Hebridean Sky

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Cruise line
Noble Caledonia (Small Cruise Lines)

Current cruise:
14 nights / 15 days, one-way from Edinburgh to Portsmouth
17 Aug, 2017 - 01 Sep, 2017

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Hebridean Sky Review and Specifications

Specifications of Hebridean Sky

Year built 1991  /  Age : 26
Flag state Bahamas
Builder Nuovi Cantieri Apuania Spa (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.

Cabins

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 2017

The below listed Hebridean Sky 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
Edinburgh cruise port

28 May 2017 10 nights / 11 days, one-way from Edinburgh to Portsmouth
Prices starting
from $6742
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28 May      Departing from Edinburgh, Leith, Scotland   
30 May     Aberdeen, Scotland   
31 May     Inverie, Scotland   
01 Jun     Isle of Mull, Tobermory, Scotland   
01 Jun     Isle of Iona, Scotland   
02 Jun     Isle of Gigha, Scotland   
03 Jun     Belfast, Northern Ireland   
04 Jun     Holyhead, Isle of Anglesey, Wales   
05 Jun     Dublin, Ireland   
06 Jun     Waterford, Ireland   
07 Jun     Tresco Island, Scilly Isles, Wales   
08 Jun      Arriving in Portsmouth, England   
Edinburgh cruise port

19 June 2017 11 nights / 12 days, one-way from Edinburgh to Oban
Prices starting
from $9930
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19 Jun      Departing from Edinburgh, Leith, Scotland   
21 Jun     Kirkwall, Orkney Island, Scotland   
22 Jun     Westray Island, Papa Westray, Orkney, Scotland   
23 Jun     Fair Isle, Scotland   
23 Jun     Lerwick, Shetland Island, Scotland   
24 Jun     Fetlar Island, Shetland, Scotland   
24 Jun     Unst Island, Shetland, Scotland   
25 Jun     Foula Island, Shetland, Scotland   
26 Jun     Mykines, Faroe Islands   
27 Jun     Torshavn, Streymoy, Faroe Islands   
28 Jun     Isle of Rona, Scotland   
29 Jun     St Kilda, Scotland   
30 Jun     Isle of Mingulay, Scotland   
01 Jul      Arriving in Oban, Scotland   
Bjorkoya Island cruise port

12 July 2017 12 nights / 13 days, one-way from Longyearbyen to Tromso
Prices starting
from $7935
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Tromso cruise port

23 July 2017 12 nights / 13 days, one-way from Tromso to Longyearbyen
Prices starting
from $8272
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Edinburgh cruise port

17 August 2017 14 nights / 15 days, one-way from Edinburgh to Portsmouth
Prices starting
from $8242
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17 Aug      Departing from Edinburgh, Leith, Scotland   
19 Aug     Scrabster, Scotland   
20 Aug     Kirkwall, Orkney Island, Scotland   
21 Aug     Westray Island, Papa Westray, Orkney, Scotland   
22 Aug     Unst Island, Shetland, Scotland   
22 Aug     Fetlar Island, Shetland, Scotland   
23 Aug     Lerwick, Shetland Island, Scotland   
24 Aug     Stornoway, Isle of Lewis and Harris, Scotland   
25 Aug     Isle of Canna, Scotland   
25 Aug     Isle of Muck, Port Mor, Scotland   
26 Aug     Londonderry, Northern Ireland   
27 Aug     Isle of Man, Douglas, UK   
28 Aug     Holyhead, Isle of Anglesey, Wales   
29 Aug     Waterford, Ireland   
30 Aug     Tresco Island, Scilly Isles, Wales   
31 Aug     Guernsey, St Peter Port, Channel Islands   
01 Sep      Arriving in Portsmouth, England   
Barcelona cruise port

14 September 2017 10 nights / 11 days, one-way from Barcelona to Livorno
Prices starting
from $6892
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14 Sep      Departing from Barcelona, Spain   
16 Sep     Port-Vendres, France   
17 Sep     Sete, France   
18 Sep     Sanary-sur-Mer, France Riviera   
19 Sep     Villefranche-sur-Mer, Nice, France   
20 Sep     Monte Carlo, Monaco   
21 Sep     San Remo, Italy   
22 Sep     Genoa, Italy   
23 Sep     Porto Venere, Italy   
24 Sep     Viareggio, Italy   
25 Sep      Arriving in Livorno, Florence-Pisa, Italy   
Livorno cruise port

24 September 2017 8 nights / 9 days, one-way from Livorno to Naples
Prices starting
from $5992
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24 Sep      Departing from Livorno, Florence-Pisa, Italy   
26 Sep     Portoferraio, Elba, Italy   
27 Sep     Bastia, Corsica, France   
27 Sep     Saint-Florent, Corsica, France   
28 Sep     Olbia, Sardinia, Italy   
29 Sep     Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy   
30 Sep     Trapani, Sicily, Italy   
01 Oct     Palermo, Sicily, Italy   
02 Oct     Lipari Island, Italy   
03 Oct      Arriving in Naples, Italy   
Naples cruise port

02 October 2017 10 nights / 11 days, one-way from Naples to Seville
Prices starting
from $5392
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02 Oct      Departing from Naples, Italy   
04 Oct     Herculaneum, Italy   
05 Oct     Olbia, Sardinia, Italy   
06 Oct     Alghero, Sardinia, Italy   
07 Oct     Port Mahon, Menorca Island, Spain   
08 Oct     Palma de Mallorca, Majorca Island, Spain   
09 Oct     Cartagena, Spain   
10 Oct     Malaga, Spain   
11 Oct - 12 Oct     Seville, Spain (Overnight)   
12 Oct - 13 Oct     Seville, Spain (Overnight)   
13 Oct      Arriving in Seville, Spain   
Naples cruise port

02 October 2017 6 nights / 7 days, one-way from Naples to Malaga
Prices starting
from $3442
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02 Oct      Departing from Naples, Italy   
04 Oct     Olbia, Sardinia, Italy   
05 Oct     Alghero, Sardinia, Italy   
06 Oct     Port Mahon, Menorca Island, Spain   
07 Oct     Palma de Mallorca, Majorca Island, Spain   
08 Oct     Cartagena, Spain   
09 Oct      Arriving in Malaga, Spain   

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.

Departure
Itinerary ports
Ushuaia cruise port

08 March 2018 13 nights / 14 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Valparaiso
Prices starting
from $11692
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08 Mar      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
10 Mar     Cape Horn, Chile Antarctica   
11 Mar     Chilean Fjords, Patagonia   
12 Mar     Chilean Fjords, Patagonia   
13 Mar     Chilean Fjords, Patagonia   
14 Mar     Chilean Fjords, Patagonia   
15 Mar     Chilean Fjords, Patagonia   
16 Mar - 17 Mar     Punta Arenas, Chile Antarctica (Overnight)   
17 Mar     Punta Arenas, Chile Antarctica   
18 Mar     Chiloe Island, Chile   
19 Mar     Puerto Montt, Chile   
20 Mar     Valdivia, Chile   
21 Mar     At Sea   
22 Mar      Arriving in Valparaiso, Santiago, Chile   
Havana cruise port

17 April 2018 11 nights / 12 days, round-trip Circumnavigation of Cuba
Prices starting
from $10942
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17 Apr      Departing from Havana, Cuba   
19 Apr     At Sea   
20 Apr     Cayo Guillermo, Cuba   
21 Apr     Antilla, Cuba   
22 Apr     Santiago de Cuba   
23 Apr     At Sea   
24 Apr     Casilda, Cuba   
25 Apr     Cienfuegos, Cuba   
26 Apr     Cayo Largo del Sur, Cuba   
27 Apr     Punta Frances, Cuba   
28 Apr     Maria la Gorda, Cuba   
29 Apr      Arriving in Havana, Cuba   
Nassau cruise port

06 May 2018 13 nights / 14 days, one-way from Nassau to New York
Prices starting
from $11092
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06 May      Departing from Nassau, New Providence Island, Bahamas   
08 May     At Sea   
09 May     Port Canaveral, Orlando, Florida   
10 May     Savannah, Georgia   
11 May     Charleston, South Carolina   
12 May     Wilmington, North Carolina   
13 May     Morehead City, North Carolina   
14 May     Norfolk, Virginia   
15 May - 16 May     Baltimore, Maryland (Overnight)   
16 May     Baltimore, Maryland   
17 May     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania   
18 May     Poughkeepsie, New York   
19 May - 20 May     New York, Cape Liberty NYC (Overnight)   
20 May      Arriving in New York, Cape Liberty NYC   
New York cruise port

19 May 2018 12 nights / 13 days, one-way from New York to Halifax
Prices starting
from $11092
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19 May      Departing from New York, Cape Liberty NYC   
21 May     New York, Cape Liberty NYC   
22 May     New London, Connecticut   
23 May     Newport, Rhode Island   
24 May     Martha's Vineyard Island, Massachusetts   
25 May     Boston, Massachusetts   
26 May     Portland, Maine   
27 May     Rockland, Maine   
28 May     Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada   
29 May     Digby, Nova Scotia, Canada   
30 May     Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada   
31 May - 01 Jun     Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (Overnight)   
01 Jun      Arriving in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada   
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 Island, Canada   
05 Jun     Twillingate, Newfoundland Island, Canada   
06 Jun     L'Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland Island, Canada   
07 Jun     Red Bay, Labrador, Canada   
08 Jun     Woody Point, Newfoundland Island, 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