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Authentic Andalusia with the Cádiz Carnival

19th Feb 2020 13 nights Sails from Southampton Black Watch W2005
FROM ONLY £1,399 per person *
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Specially timed to include an overnight stay in Cádiz during the city’s carnival, this is a very special exploration of Andalusia. The Cádiz Festival is a feast of colour, music and comedy and you’ll have ample time to enjoy all the fun and festivity. That’s not all though; there are plenty of other authentic Andalusian experiences on offer too.

Black Watch will arrive early into Cádiz for your memorable overnight stay on Spain’s sunlit Atlantic coast, affording you an opportunity to experience the excitement and celebration of the city’s carnival to the full. One of Spain’s liveliest and most popular annual events, the carnival is a fantastic spectacle of live music, dance and comedy performances, enjoyed by locals dressed in flamboyant costumes and visitors from far-and-wide alike. You can enjoy this magical occasion with your fellow guests long into the evening if you wish, or perhaps make the most of your time to discover some of the city’s historical highlights too; whatever you choose to do your ship will be waiting for you when you’re ready to retire to your cabin. [ReadMore]

The call into Cádiz is sandwiched in between stops at another two of Andalusia’s many stunning cities, Malaga and Almería. Malaga offers you with your first taste of Andalusian life. This fine city overflows with aesthetic and cultural highlights; don’t miss the Picasso Museum, which celebrates the life of Malaga native Pablo Picasso, and the Moorish Alcazaba Fortress. Malaga is also the starting point for tours to Granada’s magnificent Alhambra Palace and the breathtaking hilltop city of Ronda. In Almería, dramatic volcanic scenery, whitewashed houses and ancient fortresses present typically Andalusian scenes. Stay here to uncover attractions such as the impressive Alcazaba Fortress; or perhaps take a tour to the Tabernas Desert and ‘Oasys Mini Hollywood’, which is within reach on a shore tour. In addition to enjoying four unforgettable days in Andalusia, you’ll also visit the gorgeous Galician city of Vigo for countryside scenery and majestic architecture; and divert to Portugal’s enchanting capital, Lisbon.

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.