Hebridean Island Cruises
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ABOVE: The Hebridean Princess is
advertised as "a floating country house retreat" for 49 passengers.
The British-crewed Hebridean Princess began life as the
Caledonian MacBrayne ferry Columba. In 1989, the ship was refitted as a luxury vessel for
cruises in the waters around Scotland with occasional trips to Ireland, Norway,
England, and France.
The Hebridean Princess accommodates 49 passengers in
double cabins, single cabins, and the two-room Isle of Arran Suite. All but the
cheapest cabins have private facilities.
2004 cruise itineraries started with "Lochs of the Inner Isles"
in March and finish with "Heritage of Scotland" in September. Most cruises last
seven nights, with a few four- and six-night cruises. The emphasis is on
destinations that ordinary cruise ships don't reach, such as the rugged isles of
the Outer Hebrides and the Northern Isles of Orkey and Shetland. And while
nature receives top billing on most shore excursions, two midsummer cruises
offer golfing on several of Scotland's most renowned courses.
Cruise fares are quoted in pounds sterling and
range from the low to high four figures per person.
The ship's rates cover room, meals on board and ashore, wine, most
bar drinks, shore excursions, and tips.
For more information on the Hebrides Princess and this
year's cruise calendar, click "Hebridean Island Cruises" on the
Web links page.