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

20 April 2024

The week on board the Emma Jane definitely fulfilled evereything we asked for when we booked this cruise! Our main wishes were to search for wildlife, and have unique whiskey experiences. We had a spectacular week with sunny skies and calm seas, and were really lucky to spot the first minke whales of the season! Lunga and its amazing puffin colony were definitely a highlight for us, as this was our first encounter with these beautiful sea parrots. Our crew went out of their way to make sure we got to see as many species of wildlife as possilbe both on sea and during land excursions, and we had amazing experiences visiting Rum, Eigg, Cana and Mull - with dolphins, seals, eagles, a million different types of birds, ducks and geese, and even red deer and the gorgeous Rum ponies. Thanks to the special efforts of our crew, we had a very unique cask-whiskey tasting experience at Tobermory, which we truly cherish. This was our first trip to Scotland, and it proved to be both a wonderful family experience and a great holiday retreat. We would love to be back and explore further!

Tal Shulman

2 September 2023

Dear Emma - I would like to say a big thank you to Hebrides cruises for organising a truly memorable boat trip. Everything was just perfect - the route we took and the staff who were so attentive, knowledgeable and professional. The food really was michelin star standard! Linsay’s knowledge of the wildlife and the islands was incredible. She certainly gave the trip an extra dimension. Sophia was so helpful and kind and of course not forgetting the skipper Chris who guided and planned the route so professionally. Thank you also for arranging such wonderful weather and calm seas for us! Many thanks and best regards,  Alison and Rick 

Alison Brunton

2 September 2023

Dear Emma - I can only strongly second what Alison wrote in her email; a simply glorious week.  We booked this trip with our friends a few years ago.   Some of the party had never visited the Inner Hebrides before and it was lovely for John and me to see how much they enjoyed themselves. A huge thank you to Chris, Lyndsay, Nicola and Sophia.  I shall forward some photographs to you.  All the very best.  Louise and John 

Louise Martin

4 August 2023

Dear Emma!  On behalf of the tour group who used the Emma Jane as a private charter from August 4th to August 14th, 2023 from Oban for 10 days, I would like to write you a few lines.  All 10 fellow travelers agree that the trip is one of the most beautiful experiences of our lives. These include the highly interesting destinations such as St Kilda, Mingulay and Canna, which were headed for.  This includes the ship Emma Jane, which we really liked with its facilities such as the hot tube, the observation deck and the common rooms.  However, we found the crew of the Emma Jane to be particularly positive. The captain performed his duties in an exemplary manner. A daily highlight was the daily joint evening meeting with him.
Our marine biologist gave us a competent explanation of the animal world we had experienced. In addition, he was a very pleasant companion on our group's excursions.  The steward was not only extremely polite, but always made sure that we lacked nothing. It was often his inquiries as to whether we weren't missing something that made the day even more pleasant.  If perhaps one or the other guest had doubts about the quality and taste of the Scottish cuisine before the trip, these concerns were quickly obsolete. The daily meal was an absolute highlight of each day. The performance of the chef cannot be overestimated.  As the person who initiated the trip in Berlin, who is a lifetime member of Historic Scotland and a lifetime member of the National Trust, I am very glad that the other traveling companions thanked me several times for taking the initiative for the trip together have. I hereby pass on my thanks to Hebrides Cruises and the crew of the Emma Jane.

Andreas Statzkowski

6 May 2023

We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise.. The crew were welcoming and most helpful. We were looked after very well and fed magnificently. It was a joy to revisit islands we had been to before but are now no longer fit to sail ourselves. We felt safe and well cared for at all times and saw lots of wild life. Please thank the captain and crew for us.

Nevin and Alison Blackwood

6 May 2023

Hello Emma - Once again we say a huge thank you to the Hebrides Cruises team for a superb trip.   With skipper Chris, Craig and Eamon crew and Charlie as our superlatively brilliant chef we were in the hands of an excellent friendly, efficient and professional team.  We landed on ten different islands and saw golden and white-tailed eagles, common and bottle nosed dolphins, minke whales and a basking shark; what more can one ask for in just six days? Many thanks for all your help, we look forward to next year.  Margaret

Margaret Knowles

20 August 2022

We went to St Kilda, it involved 3 passages.   Rob did his best for us both going out and the first leg back for what must have been a very tiring day for him ending 0100. St Kilda was very interesting. Generally, we were looked after very well indeed by all four crew members who showed amazing flexibility in being quite happy to take on any job that needed doing. Rob must be a very good leader I think! The food was superb, wildlife commentaries so conscientiously delivered, and Craig particularly demonstrated such thoughtfulness and patience. I did so much too enjoy chatting to Rob in the wheelhouse about diving generally and of course the SBS and Royal Marines. So I think you and Rob, Emma, run a brilliant cruise. What a pity you are so far from Salisbury Best wishes, Rupert

Rupert van der Horst

20 August 2022

This was an amazing adventure that exceeded all expectations. The beauty of the Hebrides is legendary, but for us this trip was enhanced by a great crew. Rob's quiet leadership was evident in the way the whole team worked brilliantly together. His ability to judge the weather in getting us to St. Kilda was one of the highlights of the trip. We covered a lot of 'sea", saw many of the stunning islands and Rob always found a beautiful, quiet mooring each evening. Craig provided such excellent service in a professional yet warm and friendly way. Sarah's cooking was just amazing and every meal was delicious - gosh we were spoiled. Learning and experiencing the wildlife of the Islands was such a remarkable aspect of the whole cruise and we were so lucky having Zoe as our wildlife expert. Her knowledge is amazing as is her eyesight!! She was always vigilant and a great guide on the Islands. This was such a memorable week with a super team. Nothing was too much trouble. Thank you all so very much for a very, very special time. Judy Hobrough and Michael Parson

Michael Parson

20 August 2022

Dear Emma - It was lovely to meet you when we docked last Sunday.  We cannot praise this trip enough.  It was such an amazing experience.  Obviously we knew the Hebrides would be beautiful but seeing it for oneself was very very special.  But what made this trip so exceptional was the crew. They were all fantastic.  They had this incredible balance between being fun, knowledgeable, flexible and yet very professional and happy to do anything.  We do not underestimate Rob's leadership in all of this!  So thank you all for a memorable trip and we wish you every best wish for the future.  Judy and Michael

Judy Hobrough

28 July 2022

All absolutely wonderful! The crew – Skipper Angus, boatswain Callum, chef Charlie and guide Sam – were friendly, courteous, and 100% competent at all times, and simply great company, in whom we had complete confidence. Angus skilfully navigated us around scenic and wildlife-rich sites that were more or less sheltered from the somewhat persistent south-westerlies, with tranquil anchorages, and was always willing to let us peer at his seabed charts along our route (Loch Sunnart > N. Ardnamurchan > Inverie > Rum > Tobermory > Strontian > Sunnart > Ulva > around S. Mull, including Iona, to Lochbuie, then Loch Spelve > Oban). Lots of enjoyable walks along the way, enlivened by Sam’s amazing ability to spot wildlife and his encyclopaedic knowledge thereof – a highly experienced guide who added enormously to our enjoyment. Charlie magicked up delicious, wholesome meals in her tiny galley, and Callum got us safely anchored, on and off the tender and completed the cheerful company. Great Team!

Peter Skelton