Black Watch

Sister ship of Boudicca, Black Watch was first launched in 1972 and fully refit at the end of 2016. Offering a traditional cruising experience, she welcomes up to 804 passengers across her 8 decks. 

Black Watch is sleek, intimate and harks back to the days when cruise ships were revered for their style and charm. Focusing on providing a traditional cruise experience rather than gimmicks such as climbing walls and on board bumper cars, Black Watch feels friendly and familiar. This is further enhanced by the attentive staff who strive to offer service with a smile and remember the important things, such as your name and favourite tipple and how your like your eggs cooked at breakfast.

Able to accommodate up to 804 guests, there are a selection of suites and ocean view rooms to choose from, providing ample room and everything you need for a comfortable enjoyable and stress-free stay; and spacious public rooms bathed in natural light and retaining the elegant style of a traditional cruise ship. Black Watch has four restaurants options, including the stylish Glentanar Restaurant and beautiful Orchid Room which has a wonderful oriental look and feel. Before dinner you could delve into a good book in the well-stocked library, relax in the warmth on the Sun Deck, sample a great selection of premium gin at the Marquee Bar, or even devour a premium afternoon tea. Don’t miss the extravaganza of music, dance and comedy at evening shows in the Neptune Lounge.

Black Watch sails from ports all around the UK, and thanks to her new Terrace Balcony Rooms, offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy unforgettable sights and experiences as you cruise the world’s most spectacular waterways to a string of stunning destinations.



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unique features

On selected cruises, special interest themed excursions are on offer, where a range of activities and entertainment will be provided, regarding a particular point of interest or subject. A guest speaker will talk about their subject and ‘Shore Tours’ will take place. A ‘Shore Tour’ is a tour of a particular destination that will help bring to life and give a better understanding of the particular theme/subject that is being taught.

One example is a tour of the wine regions of Bordeaux and Rioja while wine expert Jilly Goolden delivers talks onboard and there is the opportunity to take part in wine-tasting activities and entertainment.

The majority of theme programs are free of charge, however relevant materials and ‘Shore Tours’ may have an additional cost.


As a general rule £8 per person per night guest per day for your cabin stewardess and the same amount for your restaurant waiter is always very much appreciated. For guests convenience this is automatically added to your cruise end account. Please however contact Reception once onboard should you wish to vary this amount.


  • Adults only
  • children facilities
  • smoking (some)




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.


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.

health fitness

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.

kid & teen

During the Easter, summer and Christmas holidays only, Fred Olsen offer organised and hosted children’s activities, subject to a minimum number of children booked on the cruise. Children’s club supervise children from age 5-11, with Children’s hosts arranging meet and greets with parents and children when they embark.

Children’s clubs offer a wide range of activities including games, contests, scavenger hunts, sports and fitness instruction, arts and crafts, cooking and children’s parties.


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