Black Watch Cabins
- Pros: A friendly, elegant ship with excellent food, entertainment and service
- Cons: In need of its forthcoming refurb and some cabins are small
- Bottom Line: A traditional vessel with a country house ambience.
Black Watch Cabins
Accommodation ranges from inside cabins, which start at 140 square feet, to a variety of suites measuring up to 550 square feet. Every cabin includes a hair dryer, TV and tea and coffee making facilities, and bathrooms have a shower and/or bath with liquid hand wash, body wash and shower gel dispensers. Items such as shower caps, shoe cleaning mitts, sewing kits, vanity kits and small bars of soap can be requested free from the cabin steward. There is adequate storage space in all grades. There's a lockable drawer in each room, and safety deposit boxes available from reception. There is a £5 deposit for the safety deposit boxes which is refunded at the end of the cruise.
Some cabins have third and/or fourth beds in bunk-bed style (folded away when not in use). There are four wheelchair accessible cabins situated on deck 7, equipped for use by disabled passengers.
Sizes and shapes of cabins vary considerably, as the ship was built before prefabricated cabins were introduced. Some of the suites are large and luxurious, with varying decors including stylish full-length curtains and comfortable sofas and armchairs. Smaller cabins have attractive curtains and bedcovers with a welcoming feel and have been designed to make maximum use of space available.
Interior: All four categories of interior cabins measure 140 square feet and include single and double cabins.
Oceanview: Outside cabins range from 160 square feet to approximately 200 square feet. Those on Atlantic and Marina Decks (decks 3 and 4) have portholes, and those on Main Deck (deck 5) have picture windows..
Balcony: Balcony cabins are situated on the Lido and Bridge Decks (decks 7 and 8) and range from 150 square feet, for a single superior balcony room, and 160 square feet for a twin/double balcony cabin. Balconies have two chairs and a table.
Terrace Balcony: Situated on Lido Deck (deck 7), these cabins are 200 square feet, and unlike the Terrace Balcony suites, do not share a balcony but are very exposed as they are literally on the deck -- in other words, keep your curtains closed from prying eyes.
Junior Suite: 240 to 260 square feet, these suites have a picture window, balcony, sitting area, refrigerator and mini bar in addition to hairdryer, television and tea and coffee making facilities, and a bathroom with bath and/or shower, liquid hand wash, body wash and liquid shower gel.
Terrace Balcony Suite: Measuring 260 square feet, these suites are situated on Lido Deck (deck 7) and have "sociable" balconies overlooking the deck, so that guests can talk to passing passengers as well as enjoying the sea air and views. They have a picture window and extra cabin amenities including a refrigerator and minibar. They are beautifully furnished with carpets and curtains in shades of gold and green, a sofa and two armchairs, large coffee table, and bedroom area separated by floor length curtains. Additional perks include the Suite Dreams benefits (see below).
Superior and Balcony Suites: Measuring 210 to 300 square feet, these suites are located on the Marquee and Bridge Decks (decks 8 and 9), and have a bedroom and sitting area, picture window, balcony, refrigerator and minibar, in addition to the usual cabin amenities, and also benefit from the Suite Dreams package (see below).
Premier and Marquee Suites: These cabins range from 440 to 550 square feet and are located on Marquee and Bridge Decks (decks 8 and 9) They have a bedroom and sitting room, floor to ceiling windows, balcony, refrigerator and mini bar, plus the Suite Dreams benefits (see below). The balconies in both of these suites have sunloungers and a table.
Suite Dreams Benefits: Perks include a bottle of sparkling wine, a fruit basket and flowers or plant on arrival. Bathrobes and slippers are provided, and canapes delivered each afternoon. Other amenities include binoculars, an atlas, country guide, daily newsletter with international news and two compact umbrellas. In addition to chairs, there is a lounger on the balcony. The Suite Dreams package also includes complimentary shuttle vouchers, if the port is located out of town, complimentary laundry vouchers and a free pressing service for formal wear.
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