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Built in Finland, this ship started life in 1972 as the Viking Star, and at the time was regarded as one of the most luxurious cruise ships in the world. After two brief acquisitions by other cruise lines, it ...
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2016
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83 Fred. Olsen Black Watch Cruise Reviews

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thriftycrafter
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
37 forum posts
Sailed two weeks ago
We were part of the Ramblers Worldwide group on this 7 night cruise. I'd read previous reviews and expected a tired, shabby vessel with ultra smiley staff. Black watch is a small ship therefore the dining room is overcrowded and the staff ... Read more
Brian1066
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed two weeks ago
This was our 2nd cruise, first for Fred Olsen. Our room was a balcony suite 9903 on Marquee deck 9. Having heard the reports over the past trees weeks when they had the engine problem we were slightly apprehensive as to if the cruise ... Read more
Ace critic
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Itinerary to Spitsbergen Greenland via Norway and Iceland. Ship is tired but given a fire previous to the cruise it was on, engineers were on the ship the whole time rectifying the damage, generator was on top deck, The trip was ok. ... Read more
Gillyharman
Member Since 2016
1 review
21 helpful votes
Chosen fro nights at sea and atlantic crossing. We had a major fire on board we were without water, sanitation, lights and power for many hours and adrift without engines or steering for 10 hours in the atlantic ocean. The crew saved ... Read more
brihead
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
Only ever cruised with Fred. over many years. Black Watch is still to me the best. Excellent food all crew member were excellent Entertainment excellent ( I especially liked the choir performed by some passengers. Some crew ... Read more

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Stumblebum
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
All in all an excellent first ever cruise for us. That is apart from an irresponsible passenger who decided to abandon the Barcelona tour and make his own way back to the ship without telling anyone. He caused a 40 minute delay whilst a ... Read more
04Murphy
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
60 forum posts
15 helpful votes
Fred's cruises offer a lot of what I want, selection of ports from UK, friendly small ships with interesting itineries. This was a well paced cruise, with overnight in the three ports, Hamburg, Copenhagen and Oslo. The selection of tours ... Read more
JOHNSEALEY1
Member Since 2016
1 review
23 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
This was our third cruise on Black Watch and we were a little concerned that standards had deteriorated, following a few mediocre reviews - not so. The standards of service and quality of food were outstanding. It is an old ship and ... Read more
farmer frank
Member Since 2016
1 review
24 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
The cruise was some what spoilt by the need to up date the cabins we could see that the chairs could do with a good cleaning or throwing out. The chairs in the library are very hard to get out of for older people. The pillows in cabins and ... Read more
Dougster48
Member Since 2015
1 review
34 helpful votes
The worse cruising experience I have ever had. From beginning to end. My wife and I have cruised with Fred Olsen cruises on three occasions this was to be our fourth, we booked a cruise for my mother and father in law, my sister and ... Read more

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mojoys
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
On board the Black Watch is like stepping back in time. The decor and fittings are very 1970s although clean, there is no WOW factor anywhere on the ship. This was our first cruise and based our poor experience it could be our last. ... Read more
NIrn
Member Since 2015
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
Having read some of the reviews on this site about cruising on the Black Watch we were a little concerned about the holiday we had booked. Contributors commented about noisy cabins and about the quality of the food. This was our 4th ... Read more
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wnesbitt
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
My mother - mid 70s - and I in my late forties sailed from Belfast, for the Scandanavian capitals cruise, including Talinn and St Petersburg. Cabin: Deck 3 outside, twin bed cabin. Totally satisfied with our cabin. Plenty of room, kept ... Read more
firsttimers3
Member Since 2015
1 review
13 forum posts
Sailed September 2015
This was a short 3 night cruise to Dublin & Waterford, and as the embarkation was running late we boarded about 4pm. Once on board we went to our cabins which were lovely and clean to unpack. We them went to find some food as we hadn't ... Read more
lynnmar
Member Since 2015
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
Firstly I have to say that our cruise itenary to Ireland and Canada was excellant. However having traveled with Fred Olsen on many occasions and had no serious problems, it was very disappointing to find that once we set sail there was ... Read more

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wemsie#6
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed August 2015
We are all retired young at heart couples travelling for a birthday celebration with my husbands brother and his wife. We travelled on the door to door service organised by Saga which was very good. Embarkation was very good. We ... Read more
bilkno
Member Since 2015
1 review
10 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
My wife and I having celebrated two special birthdays this year decided to culminate the year with a cruise. Unfortunately we chose not to go on one of our tried and trusted cruise lines. We chose to go with Fred Olsen for 14 days on ... Read more
YOUNGER TRAVELLER
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
We had requested a disabled room with a walk in shower, We could not fault the room, lovely bedding ( quite a few people had commented on this to us also) everything we wanted, lovely balcony we were on floor 7 and did not have any ... Read more
trixmax2000
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed July 2015
We could not dock at the Faroes as the Braemar was in and no room for us, pilot not able to manage to get us in, rough sea, so another day at sea organized. We have had 5 Balmoral cruises (very good) 1 Bouddica (ok) but would not recommend ... Read more
BarkerFinch
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
8 helpful votes
This is my experience. Everybody has a different experience so these are my opinions on what i found onboard this cruise. I booked 2 weeks prior to departure and booked a balcony cabin. Fred Olsen kindly gave me a free upgrade to a ... Read more

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tring
Member Since 2010
8 reviews
1,186 forum post
2 helpful votes
We had chosen this cruise because of the ports of call, and from that point of view the cruise was extremely good. Being able to see so many different places in Canada in the one journey was really good and we had some nights in port as ... Read more
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Jacquelinecarol1960
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 helpful votes
I was desperate the see the Norwegian Fjords, which by the way were spectacular, so my sister and I booked a trip with Fred Olsen which included the all inclusive drinks package. Embarkation at Liverpool was a breeze and the baggage ... Read more
WalkerC
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
2 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed May 2015
This was our second cruise on Black Watch - she is an old ship but we find her comfortable with a good ambience - no glitz or glamour and traditional but we quite like that and also much prefer the fact that she is a 'small' and elegant ... Read more
Dewi S
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 helpful votes
As seasoned travellers with many years of road tripping under our belts (to most parts of the UK, Europe, Eastern Europe & Canada) we wanted to try a tour of Norway, a country we'd never been to before but had been considering for ... Read more
SuccessfulSteve
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 helpful votes
We booked last October for a cruise of the fjords. At embarkation, our luggage was delivered to outside our cabin on third deck. The cabin was clean and throughout the cruise was well-serviced by Rodell. We found the entertainment very ... Read more

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