A firm favourite of many Fred. Olsen guests since joining the fleet in 1996, classic Black Watch has circled the globe many times giving guests memorable experiences the world over. As part of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ multi-million pound investment programme, 804-guest Black Watch entered dry dock at the Blohm + Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany in November 2016 to undergo four weeks of extensive engineering work, maintenance and refurbishment.
The ship has been refreshed and enhanced, with considerable improvements made to existing dining venues, bars, on board facilities and 423 guest rooms across the ship. Along with the introduction of a brand new restaurant, a redesigned and relocated Morning Light Pub has been complemented by redecoration of most cabins. While major upgrades have been made, you can rest assured that Black Watch has not been spoilt, only improved; so that the intimate and traditional style of this special ship can be enjoyed for many years to come.
For detailed descriptions of the updates and refurbishments, please see below.
A key focus of Black Watch’s refurbishment was to upgrade guest rooms across the ship. In cabins on decks 9, 8, 7, 5, 4 and 3 brand new carpets, new bed frames and mattresses have been fitted, with bright new linens enhancing the sense of light and airiness in each room. The bathrooms have been completely refurbished too and are now more contemporary, with new fixtures, fittings and extra storage space.
Each room has been fitted with a safe and a mini-bar/fridge as standard, as well as a TV which can provide information to enhance your cruise, such as your Room Account, the Daily Times, dining menus and a great selection of movies, box sets, music and TV channels. Attention has been paid to the smaller details too, such as fitting UK plug sockets and USB charging points to many of the rooms on board Black Watch. All to ensure that your experience is as relaxing, enjoyable and stress-free as possible.
Restaurants / Dining Venues
Dining on board any Fred. Olsen ship is always a memorable experience and a highlight of the cruise, so considerable attention was paid to the restaurants on board Black Watch during the dry dock. Not only have some of the existing dining spaces been updated with attractive new furnishings and décor, but brand new venues have been created too.
The Glentanar – the ship’s main restaurant hosting up to 340 guests – underwent an extensive refurbishment. This appealing space now features a new layout and brand new furniture, carpets, curtains and a striking glass sculpture giving the room a fresh look and feel. As before, guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch and expertly prepared five-course á la carte dinners in the welcoming surroundings of The Glentanar.
The former Braemar Garden Café has been replaced by a new buffet restaurant named Brigadoon, in reference to Fred. Olsen’s close Scottish connections. Featuring Scottish imagery and a ‘courtyard’, Brigadoon offers an intimate, self-service dining experience for up to 54 guests. Dishes served include a selection of British favourites and culinary delights from around the globe.
Another brand new dining venue on board Black Watch is the Black Watch Room on Lounge Deck 6. This fashionable venue provides an extra special á la carte dining experience in a smaller, selective 46-seat setting. For a small supplement guests can dine on a selection of sumptuous, made-to-order indulgences such as thick, juicy steaks and fresh seafood, perfectly prepared in the dedicated galley by our expert chefs.
Finally, for al fresco dining at its finest, The Poolside has been created to replace The Grill restaurant on Lounge Deck 6 aft. Open in warm weather, The Poolside combines the relaxing sounds of the ocean and beautiful views with a selection of delicious dishes usually on a Mediterranean theme, although menus may also take inspiration from the destinations on your itinerary.
The new Glentanar Restaurant:
The new Black Watch Room:
The new Brigadoon Restaurant:
Lounges & Bars
The bars and lounges on board Black Watch haven’t missed out: they have been updated too, to further enhance the relaxing experience guests can enjoy as they discover the world with Fred. Olsen.
On Marquee Deck 9, The Observatory Lounge has been gently updated, remaining a welcoming environment from which to take in the stunning views over a traditional afternoon tea or your favourite tipple. On Lido Deck 7 the Lido Bar has also been extensively refitted with new furniture, soft-touch fabrics and full-width sliding doors which bathe the room in sunlight, providing panoramic views by day; on warm evenings this lounge transforms into an appealing open space perfect for dancing the night away.
The Morning Light Pub – a feature on all Fred. Olsen ships – has been relocated becoming more open and spacious than before, with stylish new furniture, fabrics and of course, a brand new bar. In the place of the old Morning Light Pub you’ll find the inviting Neptune Bar.
In addition to upgrading the bars and lounges, the Marina Cinema on Marina Deck 3 has been fitted with the latest ‘4K’ and 3D technology. The Marina Cinema is the place to watch high definition films in comfortable, relaxing surroundings – perfect on sea days, or for taking a well-earned break after spending busy hours exploring ashore.
The new Morning Light Pub:
The new Lido Lounge deck area:
Updated Guest Services Desk:
New Tea & Coffee Station: