Archive for the ‘Fred Olsen’ Category

Fred. Olsen – Most Successful Day Ever

March 17, 2017

Black Watch, Tilbury – 14-12-16

It’s not all about big new ships:

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines said it had its most successful sales day ever on Tuesday, March 7, 2017,  with bookings totalling over £3 million for the day, following the launch of its exciting new 2018/19 cruise program to its top tier loyalty club members.

This represents an increase of 15 percent on the same launch day in 2016, said the company.

In 2018/2019, the line’s four ships, Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch, will be visiting no fewer than 228 destinations in 73 countries around the globe, plus 91 areas of scenic cruising, on over 135 different itineraries.

(Fred. Olsen)

Malcolm says: I’m a big fan of the Olsen product. Us lucky Brits have the choice of cruising on four of Olsen’s smaller/classic ships and there’s not a ‘rock wall’ in sight.

I particularly like ‘Black Watch’ and her sister ‘Boudicca’. At around 28,000 gross tonnes, they are the perfect size. However, ‘Balmoral’ and ‘Braemar’ are very nice ships too.

Black Watch (1972) review: HERE

Boudicca (1972) review: HERE

Balmoral (1988) review: HERE

Braemar (1993) review: HERE

BlacK Watch @ Tilbury

December 14, 2016
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Today was a mild and  sunny winters day at the Tilbury Cruise Terminal (London).

A rare visitor was Fred Olsen’s ‘Black Watch’.

I do like her new livery with a dark coloured hull.

Tomorrow she departs on a 7 night itinerary: Christmas Markets of Germany & Denmark

BW is 28,613 gross tonnes and carries 820 passengers. She was built in 1972.

 

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Black Watch Review/slide-show: HERE

 

 

The Black Prince Remembered

September 4, 2016
BP Tilbury

BP Tilbury

Does anybody remember Fred Olsen’s ‘Black Prince’? Maybe you even cruised on her? She was very popular with Brits.

She was quite a quirky ship.

She was originally a ferry, that was converted into a cruise ship. She was small, even in her day. Now she would be regarded as minute!

In fact each of the ‘Oasis’ class of ships has lifeboats which each carry more passengers than the ‘Black Prince’ could.

The Black Prince article HERE

Boudicca at Tilbury

December 17, 2015

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Fred Olsen’s ‘Boudicca’ was at Tilbury cruise terminal today, one of several visits this month.

Her brand new livery, with her dark grey hull, can be seen.

Boudicca - Tilbury 17th Dec. 2015

Boudicca – Tilbury 17th Dec. 2015

I love it! I have never been keen on all white ships. Boudicca looks like a proper ocean liner now. Her identical sister*, ‘Black watch’ will also look great when she gets her face-lift.

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Boudicca (1973) and Black Watch (1972) are full of charm and at around 28,000 gross Tonnes, carrying 900 passengers, are arguably the perfect size.

See Boudicca’s original livery below.

Boudicca ship review HERE

*(There is  a third sister currently called Albatros, operated by German travel agent Phoenix Reisen).

Azura Meets Black Watch

September 13, 2015

(Image courtesy of Sergio Ferreira – click to enlarge)

P&O’s Megaship ‘Azura’ (2010) recently met Fred Olsen’s ‘Black Watch’ (1971).

This is what 115,000 gross tonnes ship, that can carry 3,000+ passengers looks like, when compared to 28,000 gross tonnes ship, that can carry 800 passengers.

The ships were built 39 years apart.

Malcolm

Black Watch Review: HERE

Ventura (sister of Azura) Review: HERE