We regularly cruise with Fred and would normally give an excellent rating but not this time. The food was excellent as were the waiters and the staff, the cabin was to the usual comfortable standard but from there on it all goes ...
Wanted to see the UK from a different angle.
But the weather had other ideas.
Within 24hours of sailing advised there would changes due to Royal Navy having our bearth at Southampton.
So we had Portsmouth then Plymouth instead. OH ...
We chose this cruise as it was not too far a trip for my mother in law and it was also near Christmas. We were not impressed with the parking set up for our car, signs not clear etc.
After we had checked I looked for a bar and somewhere ...
We booked a Christmas markets cruise to Denmark and Germany 18 months ago and at no time did Fred Olsen let us know that this cruise would be the first following a 28 day re-fit. We only found out by chance that this was happening just a ...
My wife and I have sailed with Fred Olsen on the Boudicca before and enjoyed it, so thought we'd like to try one of Fred's other ships.
The cabin was just about adequate in terms of living space although storage and wardrobe space was ...
We embarked and spent 2 days at sea eventually arriving at Lorient. This was our first disappointment, not a thing was open. A total waste of time The ports in Spain (Gexto,Aviles & El Ferrol) where excellent choices as well as ...
We chose this ship as it was leaving from scotland and was not a big ship.
Embarkation was good and the safety drill well done though i was disturbed that wee were not made to wear and demonstrate our life jackets on other cruises this ...
As a 51 year old travel agent, i have been on many different cruise lines and the thought of travelling to the norwegian fjords on the back watch in september filled me with dread - how wrong was i !!!
Surprisingly there was a very ...
My brother and I chose this cruise because of the small ship, to see the Norwegian fjords and not to spend too much time on the open sea.
The staff were really good and friendly, the ship looking a little worn in places, but as it's ...
We chose this cruise because the size of the ship meant that it visited fjords other ships couldn't. It certainly didn't disappoint. The scenery was fantastic and we were lucky to have several sunny days, which enhanced the experience.
Iceland and the Faroe Islands Cruise this year on Black Watch was an experience of a lifetime. Having read some previous reviews was not sure about Black Watch. BUT nothing wrong, the ship is being refitted in November which will update a ...
Taste of Iceland (and Faroes).
Third F.O cruise. We have gradually moved up decks each cruise and travelled paying near top-price for a suite this time.
Four negative experiences took the edge of an otherwise excellent cruise. ...
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 ...
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 ...
Review of Cruise W1610 Black Watch: Arctic Adventure and Exploration
July 17th- August 12th
“Not again, even with discounts….”
PART 1 THE REVIEW:
This is at best a mixed reaction and review of a specialist ...
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.
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 ...
Only ever cruised with Fred. over many years. Black Watch is still to me the best.
all crew member were excellent
Entertainment excellent ( I especially liked the choir performed by some passengers.
Some crew ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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