Tuesday, 14 June 2011


Originally one of three sister ships, each built in Finland in 1972-73 with considerable influence in their design from the Cunard liner QUEEN ELIZABETH 2, BLACK WATCH is one of two that is now a member of the Fred Olsen Cruise Lines fleet. She started her life as ROYAL VIKING STAR, sailing for the now-defunct Royal Viking Line, as was seen sailing past Cloch Light after a visit to Greenock - her first - on a Round Britain cruise from Dover. BLACK WATCH can carry around 800 passengers, and has a gross tonnage of 28,613. She is 205.5 metres in length, having been lengthened fairly early in her career. She joined the Olsen fleet in 1996, having sailed as WESTWARD and STAR ODYSSEY prior to that.