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ABOVE: The Hebridean Princess is advertised as "a floating country house retreat" for 49 passengers.

Hebridean Princess

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.

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