Idyllic & Cultural Island Discovery

8th Jan 2021 80 nights Sails from Southampton Black Watch W210305
FROM ONLY £10,349 per person
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FROM ONLY £10,349 per person

Experience an unforgettable start to 2021 on an epic voyage, sailing to some of the most awe-inspiring regions and destinations on earth – from idyllic islands and rarely-visited settlements to iconic cities and bustling metropolises – to discover world-famous landmarks and cultural delights, spectacular landscapes, breathtaking beaches and much more.

After boarding Black Watch in Southampton and visiting Leixoes for tours to picturesque Oporto, you’ll embark on a memorable glide across the Atlantic, stopping at the gorgeous islands of Madeira, Tenerife and La Palma en route to the Americas. [ReadMoreMob]In the Caribbean, you can sample the laidback lifestyle of Barbados; take your pick of Antigua’s 365 sun-soaked beaches; explore Tortola’s fascinating pirate history and try authentic Caribbean rum in Road Town; and indulge in pure relaxation at Grand Turk, before visiting Cuba. Don’t miss the chance to explore Havana via an iconic classic car. Sailing on to Central America, enjoy a visit to historic Colón; a memorable navigation through the locks, dams and lakes of the impressive Panama Canal; and a call at Puerto Caldera, gateway to lush Costa Rican nature reserves and rainforest. All that’s before embarking on an unforgettable transpacific crossing to Australia. En route, you’ll visit a string of spectacular South Pacific islands to marvel at the volcanic landscapes of Nuku Hiva and Fakarava’s beautiful Biosphere Reserve; sample pure bliss among the paradise beaches and mountainous scenery of Tahiti, Raiatea, Bora-Bora and Tonga; and revel in the unspoilt beauty and tranquillity of uninhabited Mystery Island and the hidden Fijian gem of Savusavu. [ReadMoreDesk]

Once in the ‘Land Down Under’, an extended stay in Sydney affords ample time to take in the city’s world-famous attractions: you could climb Harbour Bridge, marvel at the iconic Opera House and even visit beautiful Bondi Beach. Elsewhere, there’s a rare opportunity to explore the cultural Tasmanian city of Burnie; delight in the diverse architecture, attractions and cityscapes of Melbourne and Perth; and follow in the footsteps of Australia’s first European settlers in Albany. Finally, you’re in for a memorable taste of Asia’s captivating contrasts. Incredible island scenes await your discovery in Indonesia. On Java Island, you can take in Surabaya’s fascinating architectural mix, Dutch-style canals and bustling Chinatown, and tour to the sensational, UNESCO-listed Borbodur Temple – surrounded by stunning volcanic landscapes – from Semarang. Meanwhile, Weh Island’s jungle smothered interiors, white-sand beaches and warm, clear waters alive various marine flora and fauna are yours to explore. In between your Indonesian island adventures, Singapore offers an exciting change of pace. An overnight stay allows time to take in the soaring skyscrapers, bright lights, busy commercial districts and striking temples; visit the gorgeous Gardens by the Bay; enjoy High Tea at the famous Raffles Hotel; and much more.

 

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.