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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 ship. Car parking service and embarkation at Liverpool were easy. We walked easily to the ship but there was a mini bus for people with mobility issues. Port of Liverpool staff were friendly and helpful. The seas were very rough for our first day out of Liverpool and many passengers were unwell - unfortunately not a lot can be done about this, but the remainder of the trip was fine. The ship was spotlessly clean with good hygiene standards and we were not aware of any problems in this regard. Our cabin was 5039, centrally situated and with everything we needed. The beds were comfortable and our room stewardess, May, was excellent, in fact, the Black Watch staff generally are superb - they are extremely polite and friendly and cannot do enough to help, we could not fault them at all. The food was once again delicious with a great choice whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner (we didn't visit the Supper Club so can't comment on that) - I would think that there was food available at every meal for all tastes. We always ate in the Glentanar Restaurant and had faultless service from our waiter Jimmy. For dinner we sat at a table for 6 and our fellow diners were great company. Passengers on Black Watch (and I believe the other Fred ships) do tend to be 'older' - everyone was very friendly and most had excellent stories to tell! The itinerary for this trip was excellent and a perfect introduction to Norway for anyone who hadn't travelled there before and enjoyable for 'returners' like us. It was a good mix of towns, cities and beautiful small ports in heart of the fjords. Our thoughts on these are below: Alesund - normally an interesting town with a good atmosphere but unfortunately it was bank holiday when we were there so pretty much everywhere was closed (this is generally the case in Norway on a Sunday too). A visit to the top of Mount Aksla for the view is a must. I did an excursion to Giske & Goday which was interesting with excellent cake at the lighthouse. Hellesylt, Geiranger, Olden and Eidford - all in beautiful locations. If you do not want to do an excursion in any of these places maps for walks are available at the tourist information (or shop in Hellesylt) and can be recommended. One different excursion in Eidfjord was to the Sima Hydroelectric power plant - worth a visit. Bergen - the highlight of the trip was to be in Bergen on Norway Day - an unforgettable experience to see the parade and the joy and pride of the Norwegian people. If you get the chance to be in Norway on this day (17th May) do take it. For the slightly energetic can recommend the walk down from Mount Floyen (take funicular up) about 45 minute walk down through woodland and then streets of old wooden buildings that are beautiful. Stavanger - nice city with few streets of beautiful old wooden buildings - we didn't go into the commercial part of the city so can't comment. We did the Jaeren Railway excursion which was okay but wouldn't recommend. On leaving Stavanger the Captain took us to Lysefjord to view Pulpit Rock which was an 'extra' and much appreciated. Our only minor niggles - we would have like the evening show for second sitting to be after dinner as it was in the past - on this trip it was normally at 7.15pm which is when I prefer to have a pre-dinner drink! (Fred's all inclusive is excellent value at £10 day) and we would have liked announcements as to what the ship was passing occasionally as we sailed by (again this happened in the past). There was an excellent speaker, Jane Ann Davey - we would have liked more lectures. All in all, we had a good and happy holiday and feel that Fred is excellent value for money and look forward to sailing with Fred again in the not too distant future.

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Black Watch Cruise Review by WalkerC

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2015
  • Destination: Norwegian Fjords
  • Cabin Type: Superior Outside Cab
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 ship.

Car parking service and embarkation at Liverpool were easy. We walked easily to the ship but there was a mini bus for people with mobility issues. Port of Liverpool staff were friendly and helpful.

The seas were very rough for our first day out of Liverpool and many passengers were unwell - unfortunately not a lot can be done about this, but the remainder of the trip was fine.

The ship was spotlessly clean with good hygiene standards and we were not aware of any problems in this regard. Our cabin was 5039, centrally situated and with everything we needed. The beds were comfortable and our room stewardess, May, was excellent, in fact, the Black Watch staff generally are superb - they are extremely polite and friendly and cannot do enough to help, we could not fault them at all.

The food was once again delicious with a great choice whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner (we didn't visit the Supper Club so can't comment on that) - I would think that there was food available at every meal for all tastes. We always ate in the Glentanar Restaurant and had faultless service from our waiter Jimmy. For dinner we sat at a table for 6 and our fellow diners were great company. Passengers on Black Watch (and I believe the other Fred ships) do tend to be 'older' - everyone was very friendly and most had excellent stories to tell!

The itinerary for this trip was excellent and a perfect introduction to Norway for anyone who hadn't travelled there before and enjoyable for 'returners' like us. It was a good mix of towns, cities and beautiful small ports in heart of the fjords. Our thoughts on these are below:

Alesund - normally an interesting town with a good atmosphere but unfortunately it was bank holiday when we were there so pretty much everywhere was closed (this is generally the case in Norway on a Sunday too). A visit to the top of Mount Aksla for the view is a must. I did an excursion to Giske & Goday which was interesting with excellent cake at the lighthouse.

Hellesylt, Geiranger, Olden and Eidford - all in beautiful locations. If you do not want to do an excursion in any of these places maps for walks are available at the tourist information (or shop in Hellesylt) and can be recommended. One different excursion in Eidfjord was to the Sima Hydroelectric power plant - worth a visit.

Bergen - the highlight of the trip was to be in Bergen on Norway Day - an unforgettable experience to see the parade and the joy and pride of the Norwegian people. If you get the chance to be in Norway on this day (17th May) do take it. For the slightly energetic can recommend the walk down from Mount Floyen (take funicular up) about 45 minute walk down through woodland and then streets of old wooden buildings that are beautiful.

Stavanger - nice city with few streets of beautiful old wooden buildings - we didn't go into the commercial part of the city so can't comment. We did the Jaeren Railway excursion which was okay but wouldn't recommend. On leaving Stavanger the Captain took us to Lysefjord to view Pulpit Rock which was an 'extra' and much appreciated.

Our only minor niggles - we would have like the evening show for second sitting to be after dinner as it was in the past - on this trip it was normally at 7.15pm which is when I prefer to have a pre-dinner drink! (Fred's all inclusive is excellent value at £10 day) and we would have liked announcements as to what the ship was passing occasionally as we sailed by (again this happened in the past). There was an excellent speaker, Jane Ann Davey - we would have liked more lectures.

All in all, we had a good and happy holiday and feel that Fred is excellent value for money and look forward to sailing with Fred again in the not too distant future.
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Cabin Review

Superior Outside Cab
Cabin B 5039
Conveniently located middle of deck 5 Two single beds, extremely comfortable. Good amount of storage space. Shower room was fine - slightly larger shower than in other cabins we have stayed in. Seemed quiet, only one cabin adjoining and the only noise we heard was the occasional closing of a wardrobe door - this was not a problem. We have booked to stay in this cabin again.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

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    Interesting excursion through sub-sea tunnels to nearby islands - enjoyed seeing local communities. Excellent refreshments at Alnes Lighthouse. Stopped at Mount Aksla on return which was a great viewpoint.
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  • Bergen
    Bergen is an interesting city to visit. Favourite walk is to take funicular up Mount Floyen and walk down, about 45 minutes, through woodland and then narrow streets of old wooden houses, beautiful.
    Fish market is worth a visit, had a very good evening meal at the stall in the far corner.
    Industrial Knitting Museum at Salhus worth a visit if you are that way inclined!
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  • Geiranger
    Have taken the Eagle Road excursion from Geiranger in the past so this time explored Geiranger itself. The scenery here is beautiful. If you like walking get a map from tourist office and there are very good walks of varying distances. If you like shopping there are plenty of tourist shops here - but mostly seem to sell the same items.
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  • Jaeren Line Railway
    Interesting journey on mail rail line to Egersund. Area is 'food basket' for Norway but didn't see much evidence of agriculture travelling through flat landscape. Egersund small town which was mostly closed but Chocolate Factory was good. Jaeren's beaches looked very nice and in good weather would be worth a visit.
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