Black Watch Review

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Black Watch has received accolades in the United Kingdom for both its entertainment program and impressive personal service. The colorful cabaret at the Neptune Lounge and panoramic ocean views in the Observatory keep passengers more than satisfied. The inventive cuisine of the Glentanar Restaurant and the ship's casual eateries, which even serve up authentic fish-and-chips, please the palates. Christened Black Watch after a Scottish regiment, the ship caters to an older crowd, offering numerous onboard activities, and is best known for innovative worldwide itineraries embarking from numerous UK ports.

Launched in 1972, the former Royal Viking Star was built for the luxurious, long-distance cruises for which the now-defunct Royal Viking Line was known. Today's Black Watch retains much of her inherent grace. Passengers have plenty of space, both on deck and inside, including two freshwater swimming pools and a large fitness center and spa—unusual for a ship of this vintage. Piper's Bar and Lido Lounge are popular spots for a leisurely drink and conversation, while the Observatory, a spacious lounge high atop the ship, has the best views.

Black Watch last underwent a major refurbishment and redecorating of the public areas in December 2009, including a new casual dining area, the Braemar Garden, which replaced the former Garden Café. New soft furnishings were added to the Neptune Lounge, Piper's Bar, Glentanar Restaurant, and Observatory Lounge. Today, the ship retains its cozy charm, with neutral and bright tones; however, some areas have lost their “wow” factor with lackluster decor and ambience.

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