18 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
We chose this cruise because it traversed the Caledonian Canal and it totally fulfilled our expectations. The scenery was magnificent and we were lucky with many sunny clear days, even though a bit chilly. The crew was marvellous and dealt ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it traversed the Caledonian Canal and it totally fulfilled our expectations. The scenery was magnificent and we were lucky with many sunny clear days, even though a bit chilly. The crew was marvellous and dealt with a couple of crises with exceptional proffessionalism. Brian was an excellent manager and it seemed that the crew was truly a team with him as leader. The entire journey was something to be remembered as a great travel experience. Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2014
We cruised on Lord of the Glens as part of a National Geographic Expedition, and we would travel again in a heartbeat on this wonderful ship. The ship is stylish and elegant, without being stuffy. Polished brass and wooden fixtures ... Read More
We cruised on Lord of the Glens as part of a National Geographic Expedition, and we would travel again in a heartbeat on this wonderful ship. The ship is stylish and elegant, without being stuffy. Polished brass and wooden fixtures recreate the by-gone days of cruising. There is ample public space for everyone to have a comfy spot (and, since the weather on many days was a bit damp, those spaces were well-used.) When the sun was out (and even when it wasn't), many passengers enjoyed time viewing the scenery from the teak decks. Our cabin was on the Alexander Graham Bell deck and, contrary to what I was expecting based on other reviews, the cabin was spacious, the bathroom was more than adequate, and we had absolutely no problem storing our luggage either in the closet or under the bed. The breakfast options were ample and satisfying. In addition to the buffet, guests had the option to order off the menu. Passengers sign up for their lunches and dinners in the morning. There were always several interesting dishes, thus making it often hard to choose. You had all day to anticipate a good meal, and that the service at mealtime was prompt and efficient. Bar service was terrific and you were encouraged to order your dinner drinks/wine ahead of time. Again, that made for very prompt service. The entire hotel staff, under Brian's capable and gregarious direction, were courteous and very friendly. The ship's company and crew were professional, and the captain was often about, mingling with the guests. It was a real pleasure watching him exercise his ship-driving skills through those narrow canals. We loved every moment aboard Lord of the Glens.   Read Less
18 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2014
The ship herself is very comfortable,we had a middle deck cabin and found it very comfortable with plenty of storage space,But the pillows on the beds are of a very inferior quality and were very stained under the pillow cases. The first ... Read More
The ship herself is very comfortable,we had a middle deck cabin and found it very comfortable with plenty of storage space,But the pillows on the beds are of a very inferior quality and were very stained under the pillow cases. The first thing that we noticed considering the fact that most of the passengers were from the elderly end of the age group was that when cruising away from the canal ,a ramp type gangway was in use and at times it was at an angle of 45 degrees or more and there was no crew member present to help boarding or disembarking. The upper decks have tables and chairs aft and chairs on the forward viewing deck, in the mornings and after rain showers the chairs were only wiped down once in the whole week ,so that if passengers wanted to go on the outside decks they had to stand or dry them off themselves. The bar system was another failing there was NO table service we had to go to the bar and order and collect the drinks ourselves,Not what one expects on a so called LUXURY cruise. the cruise advertised an OPEN dining room with no allocated seating Why then was a group of passengers allowed to have a reserved table for lunch and dinner,and why when a group of passengers decided to sit at the reserved table were the group taken up stairs to the FORWARD LOUNGE AND SERVED THEIR MEAL THERE? We had to change the itinerary because of the weather but that comes from holidaying in England,and was not a problem. We also found the advertising literature very misleading in the fact that in the advertised pictures the c waiting and serving crew were all in uniform, in practice apart from the captains receptions they wore short sleeved shirts and no tie or jacket. one does not expect meals to be served SILVER SERVICE with bare arms and to be addressed as GUYS not sir or madam. Finally when we got to the Caledonian canal and started to cruise in the morning up the Neptune's Staircase a famous flight of locks we had no information given at all. In fact on the days spent cruising the Hotel manager/cruise director our link with the crew etc was missing, he had gone ashore and was taking a large generator to our next ports of call and did not re board until we were moored up again. Once again not what one expects from a so called LUXURY cruise .we have had better service on the continental river cruises at a FAR cheaper price. All in All an Overpriced Holday that was all FUR COAT and NO Nickers.   Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2013
We sailed on the Lord of the Glens 11thru 18th June '13. First the ship,we had a top deck cabin, which are not the biggest but are far quieter and offer better views than the middle and lower decks.By ocean standards the cabins are ... Read More
We sailed on the Lord of the Glens 11thru 18th June '13. First the ship,we had a top deck cabin, which are not the biggest but are far quieter and offer better views than the middle and lower decks.By ocean standards the cabins are small particularly the bathroom, we managed okay but larger people may find the space restricting. There no elevators on this ship only 2 staircases between decks. The cabins have more than adequate storage and feature tv,radio,desk.stool,hairdryer etc. We did not have the pleasure(?) of local entertainment on board but by the time dinner was finished a quick nightcap in the bar meant it was bedtime,incidentally the bar closes at 10.30,but a small selection of drinks are left for you to help yourself on an honesty basis by leaving your cabin number.There is no stated policy about bringing your own drink on board so we had the odd bottle in the cabin for pre dinner drinks.By the way an average bottle of Pinot Grigio is £18.00and the house red(tempranillo/Syrah) is the same price,expect to pay about £25.00 for reasonable wine.Whisky is £3.15 per 25ml glass with single malts being £3.95.Also tea and instant coffee are available free 24/7 Overall the food that was provided was of a pretty good standard but we felt lacking in imagination for such an up market cruise and you had to select your lunch & dinner in advance by means of a tick box chart in the lobby,however as no cabin number was required it was only a guide for the galley,we changed our minds a couple of times with no problems.Seating for meals is mainly at tables for six and is one sitting except breakfast which is 7.30 till 9.00 all meals are open seating.Lunch would pass for dinner on some cruise lines! All tours are included which mainly consist of coach trips to various attractions,we enjoyed them al The upper deck houses the bar and tea station along with a forward lounge,which can get a little crowded at times and an aft lounge with sofas & easy chairs with equally good views .There are also outside areas fore and aft weather permitting! I would suggest taking a cruise that ends in Inverness as it is a much nicer way to finish up rather than having a long drive from elsewhere,which may leave you feeling a little flat. Finally the age range on our trip was mainly over 65's .   Read Less
Sail Date: May 2013
It was very enjoyable. The weather was very kind to us, particularly the daytrip to Iona which was perfect The ship has much to recommend it, it is very small and the crew number 18, that includes the captain, mate, two engineers and ... Read More
It was very enjoyable. The weather was very kind to us, particularly the daytrip to Iona which was perfect The ship has much to recommend it, it is very small and the crew number 18, that includes the captain, mate, two engineers and three seamen. With such a small complement of passengers and crew having the right atmosphere is essential and everyone tried very hard. If you are reading this I think you are looking for an insider's experience. Ignore the moaner complaining about the cabin size. This is a small ship designed to go through small canal locks and space is at a premium. I guess the kitchen must be very small and this calls for special measures. The pattern for both lunches and dinners was the same: soup, (+ appetiser at dinner), main course and dessert. We were asked to select our main course requirement for both meals by mid-morning. The basic choice was always the same: meat, fish or a vegetarian something or other. The chef was a big believer in presentation. This means one or perhaps two things: he has pretensions of grandeur and/or he likes the time to spend putting food on the plate. This is fine provided it's done quickly on hot plates. In our case the plates were never hot, without they had won the heat from the soup for example, and it was clear that some items of food had been under plate 10 to 15 minutes before arriving at the table. I'm sorry, but I do not like combinations of hot, cooling, cool and cold food on the same plate; when it is clearly meant to be hot. I suspect I was a lone voice in grumbling. most other people seemed very happy. "Didn't they do well, on such a small ship?" Sorry but I don't compromise in restaurants. If the chef thinks he's good enough to "present" his creations then my expectations go up. I expect hot food to be hot and not a lottery as to what the next mouthful will be. If not, "dish-it-up" as in your school dinners or even, dare I say it, at home, straight from the hot pan onto a hot plate. If you enjoy low-key relaxing holidays where the scenery comes to you, where the staff try very hard and your meal standards are flexible: the "Lord of the Glens" should not be missed. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2013
About two years ago I took my family for a day cruise along the Thames in a boat called The Spirit of Chartwell. This day out was fabulous for all sorts of reasons; I learnt that there was a sister ship called The Lord of the Glens ... Read More
About two years ago I took my family for a day cruise along the Thames in a boat called The Spirit of Chartwell. This day out was fabulous for all sorts of reasons; I learnt that there was a sister ship called The Lord of the Glens operating on the Caledonian Canal which appeared to be very similar in style and standard. The Spirit of Chartwell was chosen for the Queen to travel along the Thames during her Diamond Jubilee trip, so I think you can get an idea of the standard we are talking about here. The Spirit of Chartwell was superior in appearance to the Lord of the Glens as it had a full colonial-style top deck with lovely canopies and wooden furniture, plus it had a baby grand piano inside. Boarding the Chartwell was a delight in itself - the Captain's personal welcome dressed in white jacket with gold epaulets - it just carried on like that from that moment. The Lord of the Glens didn't match up all that well on first arrival. The boarding steps are a bit cramped and uneven and the boat does not have that colonial look. The small welcoming party of staff was, however, lovely and struck a friendly note straight away. This is, in fact, a very friendly ship, as we were to find out. The size of the cabins and the single staircase are somewhat dictated by the fact that the ship's overall size has to conform to the dimensions of the locks which it has to enter: it is at the maximum possible size! If the cabins were twice the size, there would be half as many paying passengers so the price would double ! If the cabins were half the size or less - Brittany Ferries style - the cruise would be a lot cheaper due to economy of scale, but everywhere on the ship would be uncomfortably packed with people. There is clearly a balance to be made and we found it very well-judged. The Captain's welcome was a nice touch. The meals were of a high standard with 3 choices for each course. It was a privilege to be served food of such a high standard in a fairly remote area of the country. Quite hard to source, I would imagine. The standard of cooking was very high. Dinner is served at 7pm which allows for a relaxed evening and for the gentle entertainment which was provided for us each evening. Brian, I think, has been on the ship since it started on the Caledonian. He is extremely good at his job - always cheerful, never 'in your face'. The staff take their cue from him. I would like to personally thank him for all he does. We've been on quite a few cruises now. We have loved nearly all of them for all sorts of reasons - fabulous food, amazing entertainment, exotic venues - but we have given them a rest because they have started to blur . . . we're not sure which one was which, what we did where . . . yes, we're getting spoilt! The Lord of the Glens does not blur into any of those previous holidays. It was limited because it was a limited environment but it left us with a very Scottish experience. I am not referring to just the geography there - we especially appreciated the very unassuming, but very special types of entertainment we received each evening (we didn't expect anything, for some reason). You're in very safe hands on this ship - the crew make every reasonable effort to make the holiday enjoyable. We liked the dining arrangements - shared tables but moving around each evening so we got know know most of the people on board. One thing that could improve the comfort of guests, we felt, would be the option to have a duvet instead of blankets. We checked this out and took our own. No real problem. Would we go again? We certainly would. If we are lucky enough to get the opportunity, we'll go round the islands next time. Many thanks to the Magna Carta Steamship Company for conceiving of this tremendous and very original holiday in the first place. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2012
We travelled on the Lord of the Glens from Oban to Inverness over a 5 night period in October. The weather, surprisingly, was fantastic bar one or two light showers. We travelled from Oban to Mull, then up through the Caledonian canal to ... Read More
We travelled on the Lord of the Glens from Oban to Inverness over a 5 night period in October. The weather, surprisingly, was fantastic bar one or two light showers. We travelled from Oban to Mull, then up through the Caledonian canal to Inverness. This trip is unusual. Firstly, you get to see places you wouldn't normally unless you want to take long car trips. Seeing the Highland scenery from the centre of a Loch is also a bonus and there is a lot of wonderful scenery to see. As it was October we saw some fantastic autumn colours and there was plenty to experience along the way. Parts of the canal are stunning and you get the opportunity to stop off to visit Glenfinnan and travel across the viaduct, Tobermory and Duart Castle on Mull and Fort Augustus. This was a relaxing and peaceful holiday. Food superb. Despite the 7.30 pm sitting we were served relatively quickly. Yes they wait till each one on your table is finished but you don't really notice this and anyway you are so engrossed in conversation with your fellow passengers that time passes quickly. The lounge area on the top of the vessel is great for sitting and enjoying a drink or a cup of tea while you watch the canal scenery pass by. So weather, really, is not necessarily a drawback if you can't get outside. Yes the cabins are small but we found ours (on the top deck) fine and there was plenty of storage. It was also very quiet. Beds comfortable and a nice large window to look out of. The only drawback for me was the bathroom, which is very small, and as I am of ample proportions I did find this a bit of a nuisance. There are some steep stairs leading from one deck to the the other. I managed reasonably well but it is worth bearing in mind if you are really bad on your legs. The crew, especially Brian the hotel(ship) manager, are wonderful. They are attentive and give good service. Brian organised some trips for us and my husband enjoyed a couple of walks led by Brian along the canal towpaths. The ship is spotless and tastefully decorated although, I too, did notice the rather strange choice of Egyptian prints on the walls! There seem to be a lot of companies offering holidays on Lord of the Glens so its worth doing some research as to what is the best combination/deal for you, but we loved it and would certainly go again. We enjoyed the unusual experience, loved the scenery and relished the slow pace of life which suited us very well. We did it with Great Railway Journies and can't fault them. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2012
When we looked into this cruise I looked for reviews, and found 3, so thought I would add another one, should people want to go into the wilds of Scotland. We started at Inverness train Station-where we met Brian. A very very helpful hotel ... Read More
When we looked into this cruise I looked for reviews, and found 3, so thought I would add another one, should people want to go into the wilds of Scotland. We started at Inverness train Station-where we met Brian. A very very helpful hotel manager. As the coach is not allowed to park near the train station, for the first of many occasions he had to think on his feet. He soon collected us all up though and we were on our way.The boat is small ,but perfectly formed. Our cabin-302 ,was right next to reception ,but we never heard any noise. The cabins are small-very small...but what surprised us was how every nook and cranny is utilised. the cabin ate up the contents of 2 large cases and their contents with ease. cases go under the beds-very large space here, and there is a large drawer, a double wardrobe, and 8 sets of drawers,plus a hidey hole in the dressing table. (not sure if the cabins lower down have this hidey hole) the bathroom is tiny tiny-think canal boat/caravan,with a small shower-with curtain, toilet, and small basin. Again there was storage here for toiletries-two large wire cages, more than enough for all of our things. The rest of the ship is equally very nice, and cosy, well decorated. On the top deck are 2 lounges ,with comfy seating....can you guess what secret the large curved seat in the front holds, most things have more than one use. The dining rooms holds everyone at one seating. you can sit where you like but for lunch and dinner everyone has all of their courses served at the same time. 1st course-that is cleared away, then 2nd course etc. the evening meal usually took up to 2hrs for this reason. All the food is fresh and was really really lovely....very well done. The cruise was down the Caledonian Canal and around some of the inner Hebrides at the end. Due to the weather (windy and wet) when we were in the open seas, Brian had to do a lot of thinking on his feet. We went everywhere we were supposed to, but maybe not in the order we should have done. I think if you consider doing one of these cruises ,and they involve the open sea you have to be prepared for a lot of changes...On one island we were about to disembark ,when it was decided we would not be staying there due to an approaching storm, and it appears running out of food-could not have that could we? We set of for more sheltered berthing, and somewhere where more fresh food could be purchased. I feel a word should also be put in here for the barman Gordon-by the 2nd night he knew what we drank and our cabin number. He was always very friendly, and it was not his fault that the two times the contents of the bar took a tumble in rough seas ,he was not around!!!! Would we go on here again.Yes we would-we saw some lovely lovely places that we would not otherwise have had the chance of seeing. The whole thing was most enjoyable. If anything lets things down I would say it is the bathrooms,but how can they alter them. If they cut down on the cabins, less people, so more expensive cruises... Ages on our cruise I would say low 50's upwards, with most at the higher end. You do need to be able to use stairs on this boat as they are quite steep. Go and learn some wonderful things and see some wonderful parts of Scotland Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2012
We were shown our 'cabin' and our jaws dropped, the cabin was about 110 sq.ft. and the so called ensuite shower about 12sq.ft. There was no seats and for this we were paying 550 pounds per night. The 'ensuite' consisted ... Read More
We were shown our 'cabin' and our jaws dropped, the cabin was about 110 sq.ft. and the so called ensuite shower about 12sq.ft. There was no seats and for this we were paying 550 pounds per night. The 'ensuite' consisted of a small hand basin with a toilet at an angle to get it in, and a shower tray, again with an angle of the base cut to allow the services. The Captains welcome was a glass of, possibly champagne, though I have my doubts, and they delivered up dried up canapes. The meal was mediocre average and warm, the only thing that was ever hot was the soup. Strangely we all had to be sitting when we were asked for our choices of main course, this we had to make on boarding, so the cook knew how many of the three choices he had to cook. After all of the passengers gave their main course the soup came out, when we had all finished the soup course,and the rolls and butter for some reason was removed from the table, the next course was delivered,and only when everybody had finished that course the main came out, and that continued throughout the every meal sometimes taking as long as two hours to complete one meal. The majority of the passengers were OAP's and were used to eating early 5p.m. to 6p.m. why does the Magna Carta Line take it upon themselves to decide that we OAP's will eat late. Is it for the benefit of the crew? It most certainly not for the benefit of the passengers. There should be an open dining option so that we could eat between 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. That would not be to difficult to do. There is only one staircase to go up and down a lot of the guests were disabled or unsteady on their feet, the staircase got narrower the further down into the ship you went. The only highlight of the whole trip was the "Hotel manager" Brian, very competent, he seemed to be running the ship. The brochure misleads you into believing this is a luxury cruise, it most definitely is not, a very overpriced one, yes. The brochure does not show or describe the smallness of the "ensuite shower room", or that there are no chairs in the cabin, or that there is only one staircase. Would I ever go again? most definitely not. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2011
My husband and I recently embarked on a four night cruise on the MV Lord of the Glens. We had booked this more than a year ago and as we were travelling in October 2011 we did not have great expectations of good weather. True to form it ... Read More
My husband and I recently embarked on a four night cruise on the MV Lord of the Glens. We had booked this more than a year ago and as we were travelling in October 2011 we did not have great expectations of good weather. True to form it poured with rain on three out of four days but we were determined not to let this spoil the experience and disembarked on all available opportunities suitably attired. The pick up arrangements from Inverness Railway Station were well implemented and our short journey to Dolgarroch to join the ship was uneventful. A minor hiccup occurred as cars parked inappropriately did not allow the coach to back up along the towpath and our Cruise Director had to ferry the luggage from the coach in the back of his car! Our cabin 212 on the ship was well appointed and clean with excellent storage facilities. Toiletries were provided in the bathroom and hot water readily available. As the ship was moored up at night the cabin was quiet enough to allow a sound sleep. The coverlet on the bed was extremely plush but weighed about ten pounds and, as it was fitted, needed to be removed completely to enable movement in bed! This left a sheet and a small fleece blanket folded in two to run up the middle section of the five foot wide bed. As the cabin was air conditioned/ centrally heated this did not pose a problem as we were warm enough. However, we did need the extra pillows from inside the wardrobe as we normally sleep with two pillows each. These pillows were in open style pillow slips and certainly looked stained and discoloured when viewed through the open ended pillow slips. We believe that these should be replaced immediately as they are far below the standard we have ever encountered on any other cruise ship. The cabin steward kept the cabin clean and turned down the bed each night. Meals on the ship are open dining and we met a great group of people on the first night with whom we dined every evening. Lunch and dinner allowed a choice of main course and the food was adequate to good. Not all our choices were successful and there was a supply problem resulting in a lamb choice being replaced by pork. Disappointingly we did not have a venison choice. The breakfast buffet was, however, very good and the choice was excellent. Also the provision of tea and coffee available in the lounge for self service was well stocked. The waitresses in the well decorated dining room were efficient and pleasant. We were somewhat non plussed to notice that all the ornately framed pictures seemed to be of Greece or Egypt and somehow expected them to have a Scottish theme. The same was true of the picture in the cabin which was of somewhat ornate fruit trees! The lounge where we spent most of our afternoons was comfortably furnished and observation seating was provided outside on deck. This was not widely used after the initial day of sailing due to the adverse weather conditions. There was no piped music either in the lounge during the day or in the restaurant at any time. The bar lacked any sort of atmosphere due mainly to two large flat television screens dominating the area with satellite type terrestrial maps showing our location during the day and DVD or TV programs showing in the evening. Do not believe that you will indulge in your usual level of tipple with dinner unless you are prepared to pay a minimum of £24 per bottle for a mediocre wine. This was 33% more than we paid at the three good restaurants we had used in Inverness prior to our cruise. Spirits were at approximately hotel prices. Recognising that drinks on other cruise ships are at Duty Free prices we still feel that the exhorbitant price was the reason why very few people indulged in buying drinks either with meals or in the bar after dinner. The weather was very inclement resulting in our being unable to berth at Corpach as we were behind time. We were also unable to take our trip on the Isle of Mull due to our itinerary being delayed. The trip that we did take by coach and back by train over the viaduct was informative and enjoyable with an excellent guide. This was the only organised trip available. We found that very few passengers visited the bar after dinner and so retiring to the cabin to watch "Whisky Galore" or "The 39 Steps" became the only option as tv reception was usually unavailable. Only on two evenings was there any organised entertainment. One evening there was a quiz and on the last evening a harpist and singer performed many Scottish folk tunes. They thought it was the start of our cruise and went on until after 11 pm when we were due for wake up calls at 6.30 am the following morning. We were told by another passenger who had prviously been on this trip that they had been treated to Scottish Dancing and Pipe playing as well as a Kilt Maker lecturing and clothing some of the male guests. We would have welcomed this entertainment. Instructions to mark the cabin number board as "Out" when going off the ship proved impossible in Tobermory as the board was not on the deck where we disembarked. We were later told that it was on another higher deck due to previous disembakation procedures. The organisation of disembarkation on the final morning was excellent and our coach driver, Alistair, was a cheery informative soul who kept us entertained on our three hour journey from Oban to Inverness. Please note that WE DID NOT embark from London Southampton but I was unable to select a suitable alternative of FORT AUGUSTUS Scotland from the available choices!!!! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2011
Had a five day cruise on LotG in April last year, from Inverness to Oban. We were incredibly lucky with the weather, and the Highlands of Scotland were looking their absolute best. We travelled to Inverness by train, and were met at ... Read More
Had a five day cruise on LotG in April last year, from Inverness to Oban. We were incredibly lucky with the weather, and the Highlands of Scotland were looking their absolute best. We travelled to Inverness by train, and were met at the station by a coach which transferred us to the ship. (The same coach and driver were to follow us and take us on excursions at the various stops over the next few days.) On arrival at the ship we were met by Brian, the cruise director, purser, Maitre d', and just about everything else. The ship is small, holding just 54 passengers, but is the maximum size that can fit through the locks in the Caledonian Canal. The main public room is the combined lounge and bar on the upper deck, with large windows to view the passing scenery. The dining room is one deck below. Tea and excellent coffee are freely available in the lounge. Open deck space is plentiful for the number of passengers. Meals are single sitting at a set time, and you are free to choose your table companions in tables for four or six. The food is excellent, using often local produce. Beware, the waiter will offer to pour you glasses of wine, but each glass is recorded and added to your bar bill (though not extortionate). We were in a category 3 cabin (the most expensive) and it was not large by cruise ship standards, though perfectly adequate for a short cruise. The beds were very comfortable. The most interesting bit was the passage through the Caledonian Canal, and in good weather this is simply exquisite. There are several flights of locks to pass through, and this adds to the interest. Excursions were arranged to various places of interest on the trip, such as Glenfinnan, Duart and Torosay Castles, and these were included in the price of the cruise. Brian was always on hand to answer any questions, and to assist with any problems. On our cruise we found that most people were early bedders, and my wife and I often found we were the last in the bar. Overall we found it an excellent experience, not super-luxurious but very comfortable and enjoyable. The crew went about their duties in an unobtrusive manner, though it was possible to chat to the captain while he was maneuvering the ship in the locks. Did I mention Brian? Omni-present, very affable and helpful, he was the public face of the ship, and greatly contributed to the success of the cruise. This is not for people who want glitzy ships with climbing walls, skating rinks and 4000 other passengers, but for a low key and intimate experience I would thoroughly recommend it. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2009
We booked the Lord of the Glens for a 4nts Caledonian Canal Cruise in Nov 2009 as a relaxing end of season break. This turned out to be one of the best cruises we have ever done! Having been on many cruise lines and many ships, this small ... Read More
We booked the Lord of the Glens for a 4nts Caledonian Canal Cruise in Nov 2009 as a relaxing end of season break. This turned out to be one of the best cruises we have ever done! Having been on many cruise lines and many ships, this small vessal is amazing - offering the very highest in food standards onboard, beautiful accommodation and a pleasant luxury style lounge and resaturant. The Lord of the Glens is perfect for a realxing break while taking in the beautiful scenery of Scotland. As a very small ship - she does not offer evening entertainment - just a luxury home from home style lounge area and very friendly crew. Most evenings you are actually moored up, so can get off to visit local bars and take a late evening walk in the countryside. Meals are served in the luxury restaurant and a choice is offered at both lunch and dinner, breakfast is buffet with a large selection of both hot and cold dishes. Now remember this is a small river cruise style ship - carrying between 40 - 50 passengers on average - so don't book expecting big ship style cruising. Dress code is informal throughout. Cabins are small - but they are superb in their design and layout to make the most of the available space. They are far superior to most large cruise ships we have been on. We were so impressed by the Lord of the Glens, we have already booked a longer cruise on her for Summer 10 and also looking into booking on her brand new sister ship The Spirit of Chartwell for cruises along the river Thames which start from Spring 2010 - again in pure luxury style. The cruise we went on started and finished in Inverness (Scotland). Read Less
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