Friday, 8 September 2017

Berlitz Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships 2018

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We are delighted to announce that Hebridean Island Cruises has been awarded a Star Performer Top Ten rating in the highly-revered Berlitz Cruising and Cruise Guide 2018. Based on ratings by the eminent expert author, Douglas Ward, Hebridean Princess ranked 6 in the Boutique Ships category.

Managing Director Ken Charleson commented; "The Berlitz Guide has been the cruise industry bible for thirty three years so we are very pleased to receive this accolade.  It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all our staff and crew, both on board and ashore."

The 2018 Berlitz Guide to Cruising boasts a number of new features, updates and expansions, including:

·       Enhanced user-friendly design

·       Expanded Star Performers section

·       More independent reviews and scores

·       More colour photographs

·       New information about destination excursions

·       New information about thirty new cruise ships coming in 2018 and 2019

·       Expanded Frequently Asked Questions

Copies of the guide can be obtained from all good major book shops.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Hebridean launches 2018 European River Cruise Collection

We are delighted to launch our 2018 European River Cruise Collection on board Royal Crown, our seventh season of relaxing itineraries which transport you to the very heart of the continent. Our 2018 river cruise collection has been meticulously planned to allow you to discover the highlights of the meandering Dutch and Belgian waterways, the majestic Main and Rhine and the serenely scenic Moselle. All itineraries are enriched by entertaining and renowned guest speakers, in addition to our very own Cruise Director, Tour Manager, Chief Purser and Musician to ensure you are cared for in true Hebridean style.

To add that extra special ingredient, each of our 2018 cruises feature a ‘Hebridean Gem’ – a truly unique and exclusive experience to further enhance your enjoyment of the holiday, such as private visits, receptions and recitals in inspiring locations. Not only will you experience the highest standards of service and comfort, each Hebridean river cruise is fully inclusive. Carefully thought out flight and rail options make joining and departing the ship as stress free as possible. Not only are the travel arrangements included in the cruise fare, you will be accompanied by Hebridean’s own representatives, meaning that you can relax safe in the knowledge that you are taken care of from the very start to the very end of your cruise.


All of our 2018 cruise have been designed to offer the opportunity to combine cruises with the minimum of repetition, presenting guests with a selection of stunning Grand Voyages that discover the very best of what Europe’s majestic waterways have to offer. With just four exciting new itineraries in 2018 demand is expected to be high and we are delighted to announce that we have extended our launch offers until 30th September 2017 so all new bookings will qualify for an early booking saving of 10% on the published cruise fares.

EXTENDED UNTIL 30th September 2017

>> LAND OF WATERWAYS AND WINDMILLS - 20th-27th May 2018 - Amsterdam to Amsterdam

>> HISTORIC CITIES OF THE LOW LANDS - 27th May-3rd June 2018 - Amsterdam to Amsterdam

>> FROM BAVARIA TO THE MOSELLE - 13th July-24th July 2018 - Regensburg to Trier

>> THE MOSELLE TO THE BLACK FOREST - 24th July-3rd August 2018 - Trier to Basel

>> GRAND VOYAGE 1 - 20th May-3rd June 2018 - Amsterdam to Amsterdam

>> GRAND VOYAGE 2 - 13th July-3rd August 2018 - Regensburg to Basel

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Visit us at Countryfile Live, Blenheim Palace – FREE Tickets available

We’re delighted to announce that from 3rd to 6th August Hebridean Island Cruises will be exhibiting at Countryfile Live.

Packed with wholesome countryside fun, BBC Countryfile Live returns to the beautiful grounds of Blenheim Palace for four days of live arena shows, hands on activities, animal displays, debates, food, drink and shopping.

With a whole host of exciting new attractions for 2017, the show brings together everything visitors cherish about our countryside, from wildlife and farming, to outdoor pursuits and food, for everyone to enjoy.

Hebridean has a very limited number of FREE tickets available for each day of the event (£30 per person on the door), so should you wish to come along please use the link below and follow the instructions provided.  TICKETS MUST BE DOWNLOADED BY MIDNIGHT ON MONDAY, 24 JULY 2017.

Select the date you would like to attend
Select RSVP from the drop-down box

Use promotional code t97egextqi

We look forward to seeing you on stand C09 (Shedding Units).




Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Hebridean Island Cruises Nominated for Prestigious Awards

The small luxury cruise ship operator, Hebridean Island Cruises, is proud to announce that it has been nominated for several major awards.

Ken Charleson, Managing Director for Hebridean Island Cruises, remarked

“Being nominated for these three prestigious awards is testament to the hard work and dedication our staff, both on board and ashore, have given to the company over the past twelve months.  We are committed to providing the best possible cruise experience to our guests and to be nominated in this way is a true accolade and reward for everything we do.  I hope as many of our guests and partners will take this opportunity to cast their votes to help us secure a win.”

Hebridean Island Cruises has been nominated for:-


Hebridean has been nominated for BEST LUXURY CRUISE LINE in the prestigious 2017 British Travel Awards (BTAs).  The winners will be determined by the consumer, who has until 30 September to cast their vote, with the successful companies announced at the BTA Gala Awards Dinner, being held in London on 29 November 2017.


Hebridean has been nominated for BEST LUXURY CRUISE LINE and BEST BOUTIQUE CRUISE LINE in the UK’s most prestigious cruise industry awards.  The Cruise International Awards 2017 are your chance to vote for your favourite cruise lines, travel agents, destinations, holiday extras and blogs which have impressed you during the past 12 months.


Hebridean has been nominated for BOUTIQUE/ADVENTURE CRUISE LINE of the year.  From the basis of thousands of entries, Food & Travel Magazine has compiled the shortlist for our 2017 Reader Awards.  Now it’s the final voting round to decide who will be the winners. Simply choose your favourites from the shortlisted candidates, and those with the greatest number of votes on the closing date will be crowned the winners at our presentation ceremony in September.

>> Click here to vote for Hebridean Island Cruises in the Food & Travel Magazine Awards 2017

Friday, 23 June 2017

Hebridean’s Agency Partners enjoy their On Board Experiences

Over the past twelve months, Hebridean Island Cruises has had the pleasure of showcasing both Hebridean Princess and its European river cruise programme on board Royal Crown to a number of selected travel agency partners.

Such invitations, to experience a Hebridean cruise first hand, allow our partners to advise guests on all aspects of cruising with us.

Amy Wright from Cruise Select in Bedford (pictured) enjoyed our whisky themed cruise last year on board Hebridean Princess.  From reading her review we’re sure you’ll agree that she enjoyed her Hebridean experience. 

>> Read Cruise Select Amy’s Review

More recently, Ann Bolland from Blue Water Holidays (pictured far right), based in our own home town of Skipton, enjoyed several nights on a Hebridean river cruise on board the 1930’s style river cruiser Royal Crown.  Again, you'll see from her Blog that she thoroughly enjoyed her Hebridean experience.

>> Read Blue Water Ann’s Review

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Hebridean Launches 2018 Cruise Directory for 30th Season

Hebridean Princess Celebrates 30 Seasons with cruises to the South Coast of England, Northern France and, for the first time, Belgium.
Hebridean Princess, the unique and luxurious small cruise ship, renowned for her voyages to the off the beaten track destinations in and around the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, will celebrate her 30th cruising season in 2018.
Hebridean Island Cruises says that its 30th anniversary season will not go unmarked and therefore the company will be replicating itineraries from its inaugural year of 1989, along with cruises from its tenth season of 1998 and the twentieth season of 2008.
Ken Charleson, Managing Director commented:
"Whilst 2018 will be an exciting year for us, our Pearl Anniversary celebrations will not just be confined to cruises from seasons gone by. During the summer of 2018 our out-of-area cruises will witness Hebridean Princess venturing to the south coast of England, calling at Dublin and the Isles of Scilly en route. We are also voyaging to the Channel Islands, Northern France including Brittany and Normandy, and a maiden time a visit to Belgium. Furthermore, two cruises of the River Thames to the iconic Tower Bridge are additional highlights of our southern sojourn."
For the more energetic, there will be four new Footloose walking itineraries, and for the first time in many years, a dedicated cycling cruise to be accompanied by Olympic Cyclist, Chris Boardman. A very special, extended cruise to St Kilda will delight lovers of wildlife as Hebridean Princess explores the natural world of the Hebrides, home to some of the finest bird and marine life in Europe.
The 2018 Hebridean Princess Cruise Directory is available now and all 37 itineraries are available to view on Hebridean's website

For more information visit or call 01756 704 704.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Historic Castles and Glorious Gardens

Star of the BBC Scotland series Lady Lairds, Joanna Macpherson, will be joining Hebridean Island Cruises’ ( / 01756 704 704) luxury cruise ship, Hebridean Princess, on the Historic Castles and Glorious Gardens cruise commencing on 20 June 2017.

The rich history of the deeply rooted region of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland is unwrapped with this seven-night cruise of stunning ancient castles and breath-taking, early summer gardens carried out in true Hebridean Princess style.  This spectacular itinerary culminates with a Champagne reception at Duart Castle, Isle of Mull, hosted by Sir Lachlan MacLean, Chieftain of the Clan MacLean.

Other highlights include one of the finest rhododendron gardens in Scotland at Colonsay House, the Benedictine Abbey on Iona and the subtropical garden at Inverewe.

Attadale Gardens will also be visited, where Joanna Macpherson moved almost 5 years ago with her husband Alec.  Attadale had belonged to her grandfather so she has always spent holidays there since a baby.

Joanna will give us an insight into the running of the Attadale Estate, the making of the Lady Lairds documentary and the organisation ‘Discover Scottish Gardens’, a network of gardens which have come together to promote their rich diversity, a number of which we will visit on this cruise.

The Historic Castles and Glorious Gardens cruise starts from £3,875 per person and departs from Oban (Scotland) on 20th June 2017 for 7 nights.

Prices includes transfers between Glasgow and the ship or free valet car parking in Oban, all meals, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, shore excursions and gratuities and all relevant cruise taxes/fees.

For more information and to book visit or call 01756 704 704.