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Fred. Olsen’s Canary Island History

3rd Mar 2020 14 nights Sails from Southampton Black Watch W2006
FROM ONLY £1,499 per person *
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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. 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. 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. [ReadMore]

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. 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.

Real ships
We’re not interested in gimmicks like zip wires, climbing walls or celebrity chefs. 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.