Hebridean Princess

Hebridean Princess is a small cruise ship operated by Hebridean Island Cruises, with an interesting history.

Cruise Ship Hebridean Princess in Bergen
Hebridean Princess alongside at Festningskai, Bergen
Built in Aberdeen in 1964 as RMS Columba, she spent her first 24 years as a ferry in the Hebridean islands, operating on a variety of routes. Her original passenger capacity as a ferry was 600, which was later increased to 870 with the addition of extra seats on her aft deck.

Cruise Ship Hebridean Princess in Bergen
The gangway of Hebridean Princess
In 1988 Columba was sold to the newly-formed Hebridean Island Cruises for conversion to a luxury cruise ship. She underwent a major refurbishment the following year in Great Yarmouth and emerged as Hebridean Princess.

Cruise Ship Hebridean Princess in Bergen
The central superstructure of Hebridean Princess 
Today Hebridean Princess carries just 49 passengers with a crew of 37. She offers a high level of service and has a loyal following. In July 2006, HM Queen Elizabeth II chartered Hebridean Princess for a week-long trip around the Scotish Isles to celebrate her 80th birthday with her family, and again for a 2-week cruise in 2010.

Cruise Ship Hebridean Princess in Bergen
Hebridean Princess alongside in Bergen
Hebridean Princess stayed alongside overnight, with an early morning departure scheduled for the following day.

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