Fred. Olsen Black Watch Cruise Reviews

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YOUNGER TRAVELLER
Member Since 2015
1 review
6 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
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
9 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
tring
Member Since 2010
8 reviews
1,316 forum post
2 helpful votes
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
5 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
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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
5 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
5 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
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
tartanexile81
Member Since 2008
5 reviews
2,635 forum posts
4 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
1,195 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
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sennen
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
76 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
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
34 forum posts
2 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
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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
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
4,058 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
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