The elegant furnishings and traditional charm of Fred. Olsen's Black Watch make it perfect for lovers of cruising's golden age. With classic cabins and suites, it offers a voyage of endless peace and relaxation.
The dining experience on Black Watch ranges from the wonderfully elegant to the charmingly casual. Savour buffets of international cuisines at the welcoming Garden Cafe, as well as exquisite gourmet meals at the orientally-styled Orchid Room. Succulent steaks are on offer at the on-board grill restaurant, while the ship's aromatic coffee and chocolate cafe features a spectacular menu of speciality hot drinks and divine sweet treats.
Day or night, you have an enthralling selection of entertainment. Take a dip in the variety of swimming pools and whirpools, or simply lie back and enjoy the sunshine on a comfortable lounger. For some activity, deal a few hands in the card room, enjoy a bestseller at the library, take a swing at the golf nets, or play a game on the tennis courts. Then again, why not just enjoy some retail therapy at the duty-free boutique, followed by a trip to the spa for a massage or facial?
At night, be amazed by stunning cabarets, live music, comedy acts, and piano melodies at Black Watch's array of entertainment venues. Enjoy exotic cocktails, fine wines, cold beers, and delicious spirits in the ship's relaxing lounges, glamorous bars, and friendly pub.
Perfectly sized to get astoundingly close to scenic shores, Black Watch offers an unforgettable experience both inside and out. For those who love exquisite service, luxurious accommodation, sensational entertainment, and a sociable atmosphere, Fred. Olsen's Black Watch is ideal.
Dining on Black Watch is an experience to be savoured. The Glentanar Restaurant is the ship's main venue featuring fresh meals, exquisite cuisines and spectacular sea views. There's also The Orchid Room, which offers a Far East decor and delicious gourmet dishes. For a more casual setting, The Garden Cafe serves an internationally-inspired buffet and tasty lunchtime snacks.
Try The Grill for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Here, you have a tempting choice of omelette, shrimp salad, beef and onion pie, beefburger, BLT, fruit salad, and blueberry cheesecake during the day. Or for dinner, there's pasta, grilled seafood, prime-cut steak, and pannacotta. The coffee and chocolate cafe offers a selection of lattes, espressos, cappuccinos, Irish coffees, teas, pralines, fondant chocolates, and champagne truffles.
From hot lattes to cold cocktails, there's a favourite tipple for everyone on Black Watch. Morning Light Pub is decorated in the style of a traditional British pub with a unique Scandinavian twist - perfect for socialising with a beer, wine or spirit. The Observatory offers panoramic views to enjoy while you sip a nightcap, as well as an entertaining pianist. Head to Marquee Bar for refreshments by the swimming pool, or Lido Lounge for late-night exotic cocktails, refreshing beers, and tasty wines.
Neptune Lounge serves a fantastic menu of beverages complemented perfectly by dazzling live acts. There's also Braemar Lounge for comfy armchairs and a stylish cocktail bar.
There's always an activity to enjoy aboard Black Watch. You have yoga, toning and Pilates classes, as well as aerobics sessions and dancing lessons at the fitness centre. Improve your skill at the black jack sessions, take a swing at the golf nets, and play a game on the tennis courts too.
In the evening, the lively Neptune Lounge offers music, comedians, cabret acts, bright lights, and great costumes. You can also dance the night away to great orchestra music here. Head to Braemar Lounge or The Observatory for piano music; Marina Theatre for late-night films; and Morning Light Pub for live entertainment. Lido Lounge offers dancing and evening quizzes, or you can try your luck at the blackjack or roulette tables.
Day 1: Liverpool, UK
Arrive at the Liverpool Port and embark on board Black Watch.
Day 4: Trondheim, Norway
Today gives you another opportunity to explore the city of Trondheim. The city walk through Trondheim is a journey through its 1000-year history. Back on board, the ship heads out of the majestic Trondheimsfjord, which is 170 kilometres long and up to 25 kilometres wide. Like all other Norwegian fjords it is deep, 577 metres at most. As we sail along the coast you’ll realise the importance of fish to Norwegian coastal communities. Kristiansund’s location has provided the town with a wealth of opportunities in the fishing, shipbuilding and oil industries. This town is now regarded as Norway’s ‘cured cod capital’ because of its long time export of salted dry fish. Here you can join a trip to the Atlantic Road, one of Norway’s most visited tourist destinations. As we cross the open sea to Molde, known as the ‘city of roses’, you will notice the steep, grey, pointed peaks of the Romsdal Alps.
Day 5: Cruising Rorvik, Cruising Torghatten, Cruising Seven Sisters mountain range, Cross the Arctic Circle, Norway
Day 6: Leknes, Norway
Your first stop of the day is Leknes; an area rich in Viking history and Arctic nature. Leknes looks out over the jagged peaks of the Lofoten Islands, which also boast white sand beaches, distinctive cliffs, and spectacular panoramic views. Visit the Viking Museum at the nearby village of Borg, explore the historic fishing village of Nusfjord, stop by the pebble beach at Eggum and Unstad, and the cave paintings at Kollhellaren Cave.
Day 7: Tromso, Norway
Arrive in Tromsø - the 'Gateway to the Arctic'. Enjoy a thrilling husky sled ride through snow-covered landscapes from the Tromso Wilderness Centre or visit the iceberg-shaped Arctic Cathedral. Ride the cable car to the top of Mount Storsteinen for amazing views, admire the artworks at the Art Museum of Norway, or step back in time at Perspektivet Museum. Taste authentic local brews on a tour of Mack Brewery or get up close to local fish and bearded seals at Polaria Arctic Aquarium.
Day 8: Honningsvag & Cruising North Cape,Norway
Honningsvag is your gateway to Norway's North Cape on Magerøya Island. This is the northernmost point in Europe, and the true land of the midnight sun. From mid-May to July, the full disc of the sun never dips below the horizon. In winter, the days barely lighten to a spectral gloom. To the north lies only the remote Svalbard Archipelago, Jan Mayan Island, and the polar ice cap. From the cliffs of North Cape, perched 1,000 feet above the Arctic Ocean, one stares into the arctic silence. During the summer months, vast reindeer herds roam Magerøya Island's treeless, central plateau.
Day 9: Alta, Norway
Alta stretches along 15km of coastline in the Finnmark County in Norway. Inhabited by the indigenous Sami people since prehistoric times, Alta is also considered to be one of the best places to experience the midnight sun in the summer and see the Northern Lights in the winter. Gaze in awe at the modern-style Northern Lights Cathedral, explore the UNESCO-listed ancient rock carvings at Alta Museum and Hjemmeluft then enjoy the thrill of husky sledding and snowmobiling through Arctic landscapes. The Altafjord and the Altaelva River offer some of the best salmon fishing in the world. A visit to the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel is a unique and once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Day 11: Kristiansund, Norway
Your next stop is Kristiansund on Norway's west coast. Known as the 'Summer City' and the gateway to the dramatic Atlantic Road - which links Kristiansund and Molde - Kristiansund spans three separate islands, connected only by bridges. Explore the Posebyen old town area which dates back to 1631 or experience the lively fish market by the harbour. Enjoy a few hours of fun at Kristiansund Zoo & Amusement Park. Take a trip to the quaint town of Lillesand or visit the glittering displays of gems and crystals at Setesdal Mineral Park.
Day 14: Liverpool, UK
Disembark at Liverpool Port and make your way home.