Launched in 1972, the former Royal Viking Star was built for the luxurious, long-distance cruises for which the now-defunct Royal Viking Line was known. Today's Black Watch retains much of her inherent grace. Passengers have plenty of space, both on deck and inside, including two swimming pools and a large fitness center and spa—unusual for a ship of this vintage. Piper's Bar and Lido Lounge are popular spots for a leisurely drink and conversation, while the Observatory, a spacious lounge high atop the ship, has the best views.
Black Watch underwent a major refurbishment and redecorating of the public areas in December 2009, including a new casual dining area, the Braemar Garden, which replaced the former Garden Café. New soft furnishings were added to the Neptune Lounge, Piper's Bar, Glentanar Restaurant, and Observatory Lounge.
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