St Kilda, Islands on the Edge Cruise
|6||Shiant Isles, UK|
All-inclusive luxury cruises; by Royal Appointment.
Hebridean Princess is the perfect ship for exploring Scotland's wildly beautiful coastline. Built in 1964 and originally christened 'RMS Columba', Hebridean Princess began life as a car ferry stationed in Oban. After 25 years of service she was purchased by Hebridean Island Cruises and following a major refit, commenced operation as a luxury cruise ship offering accommodations for up to 50 guests.
Hebridean Princess is one of the world's most instantly recognisable ships and is rated as a Four Star Plus vessel in the Berlitz Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships. She is also notable for being previously chartered by Queen Elizabeth II for holidays with The Royal Family.
Onboard Hedridean Princess
In their own words, Hebridean Island Cruises describe Hebridean Princess as a "floating country house" and it is easy to see why. She is a charming vessel and exudes a level of onboard comfort and homeliness that is truly unique.
The recently refurbished public areas are intimate in size and decorated in a palette of pleasing soft natural colours, while the wood panelled library and teak flooring in The Conservatory really add to the 'like home, but better' undertones, which flow throughout every aesthetic facet of the ship.
The crew, comprised of British and Lithuanian staff, are among the best currently serving at sea and offer a level of service that manages to be first-name-terms-friendly yet completely unobtrusive at the same time.
The accommodation onboard Hebridean Princess caters for 50 guests across 4 decks and 8 accommodation categories. Unlike other cruise ships, the cabins and suites have been individually designed and do not have traditional room numbers. Instead, they are named after islands in the region.
The most spacious grade of accommodation is the Isle of Arran suite, which offers a large day room and a king-size bed. Other options include four Balcony Cabins and a variety of Ocean View Cabins with sizable windows.
Those who wish to cruise as a solo traveller will also be well catered for. Hebridean Princess boasts ten well-appointed cabins specifically for single guests.
Regardless of which category you choose, you can rest assured that no expense has been spared where the amenities are concerned. All of Hebridean Princess's accommodation options are equipped with ample wardrobe space, an en-suite bathroom, a mini-fridge, a personal safe and a television for which DVDs are available for rent from the ship's library.
Hebridean Princess's main dining room is the Columba Restaurant. Offering glorious sea views and resplendent with pristine white table cloths, dining in the Columba Restaurant is a highlight of any voyage with Hebridean Island Cruises.
There are three mealtimes aboard Hebridean Princess. Breakfast and lunch both combine tradition table service with a help-yourself buffet available as a more informal option, while dinner in the evening is served in one single sitting for all guests.
The cuisine aboard Hebridean Princess is of the highest quality and easily rivals that which is served on similarly sized six-star cruise ships. As you would expect, the ingredients used are the freshest available with the meat, fish and seasonal vegetables all sourced from within the region.
At other times - and weather permitting - the opportunity might arise to enjoy a BBQ either on the ship's deck or ashore.
Owing partly to her size, but also in-keeping with the destination-led experience, there is minimal entertainment by way of musical performances or shows on Hebridean Princess. As such, dinner is often seen as the main 'event' in the evening. The ship does have one main venue, The Tiree Lounge, which is the ships largest space and the venue for pre-dinner drinks and gatherings.
Why choose Hebridean Princess?
If you are seeking a ship with an abundance of fun pools, cinema screens and West End shows, then it is unlikely you will find what you are looking for on Hebridean Princess. However, if you want a quintessentially British experience aboard a ship that blends classically luxurious surroundings, incredible service and a wonderfully homely atmosphere, Hebridean Princess is perfect.
If you would like further information regarding Hebridean Princess or if you wish to find out more about cruising with Hebridean Island Cruises, please call our Cruise Experts on 0800 008 6677. Alternatively, please select your preferred voyage from the selection below and make an online enquiry.
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