To experience a cruise fit for a queen check out the Hebridean Princess. The Queen chartered this small five star treasure for her birthday, and no wonder; it offers high-class voyages that hark back to a bygone era where passengers dressed for dinner and sipped martinis till midnight.
Carrying just 49 guests the Princess maintains a flawless reputation in exceptional service, fine food and luxury trappings. Guests can expert spacious cabins elegantly furnished with four poster beds, marble bathrooms, masses of wardrobe space and all the necessary mod cons discreetly provided (hairdryers, TV etc) All the rooms are romantically named after West Coast Scottish islands, castles, sounds, lochs and bays. Throughout the ship heavy drapes line the walls and shiny brass portholes punctuate the corridors. There is a cozy inglenook fireplace warming up the lounge and in the evening entertainment is provided by local singers and ceilidh bands. It has the flavour of an opulent Scottish country home and one can imagine it as the backdrop in an Agatha Christi novel or romantic gothic drama.
Once on board passengers travel in style along the Scottish Hebrides enjoying some of the most breathtaking scenery the British Isles can offer. The Princess skirts around the rugged and remote West Coast then out to the dramatic edges of Ireland covering around 300 miles and sailing an average of 24 hours in a typical seven nights’ cruise
Food plays an important role in a Hebirdean holiday. The company make a conscious effort to support small local businesses wherever possible, picking up local fruit and vegetables on journey. This also guarantees only the freshest, most seasonal ingredients are used in creating each meal. All the fish is sourced from Scottish waters – the smoked salmon comes from Inverawe Smokehouse and the oysters come from Colonsay – as does the honey. The meat, by butchers of Lochgilphead, Argyll and the list of cheeses available include soft smoked Locharber and the nutty Isle of Mull Cheddar.
Described as a food lover`s paradise, the highlight of each Hebridean Princess itinerary is the Gala Dinner – a 6 course feast showcasing some of the best Scottish food, including at taste of Haggis, normally accompanied by Robbie Burns` Address to the Haggis, often delivered by the Captain. With a bar supporting an international collection of over 50 whiskies guests are guaranteed a truly Celtic experience.
To find out more details about the cruises visit: www.hebridean.co.uk
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