MV Glen Shiel will take a maximum of 12 guests on six-night cruises round the islands. By Anthony Pearce
The Majestic Line, the Scottish small-ship company, has announced cruises to the Orkney Islands in 2022.
The Orkney Islands are made up of 70 islands and more than 600 miles of coastline, making them perfect for travel by ship.
The line’s newest vessel MV Glen Shiel – launched in 2019 – will take a maximum of 12 guests on six-night cruises round the Orkney Islands. There will be four departures in July and August 2022.
The company has just launched its new brochure for 2021/22 offering a choice of 18 itineraries, which includes Orkney cruises as well as an extended season with additional Loch Ness and Caledonian Canal cruises.
The company said that due to the uncertainty surrounding the 2020 season it has taken the decision to focus on cruising in 2021 and 2022.
Ken Grant, managing director of the Majestic Line said: “Orkney has always been somewhere we have wanted to cruise, so with the launch of MV Glen Shiel last year it seemed that it was the right time. This year has been a difficult year and we hope that in 2021 and 2022 more people will choose to discover the islands and coastlines of their own country with a small ship cruise.”
There is also the chance to experience the vast area of the west and north coast of Scotland on two 10-night one-way cruises, Oban to Orkney and Orkney to Oban, allowing guests to experience part of the North Coast 500, but from a different perspective.
The Majestic Line has a fleet of four small cruise ships off the west coast of Scotland and the Hebrides. Each cruise carries no more than 12 guests with four crew.
On board chefs source freshest local ingredients, to prepare gourmet meals. Two cabins on each cruise are retained for single occupancy at no additional surcharge. The price of a mid-season six-night cruise starts at £2,260 per person.
Unsurprisingly, because of the smaller size of the vessels, private cruise charter is a popular option. One or more vessels can be booked with a 10 per cent discount on normal prices.
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