Newly refurbished with great extra facilities
An intimate ship carrying no more than 804 passengers, Black Watch offers a wealth of amenities. She has a spacious, airy feel with large cabins and suites, yet her size makes it easy for you to find your way around.
Her November 2016 refurbishment included a significant improvement to all cabins, venues and bars. The brand new eateries include the Brigadoon buffet restaurant and Black Watch Room for a la carte dining, resulting in a total of five different restaurant options. The Morning Light Pub has been redesigned and given a new location. Also, the lounges and bars have been updated, with new fabrics, fittings and technology.
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During the day and night you'll find plenty to keep you entertained, from quizzes and pilates classes to art and craft sessions and lectures from guest speakers. Perhaps watch a film in the cinema, indulge yourself with a pampering treatment in the health and beauty salon or challenge someone to a game of cards – or a tennis match if you're feeling more energetic!
You’ll love relaxing on the Sun Deck or browsing from the well-stocked library. The stylish Marquee Bar serves a wide selection of premium gins and sumptuous afternoon teas. The Neptune Lounge is the place to be for high quality music, dance and comedy entertainment. Nightly performances include a host of comedians, musicians and more.Venues and amenities
- Glentanar Restaurant
- Orchid Room restaurant
- Brigadoon buffet restaurant
- Black Watch Room for a la carte dining
- The Poolside restaurant
- Morning Light Pub
- Neptune Bar
- Marquee Bar
- The Observatory lounge
- Lido Lounge
- Neptune show lounge
- The Bookmark Café
- Sports, activities and entertainment
- Fitness centre
- Golf nets
- Tennis court
- Outdoor swimming pool with two exercise pools and a jacuzzi
- Outdoor plunge pool with two whirlpools
- Card room
- Games room
- Gaming tables
- 3D Cinema
- Atlantis Spa
- 24-hour medical centre
Please note: Dining is allocated to one of the main restaurants
Following the ship’s refurbishment, there are now five restaurants on board, serving a variety of sumptuous cuisine in very different settings.
The extensively refurbished Glentanar is Black Watch’s main restaurant, serving up to 340 guests. The new layout and furnishings are overlooked by a striking new glass sculpture. Here guests enjoy breakfast, lunch and five-course á la carte dinners.
A typical menu
Fresh bread baked daily in the on-board bakery
Sun-ripened avocado fan with sweet grilled red peppers
Jumbo prawns with tomato mousse
Chilled apple and pear soup
Classic Caesar salad
Grilled fillet of Norwegian salmon with warm crayfish butter dressing
Provencal-style roast lamb loin with garlic and herb crust
Grilled sirloin steak with jacket potato, balsamic baked tomatoes and herb butter
Vegetable tempura, sushi rolls and soya spiced broth
Desserts and cheeses
Creamy chocolate pot with crisp shortbread biscuit
Passion fruit and lime chiffon tart (sugar free alternative available)
British and international cheeses
The Orchid Room offers similar menus to Glentanar in a more intimate setting; while a completely new buffet restaurant, Brigadoon, replaces the previous Braemar Garden Café. This provides self-served British favourites and worldwide cuisine in an intimate for no more than 54 guests.
Another stylish new venue is the Black Watch Room, which provides sophisticated á la carte dining for up to 46 guests. For a small supplement, you can enjoy a selection of sumptuous, made-to-order dishes such as steak and seafood.
For a more informal, al fresco experience head for The Poolside, which has replaced the former Grill restaurant. It combines sea views beautiful views with a selection of mainly Mediterranean dishes, often inspired by the current destination.
Black Watch’s main venues for relaxing and socialising have enjoyed a range of enhancements. The modestly updated Observatory Lounge still boasts spectacular views, while the Lido Bar has been treated to new furniture, fabrics and panoramic sliding doors, which open out to provide an especially light, airy space.
The Morning Light Pub – a feature on all Fred. Olsen ships – has been relocated to offer a more spacious environment, complete with plush new furniture, fabrics and a stylish new bar. The Marquee Bar is the ideal place to relax for a cocktail or chilled drink by the pool, and if you’re a chocolate lover The Bookmark Café specialises in everything from champagne truffles to caramel hearts. The Neptune Lounge has moved but continues to be the venue for the main music, theatre and entertainment shows.
Movie lovers will be pleased to know that the Marina Cinema now boasts the latest 4K ultra hi-definition and 3D technology. It’s a state-of-the-art venue to enjoy the latest releases and rediscover classics in a pristine new form.
Choose an outside cabin with a porthole, picture window or balcony, splash out on a suite with a separate seating area and fridge or opt for an inside cabin.
All have a television, hairdryer and a bathroom with shower: where there is a bathtub it will have an overhead shower.
There are also a limited number of cabins for sole occupancy.
Wheelchair accessible cabins may be available on request, subject to availability.
A note about cabin numbers
At the time of booking your cruise you will be given a cabin number for the duration of your stay on-board. Whilst every possible effort is given to ensure you will be accommodated in this cabin, we reserve the right to advise a change to this cabin number when you receive your final tickets. In the event of a cabin change we guarantee you will be accommodated in a stateroom that is equal to the grade of the cabin given at the time of booking, or a higher grade cabin to your original booking. If you choose not to accept your allocated cabin, this is treated as a cancellation.
Length: 674.11 ft (205.47 m)
Breadth: 82.67 ft (25.2 m)
Maiden voyage: 1996
Passenger capacity: 804
Cabin size: 139.93-548.95 sq ft (13-51 sq m)
Officers and crew: 330
Passenger decks: 8
Gratuities are not included in the cost of your cruise holiday, and for your convenience, £4 per adult guest per day is automatically added to your on-board account to be shared by your housekeeping and restaurant staff. However tipping is entirely at your discretion, and you can contact Reception once on board should you wish to vary this amount. There are no additional service charges for spa or salon services.