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Built in Finland, this ship started life in 1972 as the Viking Star, and at the time was regarded as one of the most luxurious cruise ships in the world. After two brief acquisitions by other cruise lines, it ...
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84 Fred. Olsen Black Watch Cruise Reviews

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jonever
Member Since 2014
1 review
8 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
3 helpful votes
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
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
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
3 helpful votes
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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tartanexile81
Member Since 2008
5 reviews
2,521 forum posts
2 helpful votes
REVIEW OF FRED OLSEN'S BLACK WATCH, 6th JAN- 16th MARCH 2015 BACKGROUND This was our first cruise with Fred Olsen and we did it in style with a 69 day cruise called South American Discovery. We've cruised with various lines over the last ... Read more
jgw321
Member Since 2010
1 review
1,178 forum post
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
52 forum posts
3 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
2 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
1 forum post
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

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Ex Shetlander
Member Since 2014
1 review
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
Discount lovers
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
32 forum posts
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
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
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
2 reviews
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

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Carolking67
Member Since 2014
1 review
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
jeanlyon
Member Since 2005
3 reviews
3,917 forum posts
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
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
5 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
2 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

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agathachristiefan
Member Since 2013
5 reviews
5 forum posts
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
Skyemolly
Member Since 2013
1 review
4 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
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
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
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

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