Exploring Portugal’s Highlights

3rd Oct 2019 9 nights Sails from Liverpool Black Watch W1923
FROM ONLY £999 per person
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FROM ONLY £999 per person

From immersing yourself in the rich maritime history of Lisbon and exploring Oporto’s historic heart to savouring the seaside charm of picturesque Portimão, you’ll have chances to tick-off authentic experiences every step of the way on this all-encompassing exploration of Portugal on board Black Watch.

After a relaxing glide south from Dover, where better to begin four unforgettable days in Portugal than Lisbon, the pretty capital. The impressive Ponte 25 de Abril Bridge will be a sight to behold from your ship’s decks as you glide into port here; while ashore, a wealth of attractions await you, including a collection of enthralling museums and architectural wonders – such as the Jerónimos Monastery, Tower de Belem, Padrão dos Descobrimentos – which showcase Lisbon’s extensive maritime heritage. [ReadMore] Explore on foot, via the tram or even in a Tuk Tuk during your overnight stay; whatever you choose to do, be sure to sample famous Pasteis de Belém pastries and catch a performance of traditional Fado music too. Further afield, you also have time to take a tour to the medieval town of Obidos, or visit UNESCO-listed Sintra.

Continuing south, it’s on to Portimão, perched on the glorious, sun-kissed Atlantic coast of the Algarve. This charming, carefree town is perfect for a leisurely stroll, especially at Praia da Rocha – the beautiful waterfront area. Praia da Rocha is where you’ll find bustling Tomas Cabreira Avenue, a lively promenade packed with bars and restaurants serving locally sourced seafood, as well as stunning stretches of inviting golden sands. The town centre, with its traditional 19th and 20th century architecture, is a delight to explore too. Finally, a call at Leixoes presents you with an opportunity to continue your city exploration with a tour to nearby Oporto. Portugal’s UNESCO-listed second city is renowned for its historic centre, the Ribeira District. Wander the narrow, meandering lanes and you’ll uncover plenty of architectural gems and world-famous port wine cellars. During your time in Oporto, don’t miss the chance to take a tranquil cruise on the Douro River aboard a traditional Rabelo boat. 

Single supplement offers are available on selected grades on this sailing, please call for details.

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.