Fred. Olsen Black Watch Cruise Reviews

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Nemas
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
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 ... Read more
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ravesngeo
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
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 ... Read more
chunkymonkeymargaret
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
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 ... Read more
gillcraig
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
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 ... Read more
Jantheman132
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
3 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
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. ... Read more
Margaret Mackay
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
10 helpful votes
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 ... Read more
Steviemk14a
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
15 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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. ... Read more
thriftycrafter
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
37 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
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
11 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
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
Paul Lucida
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
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 ... Read more
Ace critic
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 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
27 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
6 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
Stumblebum
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
11 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
65 forum posts
16 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
26 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
25 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
40 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
mojoys
Member Since 2015
1 review
6 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
10 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
2 reviews
14 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
10 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
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
11 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

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