Introducing Black Watch

In contrast to the megaships being built today, Black Watch offers a more personal and intimate cruising experience. Look forward to sharing your ship with a few hundred like-minded guests rather than the thousands accommodated on the modern giants.

About Black Watch

With smaller dimensions comes the possibility to dock at a wider variety of ports, as well as the opportunity to get to know fellow shipmates with ease.

Whether working out or winding down, there are facilities to suit everyone. Features on board include two serene heated swimming pools, as well as numerous hot tubs and exercise pools, a fitness centre offering a gym and classes, plus golf nets, a tennis court and a deck promenade. A range of treatments are available in the Atlantis spa, where there’s also a sauna and steam room at your disposal.

Indulge in a rather special five-course evening meal at the stylish Glentanar or Orchid Room venues, or enjoy something more casual at the Braemar Garden Cafe. If the warm evening breeze tempts you outside, the al fresco restaurant on Black Watch – The Grill – is well worth a visit.

Options for evening entertainment are broad and traditional, with cabaret acts at the Neptune Lounge. If that’s not your thing, perhaps you’d prefer the live musicians and quiz nights available at the pub and the Lido Lounge.

There’s the opportunity to play bridge in the Card Room, or to take some time out in the library. The Marquee bar has a great selection of gins, while the observatory is a great place to round off another relaxing day. Enjoy winding down while a pianist creates the perfect ambiance to compliment the stunning view. Black Watch will certainly help create some unforgettable memories.

See What's Inside

Five main types of cabin are available – Suites, Balcony, Outside, Inside and Single – each with 24-hour room service. All rooms include an interactive TV, hair dryer, safe, wardrobe and drawer space.

Premier Suite

Premier Suites all have a bedroom and sitting area, balcony, bathroom with bath and/or shower, television and a fridge. Guests in Premier Suites will benefit from Fred. Olsen's Suite Dreams package, which include a bottle of sparkling wine, a fruit basket, and flowers or plant waiting for you in your suite when your board. Afternoon canapés delivered daily as you prepare for dinner and complimentary fluffy bathrobe and slippers. The package also includes a daily newsletter with international and national news, delivered to your door, as well as complimentary shuttle vouchers to get you right to the heart of things if your port is outside town and there are even compact umbrellas if you should need them. Other vouchers include laundry, luxury towels and pressing of formal-wear.

  • 550 square feet
  • Sleeps up to 3

Marquee Suite

Marquee Suites all have a bedroom and sitting area, balcony, bathroom with bath and/or shower, television and a fridge. Guests in Marquee Suites will benefit from Fred. Olsen's Suite Dreams package, which include a bottle of sparkling wine, a fruit basket, and flowers or plant waiting for you in your suite when your board. Afternoon canapés delivered daily as you prepare for dinner and complimentary fluffy bathrobe and slippers. The package also includes a daily newsletter with international and national news, delivered to your door, as well as complimentary shuttle vouchers to get you right to the heart of things if your port is outside town and there are even compact umbrellas if you should need them. Other vouchers include laundry, luxury towels and pressing of formal-wear.

  • 440 square feet
  • Sleeps up to 3

Superior Suite

Superior Suites all have a bedroom and sitting area, balcony, bathroom with bath and/or shower, television and a fridgeGuests in Superior Suites will benefit from Fred. Olsen's Suite Dreams package, which include a bottle of sparkling wine, a fruit basket, and flowers or plant waiting for you in your suite when your board. Afternoon canapés delivered daily as you prepare for dinner and complimentary fluffy bathrobe and slippers. The package also includes a daily newsletter with international and national news, delivered to your door, as well as complimentary shuttle vouchers to get you right to the heart of things if your port is outside town and there are even compact umbrellas if you should need them. Other vouchers include laundry, luxury towels and pressing of formal-wear.

  • 300 square feet
  • Sleeps 3-4

Balcony Suite

Balcony Suites all have a bedroom and sitting area, balcony, bathroom with bath and/or shower, television and a fridge. Guests in Balcony Suites will benefit from Fred. Olsen's Suite Dreams package, which include a bottle of sparkling wine, a fruit basket, and flowers or plant waiting for you in your suite when your board. Afternoon canapés delivered daily as you prepare for dinner and complimentary fluffy bathrobe and slippers. The package also includes a daily newsletter with international and national news, delivered to your door, as well as complimentary shuttle vouchers to get you right to the heart of things if your port is outside town and there are even compact umbrellas if you should need them. Other vouchers include laundry, luxury towels and pressing of formal-wear.

  • 210 square feet
  • Sleeps 3-4

Superior Junior Suite

Superior Junior Suites all have a sitting area, bathroom with bath and/or shower, television and a fridge. Guests in Superior Junior Suites will benefit from Fred. Olsen's Suite Dreams package, which include a bottle of sparkling wine, a fruit basket, and flowers or plant waiting for you in your suite when your board. Afternoon canapés delivered daily as you prepare for dinner and complimentary fluffy bathrobe and slippers. The package also includes a daily newsletter with international and national news, delivered to your door, as well as complimentary shuttle vouchers to get you right to the heart of things if your port is outside town and there are even compact umbrellas if you should need them. Other vouchers include laundry, luxury towels and pressing of formal-wear.

  • 260 square feet
  • Sleeps 2-3

Junior Suite

Junior Suites all have a sitting area, bathroom with bath and/or shower, television and a fridge. Guests in Junior Suites will benefit from Fred. Olsen's Suite Dreams package, which include a bottle of sparkling wine, a fruit basket, and flowers or plant waiting for you in your suite when your board. Afternoon canapés delivered daily as you prepare for dinner and complimentary fluffy bathrobe and slippers. The package also includes a daily newsletter with international and national news, delivered to your door, as well as complimentary shuttle vouchers to get you right to the heart of things if your port is outside town and there are even compact umbrellas if you should need them. Other vouchers include laundry, luxury towels and pressing of formal-wear.

  • 240 square feet
  • Sleeps 2-4

Balcony Cabin

These Balcony Cabins have a cabin with balcony, bathroom with shower. All Balcony Cabins on board Black Watch have a hairdryer and television. 

  • 160 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Superior Outside Cabin

Outside Cabins on board Black Watch range from approximately 160 square feet to approximately 200 square feet for a Superior Outside Cabin. All Outside Cabins have a bathroom with a shower and/or bath. Some Outside Cabins have picture windows, and all cabins have a television.

  • Superior Outside Cabin (Grade A): 200 square feet, sleeps 2
  • Superior Outside Cabin (

    Grade B)
    : 160 square feet, sleeps 2-4

  • Superior Outside Cabin (

    Grade C)
    : 160 square feet, sleeps 2-3

Outside Cabin

All Outside Cabins have a bathroom with a shower and/or bath. Some Outside Cabins have picture windows, and all cabins have a television.

  • 160 square feet
  • Sleeps 2-4

Inside Cabin

Twin Inside cabins onboard Black Watch are all approximately 140 square feet in size, have a bathroom with a shower, and can be found on Atlantic and Marina Decks. All Inside cabins also have a television.

  • 140 square feet
  • Sleeps 1-2

Single Balcony Suite

Single Balcony Suites all have a bedroom and sitting area, balcony, bathroom with bath and/or shower, television and a fridge. Guests in Single Balcony Suites will benefit from Fred. Olsen's Suite Dreams package, which include a bottle of sparkling wine, a fruit basket, and flowers or plant waiting for you in your suite when your board. Afternoon canapés delivered daily as you prepare for dinner and complimentary fluffy bathrobe and slippers. The package also includes a daily newsletter with international and national news, delivered to your door, as well as complimentary shuttle vouchers to get you right to the heart of things if your port is outside town and there are even compact umbrellas if you should need them. Other vouchers include laundry, luxury towels and pressing of formal-wear.

  • 160 square feet
  • Sleeps 1

Single Cabins

All single cabins on board Black Watch have televisions. All single cabins have a bathroom with shower (some may also have a bathtub).

  • 150 square feet
  • Sleeps 1

Sun Deck 10

  • Sun Decks
  • Fitness Centre
  • Saunas
  • Gymnasium

Marquee Deck 9

  • Marquee pool
  • Whirlpools
  • The Observatory
  • Premier Suites
  • Marquee Suites
  • Superior Suites
  • Balcony Suites
  • Single Balcony Suite

Bridge Deck 8

  • Bridge
  • Superior Suites
  • Balcony Suites
  • Balcony Cabin
  • Single Balcony Suite
  • Superior Outside Single

Lido Deck 7

  • Internet Centre
  • Gaming Tables
  • Dalreoch Card Room
  • Explorers Library
  • Lido Lounge
  • Open Promenade
  • Superior Junior Suites
  • Junior Suites
  • Superior Outside Cabins
  • Single Outside Cabins

Lounge Deck 6

  • Glentanar Restaurant
  • The Orchid Room
  • Bar
  • The Braemar Garden
  • The Braemar Garden Café
  • Pipers' Bar
  • Neptune Lounge
  • Games Room
  • Poolside Café
  • Swimming Pool
  • Exercise Pools

Main Deck 5

  • Cruise Sales Office
  • Shore Tours Office
  • Port Shop
  • Reception Desk
  • Shop
  • Photo Gallery
  • Laundrette
  • Superior Junior Suites
  • Superior Outside Cabins
  • Single Outside Cabins
  • Single Inside Cabins

Atlantic Deck 4

  • Laundrette
  • Beauty Salon
  • Outside Cabins
  • Inside Cabins
  • Single Outside Cabins
  • Single Inside Cabins

Marina Deck 3

  • Marina Theatre
  • Medical Centre
  • Outside Cabins
  • Inside Cabins
  • Single Outside Cabins

Two main dining rooms, a café and casual lunch or snack options are available onboard, with a choice of set dinner times or more informal ‘freedom dining.’ Choose between formal, intimate and relaxed surroundings, or special themed nights.
The main dining room is split into two with Glentanar Restaurant, as the larger dining room, and The Orchid Room, a smaller offshoot. Both offer open seating for breakfast and two seatings for lunch and dinner. Glentanar’s has panoramic windows with fine sea views and a large menu. The Orchid Room is an oriental designed, quieter and more intimate restaurant with gourmet meals.

The Glantanar Restaurant

The stylish Glentanar Restaurant is the main restaurant onboard Black Watch where your taste buds will be tantalised by the delightful and huge choice of dishes freshly prepared by our award winning chefs.
The Glentanar Restaurant has panoramic windows from which to admire magnificent ocean views or your current port of call whilst enjoying a meal during your cruise holiday.

  • Experience: Complimentary
  • Cuisine: Classic

The Orchid Room

This beautifully Oriental designed and intimate restaurant provides a fantastic setting to enjoy a gourmet meal freshly prepared by the award winning chefs.

  • Experience: Cover
  • Cuisine: Classic

The Garden Café

The Garden Café offers a delicious buffet to tempt you throughout your stay onboard Black Watch. It is a casual lounge area with a stylish bar making this the perfect location for a lunchtime snack or if you don’t feel like dressing for one of the formal nights during your cruise holiday onboard Black Watch.

  • Experience: Cover
  • Cuisine: Buffet

Entertainment onboard Black Watch is varied with large selection of lounges, each with their own atmosphere. From live comedians to card rooms, you're bound to find something to entertain yourself whilst onboard, whether you're looking to have some fun, or just relax for a bit.

Morning Light Pub

The Morning Light Pub is decorated in a traditional style, depicting the century and a half of Fred. Olsen history. Daytime or evening you can be entertained by occasional live music or stand-up comedians.

Observatory Lounge

The large picture windows in the Observatory Lounge offer fantastic views 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 cocktail on your cruise holiday.

Neptune Lounge

Shows, reviews and evenings of cabaret are what the Neptune Lounge has to offer. Neptune Lounge has ample room for passengers whichever dinner sitting you are on, so you can find a seat to enjoy the glitz and glamour of the evening shows.

Port Shop

The Port Shop onboard stocks all the holiday essentials that you may have forgotten to pack from toiletries to sun hats or even a good book. You’ll also find a wide range of sweet treats and savoury snacks – perfect for whilst onboard or as gifts to take home.

Boutique

The Boutique features a wide range of luxury gifts for yourself and your loved ones. It offers a wide range of fragrance, cosmetics, bags, clothing & fashion accessories from designer brands such as Dior, Estee Lauder, Leighton Denny, Radley & Fiorelli, all at duty-free prices.

Card room

Find card tables and competition in the card room. Bridge is always a popular pursuit onboard, so you’re sure to find players for a hand or two and more – whether casual or competitive is up to you.

Photo Gallery

View those photos taken by the ships photographers, capturing those all important holiday memories from going ashore to formal night. These are displayed each day and can be viewed and purchased in the Photo Gallery.

Marina Theatre

Enjoy one of the 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 the Reception.

Gaming Tables

The Black Watch includes a gaming area where you may try your hand at the Black Jack table or Roulette wheel. Try and beat the experienced croupiers, and there is even the opportunity to learn how to play better, with daytime sessions teaching you how to win big.

The Braemer Lounge

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.

A selection of health, fitness, beauty and relaxation areas are available onboard. From The Atlantis Spa & Salon to the state-of-the-art Fitness Centre, where you can work up a sweat in one of the many fitness classes on offer.

Atlantis Spa and Salon

Atlantis Spa and Salon offers a range of treatments and facilities including: facials, massages, waxing and body shaping treatments. The spa is open from 8am - 8pm daily. A sauna is a must and should help you to unwind after a busy day on your cruise holiday. The sauna is located on the sun deck within the fitness centre and gymnasium.

Fitness Centre

A fully equipped fitness centre with sea views, fitness instructors and a range of equipment includes: treadmills, rowing machines, exercise bikes, free weights. 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.

Golfing

For those keen golfers, take in sweeping sea views as you hone your perfect swing. Take some time to yourself in the practice golf nets.

Swimming Pools & Whirlpools

All swimming pools are heated. The pool on the Lounge deck of Black Watch is located at the aft of the ship, adjacent to the Poolside Café. The aft pool also incorporates a pair of exercise pool. There is also another pool located on the Marquee deck.

Two whirlpools are located on the Marquee deck attached to the pool.

Tennis

With nets to catch your quick serves, tennis enthusiasts can practise their back hand whilst away and hone that perfect swing.

Fred. Olsen offers an interesting array of guest speakers to talk to the passengers onboard. Discussing various subjects including upcoming destinations.

Lectures

On selected cruises a range of Vistas speakers who can’t wait to share their passion with you, and make your cruise really memorable. From Lars Tharp the admired historian, lecturer and a long-running expert on the Antiques Roadshow; food and wine expert Jilly Goolden and gardener Charlie Dimmock.

Arts and Crafts room

The Arts & Crafts Room on board your cruise ship is the perfect space to explore your ideas and designs with arts and crafts lecturers. So, for the creative amongst you, there will be plenty to keep you entertained throughout your cruise holiday, and perhaps leave you with your own self-crafted souvenir to take home.

Launched:
1972
Refitted:
2009
Tonnage:
28,613
Language:
en
Length:
205m (674ft)
Width:
25m (83ft)
Speed:
18 knots
Decks:
8
Crew:
330
Cabins:
423
Occupancy:
804
Currency:
GBP

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