The Fred Olsen Black Watch is an intimate, charming cruise ship which exudes style and substance. With room for 804 guests, it is one of the smaller cruise ships sailing the seven seas today – but, like with all Fred Olsen cruise ships, this merely means greater comfort, fabulous entertainment and excellent customer service comes as a given.
One of the unique amenities found aboard the Black Watch is the promenade: lined in traditional teak, this is the ideal place to remind you what ocean travel is all about.
With an internet centre and 24-hour reception, Black Watch ensures that there are answers for any question you might have – be it the name of that bird flying by, or what the best restaurants to visit in the next port town are.
Since the rise of the internet, constant communication has become a standard part of life, and a visit to the internet centre means you can quickly share snaps and statuses with your friends from wherever in the world you may be – certain to put the colour of envy into their eyes!
There’s no chance of feeling bored on board the Black Watch cruise ship, as it boasts the Marina Theatre as well as hosting cabaret, theatre and comedy acts in the Neptune Lounge.
Test your luck in the Games Room at the Roulette wheel, or take a daytime session to learn exactly what it takes to win big. The Card Room is a bright and carefree place to unwind with a pack of cards and a game of bridge, backgammon – or perhaps just an enthusiastic game of Snap!
Fantastic Fitness Options
For those of a more physical inclination, the Black Watch fitness suite has everything you need for a full blown work out: weights, rowing machines, dance lessons and an enthusiastic fitness instructor ensure that your fitness routine will only be ramped up while on board.
If all this sounds a bit too much for a restful, indulgent holiday, take time out for yourself by visiting the Atlantis Spa for a hot stone massage or invigorating facial.
The salon offers beauty treatments and hairdos – ideal for a little primping before heading out on a hot date with your other half. Alongside the fitness classes, yoga and aerobics lessons are offered in the fitness centre, perfect for returning you to yourself.
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Bars and Lounges
Black Watch has several bars and lounges ideal for unwinding after a busy day of relaxing on deck.
From the Morning Light Pub, which boasts a unique décor of traditional British with a splash of Scandinavian, to the Observatory lounge – aptly named, this piano cocktail bar allows guests to view the gently heaving waves through their panoramic windows and to get a closer look through one of the many binoculars that are dotted throughout the room – having an apéritif or digestif has never felt so exotic.
Alongside these are the Lido Lounge – where the music calls you to dance the night away – and the Pool Bar, which is ideal for grabbing a cool beer or fruity cocktail while you lounge by the pool in the glimmering sunshine.
When we picture a cruise liner then we conjure up the image of the massive ship that holds thousands of passengers and that has everything on board from swimming pools,to cinema’s and driving ranges etc...
Indeed, many of the modern liners are like this however there are an equal number that cater for the more personalised holiday and Fred Olsen Cruises are one of these.
For many people having countless numbers of activities on board as well as being on the same ship as thousands of other people is something that they crave however it is not for everyone and sometimes people go on a cruise holiday in order to relax in serenity and comfort.
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One benefit that Fred Olsen Cruises have and something that you do not often get on some of the bigger ships is that you have a much better chance of bonding with fellow passengers especially if the size of the liner itself is quite small.
In fact, what many people have been commenting on is that, with these cruise liners, you actually forge some very strong friendships and that holiday makers often meet up time and time again on a Fred Olsen cruising holiday.
At the end of the day what do you really want from a cruise holiday? Relaxation, a place to meet new people and also the chance to see some sights that you would not normally get the chance to view. This is what you get on these cruise liners and it is much more catered towards an intimate setting that allows you to go at your own pace while providing all the amenities and services that you need.
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In fact, it is not just the passengers that form friendships on this basis and, as a spokesman for Fred Olsen stated: "We find people age into our product, rather than us having to adapt to a new demographic. What appeals to our customers is familiarity; our officers and crew are all long-serving, and many long-term friendships - both between passengers and between passengers and crew - are forged on our ships."
The company has, however, had to alter some of its regulations on board such as smoking as this is now banned in all the indoor areas although there are outside sections where it is permitted.
In an age when cruise companies are becoming larger and larger - owing to the cheap nature of these getaways now and that more people can now afford a cruise - companies such as Fred Olsen are keeping a human face, so to speak, on the cruise business and while they are certainly not the largest cruise company in the market today many would argue that they are the most welcoming and friendliest of the lot.
If it is an intimate setting that you are after with a relaxing break and the chance to explore new places and meet new people then this liner is your best choice in a time when cruise ships are becoming larger, more corporate and much more distant to many people.
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