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.