Hebridean Princess

Former name: Columbia

Hebridean Princess last position

Hebridean Princess last location was at North East Atlantic Ocean (coordinates 55.94423 N / -4.72844 W) cruising en route to JWD. The AIS position was reported 1 month ago.

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Current itinerary of Hebridean Princess

Hebridean Princess current cruise is 7 days, one-way from Oban to Greenock. Prices start from USD 3273 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 28 Oct, 2020 and ends on 04 Nov, 2020.

Date / TimePort
28 Oct    Departing from Oban, Scotland hotels
29 Oct    Craobh Haven, Scotland
29 Oct    Ardfern, Scotland
30 Oct    Isle of Jura, Craighouse, Scotland
30 Oct    Isle of Islay, Port Ellen, Scotland
31 Oct    Ballycastle, Northern Ireland
01 Nov    Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland
02 Nov    Campbeltown, Scotland
02 Nov    Isle of Arran, Lochranza-Lamlash-Brodick, Scotland
03 Nov    Isle of Bute, Rothesay, Scotland
03 Nov    Great Cumbrae Island, Millport, Scotland
04 Nov    Arriving in Greenock, Glasgow, Scotland hotels

Specifications of Hebridean Princess

Year built1964  /  Age: 56
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
Passengers-to-space ratio43
Decks with cabins2
Last Refurbishment2011
Former namesColumbia

Hebridean Princess Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2020 Oct 14 7 days, round-trip Flavours of the Hebrides from Oban Oban $4252
2020 Oct 21 7 days, round-trip Footloose to the Atlantic Isles from Oban Oban $3662
2020 Oct 28 7 days, one-way from Oban to Greenock Oban $3273
2020 Nov 04 7 days, round-trip Clyde Castles and Stately Homes from Greenock Greenock $3474
2020 Nov 11 4 days, round-trip Firth of Clyde Explorer from Greenock Greenock $1868
2020 Nov 15 4 days, round-trip A Taste of the Lower Clyde from Greenock Greenock $1768

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.


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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