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Black Watch's nightlife centers around Lounge and Lido Decks, starting with the wonderful Braemar Room on Lounge Deck (6). This piano bar and tea room is named after one of Fred. Olsen's former passenger vessels and the ship's weathered figurehead is prominently displayed in the middle of the room. With its Black Watch tartan carpeting, perfect lighting, playful use of colors and materials and the 24-hour self-service coffee and tea station nearby, this could well be the ship's most popular room.

Aft of the Braemar Room on the starboard side of the vessel is the Pipers Bar. Done in cheerful red and blue, with bagpipes and golf memorabilia adorning the walls, this is as close as you will get to a traditional Scottish pub. Directly adjacent is the Neptune Lounge, Black Watch's show lounge. Sightlines are not too glorious from many seats and entertainment is a bit of a hit and miss. On my cruises, I recall brilliant evenings with excellent performers interspersed with the odd hair raising extravaganza that barely rose above the level of entertainment found in holiday camps..

Braemar Room

Braemar Room

Neptune Lounge
Neptune Lounge
Neptune Lounge

Braemar Room

Braemar Room Coffee Corner

Pipers' Bar

Pipers' Bar
Pipers' Lounge
 

On Lido Deck, the volume is turned a tat louder in the charming, nautically inspired Lido Lounge. With a nice dance floor, good sized bar and inviting seating areas, you will find people here at all hours of the night, chatting over drinks and enjoying the music of a combo. Leading to the Lido Lounge is a narrow corridor with Black Jack and Roulette tables that together form the Casino. Casino action is extremely limited on Black Watch, with not a single one-armed bandit to be seen on the whole ship. Even on longer cruises, the fancy red-and-blue Star Night Club attracts many disco fans of all ages, as does the tiny but oh so pretty Cove, the ship's cigar room located further forward.  

The Cove Smoking Room

The Cove Smoking Room
Stars Nightclub

The ship's tiny Casino

Lido Lounge
Lido Lounge

 

All photos and text: 2003-2004 Bart de Boer - www.ShipParade.com

First published on August 1st, 2004. All rights reserved.