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 March living off its long lost glory days.
1st of all the plus points, ++++ dinner and service was very good, gym 4 stars, bar staff and waiters excellent, cabin cleaned and towels also v.good, music in the forward bar not bad.
2nd minus points - - - - very drab cabin& beds, breakfast was 'stone cold' one morning but better the next, afternoon tea 3 stars, coffee 2 stars, general atmosphere was one of fading bygone days.
Fred Olsen business model
We are hardly youngsters ... all in our 60's but this ship caters for a mind set, the average regular card carrying "this is our 10th Fred trip' passenger swears by Fred Olsen because they get free upgrades to better cabins and 'well we know where everything is on this ship' is an indictment to the average passenger.
On our return journey we were overtaken by the Queen Mary 2 and we hear oh look at that, all those lights and its far top big with too many people on board well I have been there and actually it was brilliant
So if its fading glory, lets all wear beige anoraks and in bed by 10-30 then The Black Watch is for you - if its lets live a little, conversations that contain the word tablet means samsung and not something you take 3 times a day with meals then pick another cruise line.
one adequate single bed and one very hard narrow one at right angles to the other