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Sailing to the Caribbean

12th Nov 2018 14 nights Sails from Southampton Black Watch W1826
FROM ONLY £1,999 per person *
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FROM ONLY £1,999 per person *

Escape the onset of another chilly British winter and head to the idyllic, paradise islands of the Caribbean aboard Black Watch for the chance to unwind with soothing sunshine and discover a diverse array of invigorating and exhilarating experiences.

Following two days at sea to settle into life on board Black Watch, the gorgeous floral blooms, architectural delights and natural wonders of two picturesque Portuguese ports of call will whet your appetite for Caribbean island discovery. First on the horizon is vibrant Lisbon, Portugal’s capital. With a day to explore the captivating streets; visit fascinating museums and landmarks such as the Bélem Tower, Jerónimos Monastery and São Jorge Castle; and stop-by the charming art-nouveau cafés, you’ll discover why Lisbon was named one of Lonely Planet’s Top 10 cities of 2017. Then it’s on to the beautiful ‘garden island’, Madeira. You could explore the unique levada walking trails; take in the bright colours and sweet scents of beautiful botanical gardens; or even indulge with a delectable afternoon tea at Funchal's Reid’s Hotel. For a memorable experience, enjoy the unspoilt ocean views from the magnificent Cabo Girão sea cliff. Whatever you choose to do, you’ll feel suitably enriched when you finally set sail for the sun-kissed Caribbean. [ReadMore]

After sailing across the Atlantic you’ll stop-off in St John’s, Antigua. To absorb the local culture and delve into the island’s fascinating history, St John’s bustling Public Market and the historic sites of the English Harbour and Nelson’s Dockyard are well worth visiting. For something more adventurous you could go swimming with stingrays; explore the west coast on a thrilling speedboat tour; and divert off the ‘beaten track’ on a 4x4 jeep safari. If you prefer to relax and simply soak up the sunshine, take your pick of 365 inviting beaches. A day on Dominica – one of Lonely Planet’s Top 10 countries to discover in 2017 – will offer you the chance to explore exotic interior of the UNESCO-listed Morne Trois Pitons National Park and enjoy a refreshing dip in the cool waters of the Emerald Pool. There are plenty of other attractions and experiences to discover too: perhaps embark on a whale and dolphins watching safari, or marvel at fabulous flora in stunning botanical gardens – the choice is yours. Finally, enjoy one last night on Black Watch before disembarking in Bridgetown, Barbados.

Single supplement offers are available on selected grades on this sailing, please call for details.

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.

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.