Of course a luxury superyacht called Spirit of Fortitude is the perfect platform for a Whisky Viewing Room.
Following our article yesterday announcing the launch of the Royal Scottish Shipping Line, a reader enquired quite what the Spirit of Fortitude’s ‘whisky viewing room’ would be.
We asked for more detail – and can now say that a spirited inspiration this will be.
The whisky viewing room is a new addition to the yacht’s main saloon – with especially spectacular views right from the top of the yacht. You taste the whisky and you enjoy the views.
As for the whisky – the room will be host to an extensive whisky range – some of which will be from Denice’s own private collection. The Company say they see this as the perfect end to a day’s cruising. Who would argue with that?
It is worth noting that there are upcoming whisky cruises aboard the Spirit of Fortitude, with the fortitude of the premier spirit to hand.
We now also have a greater insight into quite how the Spirit of Fortitude is pitching to the gap in the market it has identified.
That gap is between the small high-end cruise vessels carrying from four to eleven to twelve passengers – and the 73 metre diva, the Hebridean Princess, carrying from twenty three to forty nine passengers.
At 33 metres long, Spirit of Fortitude is under half the length of the Hebridean Princess – and is to carry only 12 passengers in what are described as ‘huge’ cabins, all ensuite. She also has full satellite communication to allow passengers to make calls when they want.
So the Royal Scottish Shipping Line is not just inserting an intermediate size of cruise vessel into the luxury end of the market – but appears to be raising the bar on the level of luxury available. This will be interesting to watch – and well beyond interesting as a once-in-a-lifetime bucket list treat.
A wedding venue like no other
Another inspired market the Spirit of Fortitude is to serve is to provide a unique venue for a wedding [or other special event] – a venue that can materialise, all ready to go – at a range of suitable ports.
Where the yacht carries twelve passengers on a charter cruise, in port she can accommodate a wedding party of fifty. This again is intimate luxury – with the added drama of her appearance for the event.
The dream must be to wave the wedding guests ashore, stay aboard and take off for a very private honeymoon on a charter cruise of your choice on the unmatchable west coast of Scotland. Dream on. Where would you choose to go?
Royal Scottish are currently looking for a chef and a steward, both of whom would require their STCW papers [Ed: Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping]. The Line will be happy to pay for all the training in order to secure the right candidates. They also tell us that age is not an issue here – from where they stand, the decisons will be made on the basis of the passion, the knowledge and the enthusiasm for the jobs. The company sees these as perfect jobs, spending time close to home ‘with great folk and in the best scenery in the world’.
Note: Our article of yesterday [13th April 2016] on the emergence of the Royal Scottish Shipping Line, its acquisition of the Spirit of Fortitude and its planned base in Oban – is online here.