MS Black Watch

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines
Former Names:  Star Odyssey/Westward/Royal Viking Star

Black Watch is a sleek comfortable but older ship that has been newly refurbished with more balcony cabins, spacious public areas and a restful décor. The staff are friendly and attentive.  Black Watch passengers tend to be 50+ and Mainly British. When all cabins have double occupancy, the ship provides a space ratio of 35.5 tons per passenger and a crew to passenger ratio of one for every 2.4 passengers. At full capacity the space ratio is 33 tons per passenger and the crew ratio is one to 2.6 passengers.
Size Medium
Built 1972
Refit 2016
Tonnage 28613
Passengers (Min/Max) 807/868
Crew 330
Officers European
Total  421
The inside cabins are small but 90% are outside and of a reasonable size. They are nicely equipped with aircon, TV and plenty of storage space. 
Balcony  67
Ocean View  306
Inside  48
Single  42
Cabin Details Cabins Deckplans
Pools Out/In  2/0
There is plenty of open deck space available for sunbathing and a teak promenade deck. The sports facilities are limited as this is an older ship, but offers a health & fitness centre, two pools, sauna and gym.
Jacuzzis  3
Fitness Centre  Yes
Sauna  Yes
Steam Room  Yes
Deck Space  Good
The Glentanar Dining Room is spacious and the Black Watch Room amd new Brigadoon are intimate. Food is generally good quality and well presented. Service is friendly. Informal meals are available in the outdoor Poolside Café. Main Dining Rooms  2
Sittings  2
Non Smoking  Yes
Alternative Dining  2
The Neptune show lounge features shows, reviews cabaret and dancing and the Lido Lounge is a venue for music, dancing and quizzes. There is a good tiered cinema (the Marina), the Observatory Lounge, a casino, card lounge, games room and internet café.  Show Lounges 1
Cinema Yes
Library Yes
Casino Yes
Casual and comfortable during the day. Evenings range from smart casual (shirt & trousers) to informal (jacket and tie for gentlemen and casual elegance for ladies). Formal evenings require a suit or dinner jacket for men and a cocktail dress for ladies.
Allow up to £4 per day (£2 each for your cabin steward and waiter) per passenger.
Wheelchair cabins 4
Wheelchair access is unsuitable. This is an older ship so facilities for disabled passengers are few. Going ashore at tender ports is not possible for passengers who cannot manage stairs.
Lifts 5
The rating for children is Unsuitable. There is a small playroom for children but few other facilities although they are welcome. 

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