In an era of large ships filled with modern amenities and capable of accommodating thousands of passengers, it is refreshing to know that there are many smaller vessels in operation. The 2,112GT MV Hebridean Princess, of Hebridean Island Cruises, caters for just 49 passengers, each of whom is served by a minimum of 38 crew members. This enables guests on board to enjoy a luxurious experience, where every need and desire is catered for.
The MV Princess is a classic vessel which has retained her charm over the 50 years she has been in operation. She began life in 1964 as MV Columba, serving as the MacBryne car ferry and Royal Mail Ship. In 1989, she was completely transformed into the MV Princess that is so dearly loved by passengers today, where the immaculate attention to detail is second to none. The therapeutic experience offered on board has even been enjoyed by HM The Queen, who chartered the vessel for a family holiday on two occasions - in 2006 and again in 2010.
Each itinerary consists of four to ten nights on board, during which time you will visit a fabulous range of Hebridean islands which would otherwise be difficult to access. Itineraries are made up of different destinations, with selected cruises following a specific theme and focussing a unique collection of destinations. For example, the ‘An Easter Pilgrimage’ itinerary will provide the opportunity to visit the restored abbey on Easter Sunday on the Isle of Iona; while the ’Ruins and Ramparts of the Lower Clyde’ will enable you to enjoy private visits to a number of ancient castles, private apartments and fine homes that are often closed to the public.
The all-inclusive value of Hebridean Island Cruises really shines through, with all access fees and to landmarks and guided tours included in the price of your cruise. But you do not have to feel restricted to the itinerary – you can also embark on a solo bicycle tour of any specific destination, with free bicycle hire also included in the price. Additionally, the cruise fare includes all port taxes, wireless internet, and transfers from the nearest airport or train station, while the ship also operates a strict ‘no tipping’ policy.
Most itineraries depart from the small resort town of Oban, with selected cruises from Greenock, near Glasgow. Cruises from Oban are situated in the Argyll and Bute region of western Scotland and its position on the Hebridean coast provides an excellent point of access from which to visit a number of stunning Scottish and Irish island destinations.
If you are looking for a more personalised cruising opportunity, where attention to detail and customer service are of paramount importance, you may enjoy the cruising opportunity presented by Hebridean Island Cruises. Travelling at a gentle pace, you will travel with 50 like-minded passengers to a number of stunning islands situated around the UK.
For more information about embarking on a cruise around the wonderful islands of Scotland, contact us via the freephone number above or complete the online enquiry form.