Hebridean Princess

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Hebridean Island Cruises (Small Cruise Lines)

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7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Outlook on the Outer Isles
19 Sep, 2017 - 27 Sep, 2017

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Hebridean Princess Review and Specifications

Specifications of Hebridean Princess

Year built 1964  /  Age : 53
Flag state United Kingdom
Builder Hall, Russell & Company (Aberdeen, Scotland)
Owner HP Shipping
Speed 15 kn / 28 kph / 17 mph
Length (LOA) 71 m / 233 ft
Beam (width) 14 m / 46 ft
Gross Tonnage 2112 gt
Passengers 50 - 60
Crew 38
Passengers-to-space ratio 43
Decks 2
Cabins 30
Decks with cabins 2
Last Refurbishment 2011
Former names Columbia

Review of Hebridean Princess

The operated by Hebridean International Cruises ship, mv Hebridean Princess, was built in 1964 and its first name was the MacBrayne. Initially, the vessel was sailing as a car ferry (for the first 25 years of its existence). It was capable of transporting 600 passengers and 50 cars and was sailing near the Scottish islands.

History - construction & ownership

The 2,112-ton, 50-passenger cruise ship Hebridean Princess was significantly refitted in 1989 in Great Yarmouth. The vessel was transformed into a luxury cruise ship and received a new name - mv Hebridean Princess. The car-carrying feature was decided to be removed and this gave more space for the construction of additional cabins. Crew-to-guest ratio was considerably increased.

The period from 21 July to 29 July 2006 is memorable for the vessel, as HM Queen Elizabeth II chartered Hebridean Princess for a 'family holiday' to mark the Queen’s 80th birthday. The 8-day “cruise charter” cost Her Majesty GBP 125,000. On July 23, 2010 The Queen chartered the cruise ship for a second time, for 14 days.

Cruise itinerary program

MV Hebridean Princess entered service with her new name on May 26, 1989 and started offering luxury cruises around the Western Isles of Scotland. Over the time, the cruise ship itinerary was extended to Ireland, the Orkney and Shetland islands, and the Norwegian Fjords.

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Cabins

There are 3 grades of single cabin, 5 double or twin grades, and 1 suite (Isle of Arran) onboard Hebridean Princess. Most staterooms have outside views (there are 3 inside singles and 3 inside twins), and are named after glens, islands, or other Scottish landmarks. They are highly individual in design but all feature top-quality bed linen, soft furnishings and Molton Brown toiletries.

Dining options - Food & Drinks

The Columba dining room reflects the passenger breakdown, with 2 main tables - Captain's and Chief Engineer's, as well as a number of 2- or 4-person tables, depending whether couples prefer to sit together. Solo travellers are invited to dine with the Captain or Chief Engineer each night. Unlike almost any other cruise ship, all food is fresh and locally-sourced. Hebridean Princess menus feature top quality seafood and fish, along with grouse, pheasant, venison and prime beef.

Entertainment options - Fun & Sport

There are a number of knowledgeable cruise guides onboard Hebridean Princess, who stay for the duration of the sailing. When the ship is in dock, local musicians perform in the evening. The only other entertainment consists of nightly TV-run films. By day, the main entertainment is to be found ashore. Hebridean Princess carries 5 small boats. Twice-daily motorboat excursions take travelers onto the islands for guided cycle trip and walks.

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Hebridean Princess Itineraries 2017

The below listed Hebridean Princess cruise prices on 2017 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Small Cruise Lines fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Departure
Itinerary ports
Isle of Raasay cruise port

05 September 2017 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Sutherland's Scenic Coast
Prices starting
from $6240
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05 Sep      Departing from Oban, Scotland   
07 Sep     Plockton, Scotland   
08 Sep     Loch Ewe, Scotland   
09 Sep     Lochinver, Scotland   
10 Sep     Ullapool, Scotland   
11 Sep     Isle of Raasay, Scotland   
12 Sep     Isle of Canna, Scotland   
13 Sep      Arriving in Oban, Scotland   
Isle of Islay cruise port

12 September 2017 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Call of the Emerald Isle
Prices starting
from $6090
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12 Sep      Departing from Oban, Scotland   
14 Sep     Isle of Islay, Port Ellen, Scotland   
15 Sep     Londonderry, Northern Ireland   
16 Sep     Belfast, Northern Ireland   
17 Sep     Carlingford, Ireland   
18 Sep     Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland   
19 Sep     Ballycastle, Northern Ireland   
20 Sep      Arriving in Oban, Scotland   
Isle of Skye cruise port

19 September 2017 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Outlook on the Outer Isles
Prices starting
from $6090
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19 Sep      Departing from Oban, Scotland   
21 Sep     Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland   
22 Sep     Isle of Skye, Portree, Scotland   
23 Sep     Stornoway, Isle of Lewis and Harris, Scotland   
24 Sep     Isle of Eriskay, Scotland   
25 Sep     Isle of Tiree, Scarinish, Scotland   
26 Sep     Isle of Iona, Scotland   
27 Sep      Arriving in Oban, Scotland   
Isle of Islay cruise port

26 September 2017 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Year of History, Heritage and Archaelogy
Prices starting
from $6090
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26 Sep      Departing from Oban, Scotland   
28 Sep     Isle of Islay, Port Ellen, Scotland   
29 Sep     Isle of Islay, Port Ellen, Scotland   
30 Sep     Isle of Tiree, Scarinish, Scotland   
01 Oct     Isle of Eriskay, Scotland   
02 Oct     Stornoway, Isle of Lewis and Harris, Scotland   
03 Oct     Isle of Skye, Portree, Scotland   
04 Oct      Arriving in Oban, Scotland   
Isle of Islay cruise port

03 October 2017 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Flavours of Scotland
Prices starting
from $6240
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03 Oct      Departing from Oban, Scotland   
05 Oct     Isle of Islay, Port Ellen, Scotland   
06 Oct     Isle of Canna, Scotland   
07 Oct     Isle of Skye, Portree, Scotland   
08 Oct     Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland   
09 Oct     Isle of Eigg, Scotland   
10 Oct     Isle of Mull, Tobermory, Scotland   
11 Oct      Arriving in Oban, Scotland   
Isle of Rum cruise port

10 October 2017 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Exploring the Small Isles and Inner Sound
Prices starting
from $5370
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10 Oct      Departing from Oban, Scotland   
12 Oct     Isle of Rum, Kinloch, Scotland   
13 Oct     Gairloch, Scotland   
14 Oct     Isle of Skye, Portree, Scotland   
15 Oct     Plockton, Scotland   
16 Oct     Inverie, Scotland   
17 Oct     Isle of Canna, Scotland   
18 Oct      Arriving in Oban, Scotland   


17 October 2017 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Autumn Surprise
Prices starting
from $4665
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17 Oct      Departing from Oban, Scotland   
19 Oct     Captain's Choice Port of Call   
20 Oct     Captain's Choice Port of Call   
21 Oct     Captain's Choice Port of Call   
22 Oct     Captain's Choice Port of Call   
23 Oct     Captain's Choice Port of Call   
24 Oct     Captain's Choice Port of Call   
25 Oct      Arriving in Oban, Scotland   
Isle of Arran cruise port

24 October 2017 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Oban to Greenock
Prices starting
from $4665
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24 Oct      Departing from Oban, Scotland   
26 Oct     Tayvallich, Scotland   
27 Oct     Campbeltown, Scotland   
28 Oct     Isle of Arran, Brodick-Lamlash, Scotland   
29 Oct     Great Cumbrae Island, Millport, Scotland   
29 Oct 23:00 - 23:00     Holy Loch, Scotland   
30 Oct 23:00 - 23:00     Greenock, Glasgow, Scotland   
31 Oct      Arriving in Greenock, Glasgow, Scotland   
Isle of Arran cruise port

31 October 2017 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Oban to Greenock
Prices starting
from $4440
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31 Oct      Departing from Oban, Scotland   
02 Nov     Loch Fyne, Scotland   
03 Nov     Loch Fyne, Scotland   
04 Nov     Loch Fyne, Scotland   
05 Nov     Isle of Arran, Brodick-Lamlash, Scotland   
06 Nov     Troon, Scotland   
07 Nov     Great Cumbrae Island, Millport, Scotland   
08 Nov      Arriving in Greenock, Glasgow, Scotland   
Greenock cruise port

07 November 2017 4 nights / 5 days, round-trip Highlights of the Firth of Clyde
Prices starting
from $1815
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07 Nov      Departing from Greenock, Glasgow, Scotland   
09 Nov     Holy Loch, Scotland   
10 Nov     Isle of Arran, Brodick-Lamlash, Scotland   
11 Nov     Sanda Island, Scotland   
12 Nov      Arriving in Greenock, Glasgow, Scotland   
Greenock cruise port

11 November 2017 5 nights / 6 days, round-trip Clyde Island Explorer
Prices starting
from $2265
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11 Nov      Departing from Greenock, Glasgow, Scotland   
13 Nov     Great Cumbrae Island, Millport, Scotland   
14 Nov     Isle of Bute, Rothesay, Scotland   
15 Nov     Isle of Arran, Brodick-Lamlash, Scotland   
16 Nov     Holy Loch, Scotland   
17 Nov      Arriving in Greenock, Glasgow, Scotland