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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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78 Fred. Olsen Black Watch Cruise Reviews

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jgw321
Member Since 2010
1 review
1,149 forum post
0 helpful votes
Background information: We have seen the Northern Lights on a previous cruise on the Marco Polo but that was in February. When we saw this trip advertised we thought it worth another go and we would try out a Christmas Cruise at the same ... Read more
sennen
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
38 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2014
We chose a mini cruise with Fred Olson to Brugge on Black Watch from Tilbury. Check-in is very different from Southampton you drive to the check in hall unload your luggage plenty of help available drive back to Tilbury dock leave your car ... Read more
beechtopboy
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2014
Four of us joined the Black Watch as a surprise for 2 elderly relatives who had already been on board for 2 weeks. We found our cabin very disappointing and the general atmosphere felt like a visit to an old and fading Harrogate hotel in ... Read more
windycr
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We booked the cruise via Saga, and were told that it was All Inclusive. The list included all on board gratuities. However, at the end of the cruise we were charged the standard £4 per day for this. On the first day we did not know ... Read more
Ex Shetlander
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2014
We chose this cruise because we were travelling with my 86 year old father, who did not want the hassle of airports or long journeys to the embarkation port. I was surprprised how much I appreciated the lack of hassle too!  ... Read more

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Discount lovers
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
29 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2014
We are regular cruisers with Mr. Olsen and the itinerary involving France, Guernsey and one Spanish port going down the Bay of Biscay really seemed to us a good choice by the cruise planners. We drove to Rosyth - 160 miles - and arrived ... Read more
WalkerC
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
2 forum posts
0 helpful votes
For us this cruise was absolutely perfect - we feel like we have been on holiday with a few hundred friends both fellow passengers and crew who were, without exception, extremely friendly. Leaving from Newcastle was very easy with lots of ... Read more
Docmalc
Member Since 2012
4 reviews
9 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Once again Fred Olsen have pulled out all the stops here. We have been with other companies, but when we compare the standard, and in particular the food we find FO difficult to beat. We travelled the whole Norwegian coastline up to ... Read more
whippet66
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed June 2014
My partner and I, both mid 60s decided to try Fred because we wanted to go to the Baltic, and this cruise left from Dover, 2miles from our home ! We had previously cruised with P&O, Thomson and Saga. We had read reviews and quite a few ... Read more
Carolking67
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
It was our first time with Fred Olsen. We boarded at Southampton, it was quite slow considering the size of the ship, but we were pleasantly surprised that it was a lovely ambience on board. The crew were wonderful as on all the cruise ... Read more

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jeanlyon
Member Since 2005
3 reviews
3,832 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed May 2014
This cruise went to Rouen, Amsterdam and Hamburg. In each port we stayed overnight. It was lovely cruising up the Seine to Rouen and also the Elbe into Hamburg. Very interesting and enjoyable. It was our first time on the Black Watch and ... Read more
Dejan
Member Since 2012
1 review
7 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2014
We embarked in Brisbane instead of Sydney as it was more convenient for us to do so. Embarking the ship was very straight forward, easy and professional and all our details and cards were waiting for us. Yes this ship is an old girl, 42 ... Read more
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Ingwar
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2014
Me and my partner went on the Australasian leg of the Black Watch World cruise 2104. We boarded the ship in Sydney March 15, 2014. When we had boarded we learnt from some of the fellow passengers that there had been a newspaper article ... Read more
Nicola31
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Not rated Sailed December 2013
My husband and I had the worst cruise in 25 years of cruising. We were due to leave Southampton on 20th December but the Captain announced that due to heavy storms we would have to stay in port overnight and leave the following afternoon. ... Read more
agathachristiefan
Member Since 2013
5 reviews
5 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2013
Had the trip of a lifetime on Blackwatch to St. Petersburg, fantastic holiday. I am a great believer in a holiday is what you make of it and I am staggered to see some of the reviews which are so negative. Especially a reviewer who ... Read more

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Skyemolly
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2013
Black Watch Cruise to the Baltic November 2013 to December 2013 Initially I would like to say that I have never written or posted before, and I have cruised on six occasions previously with Cunard, Princess, and Carnival. I travelled ... Read more
chasnunn
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We have cruised with Fred Olsen on several occasions on the Boudicca. Having had two cruises this year we only decided at last minute to cruise on the Black Watch because of the attractive 28 days Anchor Fare. We opted for a Superior ... Read more
Paradiddler
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2013
Fjords and Coastal towns of Norway - Sept 2013 My partner and I have been on 4 cruises but this was our first with Fred Olsen and our first away from the Med. The food, service and entertainment on board the Black Watch were all fantastic ... Read more
Oggy466
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2013
We booked the cruise in Sep 12 having been offered All Inclusive as an incentive. The cabin grade we were after was "Sold Out" and the cheapest we could get was a D Grade cabin on Deck 4 (We had already booked a Transatlantic for a few ... Read more
Fussynemo
Member Since 2013
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
Check-in Check-out. Check-in at Forth Ports was simple. Parted from baggage, passengers were then corralled with 700+ souls of a similar age (60 -90 years) before being taken in small numbers by bus to the pier where the Black Watch was ... Read more

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Bollinger_Babe
Member Since 2007
17 reviews
6 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We have just returned from an excellent cruise to the Baltic on Fred Olsen's Black Watch. We are veteran cruisers and had been to the Baltic once before (in 2002) but what attracted us to this cruise was that (a) It was out of the Tyne, ... Read more
Bricklayer
Member Since 2011
5 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed June 2013
We have just returned from our 1st cruise with Fred Olsen, we have however, cruised 22 times previously ! Having heard some mixed reviews about FO we decided to give them a try for ourselves. Our itinerary was a 3 night trip ... Read more
JakTar
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
19 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Introduction: This was an 8-night cruise visiting four ports, two each in Portugal and Spain, which afforded the opportunity to fulfil a long-standing ambition of visiting Santiago de Compostela. Sailing from Southampton, the itinerary ... Read more
Parsman
Member Since 2008
13 reviews
725 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We sailed from Southampton in early January and headed South. This ship is the oldest in the Fred. Olsen cruise fleet but, despite this, is well maintained, comfortable and stable in rough seas. I had an outside double cabin on a single ... Read more
Vivacious Van
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
It was by pure chance that we booked the cruise. I was scanning the advertisements for a cruise around the British Isles when I spotted the Fred Olsen advert for St Petersburg and the Baltic Capitals. It was on my 'must do' list for ... Read more

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