Jeanette Redman review 9 Sep 2021
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Stunning scenery, so peaceful and tranquil, visits to Duart Castle and Tobermory were enjoyable and the weather was fabulous. The crew made the trip, they were so attentive, Will’s amazing food, John’s trips out on the tender, Dougie's quiz nights and tour information and last but not least our fellow ‘adventurers’ , great company, lots and lots of laughs.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Travel light as the cabins are very small, and particularly awkward if you are a tall person.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Tourism to these areas is of course beneficial.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
This was a first time for us and we did enjoy it. We were however disappointed not to see the wildlife this ‘Wildlife Cruise’ promised, Seals being the only sighting, I was really looking forward to at least seeing puffins up close.
A little more information relating to the sleeping quarters would have been useful, we expected compact and basic but everyone was rather taken aback by just how basic and tiny they were. A tall or larger framed person would have difficulties especially in a ‘single’ cabin.
Read the operator's response here:
Thank you for your comments. We really appreciate that you took the time to write them as we know that they will be very useful to others.
There are good pictures of our vessels and cabins in the photo gallery. I am sorry if you missed this as you would have been able to see a picture of the cabin you were booking for. Our vessels are small cruising ships and the cabins are small but with everything you need in them, particularly the cabins ensuite.
Regarding the wildlife: It is not always there of course and luck comes into this. However it is not possible to see puffins at this time of the year as they leave our waters early to mid- August to return the following year late March. Furthermore, the itinerary you chose doesn't take our guests where puffins could be watched and admired, even at the correct time of the year. Again, I am sorry if you didn't realise this. When asked, we are very careful to mention this to our guests.
We are however very pleased that you enjoyed your trip. Meeting others, crew and guests, and having a good time with them, is an important part of the small ship cruising experience.
Thank you very much again for this review.