Hebridean Princess

Former name: Columbia

Hebridean Princess current position

Hebridean Princess current location is at North East Atlantic Ocean (coordinates 55.94427 N / -4.72846 W) cruising en route to GREENOCK JWD. The AIS position was reported 3 minutes ago.

Current Position

Specifications of Hebridean Princess

Year built1964  /  Age: 57
Flag state United Kingdom
BuilderHall, Russell & Company (Aberdeen, Scotland)
OwnerHP Shipping Ltd
OperatorHebridean Island Cruises UK
Speed15 kn / 28 kph / 17 mph
Length (LOA)71 m / 233 ft
Beam (width)14 m / 46 ft
Gross Tonnage2112 gt
Passengers60
Crew38
Passengers-to-space ratio43
Decks2
Cabins30
Decks with cabins2
Last Refurbishment2011
Former namesColumbia

Hebridean Princess Review

Review of Hebridean Princess

The operated by Hebridean International Cruises ship MV Hebridean Princess (1964-built) was originally named "MS MacBrayne". Initially, the vessel was sailing as a car ferry (for the first 25 years of its service) with capacity 600 passengers and 50 cars. The boat was deployed for regular crossings between 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 July 21 to 29, 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 a 14-day sailing vacation.

The vessel is owned by HP Shipping Ltd (shipowner that also owns Lord of the Glens) and chartered to Hebridean Island Cruises (HP Shipping-owned subsidiary and travel brand) with headquarters in Skipton (Yorkshire England).

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 time, the cruise ship itinerary was extended to Ireland, the Orkney and Shetland islands, and the Norwegian Fjords.

Cabins

There are 3 grades of the 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 on 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 the 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 travellers onto the islands for guided cycle trip and walk.

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