Black Watch Cruise Review by whippet66: Pleasantly surprised !
Pleasantly surprised !
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 were not too good. So with trepidation on the Monday we set off ! Embarkation was ok, so we went on board, walking through to find our cabin which was on deck 4. The ship and decor looked very nice as we walked along, all clean and tidy, the carpeting was very smart. So into our cabin, this was quite roomy, twin beds in an L shape, all nice and clean,two portholes with thick curtains to keep the light out. (this was good as it stayed light till 11.30pm !) Shower room ok, nice fluffy towels.Our stewardess appeared and introduced herself, a very pleasant young lady called Jintana, she kept the room lovely throughout the cruise, all with a smile.
The cruise itinerary was to transit the Kiel canal, which was great; then Travemunde which was a More small town with tours to Hamburg. A local German male voice choir played as we prepared to leave, this was very nice.Then off to Riga, a lovely long arrival up the river to moor right near the town centre, that was an interesting town. Departing from there we had a sail away party which was good, the weather was really warm. Off to St Petersburg, another interesting place. Then to Tallinn, this was a lovely old town. Next to Stockholm and a lovely sail for 4 hours up the approach to the town, this was really nice.Then off to Visby, but the Captain said it was to rough to use tenders there so would not be stopping. So we carried on to Oslo, passing through the narrow part of water by Copenhagen, which looked good at night.So at 1400 the next day we entered the Oslo fjord. there was a yachting regatta for the weekend and we passed hundreds of yachts coming towards us, this was a great sight. After 3 hours of this we reached Oslo where we would stay overnight. It was a hot evening so a lot of passengers went into town. The next day mid afternoon we left with another great sail away party to go back down the fjord and off to Dover.
So on board, the food was very good, a very attractive main dining room, also the buffet dining room , the garden cafe was good. The entertainment was excellent, the show team did some great shows, and the guest entertainers were very good. We took part in 3 trivia quizzes a day which were amusing. All in all the staff were all very friendly, waiters in the bars and dining rooms all cheerful and smiley.
So as I said we were pleasantly surprised and didn't want to leave the ship. It is a small older ship, we met some lovely people, drinks were reasonably priced, food better than P&O, entertainment far better than Saga, shows as good as Thomson
Would we go back ......... Yes. Less
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