Black Watch

Sister ship of Boudicca, Black Watch was first launched in 1972 and fully refit at the end of 2016. Offering a traditional cruising experience, she welcomes up to 799 passengers across her 8 decks. 

Black Watch is sleek, intimate and harks back to the days when cruise ships were revered for their style and charm. Focusing on providing a traditional cruise experience rather than gimmicks such as climbing walls∘ and on board bumper cars, Black Watch feels friendly and familiar. This is further enhanced by the attentive staff who strive to offer service with a smile and remember the important things, such as your name and favourite tipple and how your like your eggs cooked at breakfast.

Able to accommodate up to 799 guests, there are a selection of suites and ocean view rooms to choose from, providing ample room and everything∘ you need for a comfortable enjoyable and stress-free stay; and spacious public rooms bathed in natural light and retaining the elegant style of a traditional cruise ship. Black Watch has four restaurants options, including the stylish Glentanar Restaurant and beautiful Orchid Room which has a wonderful oriental look and feel. Before dinner you could delve into a good book in the well-stocked library, relax in the warmth on the Sun Deck, sample a great selection of premium gin at the Marquee Bar, or even devour a premium afternoon tea. Don’t miss the extravaganza of music, dance and comedy at evening shows in the Neptune Lounge.

Black Watch sails from ports all around the UK, and thanks to her new Terrace Balcony Rooms, offers plenty of opportunities∘ to enjoy unforgettable sights and experiences as you cruise the world’s most spectacular waterways to a string of stunning destinations.

  • Size medium
  • Style Classic
  • Type ocean
  • Year of launch 1972
  • Year of last refit 2016
  • Gross tonnage 28613t
  • Length 205.47m
  • Width 25.2m
  • Speed 18kts
  • Decks 8
  • Language English
  • Currency Pound Sterling (£)
  • No. of passengers 799
  • No. of crew 330
  • No. of cabins 423
  • -wheelchair access 4
Unique Features

Fred. Olsen's new Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBs), the latest addition to our fleet of smaller ships. Now standing by to take you even closer.

These exciting crafts take guests away from the tourist trails to see the natural wonders, stunning beaches, spectacular coastlines∘ and much more - in a way few others get to enjoy. An unmissable, immersive journey of exploration.

RIB experiences are available in selected ports and areas of scenic cruising in some of the world’s most beautiful regions. These include Norway, Iceland Greenland, Denmark, Sweden, The Maldives, Monaco, France, Estonia and the U.K.

No matter where you choose to explore, our passion for showing you the world shines through. We encourage you to head off on a journey of discovery in every destination to really get the most out of every moment of your holiday. 

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Typically, gratuities are charged at £5.00 per person, per day for guests aged 12 and over. This amount is split equally between∘ your stewardess and restaurant waiter, and will be automatically added to your on board account. While very much appreciated, these gratuities are voluntary, and therefore can be adjusted or removed completely at Guest Services on board the ship if you wish

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Five main types of cabin are available – Suites, Balcony, Outside, Inside and Single – each with 24-hour room service. All rooms include an interactive TV, hair dryer, safe, wardrobe and drawer space.


Two main dining rooms, a café and casual lunch or snack options are available onboard, with a choice of set dinner times or more informal ‘freedom dining.’ Choose between formal, intimate and relaxed surroundings, or special themed nights.
The main dining room is split into two with Glentanar Restaurant, as the larger dining room, and The Orchid Room, a smaller offshoot. Both offer open seating for breakfast and two seatings for lunch and dinner. Glentanar’s has panoramic windows with fine sea views and a large menu. The Orchid Room is an oriental designed, quieter and more intimate restaurant with gourmet meals.


Entertainment onboard Black Watch is varied with large selection of lounges, each with their own atmosphere. From live comedians to card∘ rooms, you're bound to find something to entertain yourself whilst onboard, whether you're looking to have some fun, or just relax for a bit.

Health and fitness

A selection of health, fitness, beauty and relaxation areas∘ are available onboard. From The Atlantis Spa & Salon to the state-of-the-art Fitness Centre, where you can work up a sweat in one of the many fitness classes on offer.

Kids and Teens

During the Easter, Summer and Christmas∘ holidays only, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines offer organised and hosted children’s activities within the Little Skippers Club subject to a minimum number of children booked on the cruise. The Little Skippers Club supervises children from ages 5-11, with Children’s Hosts arranging meet and greets with parents and children when they embark.

The Little Skippers Club offers a wide range∘ of activities including games, contests, scavenger hunts, sports and fitness instruction, arts and crafts, pizza making and cooking sessions, pool and swimming sessions, discos, karaoke and kids bingo.


Fred. Olsen offers an interesting array of guest speakers∘ to talk to the passengers onboard. Discussing various subjects including upcoming destinations.

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