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Black Watch Specifications and Profile..


Operator: Fred Olsen Cruise Lines
Capacity (double occupancy): 762
Builder: Wartsila (Finland)
Full Capacity: 843
Inaugurated: 1972 / 1996
Space Ratio:37.4/33.7
Gross Tonnage: 28,492 gt
Crew: 310
Length: 674.1 ft. / 205.4 m
Berlitz® Rating: ****


Black Watch came into service in November 1996 - she is the third Black Watch in the company's history. The first was built in 1938 at the same time as the first Black Prince, and both sadly were lost during the Second World War. However, the figurehead from Black Watch, which depicts an officer of The Black Watch regiment, was salvaged and after restoration is now placed in the garden of one of the Olsen estates in Scotland. The second Black Watch was built in 1966 (along with the second Black Prince) and this ship was sold to Nor-Cargo in Bergen in 1986.

The third, and current Black Watch, has already gone through more than one identity. Built originally in 1972 at the Wartsila shipyard in Finland and named Royal Viking Star, she joined sister ships Royal Viking Sea and Royal Viking Sky in what was acknowledged to be one of the finest passenger fleets afloat at the time. With their sleek lines, and elegant overall design, they brought a feeling of traditional sophistication to cruising which, sadly, has been lost in some of the bigger 'floating hotels' that form today's modern cruise fleets.

This elegance and sophistication has not been lost, and her future with Fred. Olsen ensures the continuation of this elegant age of cruising.