Exploring Australia, Asia & the Med

5th Mar 2021 53 nights Sails from Sydney Black Watch W210506
FROM ONLY £7,349 per person
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FROM ONLY £7,349 per person

Embark on an incredible cruise holiday featuring some of the most diverse, breathtaking and exciting destinations on Earth. Sailing halfway around the world via spectacular islands and cities, you’re in for an invigorating adventure, discovering natural wonders and awe-inspiring landscapes; immersing yourself in enriching culture and remarkable history; and much more, all before returning to the UK.

Kicking-off your voyage in the ‘Land Down Under’, you’ll have time in Sydney 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. [ReadMoreMob]Elsewhere in Australia, 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. The incredible diversity of Asia will then await your discovery. Be spellbound by the striking contrasts of stunning destinations, from the sensational temples, jungle-smothered interiors, and white-sand beaches of beautiful Indonesian islands, to the bright lights, soaring skyscrapers and busy commercial districts of Singapore. 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. [ReadMoreDesk]

Continuing onwards 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 and Bethlehem. Tour to Jerusalem to follow in the footsteps of Jewish, Muslim and Christian pilgrims among magnificent religious monuments such as Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Western Wall and Al Haram Ash Sharif; or to Bethlehem – birthplace of Jesus – to visit Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity. En route back to the UK, a triumvirate of sun-splashed Mediterranean destinations will bring your holiday to the perfect conclusion. You’ll enjoy a day in Cyprus before sailing to Malta for a chance marvel at Valletta’s UNESCO-listed Grand Harbour, St John’s Cathedral and impressive Presidential Palace, and to the Spanish city of Malaga, where diverse attractions include the Moorish-style Gibralfaro Castle and the Picasso Museum, a celebration of Pablo Picasso’s life and works.

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.