Cultures & Landmarks of Polynesia, Australia & Asia
Meet Black Watch in Cuba and embark on the adventure of a lifetime to some of the most captivating regions and countries on earth, for chances to discover iconic landmarks and idyllic island scenes; marvel at breathtaking natural wonders and fascinating wildlife; experience diverse cultures; and much more, all on one magical cruise holiday.
After boarding your ship in legendary Havana, you’ll sail to Central America for a visit to historic Colón; a memorable navigation through the locks, dams and lakes of the impressive Panama Canal; and a call at Puerto Caldera, gateway to lush Costa Rican nature reserves and rainforest. [ReadMoreMob]All that’s before embarking on an unforgettable transpacific crossing to Australia. En route, you’ll visit a string of spectacular South Pacific islands to marvel at the volcanic landscapes of Nuku Hiva and Fakarava’s beautiful Biosphere Reserve; sample pure bliss among the paradise beaches and mountainous scenery of Tahiti, Raiatea, Bora-Bora and Tonga; and revel in the unspoilt beauty and tranquillity of uninhabited Mystery Island and the hidden Fijian gem of Savusavu. Once in the ‘Land Down Under’, an extended stay in Sydney affords ample time to take in the city’s world-famous attractions: you could climb Harbour Bridge, marvel at the iconic Opera House and even visit beautiful Bondi Beach. Elsewhere, there’s a rare opportunity to explore the cultural Tasmanian city of Burnie; delight in the diverse architecture, attractions and cityscapes of Melbourne and Perth; and follow in the footsteps of Australia’s first European settlers in Albany. [ReadMoreDesk]
The incredible diversity of Asia is then yours to experience to the full. You can compare the striking contrasts between a collection of stunning destinations, such as the Indonesia islands of Java and Weh – where sensational temples and scenes of jungle interiors, white-sand beaches and crystal clear waters await – and Singapore, a magnificent modern megalopolis of soaring skyscrapers, busy commercial quarters and impressive temples. Spending a day in culture-rich Colombo is the perfect way to prepare for three vibrant Indian cities. From Kochi you could take an overland tour to the Taj Mahal; in Goa, explore the historic centres of Old Goa and the Latin Quarter; while an overnight stay in Mumbai affords time to immerse yourself in city’s renowned the hustle and bustle. Continuing onward to Jordan, Aqaba is the starting point for discovering the ‘Lost City’ of Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Don’t miss the chance to uncover the huge tombs and temples of Petra, that were carved into sandstone over 2,000 years ago. Then, after an unforgettable navigation of Egypt’s Suez Canal, hallowed sites await you in Israel too: Haifa is your gateway to Jerusalem, a pilgrimage from Jews, Muslims and Christians, and Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus. En route back to the UK, a triumvirate of sun-splashed Mediterranean destinations – Limassol, Valletta – the historic Maltese capital – and Malaga will bring your holiday to the perfect conclusion.
Pricing & cabins
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.
Upgrade to All Inclusive Drinks Package is available as a chargeable optional extra and can be added to your booking up to six days prior to your cruise departing.
Entertainment & Enrichment
About Your Ship
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.
The Fred. Olsen Difference
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.
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.
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’.
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