Catherine Hofmann Workman review 9 May 2022
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Meeting a pod of dolphins was lovely and also close encounters with puffins thanks to Christoph ??
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Take very little luggage with you because the cabins are tiny.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Difficult to tell, not sure…
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
The kindness and the professionalism of Christoph and his crew was heartwarming. Comfort was basic on board. My cabin was extremely small.
Read the operator's response here:
We really appreciate you taking the time to write some comments regarding your cruise with us.
Our three vessels are small cruise ships and Gemini’s cabins ensuite are small but they have been carefully designed when the boat was entirely refurbished recently, and equipped with all modern conveniences.
There are pictures of our three vessels' cabins on our website to help our future guests decide if this holiday is suitable for them.
What is very special and a delight, is that, as they are small cruise ships, our vessels can take their passengers in places of unspoilt beauty which bigger vessels
would not be able to visit.
I would like to reassure you regarding our commitment to sustainable tourism.
We always support local communities and employ the services of the local marina, shops, services, restaurants and guides. These suppliers employ local staff.
We encourage our guests to visit locally important heritage sites, visit local gardens, craft shops and participate in cultural events.
We also work with local wildlife rangers and tour guides.
With regards to our environmental impact: We ask guests to bring their own water bottles which we refill. We do not use straws, plastic cutlery/plates, drink
stirrers. We recycle all of our waste where it is possible to do so. We buy items with minimal packaging.
Engine revolutions are kept to a minimum to reduce fuel consumption. We do not travel at night as we anchor in secluded anchorages and in two of our
vessels the fuel consuming generators are switched off to give quiet ships. All fuel usage is recorded so that fuel consumption can be tightly monitored.
Our company depends largely on the internet and word of mouth for marketing to reduce paper waste.
We use low energy LEDs where possible. When purchasing equipment, priority is given to the products that consume less water, energy and fuel.
Guests travelling all the way by public transport (bus, ferry or train) will receive a Green Voucher towards the cost of their cruise.
We try to use seasonal and locally produced food when possible, which, unfortunately, isn’t always the case, depending on the season and demand.
Vegetarians and Vegans are catered for.
We are also supporting various wildlife Trusts and were awarded, following a detailed inspection, The Green Tourism's Gold Award.
I hope that this will be helpful. We hope to see you soon again for another Hebridean, marine adventure.