Black Watch in Rosyth

Fred. Olsen’s Black Watch

Fred. Olsen’s Black Watch in Rosyth marks 100,000 cruise passengers for Capital Cruising in Scotland
Black Watch in Rosyth

Fred. Olsen’s Black Watch in Rosyth marks 100,000 cruise passengers for Capital Cruising in Scotland

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ 804-guest ship Black Watch commenced her cruise season on 14th August 2017 with her arrival under the iconic Forth Bridges into Rosyth. Fred. Olsen will be offering eight cruises from Rosyth aboard Black Watch in 2017 and will further strengthen its connection with Rosyth 2018/19 by introducing its 1,350-guest flagship, Balmoral, which will be sailing from the Port for the first time ever, on a total of nine itineraries.

Clare Ward, Director of Product and Customer Services at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “Black Watch’s cruise season from Rosyth builds upon Fred. Olsen’s already-close relationship with this busy Scottish port. The Port of Rosyth boasts spectacular scenery and three iconic bridges; Black Watch’s guests will be amongst the first to sail under the new Queensferry Bridge.”

Capital Cruising’s Head of Cruise at Rosyth, Robert Mason said:

“Rosyth is fast becoming Scotland’s key port to cruise from, with some amazing destinations on offer. It’s so easy to arrive at the port, board a cruise liner and quickly be on your vacation. Across all our Scottish ports we are enjoying a very busy cruise season this year and with the arrival of the Black Watch on 14 August, we will have welcomed over 100,000 passengers in 2017 with more due over the next few months.”

Fred. Olsen is offering guests a variety of itineraries from Rosyth, from August to October 2017, including a seven-night ‘Scenic Fjords of Norway’ cruise, a 10-night ‘Cultural Cities of Northern Europe’ sailing, and a 16-night ‘Landscapes of Portugal & the Canaries’ sunshine getaway. Black Watch has benefitted from an extensive multi-million Pound refurbishment, and now offers guests improved facilities on board, including a new informal dining area, Brigadoon, and the creation of a new speciality dining restaurant, The Black Watch Room, as well as an upgraded Glentanar main restaurant and new 3D-enabled Marina Theatre.

Cruises on offer from Rosyth, from May to July 2018, include a five-night ‘Norwegian Fjords’ cruise, a 14-night ‘Scandinavian Capitals & St. Petersburg’ sailing, and a nine-night ‘German Waterways’ experience.

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Steve Lyons

Head of Cruise

Steve has worked in shipping for over 40 years and brings a wealth of understanding about the industry.

Steve was very much a container man and and was responsible for a short sea container terminal before moving to Enterprise Distribution Centre for paper where he was based for 8 years.

Cruise is just one of Steve’s jobs but he has a keen interest in the industry, and the heritage of the buildings.

Steve certainly brings a keen eye for detail and takes pride in the floral displays at the front of the cruise terminal and takes a active role as a director of the Tilbury on the Thames Trust that is working with the local community to restore and celebrate the Cruise Terminal building.



Robert Mason

Head of Cruise

Rob Mason RICS BSc Hons is a Chartered Surveyor. Upon qualifying in 2003 he managed Property portfolios for large Pension funds.

In 2008 he was employed by Forth Ports Ltd to asset manage the commercial property and head up the Port security of Forth Ports 7 Scottish Operations.

He is currently the Head of Cruise for the Scottish Operations 3 Cruise Ports and 2 Anchorages, handling around 120 vessel calls and 140,000 passengers annually.

Forth Ports is the largest Port operator in Scotland and 3rd largest in the UK, 50% of Scotland's GDP in goods going through its ports and estuaries.