Islands of the Azores & Madeira
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Itinerary
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Day 1
Liverpool

The vibrant Merseyside city of Liverpool holds significant cultural, historical and maritime value. It is the birthplace of many renowned musicians including The Beatles, Gerry & the Pacemakers, and Frankie goes to Hollywood. Cruise ships are able to provide passengers with direct access to the city centre, where a plethora of cultural and retail opportunities await. Visitors can visit The Beatles Story exhibition, which is home to a number of artefacts from the band. The Merseyside Maritime Museum offers an insight into the emigration from Liverpool to New York, with additional areas dedicated to Titanic and Lusitania. Alternatively, football fans can visit the stadiums of two of the nation’s finest football teams at Goodison Park and Anfield.

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Day 5
Horta, Azores
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Day 6
Ponta Delgada, Azores

The city of Ponta Delgada is the largest settlement of the Azores archipelago. Situated on the island of Sao Miguel, towards the centre of the Atlantic Ocean, the city is home to a number of beautiful natural landmarks and a collection of fascinating historical relics including the artistic Main Square which contains a statue and a series of arches. Some of the most impressive sights to see during a visit to Ponta Delgada include Lagoa das Sete Cidades Furnas Villa do Nordeste – home to a series of stunning volcanic landscapes; and Furnas, where you will find natural hot springs.

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Day 8
Funchal, Madeira

Funchal is the capital city of the Portuguese island of Madeira, situated just north of the Canary Islands. This lush green island is a natural paradise and provides a peaceful and tranquil environment for anyone looking for a real sense of escape. Funchal does not disappoint in this respect, with many wonderful gardens to explore, as well as a number of beautifully ornate cathedrals and palaces.

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Day 10
Cádiz

The Spanish city of Cadiz sits in an enviable position on a peninsula on the southwestern coast of Spain. It is almost entirely surrounded by water, which has paved the way for some excellent urban beaches. Cadiz is thought to be one of the oldest cities in Western Europe, having been discovered by Phoenician sailors around 3,000 years ago and it has always played a significant role as a seaport and trading post. During the 18th century, Spain’s galleons explored the world from Cadiz and many of the city’s historic look-out towers and weathered old buildings remain today. The city is home to some magnificent architecture including the Cathedral and churches of Santa Cruz and San Felipe Neri. It is here that Spain defied Napoleon’s siege and established a provisional government with its own liberal constitution. Cadiz provides an ideal point of access for the Guadalquivir River and the Doñana National Park.

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Day 11
Lisbon

Built on seven hills, the Portuguese capital of Lisbon shares a similar status to the Italian city of Rome and the Turkish city of Istanbul. This vibrant and cultural city has much to offer to the discerning visitor, with many beautiful gardens, stunning architectural wonders, and cultural relics such as the traditional trams which have operated in Lisbon since the 1930’s. Head to Cine Theatro Gymnasium if you get the chance, as this is where you will be able to experience a daily performance of Fado – a distinctive Portuguese style of music that has gained UNESCO World Heritage status.

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Day 12
Leixões
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Day 15
Liverpool

The vibrant Merseyside city of Liverpool holds significant cultural, historical and maritime value. It is the birthplace of many renowned musicians including The Beatles, Gerry & the Pacemakers, and Frankie goes to Hollywood. Cruise ships are able to provide passengers with direct access to the city centre, where a plethora of cultural and retail opportunities await. Visitors can visit The Beatles Story exhibition, which is home to a number of artefacts from the band. The Merseyside Maritime Museum offers an insight into the emigration from Liverpool to New York, with additional areas dedicated to Titanic and Lusitania. Alternatively, football fans can visit the stadiums of two of the nation’s finest football teams at Goodison Park and Anfield.

Sail on board Black Watch
Dining

Two main dining rooms, a café and casual lunch or snack options are available onboard, with a choice of set dinner times or more informal ‘freedom dining.’ Choose between formal, intimate and relaxed surroundings, or special themed nights.
The main dining room is split into two with Glentanar Restaurant, as the larger dining room, and The Orchid Room, a smaller offshoot. Both offer open seating for breakfast and two seatings for lunch and dinner. Glentanar’s has panoramic windows with fine sea views and a large menu. The Orchid Room is an oriental designed, quieter and more intimate restaurant with gourmet meals.

The Glantanar Restaurant

The stylish Glentanar Restaurant is the main restaurant onboard 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 ocean views or your current port of call whilst enjoying a meal during your cruise holiday.

The Glentanar – the ship’s main restaurant hosting up to 340 guests – underwent an extensive refurbishment in 2016. This appealing space now features a new layout and brand new furniture, carpets, curtains and a striking glass sculpture giving the room a fresh look and feel. As before, guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch and expertly prepared five-course á la carte dinners in the welcoming surroundings of The Glentanar.

The Orchid Room

This beautifully Oriental designed and intimate restaurant provides a fantastic setting to enjoy a gourmet meal freshly prepared by the award winning chefs.

Brigadoon

Featuring Scottish imagery and a ‘courtyard’, Brigadoon offers an intimate, self-service dining experience for up to 54 guests. Dishes served include a selection of British favourites and culinary delights from around the globe.

Enrichment

Fred. Olsen offers an interesting array of guest speakers to talk to the passengers onboard. Discussing various subjects including upcoming destinations.

Lectures

On selected cruises a range of Vistas speakers who can’t wait to share their passion with you, and make your cruise really memorable. From Lars Tharp the admired historian, lecturer and a long-running expert on the Antiques Roadshow; food and wine expert Jilly Goolden and gardener Charlie Dimmock.

Arts and Crafts room

The Arts & Crafts Room on board your cruise ship is the perfect space to explore your ideas and designs with arts and crafts lecturers. So, for the creative amongst you, there will be plenty to keep you entertained throughout your cruise holiday, and perhaps leave you with your own self-crafted souvenir to take home.

Entertainment

Entertainment onboard Black Watch is varied with large selection of lounges, each with their own atmosphere. From live comedians to card rooms, you're bound to find something to entertain yourself whilst onboard, whether you're looking to have some fun, or just relax for a bit.

Morning Light Pub

The Morning Light Pub is decorated in a traditional style, depicting the century and a half of Fred. Olsen history. Daytime or evening you can be entertained by occasional live music or stand-up comedians.

The Morning Light Pub – a feature on all Fred. Olsen ships – has been relocated becoming more open and spacious than before, with stylish new furniture, fabrics and of course, a brand new bar. In the place of the old Morning Light Pub you’ll find the inviting Neptune Bar.

Observatory Lounge

The large picture windows in the Observatory Lounge offer fantastic views 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 cocktail on your cruise holiday.

Neptune Lounge

Shows, reviews and evenings of cabaret are what the Neptune Lounge has to offer. Neptune Lounge has ample room for passengers whichever dinner sitting you are on, so you can find a seat to enjoy the glitz and glamour of the evening shows.

Port Shop

The Port Shop onboard stocks all the holiday essentials that you may have forgotten to pack from toiletries to sun hats or even a good book. You’ll also find a wide range of sweet treats and savoury snacks – perfect for whilst onboard or as gifts to take home.

Boutique

The Boutique features a wide range of luxury gifts for yourself and your loved ones. It offers a wide range of fragrance, cosmetics, bags, clothing & fashion accessories from designer brands such as Dior, Estee Lauder, Leighton Denny, Radley & Fiorelli, all at duty-free prices.

Card room

Find card tables and competition in the card room. Bridge is always a popular pursuit onboard, so you’re sure to find players for a hand or two and more – whether casual or competitive is up to you.

Photo Gallery

View those photos taken by the ships photographers, capturing those all important holiday memories from going ashore to formal night. These are displayed each day and can be viewed and purchased in the Photo Gallery.

Marina Theatre

Enjoy one of the 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 the Reception.

Gaming Tables

The Black Watch includes a gaming area where you may try your hand at the Black Jack table or Roulette wheel. Try and beat the experienced croupiers, and there is even the opportunity to learn how to play better, with daytime sessions teaching you how to win big.

The Braemer 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.

HealthFitness

A selection of health, fitness, beauty and relaxation areas are available onboard. From The Atlantis Spa & Salon to the state-of-the-art Fitness Centre, where you can work up a sweat in one of the many fitness classes on offer.

Atlantis Spa and Salon

Atlantis Spa and Salon offers a range of treatments and facilities including: facials, massages, waxing and body shaping treatments. The spa is open from 8am - 8pm daily. A sauna is a must and should help you to unwind after a busy day on your cruise holiday. The sauna is located on the sun deck within the fitness centre and gymnasium.

Fitness Centre

A fully equipped fitness centre with sea views, fitness instructors and a range of equipment includes: treadmills, rowing machines, exercise bikes, free weights. 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.

Golfing

For those keen golfers, take in sweeping sea views as you hone your perfect swing. Take some time to yourself in the practice golf nets.

Swimming Pools & Whirlpools

All swimming pools are heated. 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 pool. There is also another pool located on the Marquee deck.

Two whirlpools are located on the Marquee deck attached to the pool.

Tennis

With nets to catch your quick serves, tennis enthusiasts can practise their back hand whilst away and hone that perfect swing.

Facilities

Dietary Requirements

Individual needs are as catered for as possible. So, vegetarian, low fat, dairy-free, lactose-free and gluten-free food are all on the menu.
Please make any special requests when you make your cruise booking, and Fred. Olsen will do their best to source exact products, or provide certain foods, such as diabetic desserts. They may not be able to source specific brands given our location or the availability at local ports.

Dress Code

When it comes to evenings onboard your cruise ship, dressing for dinner is traditional. Generally the style is smart casual, with gentlemen wearing a jacket/or shirt and tie and ladies smartly dressed. Chino type trousers or smart dark jeans are acceptable, but no trainers.
During the day the restaurants require cruise guests to adhere to an appropriate dress code, i.e. no swimwear.

E-cigarette Policy

Electronic cigarettes, not emitting a vapour may be used in cabins or on cabin balconies but, are not permitted in any non-smoking public area. They can easily be mistaken for a real cigarette and result in potential confrontation and necessitate staff intervention.
Electronic cigarettes emitting any vapour, even if only a water vapour, may only be smoked in designated external smoking areas.

All Inclusive Packages

Upgrade to the special All Inclusive Package and you can relax, knowing almost everything is covered. You'll enjoy selected beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks all day.

Disabled facilities

Fred. Olsen welcomes all guests relying on wheelchairs for mobility onboard cruise ships. but they do ask that you advise them of your mobility needs at the time of booking in order to meet heir health & safety requirements.

Children

During the Easter, summer and Christmas holidays only, Fred Olsen offer organised and hosted children’s activities, subject to a minimum number of children booked on the cruise. Children’s club supervise children from age 5-11, with Children’s hosts arranging meet and greets with parents and children when they embark.

Children’s clubs offer a wide range of activities including games, contests, scavenger hunts, sports and fitness instruction, arts and crafts, cooking and children’s parties.

Deck Plans

Sun Deck 10

  • Sun Decks
  • Fitness Centre
  • Saunas
  • Gymnasium

Marquee Deck 9

  • Marquee pool
  • Whirlpools
  • The Observatory
  • Premier Suites
  • Marquee Suites
  • Superior Suites
  • Balcony Suites
  • Single Balcony Suite

Bridge Deck 8

  • Bridge
  • Superior Suites
  • Balcony Suites
  • Balcony Cabin
  • Single Balcony Suite
  • Superior Outside Single

Lido Deck 7

  • Internet Centre
  • Gaming Tables
  • Dalreoch Card Room
  • Explorers Library
  • Lido Lounge
  • Open Promenade
  • Superior Junior Suites
  • Junior Suites
  • Superior Outside Cabins
  • Single Outside Cabins

Lounge Deck 6

  • Glentanar Restaurant
  • The Orchid Room
  • Bar
  • The Braemar Garden
  • The Braemar Garden Café
  • Pipers' Bar
  • Neptune Lounge
  • Games Room
  • Poolside Café
  • Swimming Pool
  • Exercise Pools

Main Deck 5

  • Cruise Sales Office
  • Shore Tours Office
  • Port Shop
  • Reception Desk
  • Shop
  • Photo Gallery
  • Laundrette
  • Superior Junior Suites
  • Superior Outside Cabins
  • Single Outside Cabins
  • Single Inside Cabins

Atlantic Deck 4

  • Laundrette
  • Beauty Salon
  • Outside Cabins
  • Inside Cabins
  • Single Outside Cabins
  • Single Inside Cabins

Marina Deck 3

  • Marina Theatre
  • Medical Centre
  • Outside Cabins
  • Inside Cabins
  • Single Outside Cabins

Accommodation Types

Premier Suite

Premier Suites all have a bedroom and sitting area, balcony, bathroom with bath and/or shower, television and a fridge. Guests in Premier Suites will benefit from Fred. Olsen's Suite Dreams package, which include a bottle of sparkling wine, a fruit basket, and flowers or plant waiting for you in your suite when your board. Afternoon canapés delivered daily as you prepare for dinner and complimentary fluffy bathrobe and slippers. The package also includes a daily newsletter with international and national news, delivered to your door, as well as complimentary shuttle vouchers to get you right to the heart of things if your port is outside town and there are even compact umbrellas if you should need them. Other vouchers include laundry, luxury towels and pressing of formal-wear.

Marquee Suite

Marquee Suites all have a bedroom and sitting area, balcony, bathroom with bath and/or shower, television and a fridge. Guests in Marquee Suites will benefit from Fred. Olsen's Suite Dreams package, which include a bottle of sparkling wine, a fruit basket, and flowers or plant waiting for you in your suite when your board. Afternoon canapés delivered daily as you prepare for dinner and complimentary fluffy bathrobe and slippers. The package also includes a daily newsletter with international and national news, delivered to your door, as well as complimentary shuttle vouchers to get you right to the heart of things if your port is outside town and there are even compact umbrellas if you should need them. Other vouchers include laundry, luxury towels and pressing of formal-wear.

Superior Suite

Superior Suites all have a bedroom and sitting area, balcony, bathroom with bath and/or shower, television and a fridge. Guests in Superior Suites will benefit from Fred. Olsen's Suite Dreams package, which include a bottle of sparkling wine, a fruit basket, and flowers or plant waiting for you in your suite when your board. Afternoon canapés delivered daily as you prepare for dinner and complimentary fluffy bathrobe and slippers. The package also includes a daily newsletter with international and national news, delivered to your door, as well as complimentary shuttle vouchers to get you right to the heart of things if your port is outside town and there are even compact umbrellas if you should need them. Other vouchers include laundry, luxury towels and pressing of formal-wear.

Balcony Suite

Balcony Suites all have a bedroom and sitting area, balcony, bathroom with bath and/or shower, television and a fridge. Guests in Balcony Suites will benefit from Fred. Olsen's Suite Dreams package, which include a bottle of sparkling wine, a fruit basket, and flowers or plant waiting for you in your suite when your board. Afternoon canapés delivered daily as you prepare for dinner and complimentary fluffy bathrobe and slippers. The package also includes a daily newsletter with international and national news, delivered to your door, as well as complimentary shuttle vouchers to get you right to the heart of things if your port is outside town and there are even compact umbrellas if you should need them. Other vouchers include laundry, luxury towels and pressing of formal-wear.

Superior Junior Suite

Superior Junior Suites all have a sitting area, bathroom with bath and/or shower, television and a fridge. The package also includes a daily newsletter with international and national news, delivered to your door, as well as complimentary shuttle vouchers to get you right to the heart of things if your port is outside town and there are even compact umbrellas if you should need them. Other vouchers include laundry, luxury towels and pressing of formal-wear.

Junior Suite

Junior Suites all have a sitting area, bathroom with bath and/or shower, television and a fridge. The package also includes a daily newsletter with international and national news, delivered to your door, as well as complimentary shuttle vouchers to get you right to the heart of things if your port is outside town and there are even compact umbrellas if you should need them. Other vouchers include laundry, luxury towels and pressing of formal-wear.

Balcony Cabin

These Balcony Cabins have a cabin with balcony, bathroom with shower. All Balcony Cabins on board Black Watch have a hairdryer and television. Guests also benefit from our Suite Dreams package, which includes a welcome bottle of sparkling wine, flowers in your Suite, luxury towels, complimentary water and much more to ensure your stay is even more comfortable, relaxing and memorable

Superior Outside Cabin

Outside Cabins on board Black Watch range from approximately 160 square feet to approximately 200 square feet for a Superior Outside Cabin. All Outside Cabins have a bathroom with a shower and/or bath. Some Outside Cabins have picture windows, and all cabins have a television. Guests also benefit from our Suite Dreams package, which includes a welcome bottle of sparkling wine, flowers in your Suite, luxury towels, complimentary water and much more to ensure your stay is even more comfortable, relaxing and memorable

Outside Cabin

All Outside Cabins have a bathroom with a shower and/or bath. Some Outside Cabins have picture windows, and all cabins have a television. 

Inside Cabin

Twin Inside cabins onboard Black Watch are all approximately 140 square feet in size, have a bathroom with a shower, and can be found on Atlantic and Marina Decks. All Inside cabins also have a television.

Single Balcony Suite

Single Balcony Suites all have a bedroom and sitting area, balcony, bathroom with bath and/or shower, television and a fridge. Guests in Single Balcony Suites will benefit from Fred. Olsen's Suite Dreams package, which include a bottle of sparkling wine, a fruit basket, and flowers or plant waiting for you in your suite when your board. Afternoon canapés delivered daily as you prepare for dinner and complimentary fluffy bathrobe and slippers. The package also includes a daily newsletter with international and national news, delivered to your door, as well as complimentary shuttle vouchers to get you right to the heart of things if your port is outside town and there are even compact umbrellas if you should need them. Other vouchers include laundry, luxury towels and pressing of formal-wear.

Single Cabins

All single cabins on board Black Watch have televisions. All single cabins have a bathroom with shower (some may also have a bathtub).

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