My husband and I have recently returned from our cruise down the Caledonian Canal and across to Mull on The Lord of the Glens. The holiday was to celebrate our 40th Wedding Anniversary and my husband had managed to keep the trip a secret from me until a couple of weeks before our departure date. What a wonderful surprise! And what a wonderful anniversary, I shall never forget it.
The cruise was everything I had hoped it would be, and certainly lived up to our expectations - and more.
The ship is an amazing piece of floating elegance and luxury both in the public areas and in our cabin, and the food was magnificent - how on earth the crew managed to produce such varied and interesting menus in what must have been quite a limited space I shall never know, but breakfast, lunch and dinner were always a treat to look forward to each day and always impeccably served.
The staff and crew had just the right combination of friendliness and efficiency, they took their duties very seriously, were always smiling and nothing was too much trouble. I wish I could mention them all here by name as they all deserve special praise, but I can't fail to mention Graham in the bar, Brian the Hotel Manager and of course the guide Koniya.
What a pleasant, intelligent and competent lady. She knew absolutely everything about the canal and the history of Scotland - both social and political - and I don't remember a single question being asked that she couldn't answer. Yet all her knowledge was imparted in the most relaxed manner, her "little talks" were always informative and very entertaining.
The whole package was one of luxury and relaxation and not only for what the cruise provided but also for what was not on board; there were no children to shatter the peace and serenity, and no "on board entertainment every night" (in the form of live music, quizzes, games and the like). What was provided, the videos on the history of the canal and the steam railways, informative talks etc., were exactly in keeping with the atmosphere of the cruise and never distracted from the ship or the stunning scenery through which we travelled.
I can only sum up by saying that this trip was the best of holidays and certainly the best anniversary present I have ever received! We would very much like to take another cruise with The Lord of the Glens and would very much appreciate being kept up to date with what will be on offer for 2014.
Once again, many thanks to everyone, both on board the ship and the "backroom staff" in your office, who no less than the crew on board, deserve a mention as my husband tells me that you also were exceptionally friendly and efficient in all his dealings with you.