BLACK WATCH Ship Review

Black Watch, shown during an evening call in St. Thomas, USVI. Photo courtesy of Fred. Olsen Cruises

The third ship to bear the name and arguably responsible for much of the line’s success, Black Watch has developed a loyal following among Fred. Olsen ships. Built in 1972 as Royal Viking Star, she was reunited with her former sister ship Royal Viking Sky when the line purchased her in 2005 and named her Boudicca.

After coming under the ownership of Fred. Olsen, Black Watch was extensively refurbished before entering service for the line. She was fitted with additional balcony staterooms, 14 new balcony suites and new soft furnishings throughout.

In addition, her previous engines were replaced entirely. It’s clear that Black Watch and Boudicca are dear to Fred. Olsen’s heart; their renovations have made them arguably more successful today than when they previously sailed for the now-defunct Royal Viking Line in the 1970’s.

At 674 feet long and 82 feet 9 inches wide, Boudicca is capable of carrying 868 passengers and 415 crew members in the casual comfort for which Fred. Olsen is known. When first built, she was originally designed specifically for world cruises and like sister Boudicca, she features a number of spacious staterooms and brightly-lit public rooms that offer expansive views of the ocean.

BLACK WATCH Staterooms

Relax in a balcony suite aboard Black Watch. Photo courtesy of Fred. Olsen Cruises.

Twenty different stateroom categories run the gamut from inside cabins to the top-of-the-line Premier Suite, measuring 550 square feet. The ship also offers special inside, outside and balcony staterooms designed for the solo traveler. These “Single” accommodations are rare in the cruise industry, and make Black Watch a perfect ship for those looking to get away on their own. Only Norwegian Epic and P&O’s Azura offer similar accommodations.

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BLACK WATCH Public Rooms

Onboard, Black Watch formal dining takes place in the Glentanar Restaurant, with casual dining offered in the Garden Café. A poolside buffet is also on offer during suitable weather all the way aft on Lounge Deck, 6.

The ship features a forward-facing lounge high atop Marquee Deck, 9, offering commanding views of the ship’s bow. A fitness center, library, casino, and numerous bars and public lounges round out the mix, ensuring passengers are never at a loss for things to do, or places to merely sit back and watch the ocean go by.

Black Watch sails Fred. Olsen’s World Voyages, and whisks guests to the Adriatic, the Amazon, Baltics, Canary Islands, the Caribbean, Iceland, Ireland, the Mediterranean, and Northern Europe in the unique and relaxing atmosphere for which the line is known for.

Avid Cruisers Should Know!

  • Stateroom categories B, E, and I aboard Black Watch can be booked on a male or female-share basis.
  • The public room layout for Black Watch differs slightly from that of sister ship Boudicca.
  • Some staterooms on Black Watch feature a bathtub. Look for the left-pointing triangle symbol on the deck plans.
  • Jacuzzis on Black Watch are located on Deck 9 along with the Marquee Pool. The main pool on Deck 6 lacks jacuzzis, but features two smaller wading pools adjacent to it.

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