Highlights of the Low Countries

17th Mar 2020 7 nights Sails from Southampton Black Watch W2007
FROM ONLY £949 per person
Amsterdam cafes alongside canal Amsterdam cafes alongside canal
FROM ONLY £949 per person

A host of the Low Countries’ highlights will be unveiled as Black Watch takes you on a relaxing journey inland to four stunning cities via picturesque waterways. You’ll take in diverse scenery from on board your smaller-sized ship; while ashore, fantastic museums, architectural wonders and historic sights galore are yours to uncover. Every moment of this week away will be wonderfully rewarding.

Southampton is the ideal departure port for your cruise to Belgium and the Netherlands; just a short time after setting sail, you’ll be cruising the Nordzeekanaal straight into Amsterdam, your first port of call. [ReadMoreMob]Black Watch will dock overnight close to the heart of the Dutch capital, affording you an opportunity to experience an authentic, in-depth exploration.[ReadMoreDesk] Perhaps take a boat tour of the city’s iconic canals in the evening; then the following day, visit world-renowned museums such as the Van Gogh museum, immerse yourself in the fascinating history of Anne Frank House, and see the majestic mansions of the Canal Ring. Then it’s on to Rotterdam, for a futuristic twist to your itinerary. The Netherlands’ stylish second city boasts a collection of fantastic museums and an array of unique architectural wonders, from the innovative 1970s Cube Houses to the magnificently modern Markthal. Take the day to explore Rotterdam at leisure, before marvelling at the impressive Erasmusbrug Bridge and the city’s striking skyline as you depart via Nieuwe Maas in the evening. 

Your three days in Belgium will be packed with delights too. Spending a day in Ghent offers you the opportunity to see many of the Low Countries’ most famous landmarks, including the gothic-style St Bavo’s Cathedral, the Castle of the Counts and the UNESCO-listed, 91-metre-high Belfry – the tallest in Belgium. Take in the sights of this medieval city on foot or via the tram perhaps; or you could opt to experience another magical canal boat tour. You’ll also visit Antwerp after cruising the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal. An overnight stay in Belgium’s beautiful second city affords you time to explore at your own leisurely pace. You can see the intricate guildhouses of Grote Markt and the mighty Cathedral of our Lady; visit the Royal Museum of Fine Arts; and satisfy your sweet tooth with tempting treats from traditional chocolate shops. Be sure to legendary diamond district to uncover some Antwerp most prized possessions too.

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’.