Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Christmas & New Year Opening Times

Opening Times
Monday (Christmas Eve)
24th December 2018
9am to 12pm mid-day
Tuesday (Christmas Day)
25th December 2018
Wednesday (Boxing Day)
26th December 2018
27th December 2018
9am to 6pm
28th December 2018
9am to 6pm
Saturday & Sunday
29th & 30th December 2018
Monday (New Year’s Eve)
31st December 2018
9am to 12pm mid-day
Tuesday (New Year’s Day)
1st January 2019
2nd January 2019
Normal hours resume
9am to 6pm

A Serenade to the Hebrides - by Mark Dury

Following the delightful Classical Inspiration cruise on board
Hebridean Princess, which commenced on 3rd July this year, guest Mr
Mark Dury was inspired to write the following poem.

We would like to thank Mr Dury for his kind permission to publish his
Serenade to the Hebrides.
Double click on the poem to enlarge

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Hebridean makes 2019 Wave Awards Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2019 Wave Awards has been announced.  These prestigious awards, now in their 4th year, celebrate the very best in the cruise industry, and are open to cruise lines, travel agents, tourist boards and ports.

We are delighted to be shortlisted in the following categories which will be judged by a panel of experts:
  • Best for Solo Travellers (ocean or river)
  • Best Specialist Cruise Line
The winners will be announced at a black tie gala dinner at London’s De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms on 7 March 2019.
There is still chance to vote for us in the Favourite Luxury or Premium Cruise Line category before voting closes on 31st December 2018.

FREE Tickets to the Destinations Holiday & Travel Show

In January we will be attending one of the UK’s biggest cruise and travel shows. Come along and meet our experienced team and have your questions answered face to face – we’d love to see you…


Book your next holiday or travel experience at the UK's biggest and most inspiring travel show. Taking place at Olympia London, 31 January - 3 February 2019, Destinations: The Holiday and Travel Show is the essential event to indulge your passion for travelling.

Packed with hundreds of leading and independent tour operators, over 75 tourist boards from across the globe, cultural entertainment, world flavours, travel celebrities and more, Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show, in association with The Times and The Sunday Times, is the UK's largest and longest-running travel event.

From activity and adventure to culture, cruise and more, Destinations’ vast array of exhibitors will inspire you to discover new destinations and adventures near and far. Take the opportunity to tap into their in-depth knowledge enabling you to tailor-make and book your perfect trip.

Plus, discover the Stanfords Travel Writers Festival, a line-up of incredible talks, presentations and panel sessions from a host of leading travel writers and authors, whilst exotic cultures are brought to life through dance, performance and free food and drink tastings across the ‘Experience The World’ stages. The two ‘Meet the Experts’ theatres also provide over 50 hours of free travel advice from destination specialists.

>> Click here for your FREE tickets - quoting EXHEBRI


Call 01756 704704 and we'll arrange to send you a redemption voucher.

Note - Tickets are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.  Complimentary tickets must be downloaded from the Destinations website in advance of the show opening and are not available after 30 January 2019.

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Read the Latest Edition of The Hebridean Times Here

As our 30th anniversary season draws to a close, I should like to take this opportunity to update you with all the latest news from Hebridean Island Cruises and on board your favourite cruise ship, Hebridean Princess, by inviting you to read the 30th issue of The Hebridean Times here online.


In this edition, Captain Richard Heaton shares with us some of his highlights of this season and our Meet the Team article features Purser Doreen Thomson.  Our crossword competition offers whisky lovers the chance to win one of two fantastic prizes, a set of Glencairn glasses and crystal jug, together with a bottle of our own blend malt.

As we look forward to next season, it is still possible for you to relive any cruise this year by reading our popular cruise logs.  All the Hebridean Princess cruise logs from the last three seasons can be found by >>clicking here<< allowing you to enjoy a virtual voyage of relaxation and discovery. 

With next years cruises selling quickly and a number of itineraries already fully booked, please call Jonathan, Lisa, Louise, Stella or Abigail on 01756 704704 without delay to avoid disappointment.

With very best wishes for a wonderful festive period.

Yours sincerely

Ken Charleson - Managing Director


British Travel Awards Win for Hebridean

The results of the British Travel Awards 2018 were announced on 28 November to an audience of 900 senior leisure travel company executives and representatives from consumer and trade media.

The presentation ceremony – held at Battersea Evolution, London – saw 130 awards presented to 98 companies along with 292 silver and bronze finalist accreditations for excellence in product offering and customer experience.

The winners were determined solely by the number of consumer votes cast between 2nd July and 30th September and the counts verified by professional business consultants Deloitte. The award categories reflect a broad range of leisure travel services which are grouped on the winners’ page as:

Best Holiday Companies by Holiday Type
Best Holiday Companies to Destinations
Best Travel Planning & Booking Companies
Best Cruise Lines & Airlines
Best Villa Accommodation & International Hotel Brands
Best Car Hire & Holiday Add-on Companies
Best UK/Domestic Holidays, Accommodation & Leisure Attractions


Since 2008 the BTA have been recording public votes and since 2009 the results have been verified by Deloitte. This practice of integrity and transparency has established the British Travel Awards as the largest and most influential poll of consumer opinion on companies operating in the leisure travel market. This year saw a diverse mix of winning companies with small, medium and large companies being recognised across many categories.