18th August - Summer in the South

Relax in the sumptuous comfort of Hebridean Princess as she takes us on a journey encompassing maritime history and the stunning Isle of Wight.

Wednesday, 18th August.

When all guests had been welcomed on board, we remained alongside in Portland overnight. 

Thursday, 19th August.

Guests disembarked after breakfast for the morning visit to Abbotsbury Swannery and the Tropical Gardens.

Following lunch on board, guests travelled to Athelhampton House for an afternoon tour.

On departure from Portland, musical entertainment was provided on the quayside along with canon fire from the Nothe Fort Artillery Volunteers. We sailed on passage towards the Isle of Wight and anchored off Cowes overnight.

Friday, 20th August.

We spent the morning in Cowes where guests enjoyed a visit to Osborne House, the palatial holiday home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

We sailed to Portsmouth during lunch where we berthed for the afternoon visit to the Mary Rose Museum.

(Image credits John Noorani)

We remained alongside overnight in Portsmouth.

Saturday, 21st August.

At the Royal Naval Dockyard, guests explored HMS Victory, the Royal Navy's most famous warship best known for her role in the Battle of Trafalgar.

Guests spent the afternoon relaxing on board as we cruised the south coast of England, on passage towards Dover where we remained overnight.

(Image credits John Noorani).

Sunday, 22nd August.

Guests explored the 2,000 years of history at Dover Castle this morning, Henry II's medieval palace atop the white cliffs with unmissable views of the English Channel.


The afternoon excursion included Pines Garden and St Margaret’s Museum.

We anchored off Eastbourne overnight.

Monday, 23rd August.

We spent today tomorrow cruising the south coast, The Needles of the Isle of Wight and Old Harry Rocks on passage towards Poole where we berthed alongside and remained overnight.

Out thanks to Anita and Mike King for sharing these images of Hebridean Princess passing by Old Harry Rocks, through the channel by Sandbanks ferry, and turning the corner by Brownsea Island, heading for her berth for the night. 

Tuesday, 24th August.

From Poole, guests toured Kingston Lacy estate, mansion and formal gardens this morning.

Compton Acres is recognised as one of the most important ornamental and finest privately owned gardens in England. Guests enjoyed discovering over 10 acres of horticultural heaven constructed in 1920 by Mr Thomas Simpson.

Wednesday, 25th August.

Disembarkation took place atfer breakfast in Portland and we hope that our guests enjoyed their exploration of the south coast.