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Black Watch Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Black watch - old ship

Black Watch Cruise Review by Dottie2

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Sep 2018
  • Destination: Around the World
  • Cabin Type: Outside Cabin

We chose this cruise because it sailed from Liverpool. Fed up of travelling from the north to Southampton.

Food was generally good and as a vegetarian I had a good choice.

Cabins were fresh and clean. beds and bedding were very good.

Entertainment was mediocre and so we didn’t go to the Neptune each night. Some of the entertainers had been on previous cruises.

Ports of call In Canada were interesting but tours expensive. One walking tour cost £80.

We had to be in The Neptune st 11.15 so we missed lunch. We were told we would be given a snack. This turned out to be a cereal bar and a bottle of water. There was nowhere on the walk to buy a sandwich. We returned to the ship around 5.30. Most people on the 11km walk were not pleased. After so many complaints we were given a 50% refund. Well done Fred.

Unfortunately half way round our trip (26 days) we had a serious outbreak of Noro virus. This lasted until our return to Liverpool. We couldn’t use the pools, jacuzzis. Launderette etc. Salt and pepper was taken off the tables and food in the buffet had to be served by staff. We were constantly having our hands sanitized.

The black watch is an old ship and there is constant noise of chip chip, grind grind, bang bang, drill drill. This reverberates into the cabin and is very annoying. Major rewiring was taking place during our cruise so ceiling panels were removed. The cabins are very creaky and I would advise taking ear plugs if you want a good nights sleep.

Staff were very pleasant and friendly but I wouldn’t go on this ship again due to its age and the need for constant serious maintenance.

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Cabin Review

Outside Cabin
Cabin F 5038

Mid ship cabin. Good location. Cabin very creaky so take ear plugs if you want a good night’s sleep. Tea and coffee making facilities in cabin.

Wardrobe space inadequate.

Good beds and bedding.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

St. John's (Newfoundland)

Goodvwalk to signal hill. No need to take an excursion


Not impressed. Too many high rise buildings

Corner Brook

Excellent tour guides. National park trails. Lovely scenery. Coffee and cakes at the end of walk.


Surprised by this port of call having never been to Belfast before. We had a tour of the city and then on to titanic. Very knowledgeable guide. Good half day.

Quebec City

Very busy. Too many cruise ships. 4000 people on some ships.

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