The Neptune Lounge is the main entertainment venue, stretching across the aft of the ship on Deck 6, with banquettes alternating with single seating and small round tables. They are close together so there can be problems with the view, as performances take place on the dance floor in front of the stage, which is occupied by the Black Watch Orchestra. The main attraction is the Black Watch Show Company, which presents production shows throughout the cruise in two performances to cover both dinner sittings. The two shows we saw were the best we have seen in a show lounge. The Neptune also hosts comedians, singers, magicians, and classical music performances, as well as game shows, ballroom dancing classes, and an interdenominational church service on Sundays. Before and after the evening's entertainment the dance hosts are there to partner passengers around the floor.
The Marina Theatre on Deck 3 shows feature films throughout the day, as well as hosting various daily events, such as singing for fun and enrichment lectures.
Golf putting, darts, bridge, deck quoits, gym and swim, shuffleboard, and carpet bowls are some of the regular activities around the ship, plus quizzes and daily bingo in the lounges.
Entertainment and music is mainly in the bars and lounges but there is hosted dancing in the Neptune Lounge, and evening quizzes. The casino consists of one roulette table and one blackjack table, open from 9 p.m. until late, but attracted very few passengers on our cruise. Free roulette lessons are offered in the afternoon.
Black Watch Bars and Lounges
The bars and lounges are furnished in traditional style with the accent on comfort. In all bars there are regular special offers, such as 50 percent off Boddingtons draught and John Smith's beer.
Morning Light Pub (Deck 6): Smaller than the Morning Light pubs on other Fred. Olsen ships, this is an intimate and friendly meeting place that leads into the Neptune Lounge, with some exceptional maritime paintings on the walls.
Braemar Lounge (Deck 6): A large lounge full of comfortable sofas and armchairs, this is the most popular lounge area on the ship. The Rosario Trio play on and off throughout the evening and there's a quiz at 10 p.m.
Lido Lounge (Deck 7): This is the liveliest bar on the ship, with different musical groups playing throughout the evening until 1 a.m., after which the DJ takes over. It is also the venue for prize karaoke.
Marquee Bar (Deck 9): Situated aft, this bar provides drinks for passengers spending the day on deck. A speciality here is the gin menu, offering 18 different types of gin.
Observatory Lounge (Deck 9): As its name suggests, this forward lounge is an ideal spot for watching the waves, with piano music throughout the evening until around midnight.
Black Watch Outside Recreation
There are two swimming pools, both open air and heated, one on Lounge Deck (deck 6) with a whirlpool and exercise pool, and a smaller pool and whirlpool on Marquee Deck (deck 9).
Ten golf nets and a tennis court are situated on Deck 9.
On Deck 10 there's a large area with comfortable sun loungers and chairs, and plenty of space to relax in peace and quiet.
Black Watch Services
A beautifully appointed library on Deck 7 is well stocked with books, and is very popular. There's a card room also on Deck 7. On Deck 5 are guest relations, future bookings desk, shore excursions desk, photo gallery, and two shops stocking gifts and souvenirs, as well as clothing, jewellery and cosmetics. The self-service laundry is also on deck 5. The Internet centre is on Deck 7, and guests can use their mobile, tablet or other Wi-Fi enabled devices by connecting to Wi-Fi once aboard. Prices range from 30 minutes pay as you go for £13, to seven days unlimited Wi-Fi for £63, which is charged to the guest's onboard account.