A Cat can look at the Queen

The word was out that a cruise ship, the MS Europa 2,
had navigated the waters of the Passage of Tiree
taking in Iona and the Treshnish Isles,
before stopping for the night in the Sound of Mull,
close to Tobermory and its Bay.

MS Europa 2 in the Passage of Tiree - photo used with copyright holder's permission
MS Europa 2 in the Passage of Tiree – photo used with copyright holder’s permission

“It’s BIG!”
“It’s a floating grand hotel.”
“It’s one of these town cruise ships.”
“It’s got more people on board than live on Tiree.”
The pier-master was teasingly asked if she had called at Gott Bay.

MS Europa 2 in front of the Dutchman's Cap - Photo used with permission of copyright holder
MS Europa 2 in front of the Dutchman’s Cap – Photo used with permission of copyright holder

Hapag  Lloyd Cruises states
All the promises of a yacht
and the serenity of a small resort:
on board the EUROPA 2,

you can enjoy the highest level of casual luxury 
with a maximum of 500 guests.
(Add to that number the total crew)

The Yacht Exuma in Gott Bay, Isle of Tiree
The Yacht Exuma in Gott Bay, Isle of Tiree

Thankfully Gott Bay (Tiree) is too shallow to accommodate such a vessel.
But size is not everything when it comes to ships.
In Gott Bay was no less impressive a vessel.
The Yacht -Exuma.

The Yacht Exuma in Gott Bay at Sunset
The Yacht Exuma in Gott Bay at Sunset

This sleek looking yacht has been described as a “greyhound of the oceans’.
Built entirely from aluminium it has a knife-like bow,
‘delicately curved and almost vertical,
designed to increase waterline length
and minimise pitching.’

Sunset and the Exuma resting at anchor in the waters of Gott Bay
Sunset and the Exuma resting at anchor in the waters of Gott Bay

In addition to the sheer luxury of the yacht’s quarters
(compare and contrast this with the Royal Yacht Britannia)
Exuma comes with a 3.7 metre Hov Pod hovercraft
and a five metre amphibious vehicle.

As the sun set in the west the neighbours returned home.
No hovercraft or amphibious vehicle – just an overcrowded dingy.
However, they could enjoy the sunset just as much as those onboard Exuma

Gott Bay Cat

‘Even a cat can look at the Queen’

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