Overview

Black Watch is one of the most popular ships in the Fred. Olsen fleet thanks to the traditional atmosphere onboard and her smaller size, which means you can visit more unusual destinations that larger ships can't reach. Soak up the sun on the wide open decks, admire the sea views with a stroll around the traditional promenade deck, or join in with the fantastic entertainment in the various lounges and bars onboard.

Ship Fast Facts

Ship Size: Small Ship
Gross Tonnage: 28,613
Entered Service: November 1996 (Originally June 1972)
Refurbished: November 2016
Aimed At: Couples and single travellers
Length: 205m (674ft)
Beam (width): 25m (82ft)
Cabins: 423
Passengers: 804 double occupancy (860 maximum occupancy)
Crew: 330

Entertainment

Black Watch has lots of great leisure and entertainment facilities, so whether you're spending the day at sea between ports or just looking for something to do in the evening, there is always plenty going on. In the evening, catch a late night movie at the cinema in the Marina Theatre, or enjoy an after dinner cocktail and dancing in the Lido Lounge. The Neptune Lounge plays host to a variety of shows from cabaret acts to live bands and it's a great place to dance the night away, and the gaming tables are always available if you want to try your hand at Black Jack or Roulette.

Health and Fitness

Although Black Watch is a small ship, she still has plenty of places for you to relax and unwind. The Atlantis Spa and Beauty Salon offers a wide variety of indulgent treatments each day, ranging from Swedish massage, reflexology and facials, to body wraps, manicures and pedicures; plus you can take a dip in one of the swimming pools and ease stresses and strains in the jacuzzis or sauna. Black Watch also has an impressive gym and fitness centre to help you work off all the delicious food you'll be eating. The gym features sea views and a variety of machines including rowing machines and treadmills, and there are also various exercise classes that you can join in with such as aerobics and dance lessons. If you're not a fan of the gym then you can take a walk or jog around the promenade deck - one lap is approx. 1 mile - and join in with a golf or tennis tournament up on Sun Deck.

Trivia

Black Watch is not only named after the famous Scottish Black Watch regiment, but she also has a Scottish-themed bar onboard too.

Children's Facilities

Black Watch is a family-friendly ship and welcomes all children aged 6 months to 17 years of age. However, due to the size of the ship, organised children's activities are only held during Easter, Summer and Christmas holidays when the minimum number of children on the cruise is reached. The children's club is generally available for children aged 5 to 11 years, but this may increase if a greater number of children of a particular age group are sailing onboard. The club is fully supervised by trained staff and activities include treasure hunts, competitions, games, arts and crafts, parties, sports competitions and cooking classes.

Facilities

Dining

5 Restaurants
- International fine dining
- Speciality dining
- Buffet
- Casual cafe

Entertainment

7 Bars including
- Morning Light Pub
- The Observatory
- Marquee Bar
- The Lido Lounge
Show Lounge
Theatre/Cinema
Gaming tables

Relaxation

Atlantis Spa
Beauty salon
4 Swimming pools
2 Whirlpools

Fitness

Gym
Fitness centre
Exercise pools
Golf nets
Tennis courts

Other

Library
Card room
Duty-free shops
Internet facilities

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Black Watch Dining

Main Dining

The Glentanar Restaurant - Fixed Seating Dining

The Glentanar Restaurant is the main dining room and it opens for breakfast, lunch and dinner with waiter service. Breakfast will normally be available from 7.15am until 10am, whilst lunch is normally available from 12pm until 2pm, both with open seating.

In the evening, dinner is served at two fixed sittings of 6.15pm for first sitting and 8.30pm for second sitting, and you will have the same table reserved for the duration of your cruise.

The Orchid Room - Fixed Seating Dining

The Orchid Room is a more intimate version of The Glentanar Restaurant as it is much smaller, and it has fantastic sea views thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows that run along one side. The Orchid Room serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with waiter service and a combination of open and fixed seating. Breakfast and lunch are typically available from 7.15am to 10am and midday to 2pm respectively and they both have open seating. Dinner is served at two set times of 6.15pm for first sitting and 8.30pm for second sitting, with the same time and table reserved for the duration of your cruise.

Signature Dining

The Black Watch Room

This intimate specially dining venue offers an extra special á la carte dining experience for a small supplement. You can enjoy made-to-order indulgences such as juicy steaks and fresh seafood, perfectly prepared by our expert chefs in the dedicated galley. You will need to make a reservation in advance and there is a cover charge of approx. £20 per person.

The Observatory Lounge - Traditional Afternoon Tea

Enjoy the very British tradition of Afternoon Tea in the comfort and style of The Observatory Lounge. Each afternoon you can sample a selection of finger sandwiches, cakes and scones with jam and cream, as well as premium teas from Taylors of Harrogate and music from the resident pianist or classical musicians. Afternoon Tea is very popular so you will need to make a reservation in advance and there is a cover charge of approx. £7.95 per person.

The Poolside

he Poolside offers al fresco dining at its finest. Open in warm weather, The Poolside combines the relaxing sounds of the ocean with incredible views and fantastic food – a real feast for all the senses. Perhaps visit for a satisfying lunch in the sunshine; or book a table for dinner and enjoy a very special themed dining experience. Relax under the moonlight or as the sun sets and treat yourself to a selection of dishes inspired by the destinations on your itinerary – a unique experience that’s not to be missed. There is a cover charge of approx. £15 per person.

Alternative Dining

The Bookmark Café

The Bookmark Café offers a tempting selection of delicious speciality coffees, teas and luxury chocolates.

The Brigadoon - Self-service Buffet Restaurant

If you prefer a more casual dining experience then the Brigadoon is the place to go. It has no fixed dining times or set table plans so you can come and go when it suits you. Open times can vary but breakfast is generally open from 7am until 9.30am and there is a wide choice of both hot and cold food on offer, including cooked breakfasts, made-to-order omelettes, fresh fruit, pastries and cereal.

Lunch features a mixture of starters and main courses including meat, poultry and fish, sandwiches, salads and soup as well as a selection of desserts which are available between 12.30pm and 2.30pm. Dinner is normally served between 6pm and 9.30pm with a variety of hot starters, main courses and desserts, and if you're still peckish after dinner you can enjoy late night snacks at the Supper Club from 11pm until 12.30am!

Room Service

Fred. Olsen offers a complimentary room service for breakfast and light snacks. Our room service menu operates on board all our cruise ships between 10am and 10pm each day, offering light snacks (except during embarkation and disembarkation times) for those occasions when maybe our restaurant times just don't suit your plans for the day or you simply just fancy a bite to eat. Drinks are available 24 hours a day.

Black Watch Cabins

Select a cabin onboard Black Watch to view amenities. With a range of cabins, we hope to have something to suit your needs.


Single Inside Cabin
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  • M
  • N
  • SI
  • Single Inside Cabin Approx. 140 square feet


What's included

  • One single bed
  • En suite bathroom with shower

Extras

  • Flat-screen TV
  • 24-hour room service
Terrace Balcony Adapted
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  • TCD
  • Terrace Balcony Adapted Adapted terrace balcony cabins are approx. 210 square feet including terrace balcony


Terrace Balcony

This cabin has a terrace balcony, which is overlooked by the promenade.

What's included

  • Floor to ceiling balcony door
  • Private terrace balcony with seating area
  • Two twin beds
  • En suite with bathtub and shower
  • Sitting area with table and chair
  • All cabins are non-smoking including the terrace balcony

Extras

  • Flat-screen TV
  • 24-hour room service
Inside Cabin
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  • H
  • I
  • IS
  • Inside Cabin Approx. 140 square feet


What's included

  • Two twin beds
  • En suite bathroom with shower

Extras

  • Flat-screen TV
  • 24-hour room service
Single Outside Cabin
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  • K
  • L
  • SO
  • Single Outside Cabin Approx. 150 square feet


What's included

  • One single bed
  • En suite bathroom with shower
  • Sitting area with chair and table
  • Porthole window

Extras

  • Flat-screen TV
  • 24-hour room service
Outside Cabin
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  • D
  • E
  • F
  • LOL
  • LOU
  • OS
  • Outside Cabin Approx. 160 square feet


What's included

  • Two twin beds
  • En suite bathroom with shower and/or bath
  • Sitting area with table and chair
  • Porthole window

Extras

  • Flat-screen TV
  • 24-hour room service
Superior Outside Cabin
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  • B
  • C
  • SOS
  • Superior Outside Cabin Approx. 160 - 200 square feet


What's included

  • Two twin beds
  • En suite bathroom with shower and/or bath
  • Sitting area with table and chair
  • Picture window

Extras

  • Flat-screen TV
  • 24-hour room service
Superior Single Balcony Cabin (Obstructed View)
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  • J
  • Superior Single Balcony Cabin (Obstructed View) Approx. 150 square feet including balcony


Obstructed View

Views from the balcony will be partially or fully obstructed due to lifeboats, tenders or safety equipment.

What's included

  • Floor to ceiling balcony door
  • Private balcony with seating area
  • One single bed
  • En suite bathroom with shower
  • Sitting area with table and chair

Extras

  • Flat-screen TV
  • 24-hour room service
Balcony Cabin (Obstructed View)
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  • BC
  • LBC
  • Balcony Cabin (Obstructed View) Approx. 160 square feet including balcony


Obstructed View

Views from the balcony will be partially or fully obstructed due to lifeboats, tenders or safety equipment.

What's included

  • Floor to ceiling balcony door
  • Private balcony with seating area
  • Two twin beds
  • En suite bathroom with shower
  • Sitting area with table and chair

Extras

  • Flat-screen TV
  • 24-hour room service
Junior Suite
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  • JS
  • LJS
  • Junior Suite Approx. 240 square feet


What's included

  • Two twin beds
  • En suite bathroom with shower and bath
  • Sitting area with fridge/minibar, sofa, table and chairs
  • Picture window

Extras

  • Welcome bottle of sparkling wine
  • Fruit basket on arrival (topped up on request)
  • Fresh flower arrangement on arrival
  • Afternoon canapé service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • Luxury towels
  • Daily newsletter with national and international news
  • Free pressing service for formal wear
  • Laundry service discount vouchers
  • Pair of compact umbrellas for use ashore
  • Complimentary use of binoculars
  • Complimentary use of World Atlas and Country Guide
  • Complimentary shuttle coach vouchers
Superior Junior Suite
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  • DS
  • Superior Junior Suite Approx. 260 square feet


What's included

  • Two twin beds
  • En suite bathroom with shower and bath
  • Sitting area with fridge/minibar, sofa, table and chairs
  • Picture window

Extras

  • Welcome bottle of sparkling wine
  • Fruit basket on arrival (topped up on request)
  • Fresh flower arrangement on arrival
  • Afternoon canapé service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • Luxury towels
  • Daily newsletter with national and international news
  • Free pressing service for formal wear
  • Laundry service discount vouchers
  • Pair of compact umbrellas for use ashore
  • Complimentary use of binoculars
  • Complimentary use of World Atlas and Country Guide
  • Complimentary shuttle coach vouchers
Single Balcony Suite (Obstructed View)
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  • JB
  • Single Balcony Suite (Obstructed View) Approx. 155 square feet including balcony


Obstructed View

Views from the balcony will be partially or fully obstructed due to lifeboats, tenders or safety equipment.

What's included

  • Floor to ceiling balcony door
  • Private balcony with seating area
  • One single bed
  • En suite bathroom with shower and/or bath
  • Sitting area with fridge/minibar, sofa, table and chairs

Extras

  • Welcome bottle of sparkling wine
  • Fruit basket on arrival (topped up on request)
  • Fresh flower arrangement on arrival
  • Afternoon canapé service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • Luxury towels
  • Daily newsletter with national and international news
  • Free pressing service for formal wear
  • Laundry service discount vouchers
  • Pair of compact umbrellas for use ashore
  • Complimentary use of binoculars
  • Complimentary use of World Atlas and Country Guide
  • Complimentary shuttle coach vouchers
Balcony Suite
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  • BS
  • LBS
  • Balcony Suite Approx. 210 square feet including balcony


What's included

  • Floor to ceiling balcony door
  • Private balcony with seating area
  • Two twin beds
  • En suite bathroom with shower and/or bath
  • Sitting area with fridge/minibar, sofa, table and chairs

Extras

  • Welcome bottle of sparkling wine
  • Fruit basket on arrival (topped up on request)
  • Fresh flower arrangement on arrival
  • Afternoon canapé service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • Luxury towels
  • Daily newsletter with national and international news
  • Free pressing service for formal wear
  • Laundry service discount vouchers
  • Pair of compact umbrellas for use ashore
  • Complimentary use of binoculars
  • Complimentary use of World Atlas and Country Guide
  • Complimentary shuttle coach vouchers
Superior Suite With Balcony (Obstructed View)
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  • SS
  • Superior Suite With Balcony (Obstructed View) Approx. 300 square feet including balcony


Partially Obstructed View

Views from the balcony will be partially obstructed due to lifeboats, tenders or safety equipment.

What's included

  • Floor to ceiling balcony door
  • Private balcony with seating area
  • Two twin beds
  • En suite bathroom with shower and bath
  • Sitting area with fridge/minibar, sofa, table and chairs

Extras

  • Welcome bottle of sparkling wine
  • Fruit basket on arrival (topped up on request)
  • Fresh flower arrangement on arrival
  • Afternoon canapé service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • Luxury towels
  • Daily newsletter with national and international news
  • Free pressing service for formal wear
  • Laundry service discount vouchers
  • Pair of compact umbrellas for use ashore
  • Complimentary use of binoculars
  • Complimentary use of World Atlas and Country Guide
  • Complimentary shuttle coach vouchers
Marquee Suite With Balcony
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  • MS
  • Marquee Suite With Balcony Approx. 440 square feet including balcony


What's included

  • Floor to ceiling balcony door
  • Private balcony with seating area
  • Two twin beds
  • En suite bathroom with shower and bath
  • Sitting area with floor to ceiling windows, fridge/minibar, sofa, table and chairs

Extras

  • Welcome bottle of sparkling wine
  • Fruit basket on arrival (topped up on request)
  • Fresh flower arrangement on arrival
  • Afternoon canapé service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • Luxury towels
  • Daily newsletter with national and international news
  • Free pressing service for formal wear
  • Laundry service discount vouchers
  • Pair of compact umbrellas for use ashore
  • Complimentary use of binoculars
  • Complimentary use of World Atlas and Country Guide
  • Complimentary shuttle coach vouchers
Premier Suite With Balcony
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  • PS
  • Premier Suite With Balcony Approx. 550 square feet including balcony


What's included

  • Floor to ceiling balcony door
  • Private balcony with seating area
  • Two twin beds
  • En suite bathroom with shower and bath
  • Sitting area with floor to ceiling windows, fridge/minibar, sofa, table and chairs

Extras

  • Welcome bottle of sparkling wine
  • Fruit basket on arrival (topped up on request)
  • Fresh flower arrangement on arrival
  • Afternoon canapé service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • Luxury towels
  • Daily newsletter with national and international news
  • Free pressing service for formal wear
  • Laundry service discount vouchers
  • Pair of compact umbrellas for use ashore
  • Complimentary use of binoculars
  • Complimentary use of World Atlas and Country Guide
  • Complimentary shuttle coach vouchers
Owners Suite
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  • OW
  • Owners Suite


What's included

  • Floor to ceiling balcony door
  • Private balcony with seating area
  • Two twin beds
  • En suite bathroom with shower and bath
  • Sitting area with floor to ceiling windows, fridge/minibar, sofa, table and chairs

Extras

  • Welcome bottle of sparkling wine
  • Fruit basket on arrival (topped up on request)
  • Fresh flower arrangement on arrival
  • Afternoon canapé service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • Luxury towels
  • Daily newsletter with national and international news
  • Free pressing service for formal wear
  • Laundry service discount vouchers
  • Pair of compact umbrellas for use ashore
  • Complimentary use of binoculars
  • Complimentary use of World Atlas and Country Guide
  • Complimentary shuttle coach vouchers
Terrace Balcony
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  • TC
  • Terrace Balcony Approx. 200 square feet including terrace balcony


Terrace Balcony

This cabin has a terrace balcony, which is overlooked by the promenade.


What's included

  • Floor to ceiling balcony door
  • Private terrace balcony with seating area
  • Two twin beds
  • En suite with bathtub and shower
  • Sitting area with table and chair
  • All cabins are non-smoking including the terrace balcony

Extras

  • Flat-screen TV
  • 24-hour room service
Terrace Balcony Suite
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  • TS
  • Terrace Balcony Suite Approx. 260 square feet including terrace balcony


Terrace Balcony

This cabin has a terrace balcony, which is overlooked by the promenade.

What's included

  • Floor to ceiling balcony door
  • Private terrace balcony with seating area
  • Two twin beds
  • Refrigerator & mini-bar
  • En suite with bathtub and shower
  • Sitting area with table and chair
  • All cabins are non-smoking including the terrace balcony

Extras

  • Welcome bottle of sparkling wine
  • Fruit basket on arrival (topped up on request)
  • Fresh flower arrangement on arrival
  • Afternoon canapé service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • Luxury towels
  • Daily newsletter with national and international news
  • Free pressing service for formal wear
  • Laundry service discount vouchers
  • Pair of compact umbrellas for use ashore
  • Complimentary use of binoculars
  • Complimentary use of World Atlas and Country
Single Terrace Balcony
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  • TK
  • Single Terrace Balcony Approx.150 square feet including terrace balcony


Terrace Balcony

This cabin has a terrace balcony, which is overlooked by the promenade.

What's included

  • Floor to ceiling balcony door
  • Private terrace balcony with seating area
  • Single bed
  • En suite with bathtub and shower
  • Sitting area with table and chair
  • All cabins are non-smoking including the terrace balcony
Twin Bedded Cabin - Any Cabin
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  • LLH
  • Twin Bedded Cabin - Any Cabin


Description - 1

This is a special reduced priced cabin and as such your cabin will be allocated by the cruise line. Please note it could be any cabin onboard the ship and may have an L shape bed or fixed twin bed configuration, alternatively could be an inside, outside (maybe obstructed view) or balcony cabin.

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Cabin Key

Stateroom categories

N
Single Inside Cabin
L
Single Outside Cabin
K
Single Outside Cabin
H
Inside Cabin
E
Outside Cabin
D
Outside Cabin
IS
Inside Cabin
OS
Outside Cabin
LOL
Outside Cabin
LOU
Outside Cabin
SO
Single Outside Cabin
LLH
Twin Bedded Cabin - Any Cabin

Room Types

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4 berth room
3 berth room
Room with bathtub (Shower is usually also included over the bath)
+
Room with restricted view
Room with fully restricted view
Adapted for wheelchair users

Black Watch Reviews


Ms B Meikle 22/05/2017

Cabin Rating : 1
terrible, noisy and unclean

Dining Rating : 1
poor quality food. I was given foods that I was intolerant too despite informing the chefs and maitre'd verbally as well as filling in the disability form before embarkation.

Entertainment Rating : 1
Ship Rating : 1
rude service from room service

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