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Islands of the Azores & Madeira

4th May 2018 14 nights Sails from Liverpool Black Watch W1808
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From the diverse, emerald-green volcanic scenery of the Azores and the lush landscapes of Madeira, to the architectural highlights and cultural delights of two charming mainland cities, you’ll uncover the many sides of Portugal on this fantastic 14 night cruise aboard Black Watch.

In the breathtaking Azores you’ll have opportunities to encounter spectacular natural wonders and host of simply unforgettable sights, visiting two of the remote archipelago’s most beautiful islands. The pretty marina of Horta will provide the perfect welcome to Faial Island, where an unspoilt landscape of incredible volcanic craters, glorious lakes, sheer cliffs and lush valleys awaits your exploration during an overnight stay. Don’t miss the striking volcanic structures of Caldeira and Capelinhos. You could also take a boat tour to nearby Pico Island to marvel at Mount Pico, the Azores’ highest peak. On São Miguel Island, Ponta Delgada is your gateway to discovering the extinct Sete Cidades Volcano and its mesmerising blue and bright-green crater lakes – a magical experience. Alternatively you may prefer to venture into the Furnas Valley and feel the heat of the hot springs and steaming fumaroles; or explore the stunning subtropical gardens of Terra Nostra Park. [ReadMore]

After your Azorean adventure the magnificent ‘garden island’ of Madeira awaits. You can embark on an exploration of the unique levada walking trails and take in the island’s lush landscapes; or perhaps ride a cable car to the enchanting Monte Palace Tropical Garden. Not to be missed is the chance to take in the astonishing views on offer from atop Cabo Girão, one of the world’s highest sea cliffs. Or for something a little less adventurous, why not head to the world-famous Reid’s Hotel for a sumptuous afternoon tea. From Macaronesia Black Watch will head for the mainland and the vibrant Portuguese capital, Lisbon. Take the day to explore on foot, via the tram or even by tuk-tuk and you won’t be disappointed by the sights you discover. Belém Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery in particular are among many highlights which are well worth a visit. Finally, before returning to Liverpool, you’ll stop-off in Leixões for tours to Oporto. Portugal's second city is a delight to explore too, with its UNESCO-listed historic centre, fine architecture and world-famous port wine cellars. 

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 The Poolside restaurant. What's more, new TVs, mini-bars and safes enhance the accommodation on board, while the on board 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. 

Rest assured, all of the following comes as standard on every Fred. Olsen cruise:

  • Comfortable rooms and suites with TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and individually controlled air conditioning
  • Tempting cuisine every day throughout your cruise - with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets and late-night snacks
  • Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee at selected venues, afternoon tea* with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks
  • All evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, dancing and live music
  • Captain's Drinks Party and Gala Buffet (on cruises of 5 nights or more)
  • On board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym
  • A wide choice of on board activities and lectures throughout the day
  • All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)
  • Luggage porterage between your room and the drop-off/pick-up point
  • Flights, as confirmed as part of a fly-cruise holiday

​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.

Real ships
We’re not interested in gimmicks like zip wires, climbing walls or celebrity chefs. 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.