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This sleek, Finnish built mid-sized ship designed for long distance cruising started life as the Royal Viking Star, entering service on June 26 1972. She was built by Wärtsilä in Helsinki as a six star ...
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79 Fred. Olsen Black Watch Cruise Reviews

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Stumblebum
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
4 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
40 forum posts
6 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
0 forum posts
16 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
0 forum posts
21 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
0 forum posts
20 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
0 forum posts
2 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
0 forum posts
3 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
0 forum posts
2 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
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
6 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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
4 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
0 forum posts
2 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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
3 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
7 reviews
1,126 forum post
1 helpful vote
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
0 forum posts
2 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
0 forum posts
2 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
0 forum posts
3 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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jonever
Member Since 2014
1 review
5 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We travelled from Liverpool to Ireland on Friday 8th May 2015 and had cabin number 9912. The room was very clean and everything that had been promised in the brochure, but the quality of the mattress and the pillows was very poor, both ... Read more
Leeho
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed May 2015
Mini cruise to Dublin from Liverpool on Black Watch. Fred.Olsen does not expect passengers on Mini cruises to complete a questionnaire so I'm not sure how they get feedback, perhaps they read Cruise Critic? Car parking with CPS went ... Read more
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Millimoo
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed May 2015
Just returned from a 3 nighter to Dublin booked last minute. Went years ago on Black Prince and found it good, but haven't been with Fred since. Our premium twin cabin was spacious and everything worked well. The food was excellent; ... Read more
cazzy caz
Member Since 2014
1 review
14 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2015
As soon as your car arrived in the drop off area, porters would immediately take your luggage and it was in your cabin after we had checked in. Embarkation was delayed as the ship was a little late in arriving at Liverpool, due to the ... Read more
evelyn96
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2015
As with other reviewers, we picked the Black Watch cruise to South America for the itinerary. However, we were not prepared for the poor quality of a ship we had happily cruised on 10 years earlier. The embarkation at Southampton was the ... Read more

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