You Choose Your Cruise Mediterranean

11th Nov 2019 15 nights Sails from Liverpool Black Watch W1926
Adult only sailing
FROM ONLY £1,499 per person
Cruise Details Image Cruise Details Image
FROM ONLY £1,499 per person

Every vote counts on this very special cruise! You and your fellow, like-minded guests on board Black Watch have the chance to create a unique itinerary, choosing between a selection of attraction-packed islands and cities in Portugal and Spain. Will you ‘steer your ship’ to a few old favourites, or perhaps places you haven’t visited before? Remember, the power is in your hands.

After setting sail from Liverpool the first decision to make is whether to visit Portugal’s picturesque capital or enchanting second city. Lisbon offers architectural wonders such as Bélem Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery, adorable historical districts and cafés serving delicious Pasteis de Bélem egg custard tarts. Oporto, reached on tour from Leixoes, is renowned for its Baroque churches, fortress-like cathedral and locally-produced port wine. Then it’s on to Spain and the choice of two Andalusian delights – Cádiz and Malaga. Vote for Cádiz and you could explore this ancient city’s wonderful old quarter and sample traditional tapas; or tour to Jerez for sherry and equestrian art. Opt to visit Malaga and you’ll be presented with a wealth of attractions, from the Moorish-style Gibralfaro Castle to the Picasso Museum. A restful Sunday at sea follows, allowing time to contemplate your next port of call. Choose to guide Black Watch to Barcelona, where the world-famous highlights of the Catalan capital – such as Las Ramblas and Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia – await; or to Tarragona, boasting sites including Amfiteatre Romà and a Paleochristian Necropolis. [ReadMore]

The following day you’ll discover beautiful island scenery and historical highlights galore, no matter which destination is chosen. Pick Ibiza to learn more about the lesser-known side of this famed ‘party island’, with chances to venture into the UNESCO-listed Old Town here; or Mallorca, where Palma’s centuries-old streets make for a wonderful stroll in the sunshine. Your penultimate port of call will be the ancient city of Cartagena, or classical Alicante on the Costa Blanca. Perhaps Cartagena’s attractions will tempt you into a day of exploration; a medieval castle, Roman amphitheatre and striking Modernist buildings are among many impressive sites here. Alternatively, if you’d prefer to unwind, Alicante’s wide sun-bathed esplanades, friendly cafés and sandy beaches are sure to appeal. Finally, this unique adventure brings you to the Galicia region of northern Spain. Choose between Vigo, with its delightful Old Town; or La Coruna, for highly recommended tours to the magnificent Santiago de Compostela cathedral.

11th November Liverpool, UK    
14th November Oporto (from Leixoes), Portugal or Lisbon, Portugal
16th November Malaga, Spain or Cádiz, Spain
18th November Barcelona, Spain or Tarragona, Spain
19th November Palma, Mallorca, Spain or Ibiza, Spain
20th November Alicante, Spain or Cartagena, Spain
23rd November La Coruna, Spain or Vigo, Spain
26th November Liverpool, UK     


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 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.