Canary Islands

Black Watch

Canary Islands Overview

Departs: 03 March 2020

14 Nights Full Board

Sailing from Southampton

 

 

 

What's included

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Cruise
  • All meals and entertainment onboard
  • All port & passenger taxes

 

 

Ports of Call

Southampton • Funchal, Madeira • Santa Cruz, La Palma • San Sebastian, La Gomera, Spain • Santa Cruz, Tenerife • Las Palmas, Gran Canaria• Arrecife, Lanzarote • Lisbon, Portugal • Southampton

 

 

 

 

Canary Islands

Day 1

Depart Southampton (PM)

 

 

Days 2 - 4

At Sea

 

 

Day 5

Funchal, Madeira

 

Funchal, the capital of Portugal's Madeiran archipelago, has a timeless old-world charm. Enhanced by a subtropical climate that fills this 'floating garden' with the year-round colours and perfumes of flowers and fruit, Funchal was a favourite of Sir Winston Churchill. His praise of the city has ensured British visitors always receive a warm welcome from locals.

Backed by rolling hills, the town is famous for its harbour, the 17th century São Tiago Fortress (now the Contemporary Art Museum) and world renowned Madeiran wine cellars. Funchal’s parks and gardens are a delight, and a hike through the Laurel Forest nearby is highly recommended. The ancient Funchal Cathedral mixes Gothic and Romanesque architecture, and is noted for its impressive carved wooden ceiling.

Day 6

Santa Cruz, La Palma

La Palma’s small, yet pretty capital city - is one of the Canary Island’s true gems. Boasting colonial-style architecture, a swathe of charming beaches, restaurants and bars, Santa Cruz is typically Canarian and has something for everyone.

Conquered by the King of Castile in the 15th century, Santa Cruz de La Palma was a key trading post between Spain and the Americas, and the city’s fascinating history can be explored in the historic quarter – one of Spain’s Historic-Artistic sites. The Naval Museum is a replica of Christopher Columbus's 15th-century Santa Maria sailing ship.

Stunning palaces and sumptuous merchants’ houses butt up against the grand town hall, built during the reign of Phillip II. Religious buildings include the Renaissance-style Church of El Salvador, with a tower of volcanic stone, and the Church of Santo Domingo, which houses a superb collection of Flemish paintings.

 

Day 7

San Sebastian, La Gomera

San Sebastian is the beautiful capital of La Gomera, one of the smaller, lesser-known islands in the Canaries. A lively, vibrant city, San Sebastian offers much to enjoy including pristine beaches, perfectly-preserved historic buildings and natural parks of jaw-dropping beauty.

Also known as 'Isla Colombina' because of its historic links to Christopher Columbus – the great explorer called at La Gomera on his way to America. Many of San Sebastian’s buildings and monuments are linked to him, including the Casa de la Agunada and the Casa de Colon where, according to legend, Columbus stayed during his time on the island.

The 15th century Torre del Conde military tower and Ermita de San Sebastian Church, which dates back to the 16th century, are easily accessible highlights. The Church of the Assumption has a mural depicting an 18th-century battle, while La Gomera Archaeological Museum traces the local culture through artefacts and scale models.

The city’s beaches are typically Canarian and benefit from a fantastic warm climate almost all-year round, soft sands and crystal clear waters. Playa de La Cueva – often referred to as La Gomera’s best beach, is a great place to relax.

Northwest of the city lies the Parque Natural de Majona, a beautiful natural park smothered with rolling valleys, stunning flora and dry Fayal-Heath, creates an incredible landscape that's a joy to explore.

 

Day 8

Santa Cruz, Tenerife

Sophisticated Santa Cruz - Tenerife's capital - is built around boulevards and wide avenues that link elegant squares and parks.

Well-preserved buildings feature in the old town, including the colonial Church of the Immaculate Conception and the 18th century Palacio de Carta, which has impressive Baroque and neoclassical features. Recently redesigned by the architects Herzog & de Meuron, the city’s largest square, Plaza de España, is a pleasant spot to lose a few hours. Lively beaches such as Playa de Las Americas are within easy reach of Santa Cruz too. 

Away from the capital, many of Tenerife's highlights await on tours, including the exotic Botanical Gardens or the mystical lava stone Pyramids of Guimar. Exploring the volcanic El Teide National Park to marvel at majestic Mount Teide, or even climb Spain's highest peak, is an unmissable experience. 

Day 9

Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

 

With its feel of mainland-Spain, spiced up with an eclectic mix of Asian and African cultures, Las Palmas is one of the Canary Island's most popular destinations, attracting sun-seekers who come to relax on its golden-sand beaches and soak up the gorgeous, year-round climate of Gran Canaria.

Founded over 500 years ago, Las Palmas is the largest city in the Canary Islands, and has three gorgeous beaches, including Playa de las Canteras, regarded as one of the world's best beaches, to enjoy.

Vegueta, the oldest quarter, is both atmospheric and fashionable, with extensive historical architecture plus a fine selection of boutiques and smart bars. At its centre stand the twin towers of Santa Ana Cathedral; started in 1500 but still unfinished, the cathedral has a unique mix of Renaissance, Gothic and Neoclassical styles in its construction. In Plaza Santa Ana, bronze statues of dogs – the Romans named the islands after legendary canines – stand guard over the 17th-century Palacio Regental, the Town Hall and the Bishop's Palace.

The sweet arc of Playa de las Canteras at the town’s other end offers the tantalising possibility of taking a dip between sightseeing and shopping. The bewildering maze of streets behind the beach hides many fine restaurants serving an array of wonderful Canarian cuisine.

Day 10

Arrecife, Lanzarote

The bustling port of Arrecife on Lanzarote’s east coast is home to the biggest fishing fleet in the Canaries. Back in the 16th and 17th centuries the city was regularly attacked by pirates. To defend against these raiders, the court of Spain ordered two castles to be built. The first built in 1590, Castillo San Gabriel, now houses the island’s Ethnographic Museum, which tells the fascinating story of the islands' original inhabitants: the Guanche. 

Castillo San Jose followed later, providing employment and alleviating poverty on the island following volcanic eruptions in the 1730s - it became known as the Fortress of Hunger. Today, it is home to the Museum of International and Contemporary Art, with a small but impressive collection of modern paintings and sculpture. The excellent restaurant in its basement offers diners panoramic views over the harbour. Today, Arrecife is a quirky hotchpotch of sun-bleached buildings and has a pleasant Mediterranean-style promenade.

 

Day 11

At Sea  

Day 12

Lisbon, Portugal

 

Stretched across its seven trademark hills overlooking the River Tagus estuary, Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital city of Lisbon, is a cinematic collection of cobbled alleyways, pastel-coloured buildings, ancient ruins and white-domed cathedrals. The city was decimated by an earthquake in 1755, and modern Lisbon has been shaped by that eventful day. The Pombaline architecture that now defines the city represents some of the first seismically-protected buildings in Europe.

The city’s bridges include the Ponte 25 de Abril – similar to the Golden Gate in San Francisco – and the Ponte Vasco da Gama, which includes over 11km of viaducts. Lisbon’s many fascinating museums, include the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, the National Museum of Contemporary Art, the National Coach Museum and the Carmo Archaeological Museum.

Lisbon is also a shopper’s paradise, with the Centro Commercial Colombo – the biggest shopping mall on the Iberian peninsula – and the elegant Avenidas Novas, full of upmarket shops. Alternatively, there bargains to be had in the local flea market, Campo de Santa Clara. Don't miss the chance to sample iconic egg tarts at Pasteis de Belém too.

Day 13 - 14

At Sea

 

Day 15

Arrive Southampton (AM)

 

Welcome aboard Fred. Olsen Black Watch

At a glance....

  • 5 restaurants
  • 1 Cafe
  • 5 bars and lounges
  • library and card room
  • fitness centre
  • 2 swimming pools
  • 1 Jacuzzi

Step on board friendly, welcoming Fred. Olsen Cruise ships and start your holiday with a smile. Their cruise ships are smaller and more personal, so you’ll feel relaxed and at home straight away. You’ll soon get to know the crew and your fellow passengers: what could be better than seeing the world, except enjoying it with new-found friends?

Each cruise ship has its own distinct personality, but what they have in common is the comfort and great service that we are so proud of. From great bars and restaurants through to entertainment and relaxation, no matter where your cruise is sailing you can rest assured that you are in for an unforgettable journey.

Cruise ships were once famous for their style and charm. And the Black Watch cruise ship is a hark back to those  days, when quality and service were taken for granted. Sleek and intimate, with cabins and suites for 804 people, Black Watch has a warm welcome waiting for you.

Black Watch  was voted 'Best for Entertainment' in the 2012 Cruise Critic 'Cruisers' Choice UK Awards’*. Only UK cruisers voted, and they were especially impressed with our service: “they consistently went the extra mile”.

So, be captivated by the  entertaining cabaret at the Neptune Lounge,and fire-up your taste buds for a treat at the Glentanar Restaurant.  Or, share a relaxing drink over panoramic views across the ocean in our Observatory Lounge.

Dining on Black Watch

  • The Glentanar Restaurant: The stylish Glentanar Restaurant is the main restaurant on board Black Watch where your taste buds will be tantalised by the delightful and huge choice of dishes freshly prepared by our award winning chefs. The Glentanar Restaurant has panoramic windows from which to admire magnificent seaviews or your current port of call whilst enjoying a meal during your cruise holiday.
  • The Orchid Room: This beautifully Oriental designed and intimate restaurant provides a fantastic setting to enjoy a gourmet meal freshly prepared by our award winning chefs.
  • The Braemar Garden Café: The Garden Café offers a delicious buffet to tempt you throughout your stay on board Black Watch. Alongside the Braemar Garden Cafe, is a casual lounge area with a stylish bar making this the perfect location for a lunchtime snack, or if you don’t feel like dressing for one of our formal nights during your cruise holiday on board Black Watch.
  • Marquee Bar: Enjoy a more casual al-fresco lunch on board your cruise ship Black Watch, this is the perfect place to enjoy the sun and enjoy more relaxed dining, with delicacies such as fish and chips, burgers or salads (weather permitting).
    Whether it’s a formal night or one of the special themed nights on board Black Watch you will be assured of a great atmosphere as you enjoy your meal.

Entertainment on Black Watch

  • Pipers Bar: A popular meeting place for that pre-dinner drink, or for enjoying a quiet moment during the day. With a name like Black Watch, the Piper’s Bar is aptly named. With its tasteful Scottish influence this is the ideal place to enjoy a wee dram of whisky or any number of cocktails or drinks our bar staff will be happy to serve you.
  • The Observatory: Set at the forward point of the ship this lounge allows you a panoramic view of your journey, or the port you are staying in that day. One of the most popular lounges on board Black Watch, being shaped like a horse shoe the large windows in The Observatory afford fantastic views of the entire bow of the cruise ship, which are enhanced with plenty of binoculars spaced around the lounge. A grand piano provides the perfect background music as you enjoy a pre-dinner drink or a late nightcap.
  • Lido Lounge: This area of the cruise ship is popular after dinner, where you can enjoy a late night cocktail, take part in a quiz or dance the night away with the on board pianist. Our bar staff in the nautically themed Lido Lounge are always on hand to serve a whole array of exotic cocktails, beers, spirits or something refreshing and non-alcoholic. The perfect reward after a hard day sightseeing or lounging in the sun!
  • Marina Theatre: Enjoy one of our programmed movies in the surroundings of a cinema. The Marina Theatre is perfect for those relaxing days at sea or even to catch a late night movie after dinner. The Marina Theatre can also be used for group meetings or get-togethers, if booked with Reception.
  • Neptune Lounge: The Neptune Lounge on board Black watch is the place to head after enjoying your evening meal. With shows, reviews and evenings of cabaret guaranteed to have you shouting encore. Take your seat in the Neptune Lounge as the sun goes down and experience the music, dancing, lights and costumes. Choose to enjoy a cabaret act, stand-up comedian, or dance the night away to the Black Watch Orchestra.
  • Gaming Tables: Feeling lucky?! Your cruise ship Black watch includes a gaming area where you may try your hand at the Black Jack table or Roulette wheel. Try and beat our experienced croupiers, and there is even the opportunity to learn how to play better, with daytime sessions teaching you how to win big.
  • Braemar Lounge: The Braemar Lounge on board your cruise ship Black Watch, is located on the Lounge Deck, close to the Glentanar Restaurant. It is the perfect spot to enjoy a morning coffee and catch up on a good book, conversation with friends, or for a pre-dinner drink. You may even hear the resident pianist tinkling the ivories in the Braemar Garden from here.

Relax & Fitness on Black Watch

  • Atlantis Spa & Salon: Feel the cruise ship spa serenity and massage the hours away. Or indulge in facials, body wraps or a new look hair style. The Atlantis Spa is on the Atlantic deck, so pop in anytime*. Your cruise ship’s Atlantis Spa offers blissful treatments for women and men – after all, we all deserve a treat sometimes. We have separate treatment rooms, a beauty studio, fitness centre, steam and sauna facilities to make the most of your relaxing sailing.
    *The Atlantis Spa is open from 8am till 8pm whilst at sea and in port. On occasional evenings the spa will remain open until 10pm. These services tend to be in high demand, so please do make sure you book your treatment early. Remember when you’re on board to check your cruise ship’s Daily Times – there may be a special offer to take advantage of.
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  • Fitness Centre: The large and well equipped fitness centre on board Black Watch has everything you could need; from treadmills, rowing machines and weights for those energetic types to a dance studio for dance lessons and aerobics sessions. Also not to be missed are the fitness classes all led by a qualified instructor. Take a yoga, aerobics, stretch and tone or pilates class while you cruise. Or make the most of the beautiful views and join the ‘walk a mile’, with a revitalising stroll, or more energetic walk round your cruise ship deck in the mornings.
  • Swimming pools & Jacuzzis: Burn off some of the five-course meals with a few lengths of the pool, or relax on one of the comfortable sun loungers around one of the two pools on board Black Watch. Both the swimming pools on board your cruise ship are heated to a comfortable temperature. The pool on the Lounge deck of Black Watch is located at the aft of the ship, adjacent to the Poolside café. The aft pool also incorporates a pair of exercise pools and a whirlpool jacuzzi, meaning that this area is perfect to relax your days away. Situated higher up your cruise ship on the Marquee deck is a beautifully tiled pool, which is the perfect area to relax and unwind on your cruise holiday. There are two whirlpools adjacent to the pool, the ultimate indulgence.
  • Sauna: With our Scandinavian heritage, a sauna is a must and should help you to unwind after a busy day on your cruise holiday.
  • Library: Relax with a good book in our well-stocked library, whose striking decor will make an impression on you. With an array of novels, historical, geographical, autobiographical and many more books, this is a true haven of peace and tranquility.
  • Card room: The light and airy Card Room always proves to be a popular area for Bridge or even just a game of Snap! Maybe a game of Bridge with some friends or backgammon, the Dalreoch Card Room is the perfect setting with plenty of card tables and comfortable chairs.
  • Braemar Lounge: The Braemar Lounge is in two sections; one being an enjoyable relaxing area and the other, a courtyard opening into the Braemar Garden Cafe. The Braemar Lounge has a small selection of tables, which are used for dinner service, whilst you are entertained by the pianist.  At the other end of the lounge there is an elegant bar and cocktail lounge.
  • Promenade: One of the pleasures on board a Fred. Olsen cruise ship are the views from the decks. Stand at the bow of your cruise ship, just below the bridge and see the horizon disappear into the sunset, or watch the crew bringing up the anchor when we are leaving port - always a popular view! On board your cruise ship Black Watch , the Promenade runs all the way round the Lido Deck where you can take a traditional stroll in the fresh air before dinner, or for the more energetic, perhaps take a jog in the morning. Or simply join friends and fellow passengers for an invigorating game of shuffleboard or deck quoits.
  • Sun Deck, Golfing & Tennis Nets: Sunbathe at the top of Black Watch on the Sun Deck at the aft of the ship located. Or for those guests wishing to hone that perfect swing or back hand why not practice in our practise golf and tennis nets?

Other Facilities

  • Internet Centre: Keep up to date with current news and sporting events or even share your cruise holiday adventures and photos with friends and family back home. Both are possible by visiting our fully equipped Internet Centre, where our guests are able to browse the internet and e-mail is available via web-based e-mail accounts.
  • Launderette: Many of our cruise guests like to leave behind their everyday chores and of course, there is a comprehensive on board laundry service which your cabin staff will be pleased to arrange for you. Details of our services can be found in the Welcome Pack waiting for you in your cabin. However especially during a longer cruise holiday we do appreciate that occasionally there may be items you wish to deal with yourself, and the self-service launderette is very well equipped with washing machines, tumble dryers and ironing facilities.
  • Medical Centre: You can relax totally on a Fred. Olsen cruise holiday knowing that your every need is being taken care of. We hope that you never need to visit the medical centre, but reassured that any ailments you may have can be assessed by our medical staff.
    Our medical centre offers primary care with a doctor and/or nurse on permanent call if the requirement should arise during your cruise holiday.
  • Reception: The Reception area is the heart of the Black Watch and is the place to find out all the information you may need to know throughout your cruise holiday. Here our dedicated Receptionists are on hand to help with any enquiries; whether it’s changing currency, requesting a bath robe or helping with your holiday arrangements.

Vital Statistics

Cabins 423
Passengers 804 standard occupancy
Crew 330
Refitted 2009
Fully Stabilised Yes
Tonnage 28,613 grt
Length 205.47 m
Beam (width) 25.20 m
Speed 18.5 knots