Fred. Olsen Black Watch Cruise Reviews

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pauladora
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
133 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2017
Had to cancel our World cruise in August due to unexpected ill health. End of November all was ok but not able to rebook as no vacancies. Found this cruise and they had unsold cabins, decided to try them. Balcony cabins available but they ... Read more
mrsliz
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
1 forum post
11 helpful votes
This cruise was chosen because of the ports of cal -. Caribbean, Panama Canal, Easter Island and Tahiti. It met my expectations. Great service, entertainment, lectures and tours. The meals were a good portion size, varied and not too ... Read more
DavidMatthews
Member Since 2017
1 review
21 helpful votes
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 ... Read more
VDCYork
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
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 ... Read more
Jsparrowesq
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
5 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
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 ... Read more
Sir Peter
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
19 helpful votes
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 ... Read more
PennineDave
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
3 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
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 ... Read more
Nemas
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 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
6 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
7 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
6 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
4 reviews
2 forum posts
7 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
2 helpful votes
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
13 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
16 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
2 forum posts
7 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
32 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
7 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
13 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
72 forum posts
19 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
27 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
42 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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