Caribbean, Cuba & the South Pacific

8th Jan 2021 56 nights Sails from Southampton Black Watch W210304
FROM ONLY £7,299 per person
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FROM ONLY £7,299 per person

Discover paradise islands, captivating cities and an abundance of simply unforgettable experiences as you sail halfway around the world via the Caribbean, Central America and the South Pacific archipelagos on a holiday of a lifetime. Authentic cultures, amazing wildlife, iconic landmarks, out-of-this-world landscapes and beaches, and much more awaits – what a way to start the New Year.

After boarding Black Watch in Southampton and visiting Leixoes for tours to picturesque Oporto, you’ll embark on a memorable glide across the Atlantic, stopping at the gorgeous islands of Madeira, Tenerife and La Palma for fragrant gardens and stunning volcanic landscapes, en route to the Americas. [ReadMoreMob]In the Caribbean, you can sample the laidback lifestyle of Barbados; take your pick of Antigua’s 365 sun-soaked beaches; explore Tortola’s fascinating pirate history and try authentic Caribbean rum in Road Town; and indulge in pure relaxation at Grand Turk, before visiting Cuba. Don’t miss the chance to explore Havana via an iconic classic car. You will also visit Colón and experience a memorable journey through the locks, dams and Panamanian jungle of the magnificent Panama Canal, dubbed the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’; and call at the Costa Rican port of Puerto Caldera, gateway to lush nature reserves and rainforests such. Carara National Park – a short distance from Puerto Caldera – is a beautiful natural habitat for crocodiles and over 400 bird species. [ReadMoreDesk]

You will then head for the ‘Land Down Under’, stopping at a string of spectacular South Pacific islands en route. The long list of astonishing destinations includes Nuku Hiva, where you’ll be beckoned ashore to explore by unspoilt volcanic landscapes; and Fakarava, a UNESCO-listed Biosphere Reserve and breathtaking natural habitat for rare species of land and water-based fauna. Paradise awaits on the idyllic islands of Tahiti, Raiatea and Bora-Bora, renowned for their postcard-perfect beaches, soaring mountains and tumbling waterfalls, while you’ll also visit the ‘island where time begins’, Tonga. An intoxicating mix of uncanny tranquillity and unmolested beauty is yours to experience at uninhabited Mystery Island and Savusavu, Fiji’s ‘best kept secret’, found well off the beaten track. Finally, after a visit to Noumea – the picturesque capital of the South Pacific archipelago – you once-in-a-lifetime holiday concludes in Sydney. You’ll be afforded time to take in Sydney’s world-famous attractions, including the instantly recognisable Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and the revered Royal Botanic Garden; and even tour to Bondi Beach, to capture one of Australia’s most photographed scenes.

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.