Pacific Island Christmas & Sydney New Year
Black Watch • W1827 • Prices from £5,199.00 (cruise only)
With chances to soak up the sunshine and scenery of stunning islands in the Caribbean and the South Pacific; explore culture-rich, diverse destinations in South and Central America; and celebrate New Year’s in style in one of the world’s most iconic cities, there’s no better way to see out 2018 than on this incredible 39 night cruise.
Your epic voyage begins in the Caribbean where, after embarking your ship in beautiful Barbados, you’ll sail to Bonaire to take in the delights of the island’s capital, Kralendijk. You’ll find pretty pastel coloured houses, an abundance of shops and welcoming restaurants serving delicious Creole cuisine with the city; while stunning beaches, national parks and warm waters rife with marine life are close-by too. From the Caribbean it’s on to Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica. The UNESCO-listed Colombian walled city of Cartagena de Indias is a delight to explore, with its centuries-old churches, historic fortress and ancient monasteries, before your South and Central American adventure continues as Black Watch sails the Panama Canal. Watching the various locks and dams of this incredible feat of engineering, which slices through the Panamanian jungle, is always a special experience. Before heading across the Pacific, you’ll also visit charming Puntarenas and have the chance to venture into lush nature reserves and rainforests from Puerto Caldera.
You will then head for ‘the land down under’, stopping at a string of spectacular South Pacific Islands en route. You’ll be beckoned ashore to explore by the spectacular, unspoilt volcanic landscapes of Nuku Hiva; and within Rangiroa’s crystal-clear lagoons, a plethora of astonishing fauna such as dolphins and colourful tropical fish are yours to encounter. Paradise awaits on the idyllic islands of Tahiti and Bora-Bora, presenting you with an picture book of postcard-perfect beaches, soaring mountains and tumbling waterfalls; and Christmas Eve will be spent exploring the glorious ‘island where time begins’, Tonga. After enjoying a magical Christmas at sea, you’ll also immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of uninhabited Mystery Island before finally reaching Australian shores. An incredible culmination of your cruise and the year awaits you, with a two night stay in Sydney offering you the chance to experience the excitement of New Year’s Eve in the city. Perhaps take the day to see world-famous landmarks including the instantly recognisable Opera House, before watching fantastic fireworks signal the arrival of 2019 high above the iconic Harbour Bridge at midnight – a once-in-a-lifetime experience. After all the fun and festivity, you’ll two days to indulge in some rest and relaxation on Bondi Beach too before sailing to Newcastle, your final port of call.
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Itinerary & Port Information
DateArriveDepartDestinationNovember 2018Mon 26Late NightBridgetown, Barbados
Barbados has a balmy, tropical climate, making this very British Caribbean island a favourite with well-heeled tourists. Admire the impressive stalactites and stalagmites in Harrison’s Cave; sail the gorgeous azure waters in search of sea turtles; or simply relax on one of the many sandy beaches, soaking up the laid-back atmosphere.Read more about this port and its shore tours >
Bridgetown, Barbados must do
Wed 28Early AMLate PMKralendijk, Bonaire
- Discover the subterranean environment of Harrison’s Cave
- Admire the crystallised limestone and impressive stalactites and stalagmites
- Gaze in wonder at the white flow stones and at the beauty of the speleothems which adorn the cave
Bonaire’s capital, Kralendijk, lines one of the island’s many beaches with lovely stucco houses in pastel shades of pink, green and blue. Explore the Washington Slagbaai National Park, home to flamingos, iguanas and giant cacti, or visit the nearby uninhabited island of Klein Bonaire, to relax on the gorgeous white-sand beach.Read more about this port and its shore tours >Fri 30Early AMLate NightCartagena de Indias
Cartagena de Indias
A romantic, enthralling and staggeringly beautiful city, Cartagena is one of Colombia's true gems. Home to the wonderful Santo Domingo plaza, Palacio de la Inquisicion and 16th century cathedral, Cartagena is bursting with Spanish heritage. With plenty of beaches to enjoy and a number of open air cafes, Cartagena is a haven of relaxation.Read more about this port and its shore tours >December 2018Sun 02Early AMLate PMPanama Canal
A journey through the incredible Panama Canal provides one of cruising's most unforgettable experiences. One of the world's greatest engineering feats, the canal stretches over 48 miles and takes 8 hours to travel, giving you plenty of time to admire this remarkable man-made wonder and the beautiful natural surroundings.Read more about this port and its shore tours >Tue 04Early AMPuntarenasWed 05Early AMPuntarenasWed 05Early AMLate PMPuerto CalderaSat 15Early AMLate PMNuku Hiva, Marquesas IslandsMon 17Early AMLate PMRangiroa, Tuamotu Islands, French Polynesia
Rangiroa, Tuamotu Islands, French PolynesiaRangiroa is like nothing you will have seen before, earth-shatteringly beautiful and unspoilt, but slightly more developed than other French Polynesia islands, with an array of gourmet restaurants, a few paved roads and stores to pick up your essentials.Read more about this port and its shore tours >Tue 18Early AMLate PMPapeete, Tahiti
French Polynesia is comprised of over 100 islands and atolls, with Tahiti possibly being the most famous thanks to its soaring peaks, lush valleys,cascading waterfalls and stunning vistas. The bustling city of Papeete is home to the world’s only Pearl Museum and an array of natural treasures including the Faarumai Waterfalls and spring garden of Vaipahi.Read more about this port and its shore tours >Wed 19Early AMLate PMBora-Bora, French Polynesia
Bora-Bora, French Polynesia
With incredible sandy beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see, grand palm trees swaying gently in the breeze and turquoise waters filled with turtles, sharks, rays and tropical fish, It is hard to find the right words to describe the magic that emanates from this special paradise island.Read more about this port and its shore tours >Sun 23Late AMEarly PMCrossing International Date LineMon 24Early AMLate PMNuku' Alofa, Tonga
Nuku' Alofa, Tonga
Lying just west of the International Date Line, Tonga is a collection of 171 islands that are truly unique as the first place on earth to greet each new day. Nuku’alofa - one of only 45 inhabited Tongan islands - is the capital of Tonga and home to the Talamahu Market and the Royal Palace - the historical residence of the King.Read more about this port and its shore tours >Thu 27Early AMLate PMMystery Island, Vanuatu
Mystery Island, Vanuatu
The origins and history of this beautiful uninhabited island are - as the name would suggest - a mystery. Completely unspoilt, this incredible tropical paradise is barely a kilometre long and just 200 metres wide with stretches of glorious golden beaches, windswept palm trees and a coral reef abundant with thousands of fish, in a deep blue, calm sea.Read more about this port and its shore tours >Mon 31Early AMSydney, Australia
Sydney, Australia is one of the world's most exciting, must-visit modern cities. Home to the famous Harbour Bridge and Opera House - two of the most iconic structures on Earth - it is easy to understand why Sydney is so highly regarded. A timeless, charming city, you will fall in love with this cosmopolitan metropolis as soon as you step off the ship.Read more about this port and its shore tours >January 2019Tue 01Sydney, Australia
Sydney, Australia is one of the world's most exciting, must-visit modern cities. Home to the famous Harbour Bridge and Opera House - two of the most iconic structures on Earth - it is easy to understand why Sydney is so highly regarded. A timeless, charming city, you will fall in love with this cosmopolitan metropolis as soon as you step off the ship.Read more about this port and its shore tours >Wed 02Late PMSydney, Australia
Sydney, Australia is one of the world's most exciting, must-visit modern cities. Home to the famous Harbour Bridge and Opera House - two of the most iconic structures on Earth - it is easy to understand why Sydney is so highly regarded. A timeless, charming city, you will fall in love with this cosmopolitan metropolis as soon as you step off the ship.Read more about this port and its shore tours >Thu 03Early AMLate PMNewcastle, Australia
Newcastle might not be as well-known or as sought-after as Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, but Australia’s second oldest and sixth largest city still has much to recommend it. Interesting historical and architectural sites; artistic and cultural gems; beautiful beaches bathed in sunshine; and more, Newcastle’s got it all.Read more about this port and its shore tours >Sat 05Early AMBrisbane, Australia
With its harmonious mix of elegant colonial sandstone structures and modern glass skyscrapers, Brisbane is one of the world's fastest developing cities. Located alongside the beautiful Brisbane River, this friendly, welcoming city has a laid back, vibrant atmosphere and offers an abundance of walks, reserves and barbecue hotspots to enjoy.Read more about this port and its shore tours >
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Pricing / Rooms
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Rest assured, all of the following comes as standard on every Fred. Olsen cruise:
- Comfortable rooms and suites with TV, hairdryer, tea & coffee making facilities and individually controlled air conditioning.
- Tempting cuisine every day throughout your cruise - with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets and late-night snacks.
- Self-service tea and coffee at selected venues, morning coffee with biscuits, and afternoon sandwiches and cakes.
- Sandwiches and snacks in your room.
- All evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, dancing and live music.
- Captain's Drinks Party and Gala Buffet.
- On board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym.
- A wide choice of on board activities and lectures throughout the day.
- All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance).
- Luggage porterage between your room and the drop-off/pick-up point.
- Flights, as confirmed as part of a fly-cruise holiday.
Cruise descriptions include optional, chargeable experiences that may be enjoyed independently and/or with optional Fred. Olsen Shore Tours.
On Our Ship
Black Watch is the ultimate home-from-home at sea: spacious with a friendly, familiar feel and providing a traditional cruise experience. Refurbished at the end of 2016, the 804-guest Black Watch features stylish new décor, fittings and furniture, plus the new The Poolside restaurant. What's more, new TVs, mini-bars and safes enhance the accommodation on board, while the on board cinema has been upgraded too. Despite all these new features, Black Watch still retains her sleek, intimate style and has a welcoming ambience - just like the rest of the Fred. Olsen fleet.
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