The owner of small ship Hebridean Princess - HP Shipping Ltd, purchased a 27-passenger cabin ship from Magna Carta Steamship Company for an undisclosed sum.
Previously chartered by Lindblad Expeditions, the Lord of Glens ship will be chartered to Hebridean Island Cruises (UK). Operations and reservations for the 4-deck boat will move to the company’s head office in Skipton, Yorkshire England.
Commencing in April 2021, the cruise ship will offer 5- to 7-night itineraries along the Caledonian Canal (between Inverness and Kyle of Lochalsh including Oban and Loch Ness Lake), connecting Scotland east and west coasts.
Roger Allard (HP Shipping's and Hebridean Island Cruises' Chairman) called Lord of the Glens “a very appealing vessel” and added the ship was “a perfect fit” for the company's portfolio. He added that “‘Small is beautiful’ is the Hebridean Island Cruises’ mantra and the Lord of the Glens can certainly boast that accolade."
Advance bookings for Lord of the Glens' 2021 cruises are reportedly very strong and a number of voyages have been chartered to European and US tour operators.
The 35-year-old Lord of the Glens is similarly sized to Hebridean Princess, with max passenger capacity 54 and operates mainly itineraries along Scotland's west coast.