Life on the Ocean Waves
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Artemis Braemar Arcadia M/S Black Watch The Black Watch docked in Aalborg, Denmark in July 2013
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 country garden. 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.
Trevor looking very smart on the British Night on Black Watch Cabin 4085 on the Black Watch The elegant Garden Café on board Black Watch The Pipers' Bar on the Black Watch The winning quiz team in the Garden Café enjoying our prize!
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.  :-)
Black Watch photographed from Braemar in January 2014 Black Watch and Braemar together in Mindelo, Cape Verde
(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.