Experience Scotland’s Rugged North West Wilderness aboard Hebridean Princess

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Experience the Rugged North West Wilderness aboard Hebridean Princess. Save between £500 – £1000 on the remaining cabins.

The far north west Scottish Highlands offer superb scenery, mountain peaks, unspoilt sandy beaches, magnificent walking and wide open spaces.  This cruise takes in the famous sub-tropical gardens at Inverewe, the beautifully remote Summer Isles and the amazing seabird cliffs of the Shiants. This is a fascinating journey through some of Scotland’s most beautiful landscapes of lochs and mountains.

The cruise is for 7 nights – 1st to 8th May 2018 on board Hebridean Princess

Itinerary:
Oban – Skye – Shieldaig – Loch á Chàirn Bhàin -Summer Isles – Skye – Mull – Oban

Inside Double £3,850pp New Fare £3,270pp

Outside Double from £5,350pp New Fare from £4,545pp

Premium Outside Double £7,650pp New Fare £6,500pp

Balcony Double SOLD OUT

Suite Double SOLD OUT

Inside Single SOLD OUT

Outside Single from £7,200 New Fare from £6,120

For more information or to reserve a cabin please call reservations at Hebridean Princess on 01756 704704 or contact your preferred travel agent.

Further details at: http://www.hebridean.co.uk/itinerary-example.php?id=128

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The Highlands and Islands of Scotland and the remote coastal areas of Scotland are all accessible in full luxury and comfort aboard the Hebridean Princess.

With just 50 guests and a dedicated crew of 38, Hebridean Princess has an enviable reputation for exceptional service, fine food and wine and very warm welcome. She has thirty spacious and well-appointed cabins, 10 designed especially for the single traveller.

Hebridean Princess – 30 Years Cheers

Now that 2018 has arrived, here at Hebridean Island Cruises we are excitedly looking forward to celebrating the 30th cruising season of Hebridean Princess. Guest speaker Graham Clarke has kindly penned a 30th anniversary poem titled “30 Year’s Cheers”.

Our 30th anniversary season will not go unmarked and therefore we will be replicating itineraries from our inaugural year of 1989, along with cruises from our tenth season of 1998 and the twentieth season of 2008:

>> Original cruise from 1989 – Islands of the Inner & Outer Hebrides 22 – 29 May 2018

>> Original cruise from 1998 – The Hebridean Isles 19 – 26 June 2018

>> Original cruise from 2008 – Secrets of the Western Isles 25 Sept – 2 Oct 2018

30 Years Cheers

 

A nice glass of whisky with one cube of ice
And a portion of haggis would also be nice

Such pleasures enhance this marvellous trip
On this our most excellent wee Scottish ship

So here’s to our Captain and his noble Crew
Our wonderful chefs just cooking for you

Preparers of dishes and bakers of breads
Cleaners of cabins and makers of beds

Here’s to our Purser and Chief Engineer
And blokes on the bridge who know how to steer

And men on the deck we call seamen able
And those lovely people who wait at our table

Ensuring our comfort as we sit to dine
And ever attentive at pouring the wine

This ship’s been cruising for thirty great years
A Princess deserving of three hearty cheers

So one for our Captain one for his Crew
And might I suggest the third one for you!

© Graham Clarke 2017

Graham Clarke will accompany the Isles of Scilly and Celtic Coasts cruise commencing 10th July 2018 as guest speaker.

Spring Savings on Hebridean Princess

 

Springtime in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland is an exciting and magical time as the landscapes burst into colour and new life emerges.  What better way to welcome the season of growth than to enjoy a voyage of discovery on Hebridean Princess.

We are delighted to offer the following hand-picked selection of spring cruises with the tantalising fares shown for visitors to the Luxury Scotland website.

To make you reservation and receive the special fares shown, please call Jonathan, Lisa, Louise, Stella or Abigail on 01756 704704 quoting ‘Luxury Scotland‘.

Argyll’s Secret Coast – 1 to 7 March 2018 – 6 nights 

Greenock – Great Cumbrae – Arran – Crarae – Strachur – Rothesay – Greenock

Join Hebridean Princess on her maiden voyage of 2018 as she uncovers some of the delights of Argyll’s secret coast, exploring Britain’s longest sea loch and some of the diverse islands which pepper the Firth of Clyde.

Inside Single SOLD OUT
Outside Single SOLD OUT
Inside Double SOLD OUT
Small Outisde Double from £2,900pp New Fare £2,475pp
Premium Outside Double £3,700pp New Fare £3,160pp
Balcony Double £3,000pp New Fare £3,160pp
Suite Double SOLD OUT

Heart of Argyll to Oban – 20 to 27 March 2018 – 7 nights

Greenock – Holy Loch – Sanda Island -Campbeltown – Islay – Crinan – Craobh Haven – Oban

Leaving Greenock, and heading around the Mull of Kintyre, we take this last opportunity to enjoy the Clyde islands in spring as we voyage to our home port of Oban and our first visit of the year to some of the southern Hebridean islands.

Inside Single SOLD OUT
Outside Single SOLD OUT
Inside Double SOLD OUT
Small Outside Double from £3,350pp New Fare £2,860pp
Premium Outside Double £4,800pp New Fare £4,100pp
Balcony Double from £4,800pp New Fare £4,100pp
Suite Double SOLD OUT

West Coast Wonders – 3 to 10 April 2018 – 7 nights

Oban – Rum – Kyle of Lochalsh – Ullapool – Isle Martin – Loch Ewe – Skye – Oban


Scotland’s Western Seaboard is unspoilt, wild and beautiful. Explore this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty from the comfort and elegance of Hebridean Princess as she discovers hidden Hebridean highlights, together with rugged mainland gems on a cruise of varied adventure.

Inside Single £3,750 New Fare £3,200

Outside Single SOLD OUT
Inside Double SOLD OUT
Small Outside Double £4,250pp New Fare £3,625pp
Premium Outside Double £5,450pp New Fare £4,650pp
Balcony Double from £5,450pp New Fare £4,650pp
Suite Double SOLD OUT

 

Springtime Surprise – 24 April to 1 May 2018 – 7 nights

Oban – Oban

Join Hebridean Princess on this Springtime Surprise cruise as Captain decides the itinerary on a daily basis, taking you to some of his favourite destinations. Although the itinerary is unknown you will be assured of our excellent service, exquisite cuisine and the understated elegance of Hebridean Princess.

Inside Single £4,950 New Fare £4,225
Outside Single SOLD OUT
Inside Double SOLD OUT
Small Outside Double £5,550pp New Fare £4,740pp
Premium Outside Double £7,200pp New Fare £6,150pp
Balcony Double  £7,200pp New Fare £6,150pp
Suite Double SOLD OUT

Hebridean Princess looks forward to 30th season

As the New Year dawns, here at Hebridean Island Cruises we are very much looking forward to celebrating the ‘Pearl Anniversary’ of Hebridean Princess as she embarks on her 30th cruising season.Naturally, our 30th anniversary season will not go unmarked and we will therefore be replicating itineraries from our inaugural year of 1989, along with cruises from our tenth season of 1998 and the twentieth season of 2008.

But our Pearl Anniversary celebrations are not just confined to cruises from seasons gone by. For the summer of 2018 our out-of-area cruises will witness Hebridean Princess venturing to the south coast of England, calling at Dublin and the Isles of Scilly en route. We are also voyaging to the Channel Islands, Northern France including Brittany and Normandy, and our maiden visit to Belgium. Furthermore, two cruises of the River Thames to the iconic Tower Bridge are additional highlights of our southern sojourn.

For the more energic, there will be four new Footloose walking itineraries, and for the first time in many years a dedicated cycling cruise to be accompanied by Olympic Cyclist, Chris Boardman.

To make you reservation and receive a 10% saving on the full published fares please call Jonathan, Lisa, Louise, Stella or Abigail on 01756 704704. They will be pleased to answer any queries you may have regarding the itineraries, travel options or life on board Hebridean Princess.

>> 2018 Cruise Calendar

 

FREE TICKETS to London cruise shows

During the early part of 2018 Hebridean Island Cruises will be attending some of the UK’s biggest cruise and travel shows.

Come along and meet our experienced team and have your questions answered face to face – we’d love to see you…

Destinations: The Holiday and Travel Show

Olympia London, 1st – 4th February 2018

Come face to face with your next holiday or travel experience at the UK’s biggest travel show. Packed with hundreds of leading and independent tour operators, over 75 tourist boards from across the globe, cultural entertainment, world flavours, travel celebrities and more, Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show is the UK’s largest and longest-running travel event. Taking place at Olympia London, 1 – 4 February 2018, the Destinations Holiday and Travel Show is the essential event to indulge your passion for travelling.

With the largest choice of exhibitors anywhere in the UK and a huge variety of holiday and travel options on offer, the Destinations Show inspires you to discover new destinations and adventures from our expert exhibitors.

Plus, discover the Stanfords Travel Writers Festival, a line-up of incredible talks, presentations and panel sessions from a host of leading travel writers and authors, whilst exotic cultures are brought to life through dance, performance and free food and drink tastings across four Experience The World stages.

Meet the Experts Theatres also provide over 50 hours of free travel advice from destination specialists. Covering an array of journeys to every continent, get inspired to discover and learn about exciting destinations across the globe.

Wherever your next journey leads, make sure it begins at the Destinations The Holiday and Travel Show, Olympia London.

>> CLICK HERE FOR FREE TICKETS USING CODE MSC85

London Cruise Show

Olympia London, 17th – 18th February 2018The Cruise Show returns to the Olympia, London on the 17th and 18th February and will celebrate the range of sights, sounds and wonders available to those willing to discover the world by ship!

The world has never been more accessible for those with the spirit of adventure. Packed full of information and inspiration, Cruise Show will bring together the best specialist operators and holiday providers all under one roof. In one weekend we cover everything from all-inclusive luxury getaways to small-ship cruises destined for remote locations, as well as your chance to meet like-minded travellers on organised group tours – whether you’re travelling with partner, family or friends!

As well as meeting with an excellent range of travel companies and taking advantage of their exclusive show-only offers, visitors are also invited to enjoy the show’s interactive features. Hear first-hand experience from celebrity speakers, explorers, journalists and tour operators in a choice of 3 theatres, bursting with travel ideas and practical advice that’s bound to inspire.

>> CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

Hebridean Princess supports marine conservation

On board Hebridean Princess we are privileged to witness some of the most unique wildlife in the British Isles. The varied landscapes and environments of The Inner & Outer Hebrides provide the perfect natural habitat for an incredible variety of wildlife species. On a Hebridean Princess cruise we have opportunities to see rare and spectacular species including golden eagles, puffins, corncrakes, otters, dolphins, whales and sharks amongst many others.

The preservation of the cruising environment in which Hebridean Princess operates, and the marine life which it supports, is of great importance to Hebridean Island cruises and that is why we have a dedicated partnership with the marine conservation charity, Sea-Changes.
Sea-Changes is a charity with a mission of raising funds for marine conservation primarily in the UK. Their vision is to create a world where seas and shores are clean and healthy, marine species are protected and where, far from damaging the oceans, those who use the sea for travel for their leisure pursuits, positively contribute to the sustainability of the marine environment.
Hebridean Island Cruises became the first UK cruise company to provide its guests with the opportunity to make a significant contribution towards marine conservation. Hebridean is committed to asking customers for a recommended donation of £20 as each booking is made. Guests are not under any obligation to make the donation, but all the donations made in this way are collected by Hebridean Island Cruises and handed to Sea-Changers.
To date Hebridean customers have donated over £8,500 to marine conservation and with the addition of Gift Aid the amount raised has now exceeded £10,000.

Ken Charleson, Chief Operating Officer of Hebridean Island Cruises said:

“The preservation of Hebridean Princess’ cruising environment and the marine life which it supports is of great importance to the company. We’re delighted to have formed this partnership in order to give our customers the opportunity to give something back to environment they enjoy aboard the Hebridean Princess.”

For more information on Hebridean Island Cruises please call +44 (0) 1756 704704 or email reservations@hebridean.co.uk

Hebridean Princess will take her guests on a musical adventure of the Inner Hebrides

At the end of June Hebridean Princess will take her guests on a musical adventure that explores the Inner Hebrides, combining wonderful vistas with live classical music in some of the most inspiring locations imaginable. 

By local boat from Iona, guests will visit Fingal’s Cave, the inspiration for Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture and will be entertained by young musicians from the Cantilena Festival on Islay.

This fascinating cruise culminates with a Champagne reception at Duart Castle hosted by Sir Lachlan MacLean, Chieftain of Clan MacLean, before another musical spectacular from the musicians of the Mendelssohn on Mull Festival.

Throughout this season on board Hebridean Princess there are other themed cruises to suit different interests such as gardens, golf, food and drink and of course our very popular ‘Footloose’ walking programmes.

For more information on Hebridean Island Cruises please call +44(0) 1756 704704 or email reservations@hebridean.co.uk

Hebridean Princess visits the mysterious land of St.Kilda

The double UNESCO World Heritage site and mysterious land of St. Kilda will witness two visits from Hebridean Princess next month.  Sailing overnight, Hebridean Princess will arrive early morning to cruise between Stac Lee and Boreray with around 60,000 breeding pairs of northern gannets before circumnavigating the main island of Hirta where guests will go ashore at Village Bay.

The island archipelago of St. Kilda, the remotest part of the British Isles, lies 41 miles (66 kilometres) west of Benbecula in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides.  The Last 36 Gaelic-speaking residents of St Kilda evacuated the main island of Hirta at their own request in 1930, thereby ending some 5000 years of continuous settlement. Behind them they left a deserted village that survives today as an outdoor museum, roamed by Soay sheep. Its renowned for it’s exceptional cliffs and the sea stacs form the most important seabird breeding station in north-west Europe

Today, three organisations, The National Trust for Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and the MoD, work in partnership to further a continuing programme of conservation and research on the islands to ensure the care and protection of this World Heritage Site.

Click on the links below for more details of these two fascinating cruises:

St Kilda and the Outer Isles

The Outposts of St Kilda

 

For more information on Hebridean Island Cruises please call +44(0) 1756 704704 or email reservations@hebridean.co.uk

Departing today: New Themed Cruise on board Hebridean Princess – Flavours of Scotland

NEW Themed Cruise on board Hebridean Princess – Flavours of Scotland departs Oban today. The first of two cruises during 2015 to focus on Scotland’s wonderful natural larder and finest produce.

This second cruise was introduced after the original departure in October sold out only a few weeks after going on sale. 2015 is the year of Food and Drink in Scotland, a chance to showcase the nation’s outstanding natural larder and quality produce. This cruise was introduced to celebrate this landmark year. It explores the fantastic local produce of the Highlands and Islands, including whisky, oysters, honey and cheese, as well as sampling the culinary offerings of the renowned Kinloch Lodge, where the owner Lady Clare MacDonald will provide a cookery demonstration, other highlights include Lunch at the Torridon Hotel and Three Chimneys restaurant. The Cruise is rounded off with a Champagne reception at Duart Castle, hosted by Sir Lachlan Maclean, Chieftain of the Clan Maclean.

 

With both 2015 departures fully booked we are pleased to announce that two Flavours of Scotland cruises are planned for 2016 and include visits to three separate Michelin Star Restaurants!
Cruising Oban to Oban departing 5th April and 4th October 2016, fully inclusive including lunch with wine ashore from £3,190.00 per person sharing a twin or double cabin.
For more information on Hebridean Island Cruises  please call 01756 704704 or email reservations@hebridean.co.uk

 

Hebridean Princess returns to her home port of Oban for the first time in 2015

Hebridean Princess has returned to her home port of Oban this week for the first time in 2015.

 

The cruise, named  Seasons of the Inner Isles , started on Tuesday for 7 nights and headed north through Kyle Rhea before going on to the conservation village of Plockton. The itinerary also visits remote areas of the mainland and a number of Inner Hebridean Islands, including Skye, Rassay, Ulva and Mull amongst others. Next week is the start of our special Easter cruise, Easter in the Hebrides, with the highlight on Easter Sunday, where guests are to land ashore on the holy isle of Iona in time to join the Easter Sunday service at the restored abbey.

 

Hebridean is delighted to be supporting CLIA‘s first ever River Cruise Weekend staring on 26th March, providing us with the opportunity to showcase our fantastic river cruises experiences on board Royal Crown.

 

CLIA River Cruise Weekend TRAVEL AGENT INCENTIVE
For the Agent who makes the most Hebridean River Cruises bookings between 26th March and 2nd April 2015, we will be pleased to offer lunch for 2, on board the renowned 5 Star Hebridean Princess when she is berthed in London on Tuesday 18th August 2015.

 

For more information on Hebridean Island Cruises please call +44(0) 1756 704704 or email reservations@hebridean.co.uk

Hebridean Princess’ new look is revealed!

Here are the stunning results of Hebridean Princess’ recent interior makeover by John Dick & Son.

The brief was for each of the areas to retain its own individual character whilst complimenting the already prominent style, luxury and quality on board the ship.

Whilst keeping this in mind, it was also important to consider the practical side of the design process. It was paramount to maximise the available space in each area, whilst paying particular attention to delivering the best possible comfort for every guest. This meant that the majority of the furniture is bespoke and manufactured to specific sizes.

Watch the time lapse video of the Tiree Lounge being revealed below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the main lounge a truly cosy and welcoming interior has been created that provides many intimate areas for the guests, focusing around the main focal point; the original fireplace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the Library there is a more masculine feel, with leather, unique upholstery and dark woods having been used.
The soft tones furnishing the Look Out Lounge flow seamlessly from the colour pallette in the foyer areas creating a relaxing space to take in the stunning views.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Painted, rattan furniture brings a casual feel to the Conservatory. The natural look has been complemented by the beautifully restored teak flooring. A wonderfully calm space to take in the scenery!

For more information on Hebridean Island Cruises please call +44(0) 1756 704704 or email reservations@hebridean.co.uk

 

News: Hebridean Princess enjoys extensive refit

We’re pleased to announce that the Tiree Lounge, the Library, the Look-Out Lounge and the Conservatory at Hebridean Princess have all been re-designed and re-furbished. Interior designers John Dick & Son have created an individual theme for each room, all linking in with an overall colour scheme, using Scottish fabrics and British made furniture.

 

In addition to these vast visual improvements we are also thrilled to announce that the ship’s Wi-Fi has been significantly upgraded and i-pads installed in the Library. These exciting enhancements will be revealed on the first cruise of the season next week.

 

MV Hebridean Princess is a cruise ship operated by Hebridean Island Cruises. She started life as the MacBrayne car ferry and Royal Mail Ship, initially RMS then MV Columba, based in Oban for the first 25 years of her life, carrying up to 600 passengers, and 50 cars, between the Scottish islands.

 

For more information on Hebridean Island Cruises please call +44(0) 1756 704704 or email reservations@hebridean.co.uk