19 April 2024

Emma, James and all of the Hebrides Cruises team - thank you for the most wonderful, memorable experience aboard Lucy Mary last weekend on the Hebrides Magical Mini-Cruise. We are missing it all so much already! Every single detail was so perfect, from the minute we stepped on board and were welcomed so warmly by the crew with the lovely Prosecco and canapés to the excitement of setting sail and knowing that we and our cruise companions had all begun a unique adventure together, making lifetime memories in the most tranquil, spiritual setting that would bond us all. Everything felt familiar and like home so quickly but also so far away from our day to day reality which didn’t creep in and disturb us once. We were utterly immersed in the experience and the wildlife aspect was simply phenomenal. I still can’t quite believe we actually experienced those moments. The anticipation of a ‘spot’, seeing a beastie emerge and sharing the wonder of that experience together as a group. Those are etched memories and I know how moved and elated every single person in our group was, time and time again on our trip. Having a pod of common dolphins, followed by bottle nose dolphins bow riding Lucy Mary as we journeyed towards Ardtornish was a moment we will never forget. It was other worldly and really quite emotional. The depth of knowledge and experience James has gave us the experiences we were so lucky to have, and having a wildlife guide on board is one of the most unique aspects of the cruise. James and Bella knew exactly what to look for in the waters which led to a successful spot each time - whales, dolphins, porpoises and all manner of sea birds. We had such lovely cruise companions - we all bonded and became very fond of each other quickly, with Hebrides Cruises creating the foundation for that with the quality of the experience. I hadn't appreciated just how much we would enjoy that aspect, being around people we had never met. It really is such a special part of the experience. The accommodation was so comfortable - a great night's sleep every night after those dreamy sunsets. The food was simply exceptional. The menu each day so varied and meal times were such a joy; everyone recounting the tales of the day with beautiful food and wine and just great company. The level of hospitality really was outstanding. The anchorages were also other worldly. I will never forget how I felt in our visit to the Cairns of Coll and that sense of peace and remoteness. Every moment was a complete pleasure and many of these moments felt very much like a gift from nature. It was so special. We were so lucky. The crew were just wonderful hosts and work so hard. Abbie is such a sparkling gem and one of life’s good people to be around. Sarah’s food was exceptional - the menu choices were so well thought out and just spot on and Bella such a cheery, light, positive gentle soul to be around with an infectious passion for sea life. I cannot recommend a cruise with Hebrides Cruises highly enough. It's a memory for life.

Andrew Wilson