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Highlights of the Low Countries

17th Mar 2020 7 nights Sails from Southampton Black Watch W2007
FROM ONLY £699 per person *
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or No Single Supplement - on selected twin rooms

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. Black Watch will dock overnight close to the heart of the Dutch capital, affording you an opportunity to experience an authentic, in-depth exploration. 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. [ReadMore]

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. 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 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.