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Black Watch
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Black Watch, Historic Sites of India, Jordan & Israel ex Colombo to Southampton
Selected Sailing Date: 29 Mar 2021
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Inside Cabin: AU $8,159.00
Outside Cabin: AU $8,569.00
Balcony: AU $12,749.00
Suite: AU $13,469.00
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Itinerary
Cruise Itinerary
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Special Inclusions

Incredible destinations across seven countries in Asia, the Middle East and the Mediterranean will each captivate you in their own unique, unforgettable way on this enriching voyage of exploration.
Three enticing Indian destinations offer diverse highlights: you can marvel at the Taj Mahal on tour from Kochi; explore Goa’s European heritage; and absorb the mix of traditional and modern India in bustling Mumbai.
Hallowed sites await in Jordan and Israel, including the ‘Lost City’ of Petra, Jerusalem and Bethlehem, while you’ll also sail Egypt’s Suez Canal before discovering the delights of sun-kissed Cypriot, Maltese and Spanish cities.

CRUISE FARE INCLUDES:
- 29 night Historic Sites voyage aboard Black Watch from Colombo to Southampton
- All meals on board (excludes specialty dining)
- Entertainment on board
- Port charges & government taxes


Special Conditions

*Offer correct at 04Mar20 and subject to change. Offer subject to availability at time of booking and cannot be combined with other offers. Prices are per person twin share based on best available cruise fares, inclusive of all discounts unless otherwise stated. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and are based on cash or cheque. Gratuities are payable on board and will be charged at £5.00 per person per day (subject to change). Guests can vary the amount on board at the ship's Reception. Gratuities cannot be paid in advance prior to departure. Cruise fares shown here are not shown in real time. While we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised cruise fares shown here may differ from the live prices in our booking system. The prices shown are for a cash payment. Credit card fees of up to 2.5% will apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Please refer to Fred. Olsen Cruises Worldwide 2020/2021 brochure for full conditions prior to booking. Offer valid for sale to 30Jun20 unless sold out prior. Special conditions apply - please ask your travel agent for full details at time of enquiry.


Cruise Description

29 Night Cruise sailing from Colombo to Southampton onboard Black Watch.

Black Watch is sleek, intimate and harks back to the days when cruise ships were revered for their style and charm. The ultimate home-from-home at sea; Black Watch is spacious with a friendly and familiar feel, and provides guests with a traditional cruise experience rather than gimmicks such as climbing walls and on board bumper cars. This is further enhanced by the ship's attentive staff who strive to offer Fred. Olsen's renowned personal service and remember the important things, such as your name, your favourite tipple and how you like your breakfast. Show less
Having undergone a thorough refurbishment in late 2016, Black Watch features a selection of stylish suites and rooms, restaurants and spacious public rooms that provide up to 804 guests with everything needed for a comfortable, enjoyable and stress-free holiday, while retaining the elegant style of a traditional cruise ship.

Spanning 29 nights and a string of incredible destinations across seven countries in Asia, the Middle East and the Mediterranean, this enriching voyage of exploration will leave you captivated throughout with a seemingly endless list of iconic sights and inspirational experiences to discover.

After embarking Black Watch in the stunning Sri Lankan city of Colombo, you’ll have to day at sea to settle into life on board your smaller, friendlier ship as you sail to India. Three enticing Indian destinations feature on your itinerary, each showcasing this remarkable country’s fascinating diversity. In Kochi, you can see the famous Chinese cantilever fishing nets dotted along the idyllic coastline and the British Commonwealth’s oldest synagogue; or opt for an overland tour to the white-marbled wonder that is the Taj Mahal. Goa – where the historic Old Goa district and UNESCO-listed Latin Quarter tell the story of India’s European influences – is a real treat to savour, while an overnight stay in Mumbai will be an undoubted highlight of your holiday. You can really absorb the mix of traditional and modern India in Mumbai: take your time to see the British-style buildings of the Colaba quarter; stop-by the famous Victoria Railway Terminus to marvel at its grand architecture; and visit the unique Dhobi Ghat laundry district and Dadar Flower Market. Watching the dabbawallas in action, delivering lunches to homes and workplaces across the city, is an experience you won’t forget. Show less
Continuing onward to Jordan, Aqaba is the starting point for discovering the ‘Lost City’ of Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Don’t miss the chance to uncover the huge tombs and temples of Petra, that were carved into sandstone over 2,000 years ago. Then, after an unforgettable navigation of Egypt’s Suez Canal, hallowed sites await you in Israel too: Haifa is your gateway to Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Tour to Jerusalem to follow in the footsteps of Jewish, Muslim and Christian pilgrims among magnificent religious monuments such as Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Western Wall and Al Haram Ash Sharif; or to Bethlehem – birthplace of Jesus – to visit Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity. En route back to the UK, a triumvirate of sun-splashed Mediterranean destinations will bring your holiday to the perfect conclusion. You’ll enjoy a day in Cyprus before sailing to Malta for a chance marvel at Valletta’s UNESCO-listed Grand Harbour, St John’s Cathedral and impressive Presidential Palace, and to the Spanish city of Malaga, where diverse attractions include the Moorish-style Gibralfaro Castle and the Picasso Museum, a celebration of Pablo Picasso’s life and works.

Highlights of this cruise:

Colombo, Sri Lanka
The port city of Colombo is rich with colonial heritage, religions, races and cultures. With a population of over 4.5 million people, Colombo is a bustling, fascinating and noisy city. It combines Dutch and British colonial buildings, with Buddhist temples, Islamic mosques, Christian churches, and modern gleaming skyscrapers. The impressive Colombo National Museum, dedicated to Sri Lankan history, is worth uncovering and it borders the sprawling Viharamahadevi Park, home to a giant Buddha.

The narrow cobbled streets of Pettah, the main bazaar district, are full of shops and street markets selling an amazing array of goods at bargain prices. There are plenty of places to eat, from small shops selling pancakes to coffee shops and upmarket restaurants.

A more rustic, slow-paced Sri Lankan experience can be found in nearby Negombo, with its quaint village streets and lively fish market. Alternatively, sun seekers can venture to the private beach of Mt. Lavinia, located on the breath-taking Golden Mile beachfront.

Mumbai, India
Once a cluster of seven islands covered with coconut palms, Mumbai, formerly Bombay, is a sprawling, vibrant city on India’s west coast. It is a busy, densely-populated city, home to India’s most prolific film industry, Bollywood, and the largest tropical forest in an urban zone.

Mumbai can prove to be a surprising introduction to India. On its harbour waterfront stands the iconic Gateway of India stone arch; through it is India’s centre for finance and fashion, and a fervent religious crossroads. As such the city’s furious energy – and often heavy air pollution – can make it a totally different experience for visitors.

But once in Mumbai’s heart, some of the most imposing colonial-era architecture on earth is on view, as are its secret bazaars, hidden temples, and India’s top restaurants and intense nightlife.

The cultural mix is extraordinary: religious sites like the Jain Temple and the closely guarded Parsi Towers of Silence all exist happily next to the Victoria Railway Terminus, the Royal Bombay Yacht Club and the Ghandi Memorial Museum. The unique and popular bazaars offer souvenir trinkets, traditional shawls and shoes all ready to be bartered over.

Venturing beyond Mumbai, the elusive and lesser known Elephanta Caves are captivating. Set in attractive surroundings of lush green vegetation, vines and towering trees, Elephanta Island offers a stark contrast from the bustling inner city of Mumbai. The eerie Buddhist and Hindu caves, and their honeycomb of halls, shrines and pillars, are a must-see.

Aqaba, Jordan
Inhabited since 4000BC, Aqaba is the Jordanian port city on the Red Sea's Gulf of Aqaba, and gateway to the world-famous stone-city of Petra. The Lost City of Petra is the impressive archaeological site carved from the sandstone hills more than 2,000 years ago, and is one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Its breath-taking tombs and ruins remained hidden to the world until their rediscovery in 1812 by a Swiss explorer.

The seaport of Aqaba has been strategically important for traders for centuries. The Crusaders built a fortress here, which was rebuilt by the Mamlukes in the 16th century, and it remains one of the town’s most important landmarks. The Aqaba Archaeological Museum houses Rashidun, Umayyad, Abbasid and Fatimid artefacts, an unearthed treasures from the ancient city of Aila, are also within its walls.

The small town of Aqaba itself has a relaxed vibe, and is a regular stopover for visitors heading to the diving and snorkelling clubs of the Yamanieh coral reef.

Haifa, Israel
The city of Haifa is said to be one of the prettiest in Israel, and is surrounded by nature sites, churches and mosques, mountains and sea.

The Bahai Gardens here are not to be missed when on your cruise holiday. The site is where members of the Bahai faith have established their shrine – this building is stunning, with a golden dome, marbled walls and nine sides representing the nine major religions in the world. It is surrounded by several other unique buildings, and set amongst some of the most spectacular gardens in the world, which are designed in nine concentric circles and look like waves extending out from the shrine at the centre.

Valletta, Malta
Malta’s 16th century walled capital of Valletta, with its Grand Harbour, is a treasure-chest bristling with Baroque architecture. This most scenic of ancient ports echoes the epic, heroic history of the tiny island it nestles on.

Centuries of invasion and siege have brought the influence of Romans, Phoenicians, Greeks, Arabs, Normans, Crusaders and the British – all leaving an enduring mark on Valletta’s cultural heritage. Home to The Knights of Malta, an order created in the Middle Ages, the town is known for museums, palaces and grand churches. Baroque landmarks include the ornate St. John’s Co-Cathedral; its opulent interior is crowned by Caravaggio’s masterpiece "The Beheading of Saint John." Other noteworthy attractions include the National Museum of Archaeology, the 16th century Casa Rocca Piccola Palace and the military artefacts in the National War Museum.

The cityscape is probably one of the most stunning in the Mediterranean – the city’s sun-drenched stone walls have an almost permanent warm, honey hue, while colourful, decorative balconies overlook the worn and tethered streets below. Fine restaurants and shops leap out from side streets or are tucked away in charming courtyards.

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.

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