Read the reviews of our guests in their own words about their private cruise charter
29 May 2021
Dear Emma - Just a quick note from Ian and me to say what an incredible week we have just had on Emma Jane. Huge thanks to James and all the crew for their professionalism and for making the whole trip so good. Admittedly we were truly blessed with the weather but the route, the knowledge, the hospitality and care we received was wonderful. The chef Emma did you proud not only producing delicious meals with such grace but also tending to our various needs. The boat is just lovely. Please pass on our message of thanks to all concerned.
29 May 2021
Always wanted to go to the Hebrides and this was a fantastic way of doing it. The boat was very comfortable and James and Ritchie we’re masters at keeping it that way. Great wildlife spotting - thank you Lynsey and don’t forget to enter that amazing dolphin photo into a competition! Calm, capable Kat with the beautiful soft accent, and cook extraordinaire Emma with the wide smile - all of you guaranteed that the trip was extra special. Was a heavenly respite from the cares of the world. Thank you all involved.
29 May 2021
Everything went to plan from the bag drop off to arriving on board, and departure equally easy with crew being extremely helpful with baggage transfer. Emma, Cat & Lynsey were superb, James was a wonderful Captain and ran an excellent ship with Ritchie being a great number two to James. Knowing the West Coast of Scotland quite well, having cruised on my own yacht there for number of years, I thought James worked out an ideal cruise with the right amount of sea and shore time and included interesting places to go to. Don't hesitate it is worth every penny!
Mr Stuart Carnegie
7 September 2019
The professionalism, diligence and proficiency of all the crew was outstanding with standard of meals excellent. Public spaces are very,very good both inside and out. Skipper James liased with me very well on possibilities taking account of weather forecasts and managed to visit a mix of new and favourite places. Excellent. Go for it!
Sandy & Nancy Tosh
7 September 2019
Hi Emma - Just a quick email to say how much we enjoyed the cruise on Emma Jane. It crops up regularly now in conversation and we have enjoyed looking back over the photos. Claire was a bit worried as she doesn’t travel so well on boats/ships, but apart from one day, coped really well and came away loving the experience. James, Helen, Lynsey and Caroline looked after us so well. We loved the trips ashore, exploring (we couldn’t fault Lynsey’s eternal optimism and enthusiasm on what we might spot!), and then to be met by Helen popping the fizz on our return, with beautiful cake baked by Caroline.....well, enough, you get the picture..really great.
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!
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
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
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