Thursday, 12 January 2023
Our Green Journey began back in 2004 when the Majestic Line’s owners, Andy Thoms and Ken Grant, started the company by converting a decommissioned Irish fishing trawler into a bespoke small cruise ship. They wanted to share their love of the west coast of Scotland in the best way they knew how, by boat. Using local craftsmen and Andy’s architectural skills, Glen Massan was lovingly converted to accommodate 11 guests in 6 ensuite cabins and showcase the stunning islands and lochs of South Argyll. In 2007, her sister ship Glen Tarsan was converted from another wooden hulled fishing trawler destined for the chop to the same high standards.
Demand for small ship cruising with amazing hospitality, ensuite cabins and gourmet Scottish food was so great that another two vessels were brought into The Majestic Line family. Unfortunately, there were no more Irish fishing vessels to convert so to carry on their sustainability ethos, Glen Etive and Glen Shiel were designed by Andy and built at Ardmaleish Boatyard, a local boat building company on the Isle of Bute. This not only contributed to the local economy by using local tradesmen from the island, it was also a boost for the community to see fabulous steel hulled ships being built which would then bring guests into the area.
We are passionate about the west coast of Scotland, its seas and coast, communities and islands. Our itineraries are designed to support the island communities by bringing people to these undiscovered hidden gems. As our mission is to provide authentic local experiences for our guests, achieving a score of 100% in this section from Green Tourism is a wonderful boost.
Food and drink are one of the main highlights on our cruises. We are committed to sourcing and using Scottish local produce. Our chefs love using fresh seasonal produce including shellfish, venison, beef and lamb. We will be introducing a zero-waste dish this season and these will be highlighted on our social channels. We are delighted to have achieved a score of 100% in this section from Green Tourism highlighting the excellent range of food and drink options available to our guests.
All of our crew are trained in sustainability practices and are Wise scheme trained in the responsible Marine Wildlife Watching Code. We also ask our staff and crew to tell us about any sustainability ideas as we want to continually improve our sustainable practices.
Knowing that water is a valuable resource, from the beginning all of our small ships have produced their own water by desalination of sea water.
We always recommend to our guests to travel as environmentally friendly as possible and when onboard to use our coastal walks as a way to be more carbon friendly. We ask them to support local businesses like we do and to recycle and dispose of waste appropriately.
Our sustainable journey will continue and we look forward to letting you know about it in future blogs.
We have just finished a fantastic trip of a lifetime aboard the Good Ship Tarsan . With the top crew of Captain Peter, Chief Engineer Dr.Ryan, Bosun Michael and MasterChef Steph.. we could not have wished for a more professional, customer focussed and attentive crew.