Black Watch

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' ship Black Watch will see a number of improvements made this November as part of multi-million pound investment.

The 804-guest ship will welcome several new public areas and guest facilities, as well as undergo a series of cabin upgrades. There will also be brand new dining areas introduced on the ship.

Cabins and cinema

A key focus of Black Watch's refurbishment will be the 423 cabins across the ship. A new interactive in-cabin TV system will be installed, bathrooms will be refurbished, and all cabins will feature safes and mini-bars as standard.

Groups will also get to experience an upgraded Marina Cinema, which will be improved with the latest 3D technology, enabling the Black Watch team to show 3D films and other programmes.


Black Watch's Braemar Garden Café will be converted into a new restaurant, to be called Brigadoon, in keeping with Fred. Olsen's Scottish connections. It will feature modern new décor and offer what’s described as a stylish, intimate dining experience, for up to 54 guests.

The Braemar Courtyard, meanwhile, will be converted into a separate dining area called The Club, offering an à la carte dining experience with seating for up to 46 guests.

The existing Grill restaurant by the main pool area will be rebranded and redesigned, to offer a new Mediterranean-themed dining experience.

And other dining area changes will be made to Black Watch's main 340-guest restaurant, The Glentanar, which will undergo extensive refurbishment, with a spacious new layout and new furniture, carpet and curtains.

Considerable attention will also be given to the various bar areas on board, like the Observatory Lounge and the Lido Lounge.

Further information

Following Black Watch's refurbishments, taking place in Hamburg, the ship will recommence her cruise season on 15th December.

Similar refurbishments and upgrades are expected to the rest of the Fred. Olsen fleet – Balmoral, Braemar and Boudicca – in the coming years.

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