The British-based Black Watch cruise ship will undergo a major dry dock In November 2016. The refurbishment is part of a multi-million pound investment by Fred Olsen Cruise Lines.
The vessel will be entering dry dock at the Blohm and Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany. The upgrade will take place from November 20 and is set to last 26 days. There will be lots of improvements, maintenance, and new additions during the dry dock.
Mike Rodwell, Managing Director of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:
“Black Watch is one of Fred. Olsen’s most popular cruise ships, and it is important that she always looks her best. During her 26-day dry dock in Hamburg, as well as the usual maritime inspections and maintenance work, we will also be undertaking major upgrades to the cabins and public areas throughout the ship, to ensure that we continue to provide the best facilities possible to meet our guests’ expectations.”
“Our significant investment in refurbishing and upgrading Black Watch will ensure that our guests will be able to enjoy her classic looks and unique, intimate ambience for many years to come.”
During the upgrade, Black Watch will improve 423 cabins across multiple decks. A new modern TV system will be installed on the ship along with refurbishment bathrooms. The cabins will be brought up to standard to offer the very best for guests.
A new restaurant called ‘Brigadoon’ will replace Braemar Garden Cafe on deck 6. A new 46 seat specialty restaurant called ‘The Black Watch Room’ will replace the Braemar Courtyard on deck 6. The ship’s two main dining rooms will be refurbished with a fresh new look. The iconic Morning Light Pub will be moved to the Braemar Lounge on deck 6 and will have a spacious new look.
Tons of new upgrades will be done across the entire vessel and nothing will be overlooked to make Black Watch look fresh and new. The ship will be ready for a return to service from Tilbury, UK on December 15.
More Fred Olsen ships are to have similar refurbishment in the coming years.