Polynesian Paradise with Iconic Sydney

29th Jan 2021 35 nights Sails from Havana Black Watch W2104
Adult only sailing Adult only sailing Adventure
FROM ONLY £5,819 per person
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FROM ONLY £5,819 per person

Sailing between two iconic cities, Black Watch will show you the stuff dreams are made of among the faraway idylls of the South Pacific. As you journey towards Australia, you’ll island-hop in Polynesia and Melanesia to immerse yourself in a world of pristine white-sand beaches, sparking lagoons, coral reefs, exotic flora and fauna, and more – a simply unforgettable experience.

You begin your epic voyage in the Americas, where diverse, culture-rich cities will be the perfect appetisers before stunning South Pacific islands appear on your horizon. [ReadMoreMob]After embarking your smaller ship in legendary Havana, you’ll sail first to the Panamanian port city of Colón – starting point for tours to the Panama Canal and Gatun Lake. You can learn about the construction of the canal’s impressive locks and dams, and then see them in action from on board Black Watch as you navigate one of the world’s great feats of engineering. Before heading across the Pacific, there’s a visit to Costa Rica too, where Puerto Caldera will serve as your gateway to lush nature reserves and rainforests. The nearby Carara National Park is a haven of dry and wet forests, thick with various species of trees, and is famous for providing a beautiful natural habitat for over 400 types of birds, as well as crocodiles that live in and around the Tárcoles River. [ReadMoreDesk]

You will then head for the ‘Land Down Under’, stopping at a string of spectacular South Pacific islands en route. The long list of astonishing destinations includes Nuku Hiva, where you’ll be beckoned ashore to explore by unspoilt volcanic landscapes; and Fakarava, a UNESCO-listed Biosphere Reserve and breathtaking natural habitat for rare species of land and water-based fauna. Paradise awaits on the idyllic islands of Tahiti, Raiatea and Bora-Bora, renowned for their postcard-perfect beaches, soaring mountains and tumbling waterfalls, while you’ll also visit the ‘island where time begins’, Tonga. An intoxicating mix of uncanny tranquillity and unmolested beauty is yours to experience at uninhabited Mystery Island and Savusavu, Fiji’s ‘best kept secret’, found well off the beaten track. Finally, after a visit to Noumea – the picturesque capital of the South Pacific archipelago – you once-in-a-lifetime holiday concludes in Sydney. You’ll be afforded time to take in Sydney’s world-famous attractions, including the instantly recognisable Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and the revered Royal Botanic Garden; and even tour to Bondi Beach, to capture one of Australia’s most photographed scenes.

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.