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Around the World with Sydney at New Year

12th Nov 2018 107 nights Sails from Southampton Black Watch W1825
FROM ONLY £7,999 per person *
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FROM ONLY £7,999 per person *
Up to £600pp On Board Spend included*
Last minute offer!

Step aboard Black Watch and experience the thrill of taking in iconic landmarks and man-made marvels; breathtaking natural wonders and diverse wildlife; awe-inspiring cultures; and fascinating ancient sites on an unforgettable circumnavigation of the globe.

A collection of incredible destinations in some of the world’s most captivating regions and countries are on your horizon on this epic voyage. And what's more, thanks to our RIBs, we can now take you even closer to life on the water's edge. Journey away from the usual tourist trails in some of the most awe-inspiring locations on earth, or embellish a bit more if you wish. 

There are stunning ports of call in the Americas, including sun-kissed Caribbean islands; Colombia’s UNESCO-listed ‘walled city’ [ReadMore] of Cartagena de Indias, a delight to explore with its fine centuries-old architecture; and charming Puntarenas, Costa Rica. You’ll also enjoy a journey along the magnificent Panama Canal; all before sailing to ‘the land down under’ via spectacular South Pacific Islands. Marvel at the unspoilt volcanic landscapes and crystal-clear lagoons of Nuku Hiva and Rangiroa; sample pure bliss on Tahiti and Bora-Bora; and revel in the unspoilt beauty of Mystery Island, with a magical Christmas Day at sea in between. In Australia an abundance of amazing experiences await you. From Cairns you could explore tropical rainforest and wetlands, or tour to the astonishing Great Barrier Reef; while a call into Sydney is an undoubted highlight of your cruise. Your extended stay is specially-timed to offer you the chance to celebrate New Year’s in style and witness the world-famous fireworks light up the midnight sky above the iconic Harbour Bridge – a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

On the Asian leg of your adventure, experience the contrast between Indonesia’s Komodo Island – the untouched natural habitat of the world’s largest lizard – and Singapore, a striking modern metropolis of soaring skyscrapers, busy commercial districts and impressive temples. The contrasts continue with calls into fabulous Phuket, gateway to exotic Phang Nga Bay and James Bond Island, and three vibrant Indian cities. From Kochi you could take an overland tour to the Taj Mahal; in Goa, explore the historic centres of Old Goa and the Latin Quarter; while an overnight stay in Mumbai affords time to immerse yourself in city’s renowned the hustle and bustle. In Arabia marvel at the sight of Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building – dominating the skyline of glamourous Dubai; then go in search of a wealth of wonders in Oman and Jordan. You could ride a traditional Dhow boat into the Musandam Fjords from Khasab; tour to historic Nizwa and the Nakhal Fort from Muscat; and uncover the ‘Lost Cities’ of Ubar and Petra – one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World – from Salalah and Aqaba. Finally, after navigating the Suez Canal, your ship will journey through the Mediterranean, stopping at Kusadasi and Naples, your gateways to ancient Ephesus and UNESCO-listed Pompeii; pretty Gibraltar; and La Coruña, stopping point for tours to the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral.

*On Board Spend Offer Terms & Conditions: On Board Spend value is up to £600pp only and is not combinable with Freedom Fare Offers.

As well as an itinerary packed with iconic cities and must-see destinations, we have created an on board programme which will be equally as rewarding and enriching. The programme will include; Pottery Classes, Ukulele Lessons, Craft Sessions, Watercolour Classes, Drama Workshops, Singing for Fun, Photography Classes, Bridge and Dance Lessons.

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 Black Watch Room restaurant.

What's more, new soft furnishing, smart TVs and mini-bars enhance the accommodation on board, while the 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.

Real ships
We’re not interested in gimmicks like zip wires, climbing walls or celebrity chefs. We don’t have boastful megaships. We take immense pride in our fleet of smaller-scaled vessels that retain the style, ambience and understated quality of a country house hotel.  We ensure they remain contemporary too: from winter 2016 to spring 2018 the whole fleet underwent dry dock refits to further enhance the facilities for guests. With the fifth generation Fred. Olsen as Chairman and 170 years of seafaring heritage behind us, we believe we’ve found the perfect formula for you to get the best out of your holiday with us.

Smaller but spacious
A smaller ship doesn’t mean less space; far from it. Each room is comfortably sized, with all that you’ll need to enjoy your holiday. In fact, our rooms are comparable to those on some of the mammoth cruise ships. While our vessels are on a more accessible scale, you can have just as much private space.  With fewer people on board it’s easy to find a quiet spot to relax in peace with a drink or a good book. There’s room to stretch out by the pool and you can get ashore more quickly too. And when you’re ashore, you’re seeing the best of each port of call with hundreds – not thousands – of others, giving you a much more authentic experience.

Service with a smile
Each member of the Fred. Olsen team has been carefully selected for their warm and welcoming personalities. The quality of our people, supported by training and development, ensures they will give you a great holiday: in guest feedback our staff are always the most highly-rated aspect of the whole experience.