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Black Watch Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Never Again!

Black Watch Cruise Review by inspire me

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Feb 2019
  • Destination: the Middle East
  • Cabin Type: Superior Outside Cab

Chose this cruise so that I would miss the February UK weather. The ports of call were few and varied, however the european stops were very short and I felt were more for the benefit of the ship (eg bunkering) than for the passengers.

The food was okay (safe/boring) but the main dining room tried to mix buffet service with (if you were lucky) a menu service. The staff work hard but appear to be too few - there were many times that I was offered ground pepper or sauces when I'd practically finished my meal, and cheese would arrive long before the biscuits to put it on.

The public rooms/bars are more like corridors and none of the seating is very comfortable. The entertainment was good, especially some of the guest entertainers, however the lack of a stage meant that you could not see the feet of the tap dancer.

My cabin was perfectly okay and just as described (although I did wonder how some of the many larger guests managed in the small single beds).

It is what it is ... a cruise for "old" people - not necessarily judged by years but by attitudes and the type of social activities offered. The saving graces were the few good films on offer in the cinema, some of the speakers, especially James Fraser who gave talks on photography and using your camera (and phone camera!) and the staff themselves who were generally very happy and friendly.

For my next cruise i will hopefully return to Celebrity

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Cabin Review

Superior Outside Cab
Cabin B 5020

Was just as described...no surprises, no problems

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


Took the dhow cruise and saw dolphins - great!!


no time to do much independantly, and it was Sunday so everything closed.


plenty to look at and shuttle bus available

a short ok trip in 4x4s just into desert and drink & nibbles waiting for sun to set.

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31/2 hr trip booked 21/2 hr trip given. 50% refund - thanks Fred but would have preferred to see/do more.

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