Rainforest Cruises vs St Hilda Sea Adventures - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 4
Value — 4.4
Guide — 4.0
Activities — 4.6
Lodging — 4.6
Transportation — 4.4
Meals — 4.4
Overall — 5
Value — 5.0
Guide — 5.0
Activities — 5.0
Lodging — 5.0
Transportation — 5.0
Meals — 5.0
Recent Reviews

Poor attention to detail

1.0 June 2019
Gb
Does Not Recommend
  • Value 3.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 3.0
  • Lodging 3.0
  • Transportation 3.0
  • Meals 2.0
I've already left one review - not sure why it's not showing.
The agent I dealt with at this company had the worst attention to detail and no idea about timeliness of responses.
The management buried their head in the sand and did not respond to 1 complaint either before or after the trip.
The purpose of using an agent is yo make your holiday experience stress free - but I left home with a sense of dread of what was to go wrong - and many things did.
Will never use them again.
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Tour Rainforest Cruises Company Reviews

Never dealt with an agent with such poor attention to detail

2.0 June 2019
G
Does Not Recommend
  • Value 3.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 3.0
  • Meals 4.0
I booked a group charter in the Galapagos with Rainforest cruises at the start of May.
In addition I, and a number of other couples from the group booked additional travel pre/post cruise - so a fair bit of money went through the company.
My complaint is not with the product- they knew their hotels, tours etc, but when you get an itinerary that includes an activity on 31 April - warning bells go off. In the whole lead up to the trip there were so many errors in the itinerary that I had to pick up. The final version was only sent 1 week before departure limiting any proper review. I had members of my group forever chasing the agent for details and information.
I raised this multiple times with the company managers but with no response. During the trip we turned up at one airport expecting to be met - but the hotel had no record of our booking. Itinerary details were misrepresented (e.g. a 3 day experience was arriving at 4pm one day, having the next day and then leaving 7.00am the next day - absolutely false advertising).
I have tried dealing with the company outside of a forum such as this, but I have worked out they just don't respond. I sent a letter to management on 24th But have had absolutely no response at all.
I run a small business and would NEVER treat my clients in such a way - but I am learning that silence seems to be the Sth American way of dealing with things - although with head quarters in USA I mistakenly thought American service would count for something.
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Tour Rainforest Cruises Company Reviews

The ship is beautiful and comfortable

5.0 March 2019
C
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We would highly recommend an Amazon Rainforest Cruise through Rainforest Cruises. We had a five-day cruise on the Delphin III. The ship is beautiful and comfortable and the staff are friendly and knowledgeable. They have all grown up in river villages in the general area so can speak extensively about the customs, foods, wildlife, the rivers, plants, etc. It was a great experience and we saw very few mosquitoes and were not uncomfortable in the heat and humidity. Our trip was at the end of February, 2019. The water was very high and that made navigation very easy. We loved it! The food was wonderful on board. The accommodations were luxurious.
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Fabulous trip and company enough!

5.0 August 2019
M
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just got back from our Mull Odyssey cruise. An amazing, truly special holiday. So many highlights to pick from but the amazing columnar basalt rock formations on Staffa; Lochbuie Standing Stone Circle; dolphins bow riding; huge jellyfish; 'helping' crew the ship; Tobermory; sunsets & rainbows; Iona and the fabulous scenery are a good start. Special thanks to Christophe and Amy for going above and beyond being the crew. I cannot recommend this fabulous trip and company enough!
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Tour St Hilda Sea Adventures Company Reviews

Excellent crew

5.0 June 2019
L
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
St Hilda - a little gem of a sailboat - great holiday. Excellent crew - thanks to skipper Christophe and cook Kerry . Arnamurchan distillery - fascinating tour - a real find. Loved the island of Egg - hike to Kildonan followed by fresh mussels and chips at the pub in the sun - bliss! And then she sped, bonnie boat, over the sea to Skye.
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Tour St Hilda Sea Adventures Company Reviews

Wonderful, memorable cruise

5.0 June 2019
D
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Wonderful, memorable cruise of the Inner Hebrides. The staff was far above any expectations I may have had. Great communication and assistance with the office prior to the trip. The crew on board took wonderful care of us, and were always responsive to our needs and preferences. Seamanship was clearly superior. Food was outstanding!! The ship is small enough that you really get a sense of being on the water and in the islands. It is also large enough to have resources and comforts. I am happy to recommend it.
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Tour St Hilda Sea Adventures Company Reviews

Tours 4 Trips 9 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 497 $ 219
Operator Type River Cruise Line Small Ship & Expedition Cruise Line
Size Local Specialist Local Specialist
Trip Types
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
  • River Cruises
  • Private Guided Trips
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
  • Custom Itineraries
Service Level Luxury Standard
Regions
  • South America
  • Rivers & Seas
  • Rivers & Seas
  • Europe
Known For
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Adventure
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Solo & Singles Travel
  • Eco Travel
  • Adventure
  • Sailing
Headquarters Gulfport, Florida, USA Oban, Scotland
Year Established 2011 N/A
Solo Friendly N/A Good for singles
Tour Languages N/A N/A
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      About Rainforest Cruises

      Gulfport, Florida-based Rainforest Cruises is a conservation-minded agency specializing in small ship cruises on the Amazon River in three South American countries, as well as Galapagos Islands cruises. 

      What Makes Them Stand Out? 

      They have a narrow focus, are experienced in that niche, and can offer expert advice to help you choose your Amazon or Galapagos cruise. 

      Who Travels With Them?

      With so many options in price, style of ship, and destination, Rainforest Cruises appeals to any traveler of any age or budget who wants to visit the Amazon or Galapagos by small ship or riverboat. 

      Where Do They Operate?

      Primarily on the Amazon in Peru, Brazil, and Ecuador, as well as cruises in the Galapagos Islands. They have a minor presence in Panama and Bolivia. 

      How Does It Work?

      They feature four styles of riverboats and cruise ships: comfort, superior, luxury, and charter; suitable family and honeymoon choices are also noted. Comfort is the most basic level, while luxury vessels have the most amenities and largest cabins. You can charter a ship in any category at additional cost. Choose your cruise from among 25 ships in the Amazon region, 12 in the Galapagos and one each in Panama and Bolivia. The vessels range from houseboat-style to sailing ships to sleek yachts.  

      Why Travel With Them? 

      Rainforest cruises makes it easy to find the Amazon or Galapagos cruise that’s right for you.  All their ships are pictured on their website and categorized by style. You choose your destination and ship, with their advice if needed. You can also book land tour extensions through them to places like Machu Picchu and Iguazu Falls, or a stay at a jungle lodge.

      About St Hilda Sea Adventures

      St. Hilda Sea Adventures provide the unique experience to see Scotland from the sea. They offer many activities and private excursions - a perfect travel experience for families, older travellers, and small multi-gen groups.

      What Makes Them Stand Out?

      Taking only up to 11 guests (6 on St Hilda and 11 on Seahorse II), their tours are incredibly unique, as you cruise aboard a classic ex-tall ship (St Hilda) or a proper small ship (Seahorse II). Activities include sailing, swimming, sea kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, rock pooling, and lobster potting. Or, you can simply choose to just relax and watch the spectacular wildlife and scenery float by.

      Who Travels With Them?

      All ages and all types enjoy traveling with St. Hilda Sea Adventures. Families, couples, and solo passengers are all welcome. Passengers can choose to do as much or as little as they like. This is a great trip for young kids to enjoy as well, for the thrill of hoisting the sails like a true sailor.

      Where Do They Operate?

      The West Coast of Scotland is where they specialize, the Outer and Inner Hebrides specifically. Such a niche focus is a huge positive for those interested in getting a unique view of this part of the world.

      Why Travel With Them?

      Their Scottish cruises give you the opportunity to see extraordinary wildlife and to cruise aboard a small ship with skipper and chef and a small group of passengers. All food is included, and there are many opportunities for interesting excursions. Some excursions are included in the price however, you can also arrange excursions based on your interests. These are not included but allow for a wonderful amount of personalization to your travel experience with St. Hilda Sea Adventures.

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