Special
Black Watch
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Black Watch, A Voyage to Remote Spitsbergen ex Liverpool Return
Selected Sailing Date: 25 Jun 2020
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Inside Cabin: AU $4,489.00
Outside Cabin: AU $5,199.00
Balcony: AU $8,259.00
Suite: AU $8,349.00
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Special Inclusions

** BONUS - FREE ALL INCLUSIVE DRINKS UPGRADE **
Book between 4 September-31 October and receive free selected house wines by the glass, selected beers, spirits and soft drinks during your cruise.

Take exploration to the next level with this enriching expedition and journey to Norway’s northernmost regions in search of unique landscapes and fascinating isolated settlements.
Spend a week within the Arctic Circle, including two unforgettable days in Spitsbergen experiencing the stunning beauty, remarkable remoteness and fascinating history of Longyearbyen and Pyramiden.
You’ll also visit Honningsvåg, gateway to the rugged North Cape; Tromsø, home to the iconic Arctic Cathedral and Mount Storsteinen; and even witness the mesmerising midnight sun.

CRUISE FARE INCLUDES:
- 16 night Norway & Spitsbergen cruise aboard Black Watch roundtrip from Liverpool, England
- All meals on board (excludes specialty dining)
- Entertainment on board
- Port charges & government taxes


Special Conditions

Conditions Apply: Prices are per person based on Freedom Fares, capacity controlled and listed in Australian dollars twin share including port taxes. Prices may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change, and may be withdrawn at any time. Prices shown here are not shown in real time. While we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here may differ from the live prices in our booking system. Gratuities are payable on board and will be charged at £5.00 per person per day. Guests can vary the amount on board at the ship's Reception. Gratuities cannot be paid in advance prior to departure.The prices shown are for a cash payment. Credit card fees of up to 2.5% will apply. Offer correct as at 13Sep19 and subject to live availability at time of booking. Prices are per person twin share based on Freedom Fares, inclusive of all discounts unless otherwise stated. Offer valid for new bookings only and subject to availability at time of booking. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees not included. Prices do not include airfares, hotel accommodation or transfers. Please refer to Fred. Olsen Cruises Worldwide 2020/21 brochure for full conditions prior to booking. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. Offer ends 31Oct19 or until sold out/withdrawn from sale. This cruise offer is provided by Cruise Abroad, please ask your travel agent to contact us for more information.
FREE All Inclusive Drinks Upgrade Offer: Offer must be confirmed at the time of booking. Offer covers selected house wines by the glass, selected beers, spirits and soft drinks, subject to availability. See fredolsencruises.com for full terms & conditions. Applicable to new bookings only, made between 04/09/19 and 31/10/19, inclusive, on selected 2020 and 2021 sailings of five to 32 nights in duration, as shown on the Fred. Olsen website. Freedom fare terms and conditions apply.


Cruise Description

16 Night Cruise sailing from Liverpool roundtrip aboard Black Watch.

An enriching expedition, this journey to the northernmost reaches of Norway will take exploration to the next level, with chances to marvel at unique landscapes and nature-carved landmarks; discover striking Arctic attractions; and immerse yourself in the remarkable remoteness of Spitsbergen’s isolated lands.

In total, a week of this very special 16-night sailing is spent within the Arctic Circle, with cruising of outstanding areas of scenic beauty and visits to diverse destinations offering many unforgettable moments. Two days of exploration in Spitsbergen – found just 700 nautical miles from the North Pole – is top on the list of highlights. Time ashore to explore Longyearbyen and eerie Pyramiden promises unique sights and experiences; these far-away towns, situated amongst scenes of stunning Arctic landscapes, offer an insight into the Svalbard archipelago’s Soviet-influenced history, with their imposing architecture and abandoned mineshafts. Longyearbyen is also your gateway to the rugged Arctic wilderness of the Longyear Valley, reached on an authentic husky buggy ride. Your time in Svalbard also includes memorable sails by the by the magnificent Nordenskiöldbreen and Tuna glaciers, as well as the jaw-dropping stratifications of Tempelfjorden’s Temple Mountain. Show less
Extraordinary destinations on the Norwegian mainland also await discovery during your exhilarating Arctic adventure. Sailing all the way to the ‘top of Europe’, Black Watch takes you to Honningsvåg, from where you can revel in the unspoilt, rugged landscapes of the North Cape plateau. You’ll visit Tromsø, with time to visit the iconic Arctic Cathedral and enjoy views from atop Mount Storsteinen, and the quaint fishing village of Bodø too; and also witness the mesmerising midnight sun from the comfort of your ship. Elsewhere, stopping at Ålesund – famed for its appealing art-nouveau architecture – and cruising by the spectacular Torghatten and Seven Sisters mountains as you head north will provide plenty of rewards, while a stop at Scotland’s gorgeous Shetland Islands affords one final opportunity to take advantage of unmissable photo opportunities before heading home.

Highlights of this cruise:

Liverpool, UK
Liverpool is one of Britain's most iconic and interesting cities, and famously home to the Cavern Club and The Beatles.

Liverpool - a former European Capital of Culture - is globally-renowned for its music, arts, culture and diverse architecture, and attracts visitors from around the globe.

A busy port city, Liverpool is also known for its historic waterfront district and Albert Dock, where some of the city's best known galleries and museums can be found. The Tate Gallery, International Slavery Museum and 'The Beatles Story' exhibition are easily found on foot, and sit alongside the largest collection of Grade One listed buildings in the UK, including the iconic Liver Building and a number of structures associated with the ill-fated RMS Titanic.

Ålesund, Norway
Ålesund is Norway’s popular, art-nouveau epic of towers and turrets, ornaments and balconies, steeples and spires. The city’s delightful pedestrianised streets, offer a diverse mix of art galleries, shops and lively cafés, and lead to the 418 steps that climb Mount Aksla. The Fjellstua restaurant and café at the summit is the perfect place to sit and soak up panoramic views of this attractive city, the archipelago, and the Sunnmore Alps.

Virtually destroyed by fire in 1904, Ålesund was rebuilt within three years and is regarded widely as one of Europe’s true visual experiences. The port is home to the Jugendstilsenteret – The National Art Nouveau Centre –, which has a well-preserved art nouveau interior and regularly features exhibitions and displays.

Ålesund is the gateway to the iconic northwestern fjords and this seaport is the home base for Norway's largest cod-fishing fleet, which, unsurprisingly, provides the city's visitors with some superb seafood to try.

Cruising Rørvik, Norway
Rørvik is a picturesque island village located on the eastern part of the Vikna archipelago, in Nord-Trøndelag county, Norway. This pretty village serves as the administrative centre for the municipality and has a population of approximately 3,000 inhabitants.

Cruising Torghatten
Cruise along the coast of Toget island (Norway) past Torghatten, a mountain known for its distinctive hole, or natural tunnel through its centre.

Cruising Seven Sisters mountain range, Norway
Forming a majestic chain of peaks overlooking the shipping channel, the Seven Sister mountain range is an awe-inspring backdrop to the myriad of islands and Norwegian landscapes. Standing 1,000 feet above the shoreline, these beautiful women are perhaps best observed in all their glory from your ship. It is possible to climb them, and to learn the legend of the trolls who were turned to stone!
Honningsvåg, Norway
Honningsvåg, on Norway’s North Cape, a fishing community characterised by its charming, pastel-shaded wooden buildings, attracts tourists from all over the world. Often referred to as the Top of Europe, Honningsvåg is framed by dramatic rugged mountains and the remoteness of the Arctic Ocean.

Honningsvåg is the gateway to the Nordkapp (North Cape), Europe’s most northernmost point. Its rocky coastlines, picturesque villages, endless cliff faces and vast snow-capped mountains are a joy to explore. For two months of summer, the sun is visible 24 hours a day from Nordkapp, and when the sun does set on this extraordinary landscape, the Aurora Borealis lights up the Polar sky. More on these wonderful seasonal changes can be experienced in the North Cape Hall visitor centre, which offers wide-screen film presentations about this Arctic region.

Honningsvåg was completely destroyed during the Second World War, but rapidly rebuilt. The Artico Ice Bar in the city centre – made entirely of ice sourced from the natural lakes of Norwegian Lapland – is worth a visit. While the sea views from the Kompasset Restaurant, and the freshly baked waffles of the Grotten Bar – a huge cave cut into the face of the Cape cliff, both need discovering.

Longyearbyen, Norway
Generally regarded as the northernmost town in the world at 78° north, Longyearbyen, is the largest settlement in the stunning Svalbard archipelago. Located deep in the incredible Norwegian Arctic wilderness on Spitsbergen, it is the largest of the Svalbard islands.

Set at the end of the Advent Fjord, and framed by flat-topped, snow-covered peaks, Longyearbyen is home to some 2000 inhabitants, several reindeer and the odd polar bear. The town Longyearbyen was only established as a permanent settlement in 1906 to exploit local coal reserves, and is named after American mining specialist, John M. Longyear.

Only one mine remains working, but Mine 3, which was turned into a living museum in 1996 on its closure, can still be visited. The museum guides are all former miners who give first-hand accounts about life underground. The Svalbard Museum also provides insights into the life of miners, and the other local industry, whaling. The 24-hour sundial reminds visitors that the sun doesn’t set for months during summer, and the Spitsbergen Airship Museum, which has exhibits from the era of polar exploration, is worth discovery.

Cruising Tempelfjorden, Norway
Tempelfjorden is a fjord branch at the inner end of Sassenfjorden, a part of Isfjorden at Spitsbergen, Svalbard. It is located between Sabine Land and Bünsow Land. The fjord is named after the mountain Templet, which resembles a temple. Every winter, the sailing vessel Noorderlicht is intentionally frozen into Tempelfjorden.

Cruising by Nordenskiöldbreen, Norway
The awe-inspiring Nordenskiöldbreen is one of Norway’s largest glaciers, a 16-mile-long, 6.8-mile-wide crumbling wall of glistening Arctic ice that dominates the landscape of the spectacular Isfjord and Billefjord.

A Fred. Olsen cruise to Northern Norway and the remote Svalbard archipelago could include a memorable sail by Nordenskiöldbreen, affording you a rare opportunity to see this magnificent natural wonder in all its breathtaking scenic splendour.

Pyramiden, Norway
Located far above the Arctic Circle at the foot of the beautiful Billefjord on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, Pyramiden – a former Russian coal mining town, was once one of the Svalbard Archipelago’s most important and busiest settlements, but is now an abandoned ghost town with no permanent residents.

However, as much of the town’s original infrastructure and buildings still exist, there is still much to see on a visit to this eerie settlement. The most ethereal feature is undoubtedly the ‘bottle shop’, a house made entirely from white and green glass bottles, whose beauty and delicacy is a bizarre contrast in the harsh climate.

Large Soviet-era warehouses, living quarters and an old coal-fired power plant stand defiantly in the town centre and the network of empty mine shafts have been locked in time and offer a deep insight into the Soviet’s industrial past.

Tromsø
The attractive town of Tromsø, known as the ‘Gateway to the Arctic’, boasts stunning coastal views from Mount Storsteinen, reached by cable car. Visit the iceberg-shaped ‘Arctic Cathedral’ or take a tour to the Tromsø Wilderness Centre to meet the huskies that call this area home.

Bodø, Norway
The charming town of Bodø is the northernmost point on the stunning Kystriksveien Coastal Route and home to the world's strongest maelstrom, Saltstraumen. The port represents the northern terminus of Norway's railway system, and is ideal for year round bird spotting as it boasts the world’s densest population of sea eagles.

The curious experience of the midnight sun from the summit of Mount Ronvikfjellet is a sight to behold, while strolling along Bodø’s chalk-white beach, or enjoying some shopping in the bustling town centre, are popular pastimes.

The majestic stained-glass windows and delicate tapestries within Bodø Cathedral make for a particularly worthwhile trip. Bodø’s historic past can be uncovered by visiting one of the town’s museums, and the Aviation Museum offers a glimpse into Norway’s aviation history. Exhibits include famous aircraft such as the Supermarine Spitfire, Tiger Moth and F-86 Sabre.

Lerwick, United Kingdom
Sturdy Lerwick is the friendly capital of the 100 islands and islets of the Shetland Islands. The bustling, cosmopolitan seaport is the islands’ only town, and its wonderful natural harbour is a joy to explore.

Until the 1600s, Leir Vik – Norse for a muddy bay – was little more than a few huts. However, conflict between the British and Dutch (whose fishing fleet fished for herrings off the islands) led to the building of a permanent settlement. This included Fort Charlotte, which once overlooked the harbour but has now been enclosed by the town following land reclamation.

Despite the wealth created by North Sea oil, modern Lerwick retains many fascinating small shops and historic buildings. Wandering along atmospheric Commercial St. is a delight, and the Böd of Gremista – a “fishing booth” built in 1780, is now a fascinating museum. The ground floor has the salt store and the kitchen, where herrings were hung to dry. Outside the town are the well preserved remains of the Broch of Clickimin, a small Bronze-Age settlement excavated in the last century.

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