Gemini Explorer, Scotland

  • from $ 241 / day
  • Flexible Booking
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Highlights

  • Historic ship with an interesting past
  • See the wildlife of the Scottish West Coast islands

The Gemini Explorer is a 22mtr/72-feet long converted lifeboat that can accommodate 8 passengers in 5 cabins. She was built in 1974 as a lifeboat and is able to achieve speeds of up to twelve knots and has an extended offshore range of 1700 miles. She entered service at the Clovelly Lifeboat Station on the North Devonshire coast and saved 44 lives before being retired in 1989, and converted into a small cruise ship. After a refurbishment in 2020, she is now sailing the beautiful islands and sea lochs of Scotland’s west coast as part of St Hilda Sea Adventures little fleet.

There is a double en-suite at the bow of the ship, a twin en-suite and a single en-suite, and there is a twin cabin and a double cabin at the stern. The onboard chef uses locally-sourced and freshly prepared meals. The upper viewing deck is ideal for spotting wildlife, and it is spacious enough to accommodate equipment such as the onboard two-person kayak. The skipper is passionate about boats, sailing, and the natural environment of the islands and sea lochs of the inner and outer Hebrides. He's more than happy to share his knowledge of the area with those on board while ensuring everyone has a great time.

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Included: VAT, Fuel Surcharge, Port Fees, Alcoholic Beverages, Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, Wine with Dinner, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Fishing, Kayaks, Cabin Towels.

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Airport Transfer, Hotel Transfer, Land Excursions.

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Boat features

  • Library
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Outdoor Dining
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Cabins
  • Kayaks On-Board
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Leisure Deck
  • Observation Deck
  • Bar
  • Family Friendly Cruise
  • Available for Charter

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Free Wine w/Dinner
  • Vegan Options
  • Set Menu Dinner
  • Al Fresco Dining

If you have any specific dietary requirements whilst on-board your cruise, you can add this to your special requests on step 2 of the booking form. We advise limiting these requests to religious beliefs or food allergies.


Languages Spoken

The crew speaks English and French.


Drawings & Vessel Layouts

#deckplan floorplan

Boat Specifications

  • Year built 1974
  • Year renovated 2019
  • Length 72 feet
  • Cruising speed 7-8 knots
  • Engines 2 Garner engines
  • Max guests 8
  • Number of cabins 5
  • Number of bathrooms 5
  • Tenders 1

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Radar
  • Depth Sounder
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Fishfinder
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Search light
  • Engine room CCTV
  • Crew trained in first aid
  • Emergency flares
Origin: US