Islands of the Mediterranean

4th May 2021 18 nights Sails from Liverpool Black Watch W2109
Adult only sailing Adult only sailing
FROM ONLY £2,499 per person
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FROM ONLY £2,499 per person

Sail into the Mediterranean in the spring and succumb to the scenic, historical and cultural charms of sun-bathed Spanish, Italian and French destinations. From sleepy traditional villages and unspoilt beaches to attraction-packed cities and mighty mountain peaks – all this and more awaits you on this enchanting island-hopping adventure.

With Black Watch as your guide, five of the Mediterranean’s most spectacular islands await your discovery, including two of Spain’s beautiful Balearic Islands. [ReadMoreMob]A visit to Mahon affords an opportunity to uncover many of Menorca’s highlights. You could opt to seek-out Monte Toro on tour, for views of the island’s impressive highest peak; or even explore breathtaking countryside on horseback. The gin distillery is worth a visit too, to try the local tipple; while Menorca’s glorious beaches are perfect for laidback relaxation. On the pretty island of Mallorca, you’ll find Palma is a joy to explore with its captivating architecture and landmarks such as the mesmeric Gothic cathedral. Enjoy time to wander Palma’s labyrinth of historic streets and squares at leisure to see the sights. Alternatively, you could embark on a memorable scenic journey aboard a vintage train to Sóller, before exploring charming Valldemossa. [ReadMoreDesk]

Corsica’s wonderland of breathtaking coastlines and lush, mountain-laden countryside never fails to impress, and you have an opportunity to see the best of this fabulous French island. Ajaccio is your gateway to the dramatic gorges of Prunelli, where magnificent granite cliffs plunge into the Prunelli River creating postcard-perfect scenes. In Italy, you’ll find the sophisticated island of Sardinia has much to recommend it too. From Cagliari, stunning rock formations such as the ‘Devil’s Saddle’, salt pools and inviting beaches are within reach; though you may be tempted to stay in the island’s capital to sample the traditional flavours and culture with local wine and folk dancing. Meanwhile, Malta adds centuries of remarkable history into the mix. You’ll behold the sight of Valletta’s iconic, UNESCO-listed Grand Harbour as you sail into port here; then enjoy time to see historic sights such as St John’s Cathedral and the Presidential Palace, or perhaps take a tour to the medieval city of Mdina. In addition to your island discovery, there’s time on the Spanish and Portuguese mainland to revel in the historical and cultural delights of Cádiz, Cartagena and Oporto – on tour from Leixoes – too.

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.