MV Glen Massan

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Cruise line
The Majestic Line (River Cruises)

Currentcruise:
6 nights / 7 days, round-trip Around Mull: Wildlife Explorer
23 Sep, 2017 - 30 Sep, 2017

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MV Glen Massan Review and Specifications

Specifications of MV Glen Massan

Year built 1975  /  Age : 42
Flag state United Kingdom
Builder Baltimore (County Cork, Ireland)
Class wooden fishing boat
Speed 12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph
Length (LOA) 25 m / 82 ft
Beam (width) 7 m / 23 ft
Gross Tonnage 180 gt
Passengers 6 - 11
Crew 4
Decks 3
Cabins 6
Decks with cabins 2

Review of MV Glen Massan

MV Glen Massan and MV Glen Tarsan are traditional wooden fishing boats that have been ingeniously refurbished. Each accommodates a maximum of 11 travelers in 6 double cabins, despite the fact there is room for 12 passengers. Owners Ken Grant and Andy Thoms bought the ship in 2004. The vessel was constructed in Baltimore (County Cork, Ireland) in 1975 and re-launched in 2007. Both ships are small by the standards of most cruise vessels, which is why they can sail where other ships cannot.MV Glen Massan cruise boat

Both Glen Tarsan and Glen Massan have gold-painted funnels. they were built for the Irish fishing fleet by the Irish Government, but the Glen Massan ship was destined to be broken up when her present owners bought and save her from destruction. Then they decided to restore the vessel and transform it into mini-cruise ship. Glen Tarsan was introduced in 2007 after similar restoration. Glen Massan and Glen Tarsan offer 3- and 6-night round-trip sailings from Oban, Scotland to Argyll and the Hebrides. 

Majestic Line is a privately owned cruise line headquartered in Dunoon, Scotland. Established in 2004, it is named after fictional shipping company which features in Neil Munro's Para Handy tales. As of 2013, the cruise line was operating voyages out of Oban to the Islands of Clyde and Inner Hebrides. The company operates a fleet of two ships converted from fishing trawlers, as well as a 3rd, purpose-built vessel, which has the feel and look of “gentleman’s motor yacht” of the 1930s.

In 2004 two friends, Ken Grant and Andy Thoms purchased and converted their first ship, Glen Massan, to a mini liner, sailing from Holy Loch, close to Dunoon to sail the sheltered islands and lochs of Argyll. In May 2007 sister ship Glen Tarsan was introduced to sail from Oban for the Hebrides. The 3rd ship, MV Glen Etive is custom-designed newbuild which was ready to cruise for her 2016 season.

There is a truly Scottish flavour to the family-and-friends-run cruise company, which won Tourism Entrepreneur of the Year category in 2012 Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards. Scottish piper may pipe guests onboard Glen Massan or her sister ship Glen Tarsan, each with painted wooden hull and deckhouse that is topped by polished wooden wheelhouse. 

The two classic fishing boats are the cruising equivalent of restored steam trains. So, while a three- or six-night cruise onboard these ships is a truly relaxing experience, do not expect top-notch luxury or hotel-style suites. Instead, the ships have a home-away-from-home feel, with just four crewmembers who have probably sailed these waters all their lives. They will do almost anything to make your holiday enjoyable, such as buying you a replacement toothbrush or razor when they stock up each day at local shops, and fetching the morning newspapers. 

Both boats have a similar layout. The cabins all have double beds, with at least one usually reserved for solo travellers, and although they are not hotel-quality, each is dressed with freshly laundered duvets, a pile of pillows and tartan rugs at the bottom of the bed for extra warmth. There's also a small electric radiator in each cabin and fan recessed in the ceiling for summer trips. The walls are varnished wood panelling, and each cabin has a very small shower room with a toilet and washbasin, Arran Aromatics toiletries and a hair dryer. The cabins have very small built-in wardrobes, and shelves on each side of the bed have to be used for clothes that can't be hung up. Space is tight, and the cabins below deck only have tiny windows with no view. However, most of the time passengers are either off the boat walking in beautiful countryside, visiting quirky villages or exploring castles and the Gulf stream-warmed gardens the area is famous for. The rest of the time they are out on deck watching for passing porpoises and birds or sitting in the main saloon, swapping stories with fellow passengers, reading or eating. 

Tea and coffee are available whenever a crewmember is in the galley, but there is also a choice of either morning coffee or afternoon tea with home-baked cakes depending on the itinerary. Lunch might be venison sausages with onion gravy and mash, while dinner could be Argyle lamb or fish caught by the local Loch Fyne fleet. Wine is complimentary at evening meals, and there's a reasonably priced bar for pre-dinner drinks and nightcaps. 

Outside the saloon is a small wooden deck with a sizeable table and chairs, and there are wooden sunloungers on the top deck, with a bench on the small front deck. 

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MV Glen Massan Itineraries 2017

The below listed MV Glen Massan cruise prices on 2017 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest River Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Departure
Itinerary ports
Isle of Colonsay cruise port

02 September 2017 6 nights / 7 days, round-trip Southern Hebrides and Sea Lochs of Argyll
Prices starting
from $3142
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02 Sep      Departing from Oban, Scotland   
04 Sep      Departing from Loch Spelve, Mull Island, Scotland (Overnight)   
04 Sep     Slate Islands, Scotland   
04 Sep - 05 Sep     Loch Melfort, Scotland (Overnight)   
05 Sep     Isle of Colonsay, Scotland   
05 Sep - 06 Sep     Crinan, Scotland (Overnight)   
06 Sep     Isle of Gigha, Scotland   
06 Sep     Loch Sween, Scotland   
07 Sep     Isle of Jura, Craighouse, Scotland   
07 Sep - 08 Sep     Isle of Islay, Port Ellen, Scotland (Overnight)   
08 Sep     Corryvreckan Whirlpool, Scotland   
09 Sep      Arriving in Oban, Scotland   
Fort William cruise port

09 September 2017 6 nights / 7 days, one-way from Oban to Inverness
Prices starting
from $3142
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09 Sep      Departing from Oban, Scotland   
11 Sep      Departing from Loch Linnhe, Scotland (Overnight)   
11 Sep     Glencoe, Scotland   
11 Sep     Fort William, Scotland   
12 Sep     Loch Lochy, Scotland   
12 Sep     Caledonian Canal, Scotland   
12 Sep - 13 Sep     Laggan, Scotland (Overnight)   
13 Sep     Laggan, Scotland   
13 Sep     Loch Oich, Scotland   
13 Sep - 14 Sep     Fort Augustus, Scotland (Overnight)   
14 Sep     Fort Augustus, Scotland   
15 Sep     Loch Ness, Scotland   
15 Sep     Loch Ness, Scotland   
16 Sep      Arriving in Inverness, Scotland   
Fort William cruise port

10 September 2017 6 nights / 7 days, one-way from Oban to Inverness
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10 Sep      Departing from Oban, Scotland   
12 Sep      Departing from Loch Linnhe, Scotland (Overnight)   
12 Sep     Glencoe, Scotland   
12 Sep     Fort William, Scotland   
13 Sep     Loch Lochy, Scotland   
13 Sep     Caledonian Canal, Scotland   
13 Sep - 14 Sep     Laggan, Scotland (Overnight)   
14 Sep     Laggan, Scotland   
14 Sep     Loch Oich, Scotland   
14 Sep - 15 Sep     Fort Augustus, Scotland (Overnight)   
15 Sep     Fort Augustus, Scotland   
16 Sep     Loch Ness, Scotland   
16 Sep     Loch Ness, Scotland   
17 Sep      Arriving in Inverness, Scotland   
Inverness cruise port

16 September 2017 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Inverness to Oban
Prices starting
from $3142
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16 Sep      Departing from Inverness, Scotland   
18 Sep     Loch Ness, Scotland   
18 Sep     Loch Ness, Scotland   
19 Sep     Fort Augustus, Scotland   
20 Sep     Fort Augustus, Scotland   
20 Sep     Loch Oich, Scotland   
20 Sep - 21 Sep     Laggan, Scotland (Overnight)   
21 Sep     Laggan, Scotland   
22 Sep     Caledonian Canal, Scotland   
22 Sep     Loch Lochy, Scotland   
23 Sep     Glencoe, Scotland   
23 Sep     Fort William, Scotland   
23 Sep - 24 Sep     Loch Linnhe, Scotland (Overnight)   
24 Sep      Arriving in Oban, Scotland   
Isle of Mull cruise port

23 September 2017 6 nights / 7 days, round-trip Around Mull: Wildlife Explorer
Prices starting
from $3142
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23 Sep      Departing from Oban, Scotland   
25 Sep      Departing from Loch Spelve, Mull Island, Scotland (Overnight)   
25 Sep     Isle of Mull, Tobermory, Scotland   
26 Sep     Isle of Mull, Tobermory, Scotland   
27 Sep     Lunga Island, Treshnish Isles, Scotland   
28 Sep     Ulva Island, Scotland   
29 Sep     Isle of Iona, Scotland   
29 Sep     Isle of Staffa, Scotland   
30 Sep      Arriving in Oban, Scotland   
Fort William cruise port

30 September 2017 6 nights / 7 days, one-way from Oban to Inverness
Prices starting
from $3142
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30 Sep      Departing from Oban, Scotland   
02 Oct      Departing from Loch Linnhe, Scotland (Overnight)   
02 Oct     Glencoe, Scotland   
02 Oct     Fort William, Scotland   
03 Oct     Loch Lochy, Scotland   
03 Oct     Caledonian Canal, Scotland   
03 Oct - 04 Oct     Laggan, Scotland (Overnight)   
04 Oct     Laggan, Scotland   
04 Oct     Loch Oich, Scotland   
04 Oct - 05 Oct     Fort Augustus, Scotland (Overnight)   
05 Oct     Fort Augustus, Scotland   
06 Oct     Loch Ness, Scotland   
06 Oct     Loch Ness, Scotland   
07 Oct      Arriving in Inverness, Scotland   
Inverness cruise port

07 October 2017 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Inverness to Oban
Prices starting
from $2828
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07 Oct      Departing from Inverness, Scotland   
09 Oct     Loch Ness, Scotland   
09 Oct     Loch Ness, Scotland   
10 Oct     Fort Augustus, Scotland   
11 Oct     Fort Augustus, Scotland   
11 Oct     Loch Oich, Scotland   
11 Oct - 12 Oct     Laggan, Scotland (Overnight)   
12 Oct     Laggan, Scotland   
13 Oct     Caledonian Canal, Scotland   
13 Oct     Loch Lochy, Scotland   
14 Oct     Glencoe, Scotland   
14 Oct     Fort William, Scotland   
14 Oct - 15 Oct     Loch Linnhe, Scotland (Overnight)   
15 Oct      Arriving in Oban, Scotland   
Isle of Mull cruise port

14 October 2017 6 nights / 7 days, round-trip The Castles & Clans of Mull and Glencoe
Prices starting
from $2828
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14 Oct      Departing from Oban, Scotland   
16 Oct     Isle of Mull, Tobermory, Scotland   
17 Oct     Isle of Mull, Tobermory, Scotland   
18 Oct     Shuna Island, Scotland   
18 Oct     Castle Stalker, Scotland   
19 Oct     Lismore Island, Scotland   
20 Oct     Glencoe, Scotland   
20 Oct     Loch Linnhe, Scotland   
21 Oct      Arriving in Oban, Scotland