Photographed here at Kinsale in the Summer of 2002 the Hebridean
Princess is a small ship. At 2,112 tonnes she typifies the type
of ship being used for cruising by Hebridean Island Cruises - small
and compact , low passenger numbers - 49 here and a high crew ration
with 38 crew. More a large private yacht than a cruise ship, really
- offering cuisine is to the very highest standard, spectacular scenery,
sedentary pace and a new port of call each evening.
of her small size - 235' and a draft of 10' - the ship can visit places
that would be impossible to her bigger relation - the liner. Her itinerary
is very unique and the ports visited, like Kinsale, are a little
off the beaten track and that is what makes the difference. Generally
she plies around Scottish and Irish ports of interest and places of
spectacular scenery at a stately 12 knots allowing the passenger
to take in the passing seascapes and shores.
The ship has 30 cabins available
which range from medium to good in size. However, a stately home atmosphere
prevails throughout. Promenade space is limited, but there is quite
a bit of open space available over 3 decks.
in 1964 for passenger service in the most threatening waters about
Scotland (by Calmac when the ship was known as the "Columba")
she then passed into the hands of the current owners who refurbished
her for the very individual style of local water's cruising in 1989.
Typically, this ship cruises by day, laying at anchor in sheltered
harbours by night as in this case here in Kinsale.
visits to Irish Ports at time of writing for 2003 where Bantry Bay
and Garnish Island on June 28, Cape Clear on September 06, Inishmore
@ Inismaan on June 29, Killybegs on June 30, Kinsale on June 27
and Rathlin Island on July 01. For more information contact Hebridean
Island Cruises at http://www.hebridean.co.uk/