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Lord of the Glens

Former names: Victoria, Victoria II

Lord of the Glens Review and Specifications

Specifications of Lord of the Glens

Year built1985  /  Age : 35
Flag state United Kingdom
BuilderPsarros Shipyard (Perama, Greece)
OwnerMagna Carta Steamship Company Ltd
OperatorLindblad Expeditions
Speed18 kn / 33 kph / 21 mph
Length (LOA)46 m / 151 ft
Beam (width)10 m / 33 ft
Gross Tonnage729 gt
Passengers27 - 54
Passengers-to-space ratio20
Decks with cabins3
Last Refurbishment2004
Former namesVictoria, Victoria II

Review of Lord of the Glens

The cruise ship Lord of the Glens was built in Greece in 1985 and initially named "MS Victoria" (until September 1999). Between 1999-2000, the vessel was named "Victoria 2". Neither the boat nor the voyage is appropriate for young kids. Most passengers are between 45-65 years old, enjoy the refined onboard atmosphere and gourmet dining, want to learn about the history of visited regions, and don't mind dressing up for the Captain's Dinner.

History - construction and ownership

The 729-ton ship Lord of the Glens can reach magnificent spots, inaccessible to larger vessels due to her shallow draft (12 ft / 3,7 m) and small size. Still, the ship comfortably accommodates 48 passengers in 26 staterooms. The feeling can be compared to a private yacht cruising, with all company integral to adventure. The vessels are ideal for exploration of rarely-seen remote places.

Lord of the Glens cruise ship

Due to the ship's small width (34 ft / 10 m) and navigation's meandering nature, the vessel is equipped with dual propulsion with bow thrusters. This allows it to be controlled not only from the Navigation Bridge but from its side-wings as well. This allows the Captain to easily maneuver it into very tight locks. The whole cruise ship is air-conditioned and heated.

The Lord of the Glens cruise ship is owned by the UK-based Magna Carta Steamship Company. The vessel is also operated under charter by Lindblad Expeditions in cooperation with the National Geographic Society (aka NatGeo - a US non-profit institution for science and education).

Cruise itinerary program

National Geographic Lord of the Glens itinerary program is based on the loch and canal cruises in Scotland. The itineraries are one-way with departures from Inverness and Kyle of Lochalsh. Among the Scottish itinerary, destinations are Caledonian Canal and mainland Scotland’s western coast.

The following table shows an exemplary 7 nights / 8 days itinerary (Lindblad Lord of the Glens cruise from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh) as ports of call and port sequence.

Day 1Departing from Inverness, Scotland
Day 2Loch Ness, Scotland
Day 3Laggan, Scotland
Day 3Fort William, Scotland
Day 4Oban, Scotland
Day 5Isle of Mull, Tobermory, Scotland
Day 5Isle of Iona, Scotland
Day 5Isle of Mull, Tobermory, Scotland
Day 6Isle of Eigg, Scotland
Day 6Isle of Rum, Kinloch, Scotland
Day 6Inverie, Scotland
Day 7Isle of Skye, Portree, Scotland
Day 8Arriving in Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland

Prices start from around USD 8740 per cabin.


National Geographic Lord of the Glens has 4 passenger decks and 27 cabins, all of which Outside with windows, excepting only two staterooms with double portholes. Cabin grades number is 4. All staterooms are cozy and measure 135 sq.feet each, but are also attractive and well-appointed. Highland-oriented artwork and comfortable furnishings dominate the rooms, which also provide en-suite facilities with satellite televisions, music systems, air-conditioning, showers, vanity tables and stools, safe deposit boxes, internal telephones, robes and hair dryers. Beds can be easily configured as doubles or twins.

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Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Nat Geo Lord of the Glens has one Main Dining Room with unassigned tables. The restaurant offers international cuisine inspired by ports of call. All meals are served single seating. Fine China, French crystal and silver utensils are utilized in the dining room.

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Public areas include a dining room; an observation deck; a library; two lounges with full-service bars and various facilities for slide shows, presentations, and films; a sun deck with tables and chairs. The Lord of the Glens ambiance is that of a country manor-house, featuring overstuffed furnishings and warm woods in the public spaces, as well as teak and mahogany touches in all staterooms and sun decks ("terraces"), on the top deck.

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