Hebridean Sky

Hebridean Sky Review and Specifications

Specifications of Hebridean Sky

Year built 1991  /  Age : 27
Flag state Marshall Islands
Builder Nuovi Cantieri Apuania (Marina di Carrara, Italy)
Class ice-strengthened expedition ship
Owner Noble Caledonia
Speed 17 kn / 31 kph / 20 mph
Length (LOA) 90 m / 295 ft
Beam (width) 15 m / 49 ft
Gross Tonnage 4200 gt
Passengers 114 - 120
Crew 72
Passengers-to-space ratio 36
Decks 5
Cabins 59
Decks with cabins 5
Last Refurbishment 2016
Former names Renaissance VII (Renaissance Cruises), Regina Renaissance, Renai I, Sun, Island Sun, Corinthian II, MV Sea Explorer

Review of Hebridean Sky

MS Hebridean Sky (former "Sea Explorer") belongs to the fleet of Noble Caledonia, together with MS Island Sky and MS Caledonian Sky. The company acquired the vessel in early 2016 after a planned dry-dock refurbishment. The ship was originally built for the Renaissance Cruises line (defunct) and launched in 1991 under the name "Renaissance VII".

Hebridean Sky cruise ship

History - construction & ownership

The 4,200-ton, 114-passenger cruise ship Hebridean Sky was under construction at the same time and in the same Italian yard as the other Noble Caledonia ships (Island Sky, and Caledonian Sky). The vessel offers to its passengers wine at lunch and dinner, a high-brow guest speaker programme and in-depth excursions included in the price of the ticket.

After changing ownership and names several times, in June 2014 AP Touring (Australian cruise line) in a partnership with the UK-based travel company Noble Caledonia announced that they had acquired the vessel. In October 2014, MV Sea Explorer joined the Noble Caledonia fleet, together with the other 2 former Renaissance sister ships - MS Caledonian Sky and MS Island Sky. The vessel had a drydock refit and refurbishment in April 2016 and was renamed to "MS Hebridean Sky" in 2017. Just like her sisters, the cruise ship is now fully equipped with Zodiac crafts allowing passengers to get the most out of the remote places in Scotland.

Cruise itinerary program

Hebridean Sky itinerary program is based on cruises to Patagonia and the Chilean Fjords from Ushuaia to Valparaiso/Guayaquil; Panama Canal cruises; exploration tours to the islands of England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland.


Hebridean Sky is a spacious, yet intimate, all-suite expedition vessel. Following her 2016 renovation, all Hebridean Sky 59 suites are outward-facing. Each is at least 225 sq.feet (21 sq.meters) and offers a choice of either queen-sized or twin- bed, flat-screen TV, sitting area with a sofa-bed, mini-bar, independent temperature controls, marble-appointed en-suite bathroom. 23 of the suites have private balconies.

Dining options - Food & Drinks

With a maximum of just over 100 guests and only one sitting, the cuisine onboard Hebridean Sky is of consistent superior quality. Where possible, the chefs obtain local produce or buy the catch of the day from passing fishing boats. Pre-dinner canapes and afternoon tea take place every day in either the lounge or out on the Lido Deck.

When dining, guests are able to choose their seating arrangements, whether that be joining a table of 4 to 6 other passengers outside on the Lido Deck or whether enjoying meals in the à la carte restaurant. Those travelling alone are seated with other like minded travelers. In the main stylish dining room, breakfast is buffet-style, with certain items cooked to order. Lunch and dinner are an à la carte 5-course affair. A selection of wines are included with both meals to further enhance dining experience.

Entertainment options - Fun & Sport

The beautifully designed public spaces of Hebridean Sky include a large lounge with piano, stylish bar, sun deck, enclosed panoramic viewing deck, library, and small gym. The ship carries a fleet of Zodiacs, available for accessing remote shores and islands and equipped to offer scuba diving.

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Hebridean Sky Itineraries 2018

The below listed Hebridean Sky cruise prices on 2018 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.

Itinerary ports
Halifax cruise port

31 May 2018 12 nights / 13 days, round-trip Circumnavigation of Newfoundland
Prices starting
from $10492
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31 May      Departing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada   
02 Jun     Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, Canada   
03 Jun     Saint Pierre Island, France   
04 Jun     St Johns, Newfoundland, Canada   
05 Jun     Twillingate, Newfoundland, Canada   
06 Jun     L'Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland, Canada   
07 Jun     Red Bay, Labrador, Canada   
08 Jun     Woody Point, Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, Canada   
09 Jun     Magdalen Islands, Quebec, Canada   
10 Jun     Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, Canada   
11 Jun     Pictou, Nova Scotia, Canada   
12 Jun     Baddeck, Nova Scotia, Canada   
13 Jun      Arriving in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada   

Reykjavik cruise port

27 July 2018 9 nights / 10 days, round-trip Circumnavigation of Iceland
Prices starting
from $7492
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27 Jul      Departing from Reykjavik, Iceland   
29 Jul     Breidafjordur, Iceland   
30 Jul     Vigur Island, Iceland   
31 Jul     Siglufjordur, Iceland   
01 Aug     Akureyri, Iceland   
02 Aug     Husavik, Iceland   
03 Aug     Mjoifjordur, Iceland   
04 Aug     Hofn, Iceland   
05 Aug     Heimaey Island, Iceland   
06 Aug      Arriving in Reykjavik, Iceland   

Isle of Colonsay cruise port

29 August 2018 9 nights / 10 days, round-trip Hebridean Island Odyssey
Prices starting
from $5850
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29 Aug      Departing from Oban, Scotland   
31 Aug     Isle of Colonsay, Scotland   
01 Sep     Isle of Mingulay, Scotland   
02 Sep     St Kilda, Scotland   
03 Sep     Isle of Rona, Scotland   
04 Sep     Shiant Islands, Scotland   
05 Sep     Isle of Canna, Scotland   
06 Sep     At Sea   
07 Sep     Isle of Iona, Scotland   
07 Sep     Isle of Staffa, Scotland   
08 Sep      Arriving in Oban, Scotland