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With just 28 cabins on board this traditional country house ship, Hebridean Princess has unique characteristics which are enjoyed by a small number of guests who wish to cruise in elegant comfort to the remote areas of our Highlands and Islands. Passengers enjoy cruising in congenial company and perfect tranquillity and proceed ashore to explore the hidden gems of our remotest shores.

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Press and Company information about Hebridean

Hebridean Island Cruises Limited is the UK’s premier small cruise ship company

The Company comprises the small ship – Hebridean Princess. Accommodating 48 guests, the ship is more akin in size and atmosphere to a floating boutique hotel, or a large private yacht, than a modern cruise ship.

Unlike most other cruise operators, Hebridean Island Cruises Limited does everything in house, ensuring quality and consistency, as well as maintaining the highest standards of friendly care, attention and service for its guests.

Hebridean Princess appeals to those who enjoy the gentle pleasures of cruising around Scotland in luxury and style. Navigating the Hebrides, Scotland’s rugged and remote west coast, and the dramatic coast of Ireland, Hebridean Princess covers approximately 300 miles and sails an average of 24 hours in a typical seven nights’ cruise.

The smallest luxury cruise ship in the world, with a crew of around 38 looking after 48 guests, Hebridean Princess has a loyal following.

The combination of Hebridean Princess’ relaxed elegance and the majesty of her surroundings have proved immensely popular and the ship now has an ever-growing band of loyal admirers. In a fiercely competitive market, 65% of all guests are repeat bookings, a statistic that speaks volumes.


Hebridean Island Cruises Limited is an independently owned British cruise company.

Managing Director – Ken Charleson

Sales & Marketing Manager – Jonathan Moffatt


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Description – Hebridean Island Cruises’ five-star flagship. With 48 guests looked after by a crew of around 38, Hebridean Princess has, throughout more than 30 years of operation, become one of the most successful small luxury cruise ships, offering her passengers a unique cruising experience.

Home Port – Oban

Ship Registration – Glasgow

Launched – Built in 1964 for Caledonian MacBrayne Limited and re-launched as a commercial cruising vessel in 1989

Detail – Length: 72 metres; beam: 14 metres; draught: 3 metres; gross tonnage: 2112; average speed 12 knots (14 miles per hour)

Captains – Captain Richard Heaton and Captain Caroline Palmer

Chief Purser – Lyndsey Milne

Accommodation – 28 bedrooms on board, all named after West Coast Scottish islands, castles, sounds, lochs and bays – individually designed in the style of a large country hotel – with 8 cabins specifically designed for single occupancy.

Cruising Period – March through to November

Destinations – The Highlands & Islands of Scotland, The Northern Isles, Isle of Man, Northern Ireland and Norway

Cruise Description – Most one-week cruises start from Oban and visit islands and remote coastal villages, concentrating on those inaccessible destinations normally visited only by private yachts. Our Footloose series presents the opportunity to immerse yourself on scenic walks in the stunning scenery of Scotland. The common denominator is spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife and remote locations. Most nights, the ship anchors in sea lochs or bays far from habitation.

Tariff – From £1,700 per person for a 4 night cruise and £3,350 per person for a 7 night cruise, per person. Cruises of 4, 7, 8, 9 and 10 nights.


• Shore visits including all entrance fees and transfers • All meals and snacks on board • Wines, spirits and Taittinger Champagne plus beers, soft drinks and hot drinks • Fresh fruit from baskets around the ship • Knowledgeable guides on every itinerary and guest speakers on selected cruises • Use of the ship’s bicycles • Fishing trips and speedboat rides • Free internet with Wi-Fi access • All gratuities and port taxes.

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