Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines






Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is a family operated company with a Norwegian heritage going back a over 150 years.

Fred. Olsen ships are of a small to medium size by today’s standards and appeal to passengers who don’t like the idea of flying as they offer round trip cruises to a growing number of UK ports including Dover, Southampton, Newcastle, Liverpool and Leith.

Fred. Olsen attracts a loyal following of repeat customers owing to the ships friendly crew who will treat you as individual rather than a cabin number, often remembering your name and drink preference.

Black Watch is often referred to as a ‘proper ship’ and this is evident in her sleek profile, built originally for long distance voyages, complete with a wrap-around teak deck and although showing her age in places, her size allows friendships with fellow passengers to quickly form.

On board you will discover a welcoming atmosphere and a good standard of accommodation with a friendly ‘home from home’ feel. Passengers tend to be almost all British, over 60 and young in spirit if not body.

A good range of facilities are available on board including swimming pool, hot tubs, gym, most ships with golf nets, health and beauty salons, library plus a range of optional activity / themed packages available on certain cruise itinerary’s – ArtsClub, a Flagship Golf & Civilisations programme. (extra charges apply and must be pre-booked).

Tea and coffee is available in your cabin, rather than via room service, drinks are very reasonably priced, and now you can buy a daily all-inclusive drinks package for £10 per person, per day. Sterling is the currency used on board.

Itineraries include the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Baltic’s, Far East, South America and Round the World plus many others.

“Cruising aboard a Fred. Olsen cruise, you will find that you are treated as individual rather than a cabin number. The crew will often remember your name and drink preference and this helps to attract a high level of repeat business which they are well known for”.


Black Watch Fred Olsen Cruise Lines

Black Watch Ship Stats

Built: 1972 Refurbished 2009

Tonnage/Size: 28613 – Medium

Total Passengers: 807/868 (min/max)

Total Crew: 320

Length: 205.5 m (674.1 ft)

Beam: 25.2 m (82.6 ft)

Sister Ships: Bouddica, Albatros

Fellow Passengers: Mainly British, often repeat customers.

Currency: £ GBP

Tipping: £4 per passenger day is automatically added to your onboard account for cabin and restaurant staff.


2016 Refurbishment:

Black Watch entered a dry-dock refurbishment programme in November 2016 at Hamburg, Germany which included general engineering and maintenance work.

Part of the refurbishment saw the addition of several new public areas and guest facilities created included a new self service restaurant, named ‘Brigadoon’, formerly  ‘The Braemar Garden Café’, which can seat 54 guests.

A speciality dining area, The ‘Black Watch Room’ replaces ‘The Braemar Courtyard’ for seating for up to 46 guests, offering made-to-order á la carte dining, including expertly-prepared steaks and seafood.

New furniture, carpets and curtains have been added to the ‘The Glentanar Restaurant’ with a more spacious layout.

‘The Poolside Grill’ is a re-branded and redesigned dining area offering a Mediterranean-themed culinary experience.

All 423 guest rooms on Black Watch have seen a new interactive in-cabin TV system installed, refurbished bathrooms with safes and mini-bars as standard.

The various bar and lounge areas on board Black Watch also received considerable attention including updated decor and fittings to the ‘The Observatory Lounge’ and the ‘Lido Bar’.

The Morning Light Pub has been relocated to what was once the Braemar Lounge on Deck 6 to offer a new more spacious area with a new bar, furniture and fabrics.

The Marina Cinema on Deck 3 has been completely updated with the latest ‘4K’ and ‘3D’ technology to allow for high definition films and 3D movies / programmes to be shown.

All included in the special price of your cruise:

  • Comfortable air conditioned en suite cabin accommodation
  • All meals throughout the cruise from a’ la carte dining to casual buffets and in-cabin room service & late night snacks
  • Tea & coffee throughout the day and evening, including morning coffee with biscuits, afternoon tea with sandwiches & cakes.
  • Evening entertainment including dancing and cabaret shows
  • On board leisure facilities including gym, swimming pools and Jacuzzis
  • Daily on board activities and lectures
  • Captains cocktail party and gala buffet
  • Baggage porterage to the cabin


Facilities aboard Black Watch include:

  • The Morning Light Pub – now located in the Braemar Lounge
  • Casino
  • Lido Lounge
  • Marina Theatre – upgraded with the latest ‘4K’ and ‘3D’ technology.
  • Neptune Lounge
  • Pipers Bar
  • The Observatory
  • Glentanar Restaurant
  • Orchid Room
  • Marquee Pool Bar
  • Brigadoon – was the Braemar Garden Café
  • Atlantis Spa
  • Black Watch Room – was the Braemar Courtyard
  • Card Room
  • Explorers Library
  • Internet Room
  • Fitness Centre
  • Golf
  • Marquee Pool and Jacuzzis
  • Promenade Deck
  • Sauna
  • Photo Gallery
  • Shops