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I’ve received an email from Fred. Olsen about the recently-completed programme of refits to the whole of their fleet. All four of their ships – Black Watch, Boudicca, Braemar and Balmoral – have undergone quite lengthy dry docks in Germany during which they received significant refurbishment. It sounds as if most, if not all, cabins […]

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Well, I was a few minutes too late to grab good webcam shots of Oriana leaving Hamburg – the one above is the best I could manage. But the important thing is that she is on her way back to Southampton where she’s expected just after midnight on the 15th so her two-night cruise starting […]

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Here’s a webcam image taken just now (nearly 10am, 28 November) of Oriana and Black Watch in dock in Hamburg – Oriana on the left and Black Watch on the right. Here are a couple of links to other posts I’ve done about the refits to these ships – Oriana’s here, and Black Watch’s here. […]

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Black Watch refit

And after all too long a break….. I’ve received an email from Fred. Olsen saying that Black Watch is going into Blohm+Voss for a refit. She’ll leave Tilbury on 18 November and work will start on 20 November. The email is unusually informative on the changes that will be made. In addition to “the usual […]

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Fred Olsen’s Boudicca is entering dry dock today (18 November) for a refit. The refit will be done at the Lloyd Werft ship repair yard at Bremerhaven. The information I’ve got from Fred. Olsen is as follows: [The ship] will undergo various engineering works, general refurbishment and interior / exterior painting. During the dry dock,¬†Boudicca¬†will […]

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Not a ‘snatched image’ in the way the others have been, e.g. pulled from webcams or video streams, but snatched in the sense that I had to take this quickly. I happened to be in Liverpool at a meeting in the Liver Building today. I knew that Black Watch was on a turnaround at the […]

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I should have included Fred Olsen’s ships in the list of those departing on world cruises in the near future. Balmoral left today, I believe, although looking at AIS it seems that she didn’t get away until nearly 10 o’clock this evening. She’s away for 104 nights, but unfortunately I don’t know her itinerary. Black […]

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Early: We’re back in Southampton, and things are going pear-shaped. We were a little late getting away from Rouen yesterday, nearer 7pm instead of 6:30. We reached the Channel sometime around 11pm, and within an hour or so the ship started to rock. We haven’t been told yet if that’s what caused further delay, but […]

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Today we did an excursion – “A taste of Normandy”. This lasted five and a half hour excursion and included a visit to Honfleur with a guided walk and then some free time, and then a visit to a Calvados distillery, for a taste of Calvados, some other apple-based drinks, and some cheeses. We left […]

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You’ll have noticed that I’ve been posting while onboard Black Watch, and this post is about the Internet arrangements. I brought my iPad with me, and I’m posting using that. My blog is housed at WordPress.com, and I generally create simple content – just text – using the WordPress app for IOS. This can be […]

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