Irish Capitals and Scottish Scenery

29th Apr 2021 5 nights Sails from Liverpool Black Watch W2108
FROM ONLY £699 per person
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FROM ONLY £699 per person

Showcasing a plethora of Irish highlights through visits to both of the Emerald Isle’s enchanting capital cities, this five-night break will create lasting memories. You can sample iconic tipples, discover historic treasures and take in many must-see attractions during time ashore, while in typical Fred. Olsen there’s a day of unforgettable scenic cruising to experience too.

During two days in Dublin, you have the chance to uncover the many delights of the Republic of Ireland’s vibrant capital. [ReadMoreMob]A guided walking tour is a great way to take in the fine architecture and famous sights of the city, including the beautiful St Patrick’s Cathedral and Dublin Castle, while a visit to Trinity College presents an opportunity to view the Book of Kells – a hand-illuminated manuscript of the Gospels considered Ireland’s greatest cultural treasure. For an authentic Irish experience, take a tour of the Guinness Storehouse, culminating with a tasting session of the ‘black stuff’; or wander the Temple Bar district, alive with the legendary ‘Irish craic’. [ReadMoreDesk]

In between your exploration of Ireland’s capitals, a day-long diversion to breathtaking Scottish Hebrides includes a scenic navigation of the Sound of Mull, passing by the iconic, colourful harbour of Tobermory Bay – one of Scotland’s most photographed scenes – and the 13th century Duart Castle, as well as a sail by the remarkable basalt columns of Fingal’s Cave. Lastly, you arrive in Northern Ireland’s attraction-packed capital, Belfast. Highlights here include Titanic Belfast, where fascinating exhibits detail the city’s connections to the infamous ocean liner, Titanic; the historic steamship SS Nomadic; and the Renaissance-style City Hall. Belfast is also your gateway to the fascinating Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland’s only UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site. Taking a tour to see the geological wonders of Giant’s Causeway in all their glory is an unforgettable way end to your time in Ireland.

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.