Ann Cheetham, who booked a charter for July 2015 has got in touch to let us know what it meant to the group of friends:
“When I booked this cruise in March 2014 for a group of Septuagenarians to celebrate 50 years of friendship, some of us having been on a Morocco expedition together in 1965, I had no idea what I was letting us in for. But now that it is all sadly over, I can only say that the cruise surpassed all our expectations. I found you by googling into my computer "cruises in the western isles of Scotland". When I saw the possibility of chartering a six cabin boat with staff to look after us, I knew this must be what we were looking for. Not one of us is disappointed. This has been the highlight of all our reunions and we have had a fantastic week with a magnificent crew, who saw to our every need and worked so hard to make us comfortable and happy. David, Michelle, Michael and Darren are a fantastic team and work very well together. We saw everything we asked for and are now on diets after the delicious meals served up by Michael that can only be compared to five stars in the Michelin guide.
From the moment I spoke to Marie and then later to Craig and Ali, to the point when Andy took the drivers to collect their cars as we disembarked and the heavens opened, we have had such friendly service, that we almost felt we were family. Indeed we were all very sad to leave the Glen Tarsan behind. As we stayed in Oban for a further night we walked past the two boats moored in the harbour and thought what an amazing experience we have had."
Some highlights of the charter were:
- Dolphins bow riding the vessel, bringing the pod into Tobermory Bay with The Glen Massan
- Visiting the beach at Strontian on Ardnamurchan when one of the guests, who is a geologist, educated everyone about the rocks on the beach
- The overnight stop in idyllic Loch Na Drum Buidhe
- Going ashore on the wildlife paradise of the Isle of Lunga on the Treshnish Isles – just in time to seethe puffins before the parents and young all head back out to sea
- An overnight stop off the Isle of Ulva and going ashore to visit Sheila’s Blackhouse
- An afternoon on the Isle of Iona, exploring Iona Abbey
- Chef Michael catching mackerel and turning them into canapes
Another of the guests, David Weight got in touch to let us know how much he enjoyed his cruise:
“The crew under David's direction could not have been more helpful and friendly, anticipating our requests more often than waiting for us to ask, and taking time to tell us all about the boat and the many places of interest. And Michael's cuisine was out of this world - fabulous local produce, cooked to perfection, the only problem being that we oldies were frequently defeated by the generous quantities he served. I am starting a diet to recover. I particularly enjoyed having the time to paint watercolours of the glorious scenery. Thank you all of you for a truly memorable holiday. I shall not hesitate to commend the Majestic Line to all my friends”
We are very much hoping to see some images of David’s watercolours!