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Black Watch
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Black Watch, Closer Spain & Cruising the Seine ex Liverpool Return
Selected Sailing Date: 18 Apr 2020
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Outside Cabin: AU $2,779.00
Balcony: AU $4,229.00
Suite: AU $4,319.00
Prices displayed are retail per person, twin share, to the Australian Travel Trade. Consumers please contact your local cruise agent to request this Cruise Abroad package. At time of booking please check current cruise fare and any inclusions. Prices are indicative only, subject to currency fluctuations and may change at any time without notice.

Itinerary
Cruise Itinerary
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Special Inclusions

** BONUS - FREE DRINKS & TIPS **
Book between 4 December 2019 - 4 February 2020 and receive selected house wines by the glass, selected beers, spirits and soft drinks included all day and evening during your cruise. Plus Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines will take care of your tips for the cabin stewardess and waiter.

Discover the delights of some of Europe’s most beautiful, culture-rich regions as Black Watch takes you closer to a string of stunning cities in northern Spain and Normandy.
Straying off Spain’s ‘beaten track’, you’ll visit the gorgeous Galicia, Asturias and Cantabria regions for unspoilt coastal scenery, fascinating history, authentic flavours, legendary landmarks and much more.
Your time in France’s beautiful Normandy region will be spent exploring the River Seine, visiting historic Honfleur and Rouen, laden with historical and architectural treasures, and revelling in picturesque countryside scenes.

CRUISE FARE INCLUDES:
- 10 night 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 Prices may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change, and may be withdrawn at any time.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 12Dec19 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 04Feb20 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 & Tips Covered on Ocean cruises: offer applicable with new bookings made on selected sailings. Free drinks upgrade package comprises of selected house beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks. Tips are paid directly to the relevant staff on board; are non-refundable, non-transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash. Recommended amount for Tips is £5 per person per night (where paid). Not combinable with any other offer, including, but not limited to Cruise Sale Solo offer, Saver Fares - with the exception of Enjoyment Promise.


Cruise Description

10 Night cruise departing roundtrip from Liverpool onboard Black Watch.

With Black Watch taking you closer to a string of stunning Spanish and French cities, you can discover the delights of some of Europe’s most beautiful, culture-rich regions. Docking centrally in three enthralling destinations, you’re in for a feast of incredible scenery, history and flavours in northern Spain, while your time in France will highlight why Normandy was voted one of Lonely Planet’s top regions to visit in 2019.

You’ll spend three days of your holiday in Spain, straying off the ‘beaten track’ to explore the country’s more authentic side in the picturesque regions of Galicia, Asturias and Cantabria. Arriving in the pretty Asturian city of Avilés, you’ll dock close to a number of highlights and attractions, including the world-famous Óscar Niemeyer International Centre and the architectural treasures of the Old Town. You’re sure to be tempted by traditional siderias and pastry shops nearby too, offering a ‘real taste’ of Asturias. Santander, situated on the gorgeous Cantabrian coast amongst breathtaking beaches and mountains, is the gateway to the UNESCO-listed Altamira Caves, renowned for their fascinating prehistoric paintings. Many Galician gems also await in La Coruña, where your smaller-ship will once again take you closer to the heart of this historic city and its impressive landmarks, such as the Baroque-style Cornide Palace and ancient Torre de Hercules. Further afield, the spectacular Santiago de Compostela is also within reach on tour from La Coruña.

Your time in France’s beautiful Normandy region will be spent taking in captivating cities and enchanting countryside scenes on the River Seine. Stopping at Honfleur, situated at the mouth of the Seine, affords you an opportunity to wander down the city’s charming, 16th century cobbled streets in search of highlights such as St Catherine’ Church; and explore the historic Vieux Bassin district, with it’s colourful, towering buildings and pretty fishing harbour. Further inland, enjoy an extended stay in Rouen – Normandy’s regional capital – too. Take time to delve deep into French history at Place du Vieux Marché, where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake; relax with a coffee at one of the friendly cafés in the historic centre; and visit the spectacular Gothic cathedral. Alternatively, you may opt to tour to Claude Monet’s beautiful house and gardens; or even head to Paris on a romantic evening trip, to stroll the Champs-Élysées, see famous landmarks such as the Arc de Triomphe and the iconic Eiffel Tower, and capture the French’s capital’s unmistakable culture. Upon departure from Rouen, Black Watch will take you back along the Seine, passing green fields, rolling valleys and the pointed spires of quaint waterside villages, for a memorable end to your holiday.

Highlights of the cruise:

Liverpool, United Kingdom
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.

Santander, Spain
Located between Gijon and Bilbao on Spain’s north coast, Santander is an elegant city with impressive buildings set against a natural backdrop of sea and mountains. The belle-époque elegance of Estadio El Sardinero underlines the engaging qualities of Cantabria’s capital.

The Palacio de la Magdalena, once the royal summer residence, sits on the rocky peninsula, while the city centre is home to the octagonal cupola and Gothic cloisters of the Catedral de Santander. Inside is the tomb of Marcelino Menéndez Pelayo, a work by the sculptor Victorio Macho, and under the main chapel lies the crypt of El Cristo, a vaulted chamber with artefacts from the Roman era.

Nearby, the Paseo de Pereda promenade runs along one side of the Jardines de Pereda gardens; the houses with their miradors (balconies) are a favourite feature of this lively boulevard. The beaches in Santander are protected from the wind by the bay, resulting in wonderful, calm waters. Also worth seeing are the Altamira Caves, situated a few miles from the city, which contain some of the most important cave paintings of Quaternary art.

For seafood lovers, the local fried squid or breaded whitebait are a treat, while the popular cocido montañés (stew made of beans, meat and cabbage) is symbolic of this region of Spain.

Honfleur, France
Historic Honfleur in northern France's Lower Normandy region is a quaint little port with a rich cultural and artistic heritage. One of France’s most visited towns, Honfleur – with its beautiful 15th and 16th century architecture and distinctive harbour – was the inspiration for Impressionist painters and poets.

Vieux-Bassin, Honfleur’s colourful old harbour, is lined with 16th to 18th-century lofty slate-and-timber fronted houses. Its sloping cobbled streets have long been a subject for artists including Claude Monet and native son, Eugène Boudin.

A visit to the 15th century St. Catherine's Church, a vaulted timber structure erected by shipbuilders, is a must, as is the maritime museum and Notre Dame de Grâce – a 17th century chapel containing various paintings and models. The chapel also offers fabulous views of the town, the Seine estuary and the impressively-engineered Normandy Bridge that crosses it.

Rouen, France
The ‘City of a Hundred Bells’, Rouen, is capital of the French region of Normandy. This 2,000-year-old port city on the River Seine, important in Roman times and the Middle Ages, is a unique city rich with monuments and museums.

Rouen’s narrow pedestrianised streets lined with tall, half-timber houses and a statue marking the spot where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake, is a pointer to the city’s dark history. Devastated by fire, the plague and bombs in the past, modern Rouen is now a vibrant cultural centre, and one of Normandy’s most engaging destinations.

The skyline is dominated by the spires of Cathédrale Notre-Dame, much-painted by Claude Monet. The Gothic churches of Saint-Maclou and Saint-Ouen are also must-see attractions, two of the best examples of gothic architecture in France and a important part of Rouen’s history.

The city's beautiful botanical garden – Jardin de Plantes de Rouen, is also worth a visit. Its 600 different plant species and various gardens, including a rock garden, rose garden and a garden full of medicinal plants, are a joy to wander through.

Cruising River Seine, France
Slicing through the gorgeous lush-green countryside of Normandy's Parc naturel régional des Boucles de la Seine, the route Fred. Olsen's smaller cruise ships sail along the River Seine - connecting the historic cities of Honfleur and Rouen - presents guests with simply unforgettable views to enjoy in comfort on board.

Simply sit back, relax and take in stunning scenes of rolling valleys, floral fields and charming communes dotted with historic churches and traditional houses that have inspired many famous artists over the years, including Claude Monet and Henri Matisse.

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