Special interest cruises were marketed through Scottish clan publications nationwide, at Scottish Highland Games, and through the fans of the Scottish performers featured on the cruises.
Landry & Kling provided a variety of Scottish-themed entertainment on these cruises including Scottish country dancing and instructors, musicians, singers, story tellers, and whiskey tastings courtesy of Cutty Sark Scotts Whisky, sponsor of the series of 3 cruises to the Caribbean, Canada and the Maritime Provinces, and Bermuda.. Group size ranged from 100 to -250, all attired in their finest Scottish dress.
“Cutty Sark Leads a Scottish Invasion of the Caribbean with First Scottish Theme Cruise”
From national newsletter, The Scotsman
Cutty Sark Scots Whisky, in partnership with pioneering cruise specialists Landry & Kling are launching their first annual “Scottish Ceilidh Cruise” aboard the Cunard Countess May 2 for 7 nights.
Highlights of this special interest cruise will be performances by nationally known Scottish entertainers, an exclusive whiskey-tasting event, the tartan Ball, Highland Games, country dancing and a whole program of Scottish events planned by Landry & Kling Themes at Sea.
Scottish entertainment on the cruise is made possible in part by Cutty Sark Scots Whisky, sponsor of the program. Anne-Beth Nemeroff, Public relations Manager of W.A. Taylor and Company, exclusive US importer and marketer of Cutty Sark, commented that “the Scots are such fun loving people; we thought a Caribbean cruise would be the perfect setting for a memorable Ceilidh. And Cutty Sark is proud to sponsor this first annual cruise gathering of Scots from the US, Canada, and Great Britain.”
The Scottish program of events exclusively for this group includes:
- Two nights featuring a Scottish “Ceilidh” (this is the Scottish term for informal gatherings to enjoy music, dancing and storytelling by fellow Scotsmen.)
- Performances by nationally known Scottish entertainers: Alex Beaton, popular Scottish folk singer; Alasdair Fraser, Scottish Championship Fiddler; Bill Caudill, Award-winning American master of the Highland and Lowland (bag) pipes.
- Country Dancing – 2 dance lessons led by dance instructor Helen Welch. Country dancers can also participate in the Ceilidhs and the Tartan Ball.
- Scottish Music Workshop: Bring your favorite Scottish instrument, learn about the history of Scottish music and hear tips from the Scottish musicians onboard.
- Private Bon Voyage Party (wear your clan’s kilt or sash).
- Scottish Trivial Pursuit.
- Highland Games, shipboard style.
- Tartan Ball: Evening high dress suggested.
- Afternoon Scottish tea with traditional shortbread.
- Whisky tasting, courtesy of cruise sponsor Cutty Sark
- Scottish Scavenger Hunt
- Optional shore excursion in Barbados to meet with a local Scottish clan for traditional Scottish dancing and refreshments.
“Instead of taking the Scots to Scotland, we’re taking a bit of Scotland to the Caribbean and we think everyone will appreciate the European ambiance aboard the very British Cunard Countess. It’s not just a cruise for Scots, but for any anglophiles who’d like to have a ‘bonnie’ good time”, said Ms. Kling
“In the past, individual Scottish clans have tried to organize a cruise, but this is the first international cruise gathering” emphasized Jo Kling, President of Landry & Kling. “With Cutty Sark’s sponsorship and many clans participating in one big group, it becomes financially feasible to have the most popular entertainers, musicians and an extensive onboard program exclusively for the Scots.”