Portugal & Azores

Black Watch

Portugal & Azores Overview

Departs: 11 May 2019

13 Nights Full Board

Sailing from Liverpool

 

 

PRICE INCLUDES:

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

Ports of Call

Liverpool • Praia da Vitoria, Portugal • Horta, Portugal • Ponta Delgada, Portugal • Lisbon, Portugal • Leixoes (for Oporto), Portugal • Liverpool

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Day 1

Depart Liverpool PM)

 

 

Days 2 - 4

At Sea

 

 

Day 5

Praia da Vitoria, Portugal

 

Pretty Praia da Vitoria, the former capital of the Azores, is a town steeped in history. Originally heavily fortified, Praia has a fascinating historic quarter, and a stunning natural harbour that’s overlooked by the impressive 16th century Fort of Santa Catarina.

Translated as the Beach of the Victory, Praia da Vitoria is a popular destination thanks to a bustling, modern harbour, vibrant town centre and gorgeous sandy beaches. The pick of which is the uncrowded Praia Grande, which is a safe, dark sand beach with barely any waves.


Praia’s centre has a pleasant pedestrian zone with many attractive shops and some notable historic buildings that deserve a glance. The most notable monuments include the imposing bell towers of 15th century Igreja Matriz de Santa Cruz and the stunning Town Hall in the main square. 

Day 6

Horta, Portugal

 

The tranquil little port of Horta on the Azores island of Faial, has played host to transatlantic yachtsmen since it was discovered by the Portuguese in the 15th century.

Regarded as one of the most colourful marinas in the world, Horta is the location of several international regattas each year, and its harbour is known for its vast open-air exhibition of paintings installed on the jetty by visiting sailors.

This emerald-green, volcanic island is an unspoilt environment of craters, lakes, sheer cliffs and lush valleys, to which only picturesque whitewashed houses and stately little baroque churches have been added.

Day 7

Ponta Delgada, Portugal

 

Ponta Delgada, the main town on the island of São Miguel, is the capital of the Azores archipelago of Portugal. The town’s cosmopolitan atmosphere belies its 500 year history, and the surrounding island boasts beautiful lakes, mountains, sandy beaches and the stunning crater lakes of the extinct Sete Cidades volcano.

Ponta Delgada’s fine collection of buildings, narrow cobbled streets and squares, are a firm reminder that this was once a key staging post between Europe and the Americas. Intermingled are cool parks, enchanting squares, a modern marina, restaurants and waterside cafés. Its lakeside, whitewashed houses with terracotta roofs look out to enchanting mountain plains. 

The striking, three-arched city gates, Portas da Cidade – which once stood in the harbour and now reside in Gonçalo Velho Cabral Square, were dedicated to the Portuguese navigator who discovered the Azores. The Gothic Church of St. Sebastian and The Convent and Chapel of Our Lady of Hope, which is home to a revered image of Christ, are both worth uncovering. The Carlos Machado Museum offers diverse artefacts of Azorean culture, while Igreja Matriz Church, with its splendid clock tower, is one of many beautifully ornate towers to be found.

The ‘Green Island’ also offers canoeing and other sports activities on lakes located in the craters of its dormant volcanoes. The island’s beauty can also be enjoyed by horse riding or cycling.

Days 8 - 9

At Sea

 

Day 10

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. Decimated by an earthquake in 1755, 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 11

Leixões (for Oporto), Portugal

 

A short journey from Leixões takes you into the heart of Oporto, with its fortress-like Cathedral and the Baroque Church of Clérigos. Head to the historic Ribeira District, where the narrow, cobbled lanes wind their way down to the Douro River. Don’t forget to visit one of the many wine cellars for a taste of the tipple named after the city, Port. On the ground floor of the Museu Romantico is the Port Wine Institute, where port is served with great ceremony. 

Oporto sits deep in the gorge of the River Douro and on the riverside – dominated by the two-level Luis I bridge – it’s possible to look up at the narrow old town streets climbing out of the valley. Pastel-fronted houses with red-tiled roofs line the streets, mixed with neo-classical buildings and wonderful baroque churches. Dominating the centre of the city is the fortress-like Cathedral, which is worth visiting for the views alone.

Days 12 - 13

At Sea

 

 

Day 14

Arrive Liverpool (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