Black Watch deck plans
Deck layouts, review of facilities, activities, amenities
Each of the Black Watch cruise ship deck plans are conveniently combined with a legend (showing cabin codes) and detailed review of all the deck's venues and passenger-accessible indoor and outdoor areas. A separate link provides an extensive information on Black Watch staterooms (cabins and suites), including photos, cabin plans and amenities by room type and category.
MS Black Watch (built 1972 as Royal Viking Star, last refurbished in 2019) is the first/oldest Fred Olsen ship – followed by its fleet mates Boudicca, Braemar, and Balmoral. This vessel was originally built for the Royal Viking Line (defunct) but was also owned and operated by NCL-Norwegian (as ms Westward) and by the Royal Cruise Line (defunct, as Star Odyssey). Black Watch ship entered the Fred Olsen fleet in 1996.
MS Black Watch cruise ship deck plan has a total of 423 staterooms for 804 passengers (max capacity is 846 guests), served by 330 crew/staff. The ship has 9 passenger decks, 4 restaurants, 9 lounges and bars, 2 swimming pools, 3 jacuzzies, 5 elevators.
MS Black Watch deck plan changes 2016 refurbishment review
During the drydock at Blohm+Voss (Hamburg 2018), to the ship were added two fiberglass-bottomed boats, each with capacity 12 passengers.
The ship's 2016 drydock refurbishment (26-days, Nov 20 - Dec 14) was done at Blohm+Voss shipyard (Hamburg Germany) and resulted in the following deck plan changes:
- A new interactive in-cabin TV (infotainment) system was installed across the ship.
- All bathrooms were refurbished.
- All staterooms were upgraded with mini-bars and personal safes (located in the closet).
- The cinema was upgraded with the latest 3D technology.
- (deck 6) Braemar Garden Cafe was converted into an intimate dining area (capacity 54 seats).
- Braemar Courtyard was transformed into a specialty dining restaurant (The Club, capacity 46 seats, new galley).
- (deck 9) Marquee Bar & Grill was rebranded and redesigned to offer Mediterranean-themed meals.
- (deck 6) Glentanar Restaurant (340-seat) was renovated (new furniture, carpeting, curtains, redesigned layout).
- (deck 6) Morning Light Pub (deck 6) was moved to the area of Braemar Lounge. The area vacated by the pub was renamed to Neptune Bar.
- The ship also underwent engineering and general maintenance works.
- Similar refurbishments and upgrades are expected to the rest of the Fred Olsen fleet in the coming years.
During the ship’s refurbishment in 2014 (November, by Blohm+Voss), a total of 27 passengers cabins on Lido Deck 7 were fitted with private balconies, extending 4 ft (1,2 m) from the vessel’s bulkhead. Other renovations done during the 11-days long drydock stay in Hamburg include various technical works, general maintenance, interior/exterior, and hull painting.
Black Watch deck plans are property of Fred Olsen. All deck layouts are for informational purposes only and CruiseMapper is not responsible for their accuracy.