Cultures & Landmarks of Polynesia, Australia & Asia

29th Jan 2021 88 nights Sails from Havana Black Watch W210406
FROM ONLY £11,369 per person
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FROM ONLY £11,369 per person

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. 

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.