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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


Marina Theatre

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The Marina Theatre is Black Watch’s on board cinema. Featuring plenty of comfortable seating and the latest ‘4K’ and ‘3D’ technology, the Marina Theatre will show a fantastic selection of standard ...

Games Room

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There is a small gaming area, where you can play different games with your friends.

Fitness Centre

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With so much time to relax on board and sumptuous meals to enjoy every day, we know it’s important for you to have somewhere to stay in shape. Black Watch’s Fitness Centre – located on Sun Deck 10 ...

Atlantis Spa

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We’re confident you’ll feel thoroughly relaxed and spoilt on board Black Watch, but if you’re after a little extra pampering, head to Atlantic Deck 4 and immerse yourself in the soothing surroundin...

The Poolside

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Situated by the main swimming pool area on Lounge Deck 6, The Poolside offers al fresco dining at its finest. Open in warm weather, The Poolside combines the relaxing sounds of the ocean with incre...

Stairs To Golf Nets & Tennis Court

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Laundry Room

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Many of our guests like to leave behind their everyday chores - and who could blame them? Of course there is a comprehensive laundry service which your stewardess will be pleased to arrange for you...

Swimming Pool Area

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There are four heated swimming pools to choose from on board Black Watch, so you’ll always find somewhere to cool down after topping-up your tan on deck or keep in shape with a few early morning le...

Sun Deck

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Head to Sun Deck 10 to enjoy the most spectacular ocean vistas and bathe in the unbroken sunshine, or hone your skills and perfect your technique in the golf nets. Drive, chip and putt to your hear...

Shore Tours Office

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Visit the Shore Tours Office to discuss and book all the tours that appeal. For every port of call, we offer a range of tours which will help you see the very best of the town, city or nearby attra...