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Pacific Island Christmas & Sydney New Year

26th Nov 2018 39 nights Sails from Bridgetown Black Watch W1827
FROM ONLY £6,849 per person
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FROM ONLY £6,849 per person
Three cruises for the price of two

With chances to soak up the sunshine and scenery of stunning islands in the Caribbean and the South Pacific; explore culture-rich, diverse destinations in South and Central America; and celebrate New Year’s in style in one of the world’s most iconic cities, there’s no better way to see out 2018 than on this incredible 39 night cruise. 

Your epic voyage begins in the Caribbean where, after embarking your ship in beautiful Barbados, you’ll sail to Bonaire to take in the delights of the island’s capital, Kralendijk. You’ll find pretty pastel coloured houses, an abundance of shops and welcoming restaurants serving delicious Creole cuisine with the city; while stunning beaches, national parks and warm waters rife with marine life are close-by too. From the Caribbean it’s on to Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica. The UNESCO-listed Colombian walled city of Cartagena de Indias is a delight to explore, with its centuries-old churches, historic fortress and ancient monasteries, before your South and Central American adventure continues as Black Watch sails the Panama Canal. Watching the various locks and dams of this incredible feat of engineering, which slices through the Panamanian jungle, is always a special experience. Before heading across the Pacific, you’ll also visit charming Puntarenas and have the chance to venture into lush nature reserves and rainforests from Puerto Caldera. [ReadMore]

You will then head for ‘the land down under’, stopping at a string of spectacular South Pacific Islands en route. You’ll be beckoned ashore to explore by the spectacular, unspoilt volcanic landscapes of Nuku Hiva; and within Rangiroa’s crystal-clear lagoons, a plethora of astonishing fauna such as dolphins and colourful tropical fish are yours to encounter. Paradise awaits on the idyllic islands of Tahiti and Bora-Bora, presenting you with an picture book of postcard-perfect beaches, soaring mountains and tumbling waterfalls; and Christmas Eve will be spent exploring the glorious ‘island where time begins’, Tonga. After enjoying a magical Christmas at sea, you’ll also immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of uninhabited Mystery Island before finally reaching Australian shores. An incredible culmination of your cruise and the year awaits you, with a two night stay in Sydney offering you the chance to experience the excitement of New Year’s Eve in the city. Perhaps take the day to see world-famous landmarks including the instantly recognisable Opera House, before watching fantastic fireworks signal the arrival of 2019 high above the iconic Harbour Bridge at midnight – a once-in-a-lifetime experience. After all the fun and festivity, you’ll two days to indulge in some rest and relaxation on Bondi Beach too before sailing to Newcastle, your final port of call. 

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.