Idyllic & Cultural Island Discovery
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.
Pricing & cabins
Cruise descriptions include optional, chargeable experiences that may be enjoyed independently and/or with optional Fred. Olsen Shore Tours. *Premium Traditional Afternoon Tea not included.
Upgrade to All Inclusive Drinks Package is available as a chargeable optional extra and can be added to your booking up to six days prior to your cruise departing.
Entertainment & Enrichment
About Your Ship
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.
The Fred. Olsen Difference
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.
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.
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’.
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