Authentic Portugal

7th Oct 2020 9 nights Sails from Liverpool Black Watch W2028
FROM ONLY £999 per person
Statue of King Joseph at the commerce square, Lisbon, Portugal Statue of King Joseph at the commerce square, Lisbon, Portugal
FROM ONLY £999 per person

From rich maritime history and iconic monuments to authentic local delicacies and traditional music, quintessential Portuguese highlights are all yours to uncover. With Black Watch as your guide, you’ll visit three captivating destinations on this all-encompassing exploration, ticking-off authentic sights and experiences every step of the way.

Portugal’s pretty capital, Lisbon, makes for the perfect first stop. [ReadMoreMob]Beginning four days of Portuguese discovery here, you’ll delight at the sight of the impressive Ponte 25 de Abril Bridge as you glide into port; while ashore, you’re in for a sensory feast. You could see architectural wonders and monuments evoking extensive maritime heritage, such as the Jerónimos Monastery, Tower de Belem, Padrão dos Descobrimentos; sample famous Pasteis de Belém pastries for an authentic taste of Lisbon; and listen out for the unmistakable sounds of unique Fado music. Explore on foot, via the tram or even on a Tuk-Tuk – an overnight stay affords plenty of time to take it all in. Further afield, you could opt to take a tour to the medieval town of Obidos, or visit UNESCO-listed Sintra. [ReadMoreDesk]

Continuing south, it’s on to Portimão, perched on the sun-kissed, craggy Atlantic coast of the Algarve. This charming, carefree town is perfect for a leisurely stroll, especially at Praia da Rocha – the beautiful waterfront area. Praia da Rocha is where you’ll find bustling Tomas Cabreira Avenue, a lively promenade packed with bars and restaurants serving locally sourced seafood, as well as stunning stretches of inviting golden sands. The town centre, with its traditional 19th and 20th century architecture, is a delight to explore too. Finally, a call at the port of Leixoes presents you with an opportunity to continue your city exploration at nearby Oporto. Portugal’s UNESCO-listed second city is well worth visiting to explore its fascinating historic centre, the Ribeira District. Wander the narrow, meandering lanes and you’ll uncover plenty of architectural gems and world-famous port wine cellars. If you choose to visit Oporto, don’t miss the chance to take a tranquil cruise on the Douro River aboard a traditional Rabelo boat too.


Bringing the world closer
Braemar in Bordeux, France

Our size advantage means we can take you to places that some of the larger cruise vessels simply can’t. We dock close to the heart of some of the world’s most beautiful cities and can take you on scenic cruising adventures showcasing inspirational landscapes. Our itineraries are expertly crafted to make the most of this advantage.

Smaller but spacious
Guest swimming in pool, Marquee deck, Boudicca

Aboard our smaller, friendlier ships you'll find there's plenty of room to stretch out by the pool, enjoy a drink and great conversation with like-minded guests, and make the most of your time away. Sailing with hundreds, not thousands, of others allows you to get ashore faster too, and make the most of each destination.

Service with a smile
Waitress with drinks and guest on deck, Boudicca

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 fact, 97% of guests rated Fred. Olsen’s friendly, attentive staff ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’.

Black Watch is the ultimate home-from-home at sea: spacious with a friendly, familiar feel and providing a traditional cruise experience. This classically-designed, 804-guest ship features stylish décor, fittings and furniture throughout, and comfortable, spacious bars and lounges including the beautiful Black Watch Room. 

What's more, soft furnishings, smart TVs and mini-bars enhance the accommodation on board. And while Black Watch features all of the modern amenities and facilities you would expect, she still retains her sleek, intimate style and has a warm, welcoming ambience - just like the rest of the Fred. Olsen fleet.