At Last, We Are So Pleased To Announce Some More Very Special Voyages Of Maritime Memories

What wonderful memories so many of us have of the days when sailing aboard the magnificent ships of the past was a very special experience indeed.  Well, we might not be able to bring back those wonderful ships, but with our up-coming cruises we can give you the next best thing…

​A Voyage Aboard Fred. Olsen Line’s Magnificent “Black Watch”

 Yes, she’s not another of those monstrous floating blocks of flats, but a real ship with real seafaring people.

She’s a ship that’s been designed by hand and not just another computerised generated copy, so as ships were in the past, she has her own unique individuality. At just 28,563 gross tons she has acres of wide open decks and is so tastefully furnished in traditional elegance, so to give her less than 800 passengers the sort of style we once knew during that oh so beautiful golden age of ocean travel, although I have to say, the rooms (cabins) are a little more luxurious than the ones I used to have to sleep in on some of my old ships!

You know, one of the very best cruises we ever did was in the early days when we sailed all the way down to Rio and Buenos Aires aboard the MV Discovery, and you can ask anyone who came with us on that voyage, it was something we cherish and will remember for always. Well, our ship for this voyage, the Black Watch. is owned and run by one of the world’s most famous Maritime names, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, whose ships I remember seeing in London Docks when I was but a young boy, and never dreamt back then that I would ever sail aboard one of them, especially all these years later aboard the beautiful Black Watch.  So come on, get those suitcases out and let’s all go on a voyage that will take us far away from the maddening crowds, aboard a fantastic ship where we can really enjoy being at sea as we used to enjoy it years ago, as well as taking us to a myriad of small, fascinating ports, the sort of places few modern cruise ships can even fit in to.

Coming Up In 2020/21/22

As well as being a great shipping company with just the type of passengers ships we know you will like, Fred Olsen’s know of Maritime Memories and want to give us all the things we used to enjoy so much aboard the wonderful old “Discovery” So, you’ll be able to enjoy   Maritime talks from our own great guest speakers, we’ll also have screenings of rare maritime films, cocktail parties and all being well, I (Des) will even do my bit to help bring on the endless fun. There’s more than plenty to do aboard of course, with the ship’s own, top entertainment, inexpensive drinks and bars, food as good as you’ll find aboard cruise ships, wide open decks, swimming pools… Oh, and there are the actual cruises themselves, cruises that, knowing from all our experience of sailing with you, will give us all those special things no other cruises on earth can give, thereby ensuring our voyages will be so special, voyages that will be holidays of a lifetime that only we at Maritime Memories, working together with Fred’ Olsen Cruises Lines can give you, for together we are unique   

After all the problems caused because of Coronavirus, we have had to work hard to reschedule our plans for our special Maritime Memory Cruises in 2020/21 & 22… They really are exciting and there’s something for everyone so… Here they are!


Maritime Memories Future Group Cruises 2020, 2021, & 2022


1. Black Watch – Belgium, France & the Netherland cruise – W2029

Departs Liverpool 16th October 2020 – 9 nights

Liverpool, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Rouen, Honfleur, Liverpool

Lead interior fares from £1,139 pp / ocean-view fares from £1,399 pp

2. Black Watch – Islands of the Mediterranean – cruise W2109

Departs Liverpool 3rd June 2021 – 18 nights

Liverpool, Cadiz, Mahon (Menorca), Ajaccio (Corsica), Cagliari (Sardinia), Valetta (Malta), Palma (Mallorca), Cartagena (Spain), Oporto (For Leixoes, Oporto), Liverpool

Lead interior fares from £2,949 pp / ocean-view fares from £3,049 pp

Plus free £100 per person free on board spend credit & free tips – book by 3rd June 2020

3. Black Watch – Amalfi Coast, Tuscany & the Italian Riviera – cruise W2121

Departs Liverpool 2nd September 2021 – 24 nights

Liverpool, Ceuta (Spanish Morocco, Spain), Milazzo (Sicily), Amalfi (Amalfi Coast Italy), Rome (from Civitavecchia, Italy), Sorrento (Amalfi Coast, Italy), Salerno (Campania, Italy), Olbia (Sardinia, Italy), Livorno (Tuscany, Italy), Portofino (Liguria, Italy), Genoa (Liguria, Italy), Toulon (France), Cartagena (Spain), Cadiz (Spain), Liverpool.

Lead interior fares from £3,419 pp / ocean-view rooms from £3,999 pp

Plus £150 per person free on board spend credit, & free tips if booked by 3rd June 2020

4. Black Watch – Cultural Cities & Scenic Islands of the Americas – cruise W2204

Departs Callao (Peru) 22nd February 2022 – 30 nights (Fly from London Heathrow, return to Southampton)

Callao (Peru), daytime transit of the fascinating Panama Canal, Puerto Limon (Costa Rica), Cartagena de Indias (Colombia), Cozumel (Mexico), Havana (Cuba), Nassau (The Bahamas), Hamilton (Bermuda), Ponta Delgada (Azores), La Coruna (Spain), Southampton

Interior fares fly/cruise fares from £4,210pp / ocean-view fly/cruise fares from £4,509pp

Plus £200 per person free on board spend credit & free tips if booked by 3rd June 2020

Or if you really want a voyage of a lifetime, then go on, treat yourselves to a voyage all around South America, which is somewhere nearly everyone wants to go to, but especially on a  real ship.

 5. Black Watch – Latin America with The Chilean Fjords Voyage – cruise W2201

Departs Southampton 4th January 2022 – 79 nights

Southampton, Lisbon, Funchal (Madeira), Mindelo (Cape Verde), Salvador (Brazil), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Ilhabela (Brazil), Montevideo (Uruguay), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Puerto Madryn (Argentina), Ushuaia (Argentina), Punta Arenas (Chile), Puerto Chacabuco (Chile), Robinson Crusoe Island (Chile), Valparaiso (Chile), Arica (Chile), Paracas (Peru), Callao (Peru), daytime transit of the fascinating Panama Canal, Puerto Limon (Costa Rica), Cartagena de Indias (Colombia), Cozumel (Mexico), Havana (Cuba), Nassau (The Bahamas), Hamilton (Bermuda), Ponda Delgada (Azores), La Coruna(Spain), Southampton

Interior fares from £8,299 pp / ocean-view rooms from £9,599 pp

Plus £300 – £600 per person free on board spend credit, (amount varies depending on room grade booked), plus free tips if booked by 3rd June 2020

To book call Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines friendly reservations team on 0800 0355 144 – Quote Maritime Memories group account code GRP0290 to book. (Open 9am – 5pm Mon to Fri).

Please ask about additional Oceans Members Loyalty Club Discounts

Please ask for late sitting dinner at 8.30pm each evening, to be part of the Maritime Memories group dining arrangements.

Please note that bookings for the Maritime Memories group cannot be booked online or through a travel agent. Bookings can only be made direct with Fred Olsen using the special phone number and code for Maritime Memories above.

If you require any help or information from Des & Ulla and Maritime Memories, then just email us on:  or call us on:  00 (0) 1273 585391/584470