Fred. Olsen's Black Watch at Sea

(12:00 p.m. EST) -- Three of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' ships Black Watch, Braemar and Balmoral are going in for refurbishment work in November and December 2014.

Work has already started on 804-passenger Black Watch, which arrived at Blohm+Voss shipyard in Hamburg on Tuesday (November 4). Braemar will arrive in Hamburg on November 12 2014, and Balmoral will go in on December 9.

This is the first time that so many Fred. Olsen ships have been refurbished within such short succession.

The main changes will be:

• Black Watch will have 27 cabins on Lido Deck 7 fitted with balcony terraces, which will extend out 1.2 metres from the ship's bulkhead.

• Both Balmoral and Braemar will have a ‘Café Venus' installed on board, serving high-quality coffee and luxury chocolates. The new Café will be created on Balmoral on Lounge Deck 7, by reconfiguring the Library area, to create a more open space. On Braemar, Café Venus will be installed on Lounge Deck 5 by reconfiguring the Library area, and the Card Room will be moved and integrated with the Arts and Crafts Centre on Atlantic Deck 3.

The rest of the changes include various engineering works, general refurbishment and interior and exterior painting.

Mike Rodwell, Managing Director of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “We experience extremely high demand for balcony cabins across our fleet, and in particular on board the smaller-sized Black Watch, and our new Balcony Terrace cabins are an innovative response to this. We are also looking forward to being able to give guests the experience of fine coffee and chocolates on board Balmoral and Braemar, as they have already been enjoying on Boudicca and Black Watch."

--By Adam Coulter, UK Editor