Monday, 5 August 2013

Hospitality Cruise report

Our hospitality cruise this year had a new feature as it took place on a sell-out Sunday which is now a regular event with discounted tickets, coach tours and good weather. Whilst it's good to see the ship full, it is a problem for those of us used to a "turn up a go service". As a result some branch members were unable to attend. Obviously we all must learn to book in advance.

Nevertheless the event was well attended with our Chairman Peter Reid hosting proceedings and Captain Graeme Gellatly offering us a warm welcome to the ship. Tea / Coffee and cake in the lower bar followed by bridge and engine room visits is a familiar though welcome routine for long-standing members and a great way to introduce new members.

Today's sail was Glasgow to Lochranza outbound via Greenock - Largs - Rothesay and the Kyles of Bute. The resident dolphin off Ardlamont point put on a splendid display, not seen by those of us in still the lower bar. He/She? is well worth looking out for on cruises to Tarbert.

It was a fine afternoon for those of us taking time ashore at Lochranza offering great views of the ship on departure and arrival.

Whilst at Lochranza it was discovered that one of the ship's engineer's has his boat there.

It was also apparent that CalMac's car ferry Loch Tarbert cannot berth at Lochranze whilst Waverley is at the pier and so had to linger just off the pier for eight minutes whilst Waverley boarded her passengers.

So a great day was had by those present. Early booking is recommended for 2014's hospitality cruise.

Report and photographs by DAVID SHIRRES