Purposely built to traverse the waters of Scotland’s Western Isles, Hebridean Princess is the sole ship in the Hebridean Island Cruises fleet. Carrying just 50 guests, she salutes the traditional values of cruising, offering her passenger’s unrivalled comfort and dedicated service from a hand-picked crew of 38. Guests return to experience Hebridean Princess time and time again, sailing mainly from her home port of Oban and embarking on cruises between 4 and 10 nights in length.
Hebridean Princess has effortless access to the remotest islands, lochs and bays that are beyond the reach of larger vessels, so if you’re someone who wants to explore destinations off the beaten track, this may well be the ship for you.
During the day, this intimate and charming vessel will take you to some of the most beautiful and remote locations Scotland, Northern Island, the British Isles and Northern France have to offer. You’ll be whisked away to the shores of these stunning locations on tender boats so you can explore the bays alongside the extremely knowledgeable tour guides who have sailed with Hebridean Island Cruises for many years. You’ll also be happy to know that the tour guides remain on the ship for the duration of your cruise, so you can join them for after dinner talks on the next day’s activities. Rita Adam and John Bowness are just two of the Hebridean Princess Guides, whilst Dr Donna Heddle and Paul Wakely are two of the Guest Speakers who may be joining you on the your cruise.
After energetic explorations on shore, the comfort of a homely Hebridean Princess welcomes your back with open arms. If a spot of solitude appeals, head for the peaceful wood-panelled library and its fine selection of books, all of which can be enjoyed from a wing backed Chesterfield armchair. Elsewhere on the ship you’ll get that home-from-home feeling in the Tiree Lounge, an area that recently received a beautiful makeover and is now filled with soft armchairs and cosy sofas; the perfect spot to catch up with friends both old and new, whilst the inglenook fireplace burns in the background.
Guests who like to stay active and want to work up an appetite before heading for dinner will find the gym on the Waterfront Deck, whilst lovers of retail therapy may enjoy a browse in the small but excellent Princess Shop.
Hebridean Princess is a delightfully quaint cruise ship, designed to carry just 50 passengers on each voyage. She has an enviable reputation for offering outstanding on board service with a crew of 38, all of whom will remember your name and your favourite evening tipple within minutes of you stepping on board.
With low emphasis on evening entertainment, evenings call for you to just go with wherever your mood takes you. Indulge in the art of conversation in the cosy Tiree Lounge, where you can gather with fellow guests with little distraction. If you’d like to look out to sea and watch the dramatic scenery pass you by, head to the Look-Out Lounge or the Starboard Conservatory. Alternatively you can head outdoors to the Skye Deck. Located at the rear of the Promenade Deck, the area is filled with tables and chairs, plus woollen rugs for you to wrap up warm as you admire the view on those chillier days and nights.
There are 30 spacious, individually designed cabins aboard Hebridean Princess, each of them featuring carefully chosen décor and co-ordinating furnishings, fabrics and colours to create a cosy home from home. As an added personal touch all of the cabins have been named after Scottish isles, castles, lochs and sounds.
Cabins are amongst the most spacious offered on any vessel of this size and feature ample wardrobe space, a small personal safe and tea/coffee making facilities.
The cuisine and wine selections on board are truly magnificent. Only the finest and freshest of ingredients are used in the Columba Restaurant, where meals are carefully created by a talented brigade of Scotland’s finest culinary artists. Cherry-wood panelling, fine art and soft lighting create an elegant ambience night after night in the ship’s main dining area. Single-sitting dining means that your designated table for two awaits and solo travellers needn’t worry about dining alone as the ship’s Senior Officers will often invite you to join them in convivial conversation.
When weather permits, lunch may be served alfresco and you may get the chance to enjoy a succulent BBQ on the Sky Deck. On certain cruises, the Chef may well take his skills ashore, where he will produce a legendary Hebridean picnic amongst the rugged scenery of your destination.
The dress code on board Hebridean Princess revolves around country club casual and warm clothing is advisable. Make sure you pack for unpredictable weather as most of your days will be spent outside exploring the hidden nooks of each port of call. Formal attire is not obligatory during Captain’s Evenings, though many passengers do opt to dress for the occasion.