Fred.Olsen Refits Black Watch

Late last year, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines sent one of its most popular ships into the Blohm + Voss shipyards in Hamburg for a sweeping refurbishment that has refreshed cabins and created new public spaces for guests to enjoy aboard Black Watch.

Fred.Olsen has just refitted its popular Black Watch. Photo courtesy of Fred.Olsen.

Originally built in 1972 as Royal Viking Star, Black Watch was acquired by Fred. Olsen in 1996. Since then, the company has spent millions of pounds keeping her both relevant and current.

All 423 staterooms aboard the Black Watch were refurbished during this winter drydock, outfitted with a new interactive TV system, refurbished bathrooms, and amenities like safes and mini-bars standard across all categories.

The ship’s Garden Café on Deck 6 was also converted into a new Scottish restaurant known as Brigadoon, while the former Braemar Courtyard on the same deck has been turned into a separate specialty dining room called, “The Black Watch Room.” Here, guests will be able to dine on steaks prepared by a newly-created dedicated galley.

Bars, pubs and lounges throughout the ship have been completely refitted, along with the Lido Lounge on Deck 7, which received brand-new soft furnishings throughout. In addition, the Cinema on Deck 3 has been outfitted with expanded 3D capabilities that will allow for 3D films to be shown onboard; while the Reception area has been refreshed to make it more user-friendly for guests needing to go to Guest Relations.

Fred. Olsen says it expects to put the rest of its fleet – Balmoral, Boudicca and Brae – though similar refits in the coming years.

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