Hebridean Princess

Hebridean Princess Review and Specifications

Specifications of Hebridean Princess

Year built1964  /  Age : 54
Flag state United Kingdom
BuilderHall, Russell & Company (Aberdeen, Scotland)
OwnerHP Shipping
Speed15 kn / 28 kph / 17 mph
Length (LOA)71 m / 233 ft
Beam (width)14 m / 46 ft
Gross Tonnage2112 gt
Passengers50 - 60
Passengers-to-space ratio43
Decks with cabins2
Last Refurbishment2011
Former namesColumbia

Current itinerary of Hebridean Princess

Hebridean Princess current cruise is 7 days, round-trip Secrets of the Western Isles. Prices start from USD 5925 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 25 Sep, 2018 and ends on 02 Oct, 2018.

Date / TimePort
25 Sep      Departing from Oban, Scotland   
26 Sep     Isle of Colonsay, Scotland   
27 Sep     Isle of Iona, Scotland   
28 Sep     Isle of Muck, Port Mor, Scotland   
29 Sep     Isle of Barra, Castlebay, Scotland   
30 Sep     Isle of Skye, Portree, Scotland   
01 Oct     Isle of Rum, Kinloch, Scotland   
02 Oct      Arriving in Oban, Scotland   

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.

Hebridean Princess cruise ship

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.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2018 May 29 9 days, round-trip St Kilda and Western Isles Wildlife Oban$12525
2018 Jun 07 5 days, round-trip In the Footsteps of Sir Jamie Stormonth Darling Oban$5212
2018 Jun 12 7 days, round-trip St Kilda, Islands on the Edge Oban$7125
2018 Jun 19 7 days, round-trip The Hebridean Isles Oban$6825
2018 Jun 26 7 days, round-trip Pearls of the Irish Sea Oban$7125
2018 Jul 03 7 days, round-trip Classical Inspiration Oban$6825
2018 Jul 10 10 days, one-way from Oban to Isle of Portland Oban$9750
2018 Jul 20 10 days, round-trip Brittany and Channel Island Discovery Isle of Portland$10125
2018 Jul 30 9 days, one-way from Isle of Portland to London Greenwich Isle of Portland$8235
2018 Aug 08 9 days, one-way from London Greenwich to Isle of Portland London Greenwich$9150
2018 Aug 17 10 days, one-way from Isle of Portland to Oban Isle of Portland$9750
2018 Aug 27 4 days, round-trip Hebridean Sampler Oban$3750
2018 Aug 31 4 days, round-trip A Taste of the Outer Isles Oban$3750
2018 Sep 04 7 days, round-trip Footloose from Skye to the Outer Isles Oban$6825
2018 Sep 11 7 days, round-trip Islands of Glory Oban$6225
2018 Sep 18 7 days, round-trip Footloose to Assynt Oban$6450
2018 Sep 25 7 days, round-trip Secrets of the Western Isles Oban$5925
2018 Oct 02 7 days, round-trip Autumn in the Enchanted Isles Oban$5550
2018 Oct 09 7 days, round-trip Cycling over The Minch Oban$5400
2018 Oct 16 7 days, round-trip Autumn Surprise Oban$5400
2018 Oct 23 7 days, one-way from Oban to Greenock Oban$4650
2018 Oct 30 7 days, round-trip Architectural Gems of Argyll and The Isles Greenock$3975
2018 Nov 06 6 days, round-trip Argyll’s Secret Coast Greenock$3750
2018 Nov 12 6 days, round-trip Sea Lochs of the Lower Clyde Greenock$2775