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MS Black Watch

Capacity
799
Crew
330
Tonnage
28,613
Length
205.47 m
First voyage
26.06.1972

MS Black Watch is a cruise ship, currently owned and operated by Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. She was built by Wärtsilä Helsinki Shipyard, Finland for Royal Viking Line as Royal Viking Star, entering service in 1972. She has also sailed for Norwegian Cruise Lines as Westward and Royal Cruise Line as Star Odyssey.

History

Royal Viking Star

Royal Viking Line was established... Read more

MS Black Watch

Cruiseline: 
Capacity (DO): 
799
Crew: 
330
Tonnage: 
28,613
Length: 
205.47 m
Beam: 
25.20 m
First voyage: 
26.06.1972

MS Black Watch is a cruise ship, currently owned and operated by Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. She was built by Wärtsilä Helsinki Shipyard, Finland for Royal Viking Line as Royal Viking Star, entering service in 1972. She has also sailed for Norwegian Cruise Lines as Westward and Royal Cruise Line as Star Odyssey.

History

Royal Viking Star

Royal Viking Line was established in 1970 as a joint project between the American businessman Warren Titus and three Norwegian shipping companies (including Kloster Cruises, the owner of Norwegian Cruise Line). The aim of the new company was to offer luxury cruises to destinations around the world as an alternative to Caribbean cruising. For this end the company ordered three purpose-built luxury cruise ships from Wärtsilä Helsinki New Shipyard in Finland.

The first of the new ships, named Royal Viking Star, was launched on May 12, 1971 and entered service on June 26, 1972. Her sisters, Royal Viking Sky and Royal Viking Sea, followed in 1973. The Royal Viking Line brand was clearly a success and the elegantly furnished ships were considered to be amongst the five most luxurious cruise ships in the world at the time, alongside Norwegian America Line's Sagafjord and Vistafjord. In 1981 the Royal Viking Star was lengthened by 27.77 metres at Seebeckwerft, Bremerhaven, Germany.

As the 1980s progressed it became clear that the luxury cruise lines such as Royal Viking could not survive without the support of a larger company, with the operating costs of a handful of luxury ships being too high to be truly profitable. Royal Viking Line was acquired by Kloster Cruises in 1984, but its operations were initially kept separate from those of Norwegian Cruise Line.

Westward / Star Odyssey / Black Watch

In April 1991 the Royal Viking Star was transferred from the Royal Viking Line to the Norwegian Cruise Line and renamed Westward. With NCL the ship was used for cruising from New York City to Bermuda and on to the Caribbean. In April 1994, the ship was transferred to the fleet of NCL's subsidiary Royal Cruise Line, renamed Star Odyssey and used for cruising around the Mediterranean. Here the ship joined her sister Royal Viking Sea that had sailed as Royal Odyssey since 1991. The career of the Star Odyssey was to prove short however, as Norwegian Cruise Line was facing financial difficulties in the mid-1990s and were forced to sell off various assets. In October 1996 the ship was sold to Fred Olsen.

The ship was renamed Black Watch (a traditional name in Fred Olsen fleet) and entered service for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines on 15 November 1996. From April 2005 onwards, the ship was docked for two months at Blohm & Voss, Hamburg, Germany. During this time her engines were upgraded and interiors refurbished.

Decks

Black Watch has ten decks with eight of them being accessible to passengers.

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MS_Black_Watch_(1971)

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Attractions on MS Black Watch


Glentanar Restaurant

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The Glentanar is the main dining venue on board Black Watch, where up to 332 guests can indulge with tantalising five course ? la carte meals while enjoying the spectacular views provided by the re...

Future Cruise Sales

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Before one holiday ends, most people are already dreaming of the next. That's why the Future Booking Desk is always so busy. Stop by the desk; our Future Cruise Manager will be happy to answer any ...

Orchid Room

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The Orchid Room is perfect for guests who wish to enjoy the same, delicious five course a la carte meals on offer in The Glentanar, but in an even more intimate setting. Located next to The Glentan...

Lido Lounge

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Always a popular venue, the Lido Lounge is a great place to sit, relax and catch up with friends over a cold pint, an exotic cocktail, or even something light, refreshing and non-alcoholic. Located...

Brigadoon

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Brigadoon is Black Watch’s welcoming self-service restaurant, replacing the former Braemar Garden Caf?. This venue features contemporary Scottish-themed d?cor and offers a less formal style of dini...

Bridge

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The Black Watch Room

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This speciality dining venue can seat up to 46 guests and offers an extra special ? la carte dining experience. Enjoy personal, attentive service from our friendly staff and tuck into a selection o...

Observatory

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Located towards the bow of the ship on Marquee Deck 9 and boasting spectacular panoramic views, the Observatory Lounge is a wonderful place to enjoy a pre-dinner drink. Sit around the bar in the ce...

Morning Light Pub

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The Morning Light Pub is your ‘local’ on board Black Watch, featuring soft, comfortable furniture, a large bar and friendly, attentive staff. Decorated to resemble a British Pub or Inn but with a S...

Stairs To Fitness Centre

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