Hebridean Island Cruises Review and Profile

In 2009, All Leisure Group purchased Hebridean International Cruises and changed the name to Hebridean Island Cruises. However, in 2017 the company went back to being privately owned.  It is indeed a luxury, all-inclusive cruise experience.

Ships:  2 (one owned , one chartered)

How Many Passengers:  50 and 90 passengers

Personality: The ship is small, so passengers get to know each other (and the crew) quite well throughout the journey. Spaces are cozy, elegant, and home-like, with patterned upholstery and curtains as well as wood furnishings throughout. Her Majesty The Queen has even chartered Hebridean Princess – twice.

Fellow Passengers: The cruise line is popular with upper class British folk, so onboard you’ll find mostly British passengers who are well-educated and have high-paying jobs.

CabinsHebridean Princess has cabins with mostly outside views, and includes some solo staterooms and a one suite onboard, too. Cabins vary in size and decor, but all have robes, flat-screen TVs, tea and coffee-making stations, traditional wooden furniture, and photos on the walls.  Royal Crown, the charter, has all outside cabins with portholes, with a few categories to choose from. Each cabin includes robes, satellite television, wooden and brass furniture, and classical paintings on the walls.

Dining: Meals are served in the ship’s dining room, using locally sourced ingredients as much as possible. Breakfast is usually a buffet, and lunch is either a buffet or full-service meal depending on the day’s activities. Dinner is a full-service four or five course meal. Weather permitting, sometimes an outdoor barbecue is held on the ship or ashore.

Amenities: Bicycles to use ashore, complimentary wifi, a sun deck, musicians, and expert enrichment speakers.

Best For: Those looking for an intimate, laid-back atmosphere.

Included Alcohol: Wine, beer, and spirits are all included.

Gratuities: Included

Where They Go: The Rhine River, Northern Ireland, and the following Scottish island regions: Outer Hebrides, Inner Hebrides, Northern Isles, and and the Firth of Clyde Islands