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Hebridean Princess

The smallest luxury cruise ship in the world, according to her owners, Hebridean Princess has twice been chartered by the Queen for family holidays.

Carrying just 50 guests, she has an enviable reputation for exceptional service, fine food and wine and the warm welcome extended by a dedicated crew of 38. The ship is more akin in size and atmosphere to a floating boutique hotel, or a large private yacht, than a modern cruise liner.

Hebridean Princess has 30 spacious, elegant and well-appointed cabins, ten designed for the single traveller. Special pride is taken in the quality of the cuisine aboard, with expert chefs preparing beautiful meals from locally sourced produce.

Gala Dinners are sparkling occasions, from the cocktail reception in the Tiree Lounge to a gourmet dinner in the Columba Restaurant with its wide picture windows. Weather permitting, light barbecues are sometimes held on deck and ashore.

The fact that, in a fiercely competitive market, 65% of all guests are repeat bookings underlines how special this ship is.

Hebridean Princess has an interesting background, having started life as the MacBrayne car ferry and Royal Mail Ship Columba, based in Oban for the first 25 years of her life and carrying up to 600 passengers, and 50 cars, between the Scottish islands. She was converted into a cruise ship in 1989.

In 2006 and 2010 the Queen chartered Hebridean Princess for two-week family holidays around the Scottish Islands.

Hebridean Princess
Entered service 1964
Last refit 1997
Length 72m
Speed 12 knots
Passenger decks 5
Passenger capacity 50
Cabins 30
Crew 38
Language on board English
Medical Centre Yes