Fred. Olsen’s Canary Island History

3rd Mar 2020 14 nights Sails from Southampton Black Watch W2006
FROM ONLY £1,549 per person
San Sebastian, La Gomera San Sebastian, La Gomera
FROM ONLY £1,549 per person

As Black Watch guides you between beautiful islands, you’ll learn of Fred. Olsen historical links to the Canary Islands. You can visit attractions owned by the Olsen family; and find out about Fred. Olsen’s influential role in the Canaries’ export trade. And of course, there are typically Canarian sun-kissed beaches and beautiful landscapes to uncover too.

Madeira, the Portuguese ‘Garden Island’, beckons before you begin your memorable Canarian adventure. [ReadMoreMob]Your ship will call into Funchal, from where vibrant botanical gardens such as the Monte Palace Tropical Garden – which bursts into fragrant bloom in the spring – and the unique levada walking trails await exploration. Also within reach on tour from the Madeiran capital is the spectacular Cabo Girão, one of the world’s highest sea cliffs.[ReadMoreDesk] A morning arrival into Santa Cruz de Palma signals the start of five incredible days in the Canaries. La Palma, affectionately nicknamed the ‘Pretty Island’ is a natural delight of volcanic landscapes and laurel forests; on tours from Santa Cruz you can see wonders such as the soaring San Antonio Volcano, or explore the dense woodlands of Los Tilos. In La Gomera, where you’ll call at San Sebastian, Fred. Olsen’s influences are in full-view; the Olsen family-owned Hotel Jardin Tecina resort is a ‘must-visit’ here. 

Your day in Santa Cruz de Tenerife affords you an opportunity to explore the links between Fred. Olsen and the Canaries in-depth. Perhaps you’ll opt to immerse yourself in the mysteries of Pyramids of Güímar, another wonderful attraction owned by the Olsen family; or even learn about the influence of Fred. Olsen in developing the banana trade between Tenerife and London’s Canary Wharf. Look out for Fred. Olsen’s famous white and yellow ferries, which are based here and sail between the Canary Islands daily. Calls at Gran Canaria and Lanzarote conclude your time in the Canaries. You could explore Las Palmas’ charming Vagueta District on foot to see a fantastic mix of architecture; and venture into Gran Canaria’s picturesque Agaete Valley. Or, there’s the chance to visit the rolling sand dunes of Maspalomas, a haven of relaxation. From Arrecife, Lanzarote’s spectacular, lunar-like volcanic landscapes are yours to explore; Timanfaya National Park – home of the impressive Fire Mountains – and Jameos Del Agua Cave are not-to-be-missed. En route back to the UK, Black Watch will call into Lisbon where the fascinating museums and architectural delights of the Portuguese capital await.

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
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’.