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I figure it'll be getting dark at about 3:00pm during our cruise, but I have always wanted to go to Scotland. I have a feeling we'll have a wonderful time.
The 1805 club!
ETA: Just read your blog about your Scottish cruise. My husband is a Scotch drinker, too! Looks like you had a splendid time!
Doubled matured, Sherry Finished, 15 years old, Cask Strength!
Your site is really interesting. I was checking out your transiberian trip with particular interest. I spent two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the former Soviet Union, so Russia and the other former Soviet republics are always fascinating for me. My husband is in the Army and we were in Germany for a couple of years, so we got to do a lot of European travel, which has made me want to go all over the place. You and your wife are so lucky to get to go to so many interesting places! I hope we can do the same after my husband gets out of the Army!
Keep in mind also that there is no casino and no entertainment. You and your fellow passengers are the entertainment! Therefore, I would say that this is not for everyone, but we are planning to take another cruise on this ship. We would probably take a longer cruise that visits larger cities.
We stayed in the Torosay Castle cabin, which has 2 portholes. They are located quite high, however, so I had to stand on my tiptoes to see out. Next time, we will splurge for a cabin with 'real windows'.
The one Gala dinner was a lot of fun, with people dressing up a little and some of the passengers and crew wore their kilts.
Also, this line didn't even ask for a credit card at the start of the cruise. When has that ever happened before? The only expenses you can incur are if you buy something from the gift shop or opt for a bottle of premium wine. We liked the wines they provided so we paid nothing after we got on board.
I'll be happy to answer any questions that you may have.
Also, the age bracket seemed to go from 40 to 88. There was one couple on board who appeared to be in their twenties. However his father originally booked the cruise and then was unable to go, so he let his son and his girlfriend go instead.
The passengers were a lot of fun. All are well-traveled. If you have 2, 3, or 4 people in your group you can ask for your own table or sit at a larger table (usually 8 passengers). Singles are generally seated at a large table. We asked to be seated at a large table, so we had 3 single people and 2 couples. The eighth seat was usually occupied by the Chief Engineer, the Third Engineer, or the Head of Housekeeping.
All of your tours, drinks, and gratuities are included in your fare.
Of the 48 passengers, 7 live in the United States, although one couple is originally from Scotland and splits their time between Houston and Scotland. One couple was from Hong Kong. One lady was from New Zealand. The rest were mostly from the UK.
I got the latest brochure yesterday and they have a very enticing incentive going on right now. 10% off for booking early for 2012 cruises and an additional 5% the less expensive cruise for booking back to back cruises. The two we're looking at are the same price.
The only problem is, my husband is in the Army and we don't know where we'll be next year. He will also probably have to change jobs. Still, I think I've managed to talk him into doing this next November.
It sounds like you had a great time! I'd love to know more about the people you met and the food...
All dinners were table service, no buffets. There was usually a choice of 1 of 3 starters offered (soup, salad, and appetizer category). Usually there was a choice of one of two entrees offered. One night venison was one of the options. Fish was usually on the menu as one of the options. Roasted chicken was a nice selection. Appetizers are served in the bar before dinner.
As for passengers, we never met anyone that we didn't want to see again. These people would be very comfortable on Seabourn, Regent, or Silversea style cruises but are not pretentious. No drama queens. No high maintenance folks. Mostly retired. There were quite a few singles and couples. There were also some two-generation families (older parents with a 40 something child).
As the saying goes though, your experience may vary, but we had a lovely table and had a great time.