Part of my job here at cruise.co.uk is visiting cruise ships and as I live about 90 minutes from Liverpool I have no excuse not to!
I recently visited Black Watch in Liverpool and although she is getting older she still eludes a certain charm from a bygone era. There is no central atrium, no climbing walls or dodgem cars, but what there is is a wonderful feeling of being welcomed by her crew and officers.
The ship itself has recently undergone a refit and all public rooms have had a facelift along with some very jazzy carpets!
Black Watch is easy to navigate around compared to some of the goliaths of the cruise industry that are out there today. With just 804 passengers she offers an intimate introduction to cruising.
Cabin wise there are a selection of cabins from Inside Cabins with twin L shaped beds to Premier Suites. The newest addition to the grades of cabin are the Terrace Balcony cabins on the Lido Deck.
Dining on board is very traditional with Breakfast and Lunch served buffet style in the main restaurant and Dinner a waiter service. There is also a speciality restaurant called The Grill which serves Lobster and Steaks for a small charge. Fred. Olsen also offer an all inclusive drinks package for £10 per person per day which is one of the lowest all inclusive rates I have seen.
If you prefer a more sedate style of traditional cruising then I think Fred. Olsen will be perfect for you.