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Black Watch Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Much enjoyed visit to Scotland

Black Watch Cruise Review by Tim B

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2019
  • Destination: the British Isles & Western Europe
  • Cabin Type: Outside Cabin

A first experience: both of Fred Olsen and departing from Liverpool. Overall a good experience. Everything very efficiently dealt with and we were put at ease by the professionalism of the staff. The food was very good and plentiful. Our selected dining option was much appreciated. The bar staff were helpful and efficient. The entertainment was different each evening and very professional. The excursions we went on (Tobermory and Kirkwall) were very good - with knowledgeable guides. A comfortable cabin: not large but sufficient for our needs. We had a problem with a very noisy ventilation in our bathroom, which took two complaints (to the cabin staff and then the guest office) to get an engineer tp sort it out. The ship is also quite old and creaks a lot. Our cabin had a perpetual squeak from the door hinges when we were at sea.

We also had an initial difficulty with the bar staff at sail-away time. They failed to deliver a drinks order, which necessitated three visits to the bar to chase it up: then when it arrived it was the wrong drinks. Then at our first breakfast, we made an order off the menu (rather than choosing the buffet) and it failed to materialise. After 30 minutes, one order arrived, then after I had finished, the other order appeared. We did complain and after that, we had no further problems. They blamed a "busy kitchen" - but others around us received their orders and had left before our food arrived. But overall the food and the service we received in all the eateries was first class.

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Cabin Review

Outside Cabin
Cabin D 5043

Good cabin. No balcony (not needed). Small but comfortable. Decent size bathroom with a good shower. Efficient and pleasant staff.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


Took an excursion with an excellent guide - saw around part of the island.

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