Read the reviews of our guests in their own words about their private cruise charter

10 August 2019

Dear Emma, We simply cannot express in words the thanks of the Hodgson family for our 6 days on the Emma Jane.   Everything was perfect - especially our crew who seemed to become part of the family and made every day a different experience. This morning we received a card (of leaping dolphins) written on by all the family.  Perhaps Poppy's words to Grandma and Grandpa say it all "I loved this trip so much!  I hope you had as much fun as I did".  The cry goes out "Where next?" but at our age this is probably an impossible dream. However , you never know and it would be lovely to think that the Barlow family had something else it might offer us.  It has been a pleasure to meet you,  With our best wishes,  Michael and Nancy and the Hodgson family

Michael & Nancy Hodgson

20 June 2019

From the very first contact in early 2018, Emma was so helpful and even showed me around Emma Jane when I was holidaying in the area in May 2018. As a private charter it was so easy to book the whole cruise and with a group of keen fellow cruisers the procedure was straightforward. Any information required was always quickly dealt with by Emma.  There was plenty of room inside for both dining and seating for discussing our days and planning ahead .The outside space for wildlife viewing was wonderful, the high viewing area above the bridge was perfect for whales and birds, the bow area for dolphins who enjoyed our company on several occasions. Even the Hot Tub was enjoyed by eight of the nine cruisers.  Three perfect and varied meals per day produced by our culinary expert chef were an important part of the whole experience. The boat was always spotless thanks to our bosun.  We saw Whales , Dolphins. Seals. Eagles and sea birds by the thousand. We had four wonderful knowledgable crew, good weather, great food, good friends, amazing scenery and a sun tan!! For goodness sake get on and book before they are sold out!

Peter Newell

20 June 2019

Lovely friendly welcome, with the quality of meals and the overall cleanliness second to none.  Services of the crew and care went beyond the call of duty. It was already extra special!  Caroline’s cooking was up to masterchef standard and lunches will never be the same again.  Pauline’s attention to detail was brilliant and she never seemed to stop.  Lynsey’s speed at recognizing the wildlife was incredible, her eyes seemed to be everywhere.  Captain Chris was brilliant in all aspects and good fun with a wicked sense of humour.  Dont hesitate, we had such a wonderful time on this holiday we really hope to repeat it maybe in the next few years! Love to Emma Jane and Best wishes to you all.

 

Nick & Diana Forman

15 June 2019

Dear Emma,

Please pass on belated, but huge thanks from Vanessa and me to the fabulous Elizabeth G crew, who ensured a memorable 25th wedding anniversary for us, as well as a spectacular Hebridean tour for all of us in June – especially including that long dreamt-of visit to St. Kilda, for which Skipper Rob somehow managed repeatedly to get the right weather in the right place for us, while goodness-knows what was going on over the horizon, while Helen, Anna and Julie looked after us all right royally at all times – and were delightful company. It was a truly a dream trip!

Peter & Vanessa Skelton

15 June 2019

Thank you to everyone at Hebrides Cruises for a fabulous trip - everything went even better than we could have expected:  two days on St Kilda was beyond what we could have expected and we all enjoyed every moment of the cruise.  Everything was planned beautifully, so that we did not repeat the landings we had in our first cruise, but extended our experiences to other islands.  Thank you to all of you for a great voyage.

Judy Skelton

8 June 2019

We were so pleased with the charter booking from the initial emails inquiring about dates available to the last minute questions and timely responses as we prepared to head to Scotland. Emma is professional, kind, and prompt in responding by email. We appreciate good customer service and yours is excellent.  Since this was our second cruise with Skipper James and the Emma Jane, we knew what to expect about anchorages and visiting the islands. However, this cruise exceeded any expectations we had. We enjoyed returning to some islands we had previously visited and seeing new places. We continue to be overwhelmed by our visit to St. Kilda (thank you, Skipper James!) and seeing the many, many species and numbers of birds throughout the cruise that were not around in these numbers in September 2017. James knows much about all aspects of the Hebrides; if he doesn’t know an answer, he says that he doesn’t know. I like that. Will was knowledgeable about cetaceans, birds, plants, and extremely helpful to those of us who decided to take some of the walks that included narrow and muddy trails with steep inclines. He was available to offer a hand or arm to steady us as we hiked up and down the hills. Anchoring in protected areas overnight is an extraordinary experience—the quiet, the skies, the gentle rocking of the vessel. All ten of us on this charter live on bodies of water—bays, lakes, ocean. Anchoring in coves next to small villages or near an unpopulated island is special.  The cruise was extra special. We were made to feel welcomed back and our friends from New Hampshire were thrilled with their experiences seeing the Hebrides and the wildlife, scenery, remoteness, and the comfort of the Emma Jane.

Angela & David Hiley

8 June 2019

Booking was easy, Emma always answered our question quickly.  The wonderful thing about a cruise is that you wake up someplace new each day.  We stayed in lovely quite coves and bays after a day’s exploring on shore.  The crew were full of information and Will knew the wild flora and fauna of each place we visited.  I really appreciated his knowledge of the birds and plants.  There is nothing that the crew could have done to have made our trip any more enjoyable.  They even arranged for the weather to be good, other than one day of rain, and arranged that to be on a day that we were steaming. Do it!  The ten day trip was wonderful but any trip would be an adventure worth taking.

Ron and Ann Ablowich

8 June 2019

Our trip to the Outer Hebrides was exceptional in every way; the talented staff; the comfortable accommodations; the little details (a refreshing glass of Prosecco on the return of each day's trip); the always-full cookie jar; the welcoming and beautifully decorated table spread with good food; the post-dinner discussions and chart-reading with Captain James and our naturalist, Will; the frolicking Bottlenose dolphins "bow riding" upside down next to the "Emma Jane"; the seals lazily lounging on the rocky ledges; the Minke whales; the diving gannets, nesting puffins, and Great Skua (nicknamed "Bonzies" by the Scots.....Will photographed one Bonxie trying to grab a mackerel away from a shearwater); the while fulmars flitting in and out the rocky crevices; and our wonderful trip companions. It was a trip to treasure and relive many times in future years! Every new adventure offered the chance to read and to learn about the many marine birds, the "beasties" (ocean mammals), and the fascinating stories and history of the Outer Hebrides. All experiences were unique; hiking in the Isle of Eigg to the "Massacre Cave"; viewing habitats of nesting puffins, guillemots, shags, fulmars on the cliffs of the "Shiants" and St. Kilda's; seeing the aquaculture salmon rafts stretched in a row off the coast of Skye; steaming across the water to the archipelago of St. Kilda's and experiencing the view of Hirta, St. Kilda's main island, mysteriously rising out of the fog as we approached the island All were memorable experiences. And we were lucky! The weather was perfect for our trip....some light drizzle off and on, some wind but no strong "houlies" (very strong winds)! This is a trip of a lifetime. We recommend it with enthusiasm and with joyful memories! Sally and Alan Gayer June 2019 Private Cruise to the Outer Hebrides and St. Kilda's

Sally and Alan Gayer

18 May 2019

Our group of 10 friends took Emma Jane for 6 days in the Small Isles and although we were all pretty excited in anticipation of our trip for months in advance, I have to say it exceeded all our expectations in every way.  Amazingly the seas were calm, and although it was cool, our welcome certainly was not.  All the crew, from our superb chef, Caroline, to our delightful and knowledgeable naturalist and our great captains (yes, two for the price of one!), Rob and Chris, could not have been more charming, helpful and pleasant to spend time with.  And Emma was so efficient in handling all the arrangements. The area is, of course, scenically stunning, the wildlife abundant, and I really cannot imagine how our trip could have been bettered.  I am sure we all sincerely hope to return one day.  Many thanks and best wishes, Jenny Brewis

Jenny Brewis

11 May 2019

It had been an amazing week with not a drop of rain. Getting to the special places that we visited is what makes a holiday with Hebrides Cruises unique. My thanks to my sailing companions and fellow adventurers, to skipper Rob, mate Craig and cook Mags who were all magnificent, and Emma on shore. 

**Read a detailed account of Christina’s private charter cruise, illustrated with her photographs, on our news page A Paradise of Small Islands: Christina Macaulay **

Christina Macaulay