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M/S Black Watch vital statistics
Company: Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines
Home Port: Nassau, Bahamas
Gross Tonnage: 28,613 tons
Cruising Speed: 18.5 knots
Passenger Capacity: 804
Passenger Decks: 8
Built: 1972 (refitted 2009)
Voyages sailed on this ship: Baltic
The well-known M/S Black Watch started life in 1972
as the Royal Viking Star, but due to several refits her 40+
years does not show. The decor, artwork and furnishings
throughout make for very elegant and pleasant
surroundings, and it is a treat to enjoy lunch in the
Garden Café which evokes memories of an English
The Black Watch enjoys a loyal passenger following and
many people will be repeating cruisers. We can certainly
understand why as she is a lovely ship.
Read my review of the Black Watch on cruisecritic.co.uk.
Cabin 4085 on the Black Watch, situated right
opposite the hair and beauty salon - very handy for
me! The cabin doesn’t look very big in this photo but
it was suprisingly spacious and had a large shower
stall in the bathroom.
The light, airy and beautifully decorated Garden Café.
We usually ate lunch here from the self-service buffet
and every night we’d gather here and form a quiz
team with other passengers (see photo below).
Fred Olsen cruises always include a
British night amongst their various theme
nights, and here’s Trevor looking very
smart and patriotic for British Night on
the Black Watch in July 2013.
The Scottish-themed Pipers’ Bar on the Black Watch,
which was handy for enjoying a drink before or after
the evening’s entertainment in the Neptune Lounge.
As you can see, it leads into the show lounge.
We used to gather every night for the quiz and
here we are (Debbie second and Trevor third
from left) with our winning bottle of fizz.
Thanks to John Thornton (far left) and his wife
Linda (far right) for this photograph. :-)
(Left) The Black Watch in Mindelo, Cape Verde, in
January 2014. The photo was taken from the deck of
her sister ship Braemar.
(Right) The Braemar and the Black Watch together in
Mindelo, Cape Verde. Black Watch visited this port on
her 2014 world cruise.