Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ “Black Watch” began itineraries from Liverpool at the close of March. Itineraries range from thirteen to eighteen days with destinations including Dublin and the Canary Islands. “This year, the City of Liverpool will welcome our most iconic ship, Black Watch, to its shores, and we look forward to receiving the same warm reception from the people of Merseyside as her sister ship, Boudicca, has experienced over the past two years. With its stunning vistas and proud maritime heritage, there is something very special about cruising from Liverpool, and it is a tremendous benefit to be able to offer our guests the chance to set sail from the world-famous Pier Head” said Nathan Philpot, sales and marketing director for the line.
To begin, one has to know some things about Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. They are a subsidiary of the Fred.Olsen Group, founded in 1848. They are based in the UK, owned by the founding family of Norwegians. The same company owns Timex and is involved in off shore oil drilling, air travel and tanker ships. However they have over a century of heritage in passenger travel and are among the oldest companies still plying the trade as a cruise line. They boast only four ships at present, all would be considered “classic” in their design. In lay terms, this means most of these ships have fewer than 2,000 passengers and were built in the late 1980s through mid-1990s. Well maintained and highly respected they carry names long known to the venerable line such as “Black Watch” and “Balmoral.” So as one watches news and announcements from Fred.Olsen realize that this is a small and unique line.