Australia with the Islands of Polynesia & the Far East

29th Jan 2021 59 nights Sails from Havana Black Watch W210405
FROM ONLY £8,669 per person
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FROM ONLY £8,669 per person

Join Black Watch in Cuba and set sail on an epic voyage, sailing to Sri Lanka via a string of awe-inspiring destinations in the Americas, Oceania and Asia. Spectacular islands and culture-rich cities will present you with eclectic highlights throughout your journey, from iconic landmarks and cultural delights to spectacular landscapes and breathtaking beaches – the stuff holiday dreams are made of.

After meeting your ship in legendary Havana, enjoy a visit to historic Colón; a memorable navigation through the locks, dams and lakes of the impressive Panama Canal; and a call at Puerto Caldera, gateway to lush Costa Rican nature reserves and rainforest, before embarking on an unforgettable transpacific crossing to Australia. [ReadMoreMob]En route, glorious South Pacific islands will appear on your horizon. The long list of destinations in this astonishing region include Nuku Hiva and Fakarava, where unspoilt volcanic landscapes and UNESCO-listed Biosphere Reserves are ripe for exploration; and the idyllic islands of Tahiti, Bora-Bora and Raiatea, providing an indulgent taste of paradise with their postcard-perfect beaches, soaring mountains and tumbling waterfalls. There’s even rare opportunities to revel in the intoxicating tranquillity and unmolested beauty of uninhabited Mystery Island and Savusavu, Fiji’s ‘best kept secret’ found well off the beaten track, before visiting Noumea – the picturesque capital of the South Pacific archipelago. [ReadMoreDesk]

Once in the ‘Land Down Under’, an extended stay in Sydney affords ample time to take in the city’s world-famous attractions: you could climb Harbour Bridge, marvel at the iconic Opera House and even visit beautiful Bondi Beach. Elsewhere, there’s a rare opportunity to explore the cultural Tasmanian city of Burnie; delight in the diverse architecture, attractions and cityscapes of Melbourne and Perth; and follow in the footsteps of Australia’s first European settlers in Albany. Finally, you’re in for a memorable taste of Asia’s captivating contrasts. Incredible island scenes await your discovery in Indonesia. On Java Island, you can take in Surabaya’s fascinating architectural mix, Dutch-style canals and bustling Chinatown, and tour to the sensational, UNESCO-listed Borbodur Temple – surrounded by stunning volcanic landscapes – from Semarang. Meanwhile, Weh Island’s jungle smothered interiors, white-sand beaches and warm, clear waters alive various marine flora and fauna are yours to explore. In between your Indonesian island adventures, Singapore offers an exciting change of pace. An overnight stay allows time to take in the soaring skyscrapers, bright lights, busy commercial districts and striking temples; visit the gorgeous Gardens by the Bay; enjoy High Tea at the famous Raffles Hotel; and much more.

Real ships
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.

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.