4 June 2016

Isle of Skye and the Inner Hebrides

Margaret Spicer

Because of the good weather we were able to cruise around the entire Isle of Skye. Skipper Neil achieved a very good balance of what he needed to decide and asking our opinion about where we would like to go and what we would enjoy. I enjoyed being able to relax in the upholstered chairs, at the dining table or on deck. Watching our progress in real time on the monitor was fun, and having the option to further explore our travels with maps and books was a bonus. Neil, Ray, Claire and Gordon were superb. They achieved a perfect balance of professionalism, efficiency, concern for our safety, friendliness and humor. Unfortunately – being an American – I could only understand about 45% of what Gordon said, however his menus and SUPERB cooking more than made of made up for my unfamiliarity with a Glaswegian accent! He is a master of his craft and works miracles in such a small galley! The overall ambience of being on a small wooden boat with an informal atmosphere, beautiful scenery, peaceful surroundings when moored, plus excellent food, staff and fun travelling companions all combined to make for a perfect trip (plus the excellent weather). NOT having to pay a singles fee was VERY IMPORTANT to me as a single woman. It’s a rarity in the cruise industry, and it was one of the first things to capture my interest in the Majestic Line. Please don’t change it! My only complaint was that several nights the cabin was warm. I wished I had had a top sheet to use as an alternative to the duvet. I realize that such a situation is unusual in Scotland, but it would have made sleeping more comfortable. The Majestic Line comment: We do carry extra sheets on board and we now communicate with our guests to let them know this is an option – many thanks for bringing this to our attention.

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