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: Southampton, UK
Arrive at Southampton where you will board Fred Olsen’s Black Watch and sail onwards to the Canary Islands.
Day 5: Funchal, Madeira
It is very easy to see why Madeira has gained the name of 'The Garden Island'. Lush greenery with an array of tropical fruits, this island is a favourite on many cruise itineraries. Take gondola ride to the mountain village of Monte to experience some of the most breathtaking views of the island, then take the thrilling way down on a local toboggan, winding and bending over the cobbles; this is something you won’t want to miss. For wine lovers, venture out into the vineyards and experience some of the famous wine of the region.
Day 6: La Palma, Canary Islands
Today the ship drops anchor on the Canary Island of La Palma. This beautiful island is a UNESCO biosphere reserve thanks to its rugged, forested landscape dotted with volcanoes like Cumbre Vieja and Teneguia. Stroll around the narrow cobbled streets of wooden-balconied houses and mansions in the island's capital, Santa Cruz de la Palma. Uncover local history and culture at Museo Naval, Museo de la Seda, Museo Casa Roja, and Museo Insular. Explore the craft shops and see artisans at work at the town of Villa de Mazo. Pay a visit to Roque de los Muchachos observatories to see the world's largest telescope - Gran Telescopio Canarias - and enjoy close up views of the amazing night sky. Venture 2km north of Santa Cruz to discover the magical Santuario de la Virgen de las Nieves church. Take a trip inland to admire the huge crater covered in pine forests and waterfalls at Caldera de Taburiente National Park.
Day 7: Tenerife, Canary Islands
Snow topped mountains contrasted with sandy beaches make Tenerife a firm favourite with tourists. Loro Park, the islands famous water park, is a popular choice for those looking to see the whale and dolphin shows and then head into the city centre and take in some local tapas whilst shopping in the array of shops here. With year round sunshine the beaches on the island will always welcome you to sit back relax and enjoy whilst topping up your tan.
Day 8: Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
The Canary island of Gran Canaria is famous for its beaches, water sports, food, and marine life. Beach lovers will delight in a day spent sunbathing, watching people body board, and enjoy a mojito or two on the promenade at Playa de las Canteras beach. Learn how to paddle board, surf, or scuba dive in Arguineguin where there’s also a collection of shisha bars. Adventurers delight as you hike Caldera de Bandama and admire the views that extend the entire north-east and central areas of the island – and on the way down enjoy a well-earned glass of Rioja at the nearby Vino Del Monte. Get close with wildlife and see dolphins, turtles, seals, toucans, and much more at Palmitos Park – the biggest zoological park in the Canary Islands. Or, swap seals for slides at Aqualand Water Park which is only ten minutes away from the Zoo.
Day 9: Lanzarote, Canary Islands
The ship drops anchor today on the island of Lanzarote. Admire Castillo San Gabriel and Castillo San Jose that form the backdrop to Arrecife harbour. The beautiful golden sand of Playa del Reducto is ideal for a morning's sunbathing, or take a stroll along the seafront promenade to the peaceful Playa del Cable. Venture inland to explore the landscape of Timanfaya National Park's fire mountains or uncover the spectacular natural concert hall and subterranean lagoon at Cueva de Los Verdes.
Day 11: Cadiz, Spain
The ancient port city of Cadiz lies on a peninsula on Spain's south-west coast. From its bustling harbour to its Moorish-style old town, Cadiz is awash with things to see and do. Explore Museo de Cadiz and Museo de las Cortes de Cadiz, or visit the cathedral to see more of the city from its Toree de Poniente. Soak up the sunshine on Playa de Caleta beach and escape to Parque Genoves. Relax with a plate of fried fish on Plaza de Flores, before shopping in the adjacent Mercado Central de Abastos. Venture further afield and experience flamenco and fiestas in the tree-lined streets of Seville or uncover the art of sherry making in Jerez.
Day 12: Lisbon, Portugal
Spread across seven hills on the shores of River Tagus is Portugal's capital city, Lisbon. Pavement cafes, bustling squares and serene gardens sit alongside palaces, bridges and castles in this waterside city.
Immerse yourself in culture at Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and National Museum of Contemporary Art, or enjoy the colourful marine life at Oceanarium. Take a vintage tram ride through the city's cobbled streets, admiring Jerónimos Monastery and Belém Tower on the way. Haggle for bargains at the lively Thieves Market, or explore designer shops on Rua do Carmo, Rua Garrett and Avenida da Liberdade.
Venture further afield and discover the fairytale places and ornate villas in Sintra or go dolphin-watching in Setúbal.
Day 15: Southampton, UK
The cruise comes to an end in Southampton, where you disembark and make your way home.