Wildlife, heritage, cultural and culinary voyages on board Hebridean Princess in 2015

A unique, magical, memorable cruise experience

A unique, magical, memorable cruise experience

The charming little luxury cruise ship, Hebridean Princess, has been given a smart new look in time for the 2015 season.  While in dry-dock over the winter, John Dick & Son, the specialist furniture and interior design company, set to work on the refurbishment.   The classic Scottish country house ambience is still maintained with fresh, contemporary fabrics and furnishings in the public rooms.

Fabulous fabrics and cosy comfort

Fabulous fabrics and cosy comfort

In the casually-elegant and comfortable Tiree Lounge, with its wonderful red-brick Fireplace, sofas and armchairs are dressed in soft shades of terracotta, gold and cream, co-ordinating with colourful flower and bird patterns and a subtle touch of tartan plaid.

The Look Out lounge is designed as a peaceful place to relax, there’s attractive dark wood and club-like leather chairs in the Library,  the Conservatory now has planters and rattan furniture,  and the Columba Restaurant has been laid with a new carpet.  For superlative space and comfort, the Isle of Arran suite has a luxury new bathroom.

So where can you sail this year on this fabulously decorated ship?   As always, the wide range of itineraries explore the West Coast of Scotland from the wonderful Western Isles,  over to St. Kilda, and wild seascapes of the Outer Hebrides.

Escape to the Hebrides for a wild adventure

Scottish island hopping for the great escape

Themed cruises offer special wildlife, walking, hiking, heritage, golf, cultural and culinary itineraries led by guest lecturers and guides.   On the Classic Music Sojourn cruise, guests visit Mull during the Mendelssohn Festival and also Fingal’s Cave, Staffa, the inspiration behind his Hebrides Overture.  A highlight for ornithologists are the Shiant isles, featured on the Rugged North West itinerary touring around Skye, Rum and Harris.

Footloose walking and hiking excursions

Footloose walking and hiking excursions

Further afield,  the ship will set sail to explore ports of call around the south coast of England,  Channel Islands, Isles of Scilly, Wales, Ireland and Northern France. For those interested in World War II, the Beaches of Normandy cruise visits the sites of D-Day landings and key places of maritime history.

Sailing under Tower Bridge

Sailing under Tower Bridge






To read more about the exciting voyages and life on board, read my reviews on this website under the section Great Boat Journeys, click on Europe > Around the British Isles. 

For the 2015 Cruise Calendar and ship information for the Hebridean Princess and Royal Crown river cruises, check out – http://www.hebridean.co.uk








About vivdevlin

I am an international travel writer, specialising in luxury travel, hotels, restaurants, city guides, cruises, islands, train and literary-inspired journeys. I review dance and theatre, Arts Festivals and love the visual arts. I have just experienced an epic voyage, circumnavigating the globe, following in the wake of Captain Cook, Mark Twain and Robert Louis Stevenson.

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