I love to travel and some time ago discovered I also love to write, combine this with my husband's photography and we get to share it all with you. Please visit us at www.facebook.com/brucevandersluisimages
View the beauty of times gone by
If you miss the days of cruise ships exhibiting style and elegance rather than the large, flashy cruise ships of today, then Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Black Watch is probably more your style. Docking at Darwin's Fort Hill Wharf West Berth at 6.25 am on Friday 9 March 2018, Black Watch will give cruise ship enthusiasts a sight of yesteryear.
Currently on her 57 night Sydney to Southampton Cruise, Black Watch arrives in Darwin after commencing her cruise in Sydney via Brisbane and Hamilton Island. Following departure at 6 pm, her onward journey will take guests to Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar, India, Jordan, Egypt, Greece, Italy and Malaga before finally arriving at her disembarkation destination of Southampton. Black Watch will not return to Darwin until 2019, making this is a perfect opportunity for viewing.
As cruise ships go Black Watch is sleek and intimate, displaying the style and charm that only older cruise ships can show. There are no climbing walls or onboard bumper cars, however, Black Watch's charm is enhanced by attentive staff who offer exceptional service and will remember the important details that will make guest's cruise extra special. This is without doubt the cruise ship for those who like a slower pace.
At 205 metres in length and with 8 passenger decks, Black Watch carries up to 804 passengers and 330 crew. Most recently refit in 2016 does not disappoint in amenities. A variety of dining venues is offered such as The Glentanar, The Orchid Room, Brigadoon, The Black Watch Room, The Poolside and The Bookmark Cafe. Guests choosing The Orchid Room enjoy five-course a la carte meals with stunning scenic views courtesy of large windows along one side of the restaurant.
Dining on Black Watch. Photo: Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines
After dinner entertainment will see guests enjoying the delights of the Neptune Lounge, Morning Light Pub, The Observatory, Lido Lounge or Marquee Bar. The Marina Theatre is Black Watch's onboard cinema offering the latest 4K and 3D technology showing a selection of standard and high definition films, movies and programmes. The Neptune Lounge provides an after dinner show with Black Watch's onboard performers.
If guests are missing their local shopping experience, onboard shopping is available in the Boutique with fine fragrances and cosmetics from Dior, Clinique, Marc Jacobs and Estee Lauder available as well as jewellery and casual and evening wear clothing. The Port Shop offers all the basics of everyday life and those bits and pieces guests forgot to pack.
Black Watch provides guests with an array of relaxation and fitness with the Atlantis Spa and Salon, fitness centre, swimming pools, sauna and steam room, library, card room, promenade, sun deck, golfing nets and tennis court.
Guests can choose accommodation from suites or ocean view, interior or single rooms some with balcony. While the staff are more than happy to take care of those everyday chores such as doing the laundry, there is also a self-service laundry for those bits and pieces guests prefer to do themselves.