City Break in the Netherlands & Belgium

14th Feb 2020 5 nights Sails from Southampton Black Watch W2004
FROM ONLY £629 per person
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FROM ONLY £629 per person

An indulgent escape to Belgium and the Netherlands, this magical cruise on board Black Watch offers you chances to go in search of fragrant flowers, delicious chocolates, sparkling diamonds and much more in Amsterdam and Antwerp at the most romantic time of the year.[ReadMoreMob]

For a memorable start to your five-night break, you’ll spend Valentine’s evening on board your smaller, more intimate cruise ship, enjoying delicious food, a few glasses of your favourite tipple and fantastic entertainment in the company of loved-ones, friends and fellow guests as you sail to the Netherlands. Then, after negotiating the locks and narrow waters of the Nordzeekanaal, Black Watch will dock in Amsterdam – the Dutch capital. [ReadMoreDesk]Here you can uncover an abundance of attractions, from the unique urban landscape of the UNESCO-listed Canal Ring to fascinating museums such as Anne Frank House and the Tulip Museum, where you can learn about the history of the tulip and how it became a Dutch icon. Your ship’s favourable docking location close to the centre of Amsterdam is the perfect place to begin your exploration. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a romantic boat tour of the iconic canals and visit the floating flower market too. 

The sense of romance will continue to linger as you sail into the beautiful Belgian city of Antwerp via the Western Scheldt River, admiring picturesque countryside scenes en route. Once docked in Antwerp, where Black Watch will again bring you closer to the city’s highlights, you’ll have an overnight stay to explore at your own pace. You could visit a traditional chocolate shop to pick up a box of authentic Belgian chocolates for a loved-one perhaps; enjoy some retail therapy, with plenty of designer stores to choose from; or, if you’re feeling really indulgent, treat yourself to something extra special from Antwerp’s world-famous Diamond District. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy a romantic stroll around the city in the evening, taking in highlights such as the Grote Markt, neo-Gothic Central Station and the iconic Cathedral of Our Lady under moonlight. Away from Antwerp, nearby Ghent is within reach on tour. This medieval town is well worth a visit, with its array of impressive Gothic monuments, fantastic museums and artisan chocolatiers.

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. 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.