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Fred. Olsen – Andalusia, Portugal & The Algarve – 2021

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Black Watch - W2124 - 7th October 2021 - 11 nights
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Sails from Liverpool

Visiting five captivating destinations on board Black Watch offers opportunities for an immersive, enriching discovery of quintessentially Spanish and Portuguese culture and traditions. On Spain’s sunlit south coast, the artistic, historic and aesthetic wonders of two Andalusian gems are sure to delight; majestic monuments – such as the Torre Tavira watchtower and the 18th century cathedral – await in ancient Cádiz, while Malaga’s must visit sites include the Moorish-style Gibralfaro Castle and fantastic Picasso Museum. For taste of authentic local flavours, there is time to sample delicious tapas in Cádiz or tour to Jerez, a city renowned for its sweet sherry.

Small ship Black Watch is just small enough to dock in pretty Portimão, to bring you closer to the beautiful beaches and coastal panoramas of the sunbathed Algarve, for a memorable introduction to Portugal. In Lisbon, the attraction-packed capital, fascinating maritime heritage, architectural highlights and engaging museums created a recipe for a rewarding day of exploration. Speaking of recipes, you could not only taste Lisbon’s Pasteis de Nata too, but also make your own traditional custard tarts with a local pastry chef. Finally, there’s a chance to revel in the icons of Oporto; Portugal’s UNESCO-listed second city is renowned for its historic centre – the Ribeira District – and its world-famous port wines.

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Thursday 7th October 2021

Cruise Itinerary

Thursday 7th October 2021

Departure from Liverpool, United Kingdom

Board the ship mid-afternoon before you set sail later that evening.


Friday 8th October 2021

At Sea

Enjoy a full day of cruising.

Saturday 9th October 2021

At Sea

Enjoy a full day of cruising.

Sunday 10th October 2021

At Sea

Enjoy a full day of cruising.

Monday 11th October 2021

Cádiz, Spain

Cadiz, one of Europe’s most ancient cities, hugs Andalusia’s sunlit Atlantic coast and is characterised by palm trees, lookout towers and weathered old buildings. Now into its fourth millennium, Cádiz’s fascinating Old Town district features huge stone walls from the 1500s and is home to a wealth of historic highlights, including the beautifully crafted 18th century Cádiz Cathedral.

Boasting over 100 watchtowers, including the iconic Torre Tavira, traditionally used for spotting ships; traditional tapas bars serving delicious traditional cuisine and local seafood; and fascinating maritime history; Cádiz offers a plethora of authentic sights and experiences. The winding streets assume the feel of a carnival, packed-out with friendly locals and humming to the sounds of upbeat alegrías (flamenco songs).

Cádiz is also the gateway to the stunning city of Seville, with its maze of courtyards, atmosphere old quarters and ornate churches and cathedrals.

Tuesday 12th October 2021

Malaga, Spain

Situated on Andalusia’s beautiful Mediterranean coast, Malaga offers everything you would expect from a city on the Costa del Sol: seemingly endless stretches of golden sand beaches, fantastic restaurants serving traditional tapas and friendly bars attract locals and holidaymakers alike.

There’s much more to the region’s captivating capital than busy beach resorts though. Dig a little deeper and a wealth of cultural, historical, artistic and architectural treasures reveal themselves, such as Catedral de Málaga, the statuesque and striking Alcazaba Fortress and Castillo de Gibralfaro. Not-to-be-missed is the Picasso Museum, which exhibits a fantastic collection of masterpieces from arguably Malaga’s most famous ‘son’, Pablo Picasso.

What’s more, Malaga is also your gateway to Granada and the glorious Alhambra, where proud 14th century palaces and exotic gardens are Spain’s finest expression of Moorish art; as well as the Ronda Valley, where on tour you can explore a charming old town and the picturesque El Tajo gorge.

Wednesday 13th October 2021

Portimao, Portugal

Portimão is a port city to the western end of the Algarve region of southern Portugal. The town is known for its excellent sandy beaches with plenty of warm, calm waters, which visitors find very alluring.

Portimão’s long fishing tradition was developed between the 19th and 20th centuries and established a strong canning industry and a busy marina. Indeed, in its old quarter, Museu de Portimão is housed in a restored 19th century cannery, and has exhibits on local history.

The simply styled Chapel of São José de Alcalar is not to be missed, while the impressive Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição (Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception), built in the 15th century on top of a hill, stands out on the city’s skyline. The church was badly damaged by the 1755 earthquake, but retains its beautiful original Gothic portal and azulejo tiles.

To the south of the town Rocha Beach, backed by ochre cliffs, is worth a stroll and skirts the medieval Fort of Santa Catarina de Ribamar.

Thursday 14th October 2021

Lisbon, Portugal

Stretched across its seven trademark hills overlooking the River Tagus estuary, Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital city of Lisbon, is a cinematic collection of cobbled alleyways, pastel-coloured buildings, ancient ruins and white-domed cathedrals. The city was decimated by an earthquake in 1755, and modern Lisbon has been shaped by that eventful day. The Pombaline architecture that now defines the city represents some of the first seismically-protected buildings in Europe.

The city’s bridges include the Ponte 25 de Abril – similar to the Golden Gate in San Francisco – and the Ponte Vasco da Gama, which includes over 11km of viaducts. Lisbon’s many fascinating museums, include the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, the National Museum of Contemporary Art, the National Coach Museum and the Carmo Archaeological Museum.

Lisbon is also a shopper’s paradise, with the Centro Commercial Colombo – the biggest shopping mall on the Iberian peninsula – and the elegant Avenidas Novas, full of upmarket shops. Alternatively, there bargains to be had in the local flea market, Campo de Santa Clara. Don’t miss the chance to sample iconic egg tarts at Pasteis de Belém too.

Friday 15th October 2021

Leixões (for Oporto), Portugal

A short journey from Leixões takes you into the heart of Oporto, with its fortress-like Cathedral and the Baroque Church of Clérigos. Head to the historic Ribeira District, where the narrow, cobbled lanes wind their way down to the Douro River. Don’t forget to visit one of the many wine cellars for a taste of the tipple named after the city, Port. On the ground floor of the Museu Romantico is the Port Wine Institute, where port is served with great ceremony.

Oporto sits deep in the gorge of the River Douro and on the riverside – dominated by the two-level Luis I bridge – it’s possible to look up at the narrow old town streets climbing out of the valley. Pastel-fronted houses with red-tiled roofs line the streets, mixed with neo-classical buildings and wonderful baroque churches. Dominating the centre of the city is the fortress-like Cathedral, which is worth visiting for the views alone.

Saturday 16th October 2021

At Sea

Enjoy a full day of cruising.

Sunday 17th October 2021

At Sea

Enjoy a full day of cruising.

Monday 18th October 2021

Arrival at Liverpool

After an early breakfast, disembark the ship for your journey home.

Black Watch Ship information

Black Watch is the smallest of Fred.Olsen’s fleet making it sleek and intimate with a friendly and familiar feel focusing on providing a traditional cruise experience.

All of the 423 stylish and comfortable rooms ensure that your stay is as enjoyable, relaxing and carefree as possible including facilities like an en-suite bathroom (some rooms even have a bathtub), a desk, telephone, interactive Smart TV, hairdryer, mini-fridge and tea & coffee making facilities. According to your needs you can choose between different room types: Interior, Porthole, Picture Window, Balcony or Suite.

Some of the most memorable experiences on any Black Watch cruise are enjoyed in the stylish and intimate dining venues on board the ship. Choose to dine in the more formal Glentanar and Orchid Room restaurants or perhaps visit the Brigadoon for a delicious self-service buffet at lunch and dinner. Take a seat at The Poolside and experience al fresco dining at its finest.

As well as a choice of comfortable accommodation, dining venues, bars and lounges, Black Watch features all the facilities and amenities you need for a comfortable, restful and stress-free stay on board, including heated pools and bubbling jacuzzis, library, Card Room & Gaming Tables and even a self-service Laundry Room. Stroll through the Port or Boutique shop whether you need any essentials or a holiday bargain.

On every cruise adventure there’s plenty to keep guests entertained, from a wide range of daily activities to fantastic live shows in the evenings. With insightful talks and lectures, classes and quizzes, 4k & 3D films, classic cabaret, stand-up comedy and much more on offer in the ship’s comfortable and spacious lounges and public areas, you’re sure to find something to suit your personal tastes and interests.


Date  Arrival Departure  Port of Call
Thu 07 Oct 2021 Late PM Liverpool, United Kingdom
Fri 08 Oct 2021 Cruising
Sat 09 Oct 2021 Cruising
Sun 10 Oct 2021 Cruising
Mon 11 Oct 2021 Early AM Late PM Cádiz, Spain
Tue 12 Oct 2021 Early AM Late PM Malaga, Spain
Wed 13 Oct 2021 Early AM Late PM Portimao, Portugal
Thu 14 Oct 2021 Early AM Late PM Lisbon, Portugal
Fri 15 Oct 2021 Early AM Late PM Leixões (for Oporto), Portugal
Sat 16 Oct 2021 Cruising
Sun 17 Oct 2021 Cruising
Mon 18 Oct 2021 Early AM Liverpool, United Kingdom


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