Fred. Olsen – Five-Night Celtic Cruise – 2021
Sails from Liverpool
Experience an enlightening Bank Holiday break as Black Watch takes you on a five-night journey to destinations in three of the six historic Celtic nations. Visiting Ireland, Cornwall and Brittany, you’ll have chances to uncover historical and architectural highlights aplenty, and explore areas of outstanding natural beauty, all before sailing the effortlessly gorgeous Isles of Scilly.
A day in Dun Loghaire allows time to delight in the sights and attractions of this historical town in the Republic of Ireland. You could visit the Oratory of the Sacred Heart – a symbol of the town’s proud Celtic soldiers who fell in the Great War, The National Maritime Museum of Ireland; or take a stroll along the East Pier Walk, taking in the stunning views across Dublin Bay. Visit the Forty Foot – a promontory from which people have been swimming in the Irish Sea all year round for some 250 years!
On the Cornish coast, your Celtic-themed cruise takes you to Falmouth, gateway to scenes of picturesque creeks and rivers used for settings in hit TV series Poldark, and the starting point for hiking tours along the breathtakingly beautiful Lizard Peninsula. The iconic Eden Project is also within reach on tour, while Falmouth’s own attractions include Pendennis Castle – built by Henry VIII – and the National Maritime Museum. Your final stop is St Malo, situated on the gorgeous coast of Brittany. Once a fortified island, St Malo features a beautifully preserved old town encased by imposing granite walls, as well as glorious beaches perfect for making the most of the summer sunshine. From here it’s possible to head to the dramatic island of Mont St Michel to see its fairytale-esque spired abbey and medieval fortifications; or to nearby Saint-Servan, to explore the ruins of the Celtic Aleth Cathedral. To cap off your short, yet highly rewarding escape, Black Watch will guide you slowly by the Isles of Scilly, for unforgettable views of unspoilt beaches, forested valleys and enchanting coastal towns.
Saturday 29th May 2021
Saturday 29th May 2021
Departure from Liverpool, United Kingdom
Board the ship mid-afternoon before you set sail later that evening.
Sunday 30th May 2021
Dun Laoghaire, Ireland (Anchor Port)
Breathe in the Irish sea air as you take a stroll along the mile-long East Pier Walk, marvelling at the stunning views across Dublin Bay, passing by the beautiful Victorian bandstand, as small boats quietly sail in and out of the harbour.
Explore the People’s Park, created as a formal Victorian Garden, encircled by wrought iron railings, and housing a multitude of landscaped lawns and sweet-smelling flowers. Each weekend, market vendors bring colourful art collections and local produce here, drawing visitors in to browse contentedly.
The famous James Joyce Tower and Museum, noted for its appearance in the opening scenes of the novel Ulysses, now houses many artefacts of Joyce, including letters, photographs and rare first edition books. For those feeling brave enough, take a dip in the Irish Sea at Forty Foot, a historic bathing pool, named among the best places to swim in the world. Visit Mariner’s Church, or the Oratory of the Sacred Heart, both of which are easily accessible.
Monday 31st May 2021
Blessed with stunning sandy beaches that stretch for miles along the gorgeous Cornish coastline, Falmouth – located at the southern end of the Fal Estuary, has arguably the UK’s most picturesque network of creeks & rivers. It is a fine example of just how beautiful Britain really is and is the perfect place to lay back and soak up the summer sunshine, enjoy a relaxing stroll or try your hand at scuba diving and snorkelling.
There’s also an abundance of sights and attractions to discover and explore during a stay in this fabulous seaside town, including St Michael’s Mount – one of Britain’s most famous historic sites – the Lizard Peninsula and the world-famous Eden Project, which is just a short distance away.
Tuesday 1st June 2021
St Malo, France (Anchor Port)
Originally a fortified island, the walled city of St Malo at the mouth of the River Rance on France’s Brittany coast, is now connected to the mainland by a ‘Sillon’ causeway. Visiting this atmospheric port, once a stronghold for privateers (pirates approved by the king), is like stepping back in time.
The walls of St Malo, largely destroyed in World War II, have been painstakingly reconstructed. A magnificent grey granite citadel protects the old city, the cobbled streets of which are packed with interesting shops, restaurants, bars and cafés. The main gate is Porte St-Vincent, home to the castle and town museum, and an eclectic mix of exhibits including maps and local artefacts. Saint-Malo Cathedral, built in Romanesque and Gothic styles, makes an impressive centrepiece.
From the beach outside the citadel it’s possible to walk at low tide to the small island of Grand-Bé, to see the tomb of the 19th century politician and writer, Chateaubriand. To the south is where the original inhabitants lived. They were converted to Christianity by St Malou, after whom they named the impregnable island when they moved there in the 12th century.
Wednesday 2nd June 2021
Enjoy a full day of cruising.
Thursday 3rd June 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|
|Sat 29 May 2021||Late PM||Liverpool, United Kingdom|
|Sun 30 May 2021||Early AM||Late PM||Dun Laoghaire, Ireland|
|Mon 31 May 2021||Late AM||Late Night||Falmouth, UK|
|Tue 01 Jun 2021||Early AM||Late Night||St Malo, France|
|Wed 02 Jun 2021||Cruising|
|Thu 03 Jun 2021||Early AM||Liverpool, United Kingdom|