Life Aboard

Excellent dining and comfortable, welcoming spaces

Time aboard is relaxing and enlightening—the perfect peaceful respite between exploring storied towns and hiking the highlands.

Each meal is an invitation to dine among friends. You’ll find the cuisine is excellent and focuses on local provisions. Meals are served to the entire expedition community in a single seating, with some tables accommodating an odd number for easy mixing. Independent travelers will find a welcome everywhere. Dress is always casual and the general ambience is relaxed and informal. The dining room is wrapped in picture windows, so we’re sure to never miss the view.

Breakfast is served buffet style and options abound, including a full Scottish breakfast comprising eggs, bacon, tomatoes, black pudding and toast. There’s fresh bread, cereals, fresh fruit, yogurts together with coffee and tea. For early morning risers, tea and coffee will be available at the bar. Lunch is most often also served buffet style, while dinner is plated. Whether a meal is buffet-style or served, our gracious waitstaff is ever-present to attend to your every need. In addition, tea, coffee, and hot chocolate are available 24 hours a day. Soft drinks are included, and alcoholic beverages are available at an additional charge.

During lunch and dinner your expedition leader, historian, and any guest speakers aboard will join you for meals, and during breakfast they often sit together to plan the logistics of the exciting day ahead.

Public spaces perfectly suited to our style of travel
The open top deck is set with tables and chairs, offering an ideal perch to take in the view of the Scottish countryside or see the busy crew at work as we pass through the locks. There are teak decks and warm mahogany finishes throughout. The feeling aboard is as if relaxing in a fine country home.

Lounge & bar: The lounge is the heart of our expedition community, and it is divided into two sections: the forward area is called the Sir Walter Scott lounge, a smaller, intimate space to gather with friends. And the aft section is the David Livingstone lounge, which accommodates the entire expedition community at once for briefings and nightly Recap. The bar is located between the two, with beer, bottled wines, cocktails, specialty drinks, spirits, and wine by the glass available for sale.

Terraces: Open-air terraces set with tables and chairs offer a unique place to relax on the fore and aft decks.

Bridge: The ship operates with an open bridge, and you are invited to visit the watch officer and learn about the calm business of navigation. There may occasionally be times when the bridge is restricted to shipboard personnel only, but any other time you are welcome.

Fitness equipment: Some bicycles will be aboard the ship that may be used to explore on your own or ride along the canal. At Loch Ness, kayaks will be available for use.

Library: There is a small library aboard the ship, with a selection of games and books.

Reception: Reception is located on the Alexander Graham Bell deck, and is staffed throughout the day.

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