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3 New Improvements To Fred. Olsen’s Black Watch

In November last year, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines ship Black Watch sailed into dry dock for a month to receive a multi-million pound refurbishment. As well as new livery on the outside and the addition of a lighter and fresher colour scheme throughout the ship, there were a number of changes across the decks. Last week, we travelled down to Dover to see the rejuvenated Black Watch for ourselves and here are three main areas that have been improved.

The Black Watch Room

The Black Watch Room

This new dining area has taken the place of what used to be a courtyard. With nautical and Scottish memorabilia on the walls, it is a comfortable and relaxing lounge during the day and an elegant seafood and steak restaurant in the evening. The intimate setting has room for just 46 guests who will need to pay a small cover charge, but diners can look forward to menu items such as dressed crab and 13-day aged sirloin.

Incidentally, the nearby Garden Café has also been transformed into a new dining venue. Brigadoon, as it is now called, is a buffet restaurant featuring murals of Scottish lochs and various hot and cold options.

In-room TVs

Lido cafe

Lido Cafe

All 440 cabins were redecorated during the ship’s time in dry dock, including new linens, a brighter lick of paint and even USB sockets for guests to charge all of their devices. One of the most noticeable differences, though, is the brand new interactive TV system which has been installed in every cabin. The flat screen televisions are now much more modern and can be manoeuvred so you can watch them in your sitting area or in bed. You will be able to see all of the guest information in relation to your cruise and there is an even more extensive selection of on-demand TV shows and movies.

Lido Lounge

Black Watch Cabin

Since the renovation, guests have been raving about the improvements made to the Lido Lounge. This is a comfortable area to relax with a drink during sea days and now it has been made even better. New carpets and furniture have given the space a much fresher feeling and floor-to-ceiling sliding doors have been installed. This means that it is easy to bring the outside in on a sunny day and passengers can sit on the terrace which overlooks the swimming pool area.

All in all, it’s clear to see that the renovations to Black Watch have injected new life into this fantastic smaller-sized ship. Just walking around, you will notice more light flooding in and that there is now even more deck space to enjoy. If you would like to know more about our range of Fred. Olsen cruises, contact our team on 0808 256 7069.

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