Exploring Australia & the Far East

5th Mar 2021 24 nights Sails from Sydney Black Watch W2105
Adult only sailing Adventure
Sydney harbor, Australia Sydney harbor, Australia

Diverse Australian cities combine with picturesque Indonesian islands and a marvellous modern metropolis to create a tempting menu of destinations serving up an eclectic mix of highlights, from iconic landmarks and cultural delights to beautifully unspoilt landscapes and breathtaking beaches, which are sure to invigorate and inspire you throughout your holiday.

In the ‘Land Down Under’, your incredible voyage kicks-off in the legendary city of Sydney. [ReadMoreMob]Simply settle in to life on board Black Watch, or perhaps use your time to take in Sydney’s world-famous attractions. You could climb the Harbour Bridge and marvel at the instantly recognisable Opera House; or even visit Bondi Beach to revel in one of Australia’s most photographed scenes. A call at Burnie follows, for a rare chance to explore a Tasmanian gem revered for its arts, culture, vibrancy and beautiful beachfront, before Melbourne awaits with its range of architectural styles and must-visit attractions, such as the Royal Botanic Gardens and Melbourne Zoo. Up next is Albany, providing a fascinating insight into Australian history and an opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Australia’s first European settlers, with visits to the replica of Brig Amity, the Albany Gaol and Patrick Taylor Cottage. Meanwhile, Fremantle is your gateway to Perth, where you can uncover fantastic galleries and museums and impressive contemporary architecture, suburban beaches and pretty parklands in ‘Australia’s sunniest city’. [ReadMoreDesk]

Continuing onwards to Asia, the diverse island scenes of Indonesia – the world’s largest archipelagic country – await your discovery. Two days of exploration on Java Island will present a picture book of contrasting sights and experiences. A visit to Surabaya affords an opportunity to delight in the city’s mix of modern skyscrapers and Dutch-style canals and colonial buildings; and explore the Arab Quarter and one of Asia’s largest Chinatown districts, while Semarang is the starting point for tours to the sensational, UNESCO-listed Borbodur Temple, surrounded by stunning volcanic landscapes. There’s also a call at Weh Island, boasting jungle smothered interiors that are ripe for exploration, inviting white sands and warm, clear waters alive with marine creatures, such as manta rays, whales and dolphins. In between your Indonesian island explorations, spectacular Singapore, a city of soaring cityscapes, bright lights, busy commercial districts and striking temples, offers an exciting change of pace. An overnight stay allows time to take in the sights, visit the gorgeous Gardens by the Bay, enjoy High Tea at the famous Raffles Hotel, and much more.

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’.