The ship was bought and re-fitted by Hebridean Cruises in 1989 and became the 50-passenger luxury cruise ship, the MV Hebridean Princess. With the ability to journey into the narrow lochs and bays within Scotland’s waters, it advertises itself as a well-established and exceptional leader in River and Island Cruising, promoting such an elegant and spectacular service to draw the attention of Queen Elizabeth II.
As the sole vessel of Hebridean Cruises, it’s tasked with providing a service that can rival other cruise ships. Hebridean Cruises has faced this challenge head-on and conquered it with its amazing cuisine and fine dining. With expert chefs, local produce and a wide selection of exquisite wines, the Hebridean Princess does not hesitate to step up.
On board is the Columba Restaurant, a name inherited from the ships past. The Restaurant is designed to fit all guests on board with a seating for couples, but ready to arrange for groups and passengers who are travelling alone. While dining, Hebridean Cruises also hosts Gala Dinners in the Tiree Lounge or a gourmet dinner in the Columba Restaurant, with special consideration for dietary needs.
Thanks to its river-traversing abilities, the Hebridean Princess hosts a special Footloose walking scheme, which allows passengers to disembark the ship to walk around the Scottish landscape while supervised by specialist walking guides. The scheme also provides equipment and pack lunches or picnics for those who wish to rest and take in the scenery.
The ship has a library and number of board games aboard. The cabins are equipped with televisions with DVD-lending in the Library. Passengers can also request for Hebridean Cruises to arrange other activities such as fishing trips and speedboat rides, for no additional charge. There is also internet access and special arrangements for wedding anniversaries or birthdays.
The Hebridean Princess has a fully fitted gym on board for those who wish to keep healthy on their trip. Also as the cruise involves the Footloose walks, it is a recommendation for passengers to be fit in order to traverse the steep and rocky landscape of Scotland, while exceptions will be made for those who feel they are unfit.