We set sail from Greenock in March to commence our 31st season. Signs of spring were already visible as we cruised the Firth of Clyde and headed north for our home port of Oban. We are looking forward to our summer out of area cruises; during July and August a series of four eagerly anticipated voyages of discovery will allow guests to explore the northernmost outposts of the British Isles, Orkney and Shetland.  Reports on these, and indeed all of our cruises, will be featured on our ‘Cruise Logs’ which can be found on our website, www.hebridean.co.uk

Chief Officer, Caz Palmer, looks back on the winter refit period in the View from the Bridge article, and you can see the stunning results of the completion of our cabin refurbishment programme on pages 6 and 7.

The centre pages of this issue focus on the Firth of Clyde and our late autumn cruises in this beautiful and wonderfully sheltered, deep water region of unspoilt lochs and isles, whilst the anagram competition on the back cover gives you the opportunity to test your knowledge of this area.

I do hope you enjoy this edition of The Hebridean Times and that we have the opportunity to welcome you on board Hebridean Princess or Royal Crown for a memorable and relaxing holiday very soon.