NorthLink managing director Stuart Garrett has obviously never experienced the luxury of the wonderful sleeping pods on an overnight trip (NorthLink boss defends sleeping pods; SN, 14 June 2019).
The enjoyment of that self-closing door banging shut (no matter how careful people are) every time someone goes to the lavatory. The pleasure of people tripping over your feet twice – once going, once coming back – and the whispered apologies that accompany these.
I have never experienced sleep deprivation torture, but the sleeping pods would be a useful practice for that.
I have used the north boats for very nearly fifty years and nothing; absolutely nothing comes close to the sleeping pods for discomfort.
As one who has experienced a bad winter’s night on the famous E Deck on the old, old, old St. Clair, and had a night on the floor of the St. Sunnivaon a millets lilo, I feel I speak with experience. Faced with the choice, I will certainly sleep on the floor in future. I don’t care what passenger survey forms say – I treat them as I do Internet feedback. I have not spoken to a single person who has had anything positive to say about the pods.
My suggestion to Stuart Garrett is this. Try them overnight for yourself, then – bright eyed and bushy tailed – face the Shetland public at a meeting directly after you are off the boat.