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Travel aboard the Lord of the Glens, a 48-passenger ship purpose-built to navigate the Caledonian Waterway from the North Sea to the Atlantic Ocean, and to the islands of the Inner Hebrides.
On board public areas
With all round teak decks, hardwood finished interiors and fine fabrics, the Lord of the Glens offers a stylish and relaxing ambiance. The two lounges and two open-air viewing areas are social hubs aboard shop, and the small library and cozy bar are a refuge for the more solitary.
Heating & air conditioning
The ship is fully climate controlled, either heated or air conditioned, depending on the outside temperature.
The Lord of the Glens has an internet-connected computer in the reception area for complimentary use. Note that Internet access is not available at all times, and connection speeds can be slow.
There are numerous public phone booths on route, and the ship has a phone for emergency use.
For the comfort of all our guests, smoking is permitted only in designated outdoor areas.
Every destination has a "flavor" and we believe our guests should have every opportunity to "taste" the destination. A great deal of thought goes into what we serve. With every voyage on every ship we make an effort to bring regional flavors to your table with fresh, local fruits, vegetables and spices. And our sustainable seafood program aims to serve locally caught or harvested fresh seafood.
A breakfast buffet, lunch & dinner are served daily. Cuisine is continental American with local flair. Tables are always unassigned to encourage mingling and to ensure you dine with a variety of fellow guests, expedition team members, and special guest experts. Tea, coffee, hot chocolate and water are available 24 hours a day. Please note that there is a charge for soft drinks while aboard Lord of the Glens. Cookies are put out in the afternoon at teatime. And predinner hors d’oeuvres are served in the lounge at daily Recap. At times, meals will be able to be taken at local pubs at guest’s own expense. Meal hours will be posted in your Daily Program.
If you have special dietary requirements, please let us know in advance and we will gladly accommodate you. Unfortunately, we cannot provide kosher meals but can provide vegan meals.
Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and water are available throughout the day. Cookies are put out in the afternoon at teatime. And predinner hors d’oeuvres are served in the lounge at daily Recap. Please note that there is a charge for soft drinks while aboard Lord of the Glens.
Walking and hiking options will be offered regularly throughout the expedition. The Lord of the Glens has bicycles on board for you to explore the region and, at times, ride along the waterfront along with the ship. Kayaking is an option in the Caledonian Canal area. Presentations by our expert staff on a variety of relevant topics will be offered throughout the expedition.
There is no spa on the Lord of the Glens.
The Lord of the Glens has an internet-connected computer in the reception area for complimentary use. Note that Internet access is not available at all time and connection speeds can be slow. Some towns we visit will have Internet cafes. There are numerous public phone booths on route, and the ship has a phone for emergency use.
Mobile phones that use the GSM system (U.S. GSM carriers include AT&T & T-Mobile), will work in many but not all areas we visit. If you would like to use your mobile phone, be sure to call your carrier before leaving the U.S. to activate your account for sending and receiving calls overseas. Note that prices may be exceptionally high.
Our expedition team will file Daily Expedition Reports directly from the ship. Your friends and family will be able to follow along with your voyage online.
There is no physician on board the Lord of the Glens. However, the ship is never more than a few hours away from a port, and often within just a few minutes. Medical assistance can be arranged ashore as needed.
No medical form is necessary.
All gratuities ashore are included in your expedition cost. Gratuities to crew aboard ship are at your own discretion. Because of a recently-passed law, it is no longer possible to use a credit card for gratuities for the crew aboard Lord of the Glens. Any gratuity must be paid with cash (U.S. dollars, Scottish pounds and United Kingdom pounds are acceptable) or traveler’s checks. Personal checks are generally not accepted, and we are unable to cash personal checks or traveler's checks for cash on board.
That’s a personal choice. You can use a credit card at most shops, pubs and restaurants in Scotland, and to settle your extras account aboard ship. Because of a recently-passed law, it is no longer possible to use a credit card for gratuities for the crew aboard Lord of the Glens. Any gratuity must be paid with cash (U.S. dollars, Scottish pounds and United Kingdom pounds are acceptable) or traveler’s checks. Personal checks are generally not accepted, and we are unable to cash personal checks or traveler's checks for cash on board.
There are plenty of chances to explore on your own. Walking and hiking options will be offered regularly throughout the expedition. The Lord of the Glens has bicycles on board for you to explore the region and, at times, ride along the waterfront along with the ship. Kayaking is an option in the Caledonian Canal area.
All ship accommodations
- Transfers to and from group flights
- All meals aboard ship and most meals ashore except when an itinerary provides an "at your leisure" morning, afternoon, or evening. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate aboard ship.
- Tips, taxes, port charges, and service charges (gratuities to ship’s crew at your own discretion)
- All shore excursions and sightseeing, entrance fees, special access permits.
- Services of our expedition team
- International airfare is always shown as a separate cost since many of our travelers prefer to use frequent flyer miles.
There are never hidden charges, like port charges. Of course, you’ll want to check carefully the inclusions for the journey you’ve selected, but you can rest assured there will be nothing hidden. Activities and shore excursions are included in the cost of every Lindblad-National Geographic expedition. We don't want you to miss out on anything. Many cruise lines charge you extra, often hundreds of dollars, to see the sites that prompted you to book in the first place. With Lindblad-National Geographic, all activities and sightseeing are included—from guided hikes to kayaking. You'll always have the freedom to pick and choose activities as your day unfolds: a long hike, a shorter walk, kayaking, a bicycle ride, or relaxing aboard ship. After all, these are not scheduled tours, these are expeditions. Everyone is different—every day is different.
Foremost, the atmosphere aboard is casual. However, for the farewell dinner, guests may want to have something slightly dressier, although this is entirely optional. Below is a packing list developed by one of our Expedition Leaders:
- Lightweight rain gear, such as waterproof pants and jacket, or a poncho under which you can wear warm pants and a sweater
- Waterproof, well-fitting boots with strong, non-skid soles.
- Comfortable walking shoes with rubber soles & good support. Most people find tennis shoes or sneakers suitable. You may want to bring two pairs in case one gets wet.
- Cotton slacks (khakis, jeans, corduroy).
- Short & long-sleeved shirts & blouses.
- Two or three different weight sweaters (one of each).
- Sweatshirts or a fleece outfit and a warm jacket
- Collapsible umbrella.
- Waterproof insect repellent
- Lotions/creams for sun and wind protection.
- Camera, lenses, instruction manual, plenty of memory cards/film, battery charger & extra batteries
- A small backpack or rucksack: a waterproof bag to hold your camera and/or binoculars
- Travel alarm clock
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