don't want to join in then there will be alternative restaurants without the dress code.
Food And Drink
There are at least two main dining restaurants on each Fred. Olsen ship, all offering excellent fine dining. The main dining restaurants have fixed-time seating for dinner at two set times, whilst breakfast and lunch offer a choice of a la carte and buffet-style dining with an open seating choice. There are also self-service buffets, cafes and pool-side grills for more casual dining, and room service is available in cabin at selected times. Complimentary tea and coffee making facilities are available in all cabins and there are self-service machines in the buffet restaurants. All drinks onboard are priced in British Pounds and are very reasonable, with a glass of house wine around £3.95, a gin and tonic around £3.60 and a pint of beer or lager around £3.25. Extensive wine lists are available in all bars and lounges. You can also buy an All Inclusive Package which can be added on to selected cruises at the time of booking. The package starts from £10 per person, per night and includes soft drinks, house wine by the glass, selected branded canned and draught beer and selected spirits.
Fred. Olsen sail to over 240 ports across the globe, including destinations in Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, Africa, Canary Islands and Norway. The ships depart from several UK ports including Dover, Southampton, Liverpool, Newcastle, Greenock and Harwich and they also offer a select number of Fly-Cruises to the Canary Islands from Gatwick and Manchester. Black Watch will be sailing a World Cruise 2016 and 2017, ranging from 56 nights to 115 nights and visiting a combination of South America, the Pacific, Australia and Asia.