THE romance of a cruise, the sense of adventure and the intimacy of a floating house party with fine dining is what makes a cruise from The Majestic Line around Scotland’s west coast and islands truly unique.
For the 2016 season, The Majestic Line is introducing a third vessel to its fleet, expanding the range of cruises and destinations. The MV Glen Etive will launch in April 2016 and will complement the two existing refurbished traditional fishing boats which have delighted passengers over the last ten years.
Currently under construction by Ardmaleish Boatbuilding Co. Ltd on the Clyde, with funding assistance from Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the bespoke MV Glen Etive has been designed in the style of a 1930’s gentleman’s motor yacht, and will feature high-quality traditional marine finishes in natural wood and brass, along with a steel hull. Spacious and comfortable, with accommodation for twelve guests in seven en-suite cabins – two reserved for solo travellers at no additional supplement – the MV Glen Etive will add longer cruises and new destinations, including the breathtaking St Kilda world heritage site.
Six and ten-night cruise itineraries are planned and whole boat private charters are also available. Cruise itineraries range from the Small Isles and Skye, visiting Eigg, Rum and Canna, to the Shiant Islands and the Isles of North and South Uist.
Small ship cruising is a mixture of relaxation and adventure, with exclusive access to some of Scotland’s most stunning island beaches and hideaway locations that are only accessible by smaller vessels.
Service is discreet and very personal from the friendly crew of four, including an informal fine dining menu created daily by the on board chef using local produce and catering for personal preferences. Accommodation is cosy and comfortable in well-appointed cabins.
The dining room and observation saloon offer panoramic views of the constantly changing scenery, and the sheltered deck is perfect for al fresco drinks and relaxing.
These are truly unique experiences, with seasonal rates starting from £1,050 per person.
NOTES TO EDITORS
The Majestic Line was awarded Tourism Entrepreneur of the Year in the Highlands and Islands 2012 Tourism Awards, Customer Care in 2010 and Best Visitor Experience in 2009.
In November 2014, The Majestic Line was the Central South West Regional Winner in the Scottish Thistle Awards in the ‘Best Holiday Accommodation’ category and Marie McGhee (sales manager) picked up the ;Discovering Scotland’ award. The company will now compete at the national Thistle Awards in March 2015.
A range of three and six-night cruises are currently available on The Majestic Lines’ twin vessels, the MV Glen Massan and the MV Glen Tarsan. Each boat has six en-suite cabins available, with room for 11 guests. The MV Glen Etive will have seven en-suite cabins to accommodate 12 guests. Two double cabins are reserved on each cruise for solo travellers at no supplement, which are ideal for allowing groups of three or five people to travel on board.
General prices for 2016 are as follows:
MV Glen Etive: Six-night cruises from £2,700 per person and ten-night cruises from £4,500 per person.
MV Glen Massan and MV Glen Tarsan: three-night cruises from £1,050 per person and six-night cruises from £2095 per person.
The majority of cruises depart from Oban, Argyll, with transfers available from Glasgow at an additional cost.
All three vessels can be booked for private charters, individually or together, with a ten per cent discount on normal prices.
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