Caribbean & Atlantic Island Discovery

8th Jan 2021 21 nights Sails from Southampton Black Watch W2103
Adult only sailing
Hunte's Botanical Gardens, Barbados Hunte's Botanical Gardens, Barbados

This unparalleled voyage to paradise provides the perfect escape from the January cold and gloom, offering plenty of classic Caribbean highlights and experiences. Visits to a collection of beautiful islands afford opportunities to sample authentic flavours and cultures, encounter incredible wildlife, explore stunning landscapes and, in true Caribbean style, indulge in pure relaxation too.

Following two days at sea to settle into life on board Black Watch and a chance to revel in the famous port wines and riverscapes of Oporto, three gorgeous Atlantic Ocean islands will whet your appetite for your Caribbean discovery. [ReadMoreMob]Enjoy time to explore Madeira, Portugal’s gorgeous ‘garden island’ with it’s unique levada walking trails and tropical gardens, bursting with the sweet fragrance and vibrant colours of various species of flora. You could head to the magnificent Cabo Girão sea cliff for unspoilt ocean views too. Meanwhile, there’ll be plentiful amounts of diverse scenery – and soothing winter sunshine – to soak up in the Canary Islands. Mount Teide can be seen in all its towering glory in Tenerife, perhaps on an exciting cable car tour from Santa Cruz de Tenerife, while the mysterious stepped structures and poison gardens of the Pyramids of Güímar are an arresting sight. La Palma will also beg for your exploration from Santa Cruz de La Palma: the Canaries’ ‘pretty island’ is a UNESCO-listed Biosphere Reserve of untouched forests and volcanic landscapes. Verdant Los Tilos and the dramatic San Antonio Volcanic Park are particular highlights. [ReadMoreDesk]

Having finally crossed the Atlantic – one of the great ocean cruise experiences – the Caribbean adventures begin in Barbados. Arriving in Bridgetown, there’ll be time to uncover the very best of this British-influenced island. Perhaps sample the typically Caribbean, laidback lifestyle in the colourful city centre; or opt for tours to see the impressive stalactites and stalagmites of Harrison’s Cave, explore the exotic Hunte’s Garden, or go in search of sea turtles on a catamaran cruise. Antigua, famed for its 365 sun-soaked beaches and interesting historic sites, is the perfect place to enjoy yet another day of relaxation and exploration, before your island-hopping continues in Tortola. Road Town is the starting point for delving into Tortola’s fascinating pirate history on a memorable scenic boat and safari bus tour; and is also home to the world-famous Pussers Bar, serving up authentic Caribbean rum and friendly vibes. A call at Grand Turk follows, for one final chance to make the most of the Caribbean sunshine on white-sand beaches, take a refreshing dip in the island’s warm, crystal-clear waters, or even snorkel tropical reefs, before you disembark in Havana, Cuba.

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.

Bringing the world closer

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

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’.