We were delighted, if not a little surprised, to hear today that Royal Scottish have received another accolade, this time being awarded Most Outstanding Luxury Cruise Experiences in the 2022 Global Excellence Awards, surprised because we didn’t know we were being considered which makes it all the more welcome! Thanks to all our team who continue to go above and beyond!
We are delighted that 2022 is already going to be a remarkable success, with over fifty percent of our custom projected from returning guests. Our business thrives of word of mouth referals and repeat custom., thank you for showing your faith in us once again and we look forward to hosting you aboard Spirit of Fortitude in 2022. For those of you yet to experience life aboard Spirit of Fortitude we would be delighted to hear from you as we still have a few remaining dates for Private Charters and for those of you in smaller groups, a handful of opportunities to join one of our scheduled cruises
Our 2021 season has been a remarkable success, despite uncertainties at the start of the year brought on by the continuing pandemic. Thank you to all our guests which have included many returning clients, and a few new faces including those who wanted to stay in UK waters, we really hope that you got a chance to see just what a gem the West Coast of Scotland really is and we are delighted that so many of you have already booked for 2022. Thank you also to our hardworking team for making this season our most remarkable so far
Our thanks to Holy Loch Marina for accommodating our frequent requests from our guests to arrive by helicopter. No fuss and a nice straightforward aerial approach from the sea with a landing site close to the yacht all make for a great experience for our guests
For those of you who follow Spirit of Fortitude on her adventures, some of you may have seen her in some unusual situations in October on the Clyde where she was performing as centre stage for a new movie scheduled to be released in late 2022. Scenes included many aerial shots filmed at close quarters from an AS350B helicopter in the waters around Bute and Loch Fyne by the world leading aviation team that had recently completed all the aerial filming for the new James Bond’s No Time to Die movie
Thank you to the Largs Marina team who accommodated our request to berth Spirit of Fortitude overnight during a recent charter by a movie company. It was our first visit into the marina and we were delighted with the support from the team at Largs, entering and leaving at low tide during the hours of darkness always adds to the adrenalin but it was very straightforward and we look forward to being back
What a wildlife season 2021 is turning out to be! Whilst we are invariably always blessed with dolphins and porpoises on our travels, the prevalence of whales this season has really been something, from single minkes to large pods, and to Orcas who seem to be around in increasing frequency. We are often asked about the likelihood of seeing whales, this season has been remarkable with sightings on more than 50% of our cruises, from the waters off Arran to the Sea of the Hebrides near Stornoway. Quite remarkable!
The 2021 season awaits us and we are busy making preparations for what promises to be a special time. We have postponed our April and early May departures but intend commencing our Private Charters as soon as the lifting of restrictions permits. Already we have seen a strong increase in demand arising from those UK based guests more accustoimed to international destinations. We are determined to ensure that these guests see the very best of what Scotland has to offer!
February saw us delighted to learn that, hard on the heels of winning Best Luxury Cruise experience for the third year running, we had been nominated in The Corporate Livewire Scotland Prestige Awards 2021/22 which recognise small and medium-sized businesses that have proven to be the best in their market over the past 12 months.