Hebridean Princess Review and Specifications
Specifications of Hebridean Princess
|Year built||1964 / Age : 55|
|Flag state||United Kingdom|
|Builder||Hall, Russell & Company (Aberdeen, Scotland)|
|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|
|Decks with cabins||2|
Current itinerary of Hebridean Princess
Hebridean Princess current cruise is 7 days, round-trip Outer Isles Odyssey. Prices start from USD 4410 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 14 May, 2019 and ends on 21 May, 2019.
|Date / Time||Port|
|14 May||Departing from Oban, Scotland hotels|
|15 May||Isle of Barra, Castlebay, Scotland|
|16 May||Isle of Eriskay, Scotland|
|17 May||Lochmaddy, North Uist Island, Scotland|
|18 May||Stornoway, Isle of Lewis and Harris, Scotland|
|19 May||Stornoway, Isle of Lewis and Harris, Scotland|
|20 May||Isle of Canna, Scotland|
|21 May||Arriving in Oban, Scotland hotels|
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 and 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.
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.
Shipboard dining options - Food and 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.
Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and 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
The below listed Hebridean Princess cruise prices on 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.
|Date||Cruise Name||Departure Port||Price from|
|2019 Apr 30||7 days, round-trip Springtime Surprise||Oban||$4110|
|2019 May 07||7 days, round-trip The Hebrides in Colour||Oban||$4410|
|2019 May 14||7 days, round-trip Outer Isles Odyssey||Oban||$4410|
|2019 May 21||7 days, round-trip Natural World of the Shiants and St Kilda||Oban||$4970|
|2019 May 28||7 days, round-trip The Wildlife of St Kilda||Oban||$4895|
|2019 Jun 11||7 days, round-trip Celtic Panorama||Oban||$4820|
|2019 Jun 18||7 days, round-trip Footloose to the Summer Isles and the Shiants||Oban||$4920|
|2019 Jun 25||7 days, round-trip Secrets of St Kilda||Oban||$5020|
|2019 Jul 02||7 days, round-trip Hebridean Concerto||Oban||$4820|
|2019 Jul 09||9 days, one-way from Oban to Invergordon||Oban||$8060|
|2019 Jul 18||9 days, round-trip Northern Isles Explorer||Invergordon||$6390|
|2019 Jul 27||9 days, round-trip Footloose in Orkney and Shetland||Invergordon||$8780|
|2019 Aug 05||8 days, one-way from Invergordon to Oban||Invergordon||$5680|
|2019 Aug 13||6 days, round-trip Castles and Clans||Oban||$3910|
|2019 Aug 23||4 days, round-trip West to Prince’s Bay||Oban||$2750|
|2019 Aug 27||7 days, round-trip The Atlantic Isles to the Bishop’s Isles||Oban||$4820|
|2019 Sep 03||7 days, round-trip Gaelic Trilogy||Oban||$6270|
|2019 Sep 10||7 days, round-trip Sutherland’s Secret Coast||Oban||$4310|
|2019 Sep 17||7 days, round-trip Exploring the Outer Isles||Oban||$4310|
|2019 Sep 24||7 days, round-trip Gastronomic Scotland||Oban||$4310|
|2019 Oct 01||7 days, round-trip Footloose to the Emerald Isle||Oban||$4310|
|2019 Oct 08||7 days, round-trip Autumn Surprise||Oban||$3500|
|2019 Oct 15||7 days, round-trip Sea Lochs and Small Isles||Oban||$2740|
|2019 Oct 22||7 days, one-way from Oban to Greenock||Oban||$3490|
|2019 Oct 29||7 days, round-trip Grandeur and Splendour of Argyll and Bute||Greenock||$2690|
|2019 Nov 05||7 days, round-trip Outlook on the Clyde||Greenock||$3490|
|2019 Nov 12||4 days, round-trip Argyll Escape||Greenock||$1870|