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5th Jan 2019 54 nights Sails from Brisbane Black Watch W190102
FROM ONLY £6,999 per person
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FROM ONLY £6,999 per person

Meet Black Watch in Australia and embark on an incredible cruise holiday featuring some of the most diverse and exciting destinations on earth. As you sail halfway around the world you can discover man-made and natural wonders, encounter stunning wildlife, uncover fascinating historic sites and much more, all before returning to the UK.


After setting sail from Brisbane you’ll call first into Cairns, gateway to tropical rainforest, dense wetlands and the awe-inspiring Great Barrier Reef; before visiting Darwin, from where you can take a tour to experience a taste of authentic aboriginal life. The incredible diversity of Asia will then await your discovery. You’re sure to be left spellbound by the contrasting sights of Komodo Island – home of the world’s largest lizards – and the energetic, attraction-packed megalopolis of Singapore; while from fabulous Phuket you can visit the iconic Phang Nga Bay and world-famous ‘James Bond Island’. Speaking of Asian icons, there are a plethora to discover in India. During a call into Kochi you could head to Kumbalangi to see the famous Chinese fishing nets; or perhaps take an overland tour to the magical Taj Mahal. You’ll also enjoy a day of delving into India’s European influences in historic Goa; before visiting bustling Mumbai. An overnight stay will afford time to take in modern and traditional highlights such as the Gateway of India and the unique Dhobi Ghat before Arabia appears on the horizon.

You’ll be welcomed to Arabia by the spectacular sight of the Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building – in the ultra-modern Emirati city of Dubai, before Black Watch sails on to Oman. You’ll stop at Khasab for the chance to ride a traditional Dhow boat into the beautiful Musandam Fjords; at Muscat, the capital and home of the glorious Sultan Qaboos Mosque and striking Qasr Al Alam Palace; and at Salalah, from where the remarkable Lost City of Ubar is within reach. Another of Arabia’s great ‘lost cities’ awaits your discovery from the Jordanian city of Aqaba too. During an overnight stay you can tour to Petra – one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World – and marvel at the huge, over 2000 year-old sandstone tombs, archways and temples. Finally, as your epic voyage nears its conclusion, Black Watch will make stops at a string of stunning destinations in the Mediterranean. Enjoy a day in Kusadasi, one of Turkey’s best beach resorts and stopping point for tours to the lost city of Ephesus; have chances to explore UNESCO-listed Pompeii on tour from Naples, Italy and take in views from the top of the famous rock in Gibraltar; and visit La Coruña for tours to the magnificent Santiago de Compostela Cathedral.

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. 

Rest assured, all of the following comes as standard on every Fred. Olsen cruise:

  • Comfortable rooms and suites with TV, hairdryer, tea and 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
  • Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee at selected venues, afternoon tea* with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks
  • All evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, dancing and live music
  • Captain's Drinks Party and Gala Buffet (on cruises of 5 nights or more)
  • 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. *Premium Traditional Afternoon Tea not included.

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.