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Scottish luxury Clyde Cruising to Castles

I have been looking at different, quality cruises in the UK, and discovered something rather pleasant. It is a ship called the Hebridean Princess, those who receive brochures on a regular basis will already be aware, but for those who are not, she was launched in 1989 as the smallest cruise ship afloat. She only takes a maximum of fifty passengers,  almost the same number of crew. This is a ship that caters for the very discerning cruiser, one who wants to luxuriate in a pampered way with staff remembering your little extra wishes.

CF001 Itinerary

They have a tie-in with the baggage man, so collect yours from home ready for arrival in your cabin. Your travel to the ship is effortless, they arrange parking, coach journey, flight, this is the ultimate by a company that has your comfort as their priority. There are thirty cabins, one restaurant, one all inclusive price. They have a no-tipping policy, only the wines from the premium list are extra, wi-fi is included, as are shore trips, bikes, fishing trips and speedboat rides. The price you see in the brochure has provision for extras, but they really are extras. The reservation staff are also there to assist with special occasion cruises.

CF001 speed boat pleasure
speed boat pleasure

The ship is small so it can dock in small ports inaccessible to larger ships. They have two tenders, apparently with attentive crew stationed to assist boarding. I have experienced this in Scottish waters, it is not at all problematic, even in choppy waters. Ship’s crew are very experienced in these matters, it is in their interest for the passenger to feel comfortable.

I have had a good look at the Hebridean Princess brochure, and the cruise that appeals to me is next March, in 2022. This is for seven nights, and includes two gala dinners. It starts and finishes from Greenock, sail away on the 8th, visiting Rothesay, Largs, Troon, Strachur, Crarae and Rhu.

CF001 Inveraray Castle
Inveraray Castle

CF001 dumfries house
Dumfries House

I must confess Scottish ignorance, as I am unaware of some of these places, so they are even more appealing to me to visit previously unexplored castles. It is quite a concentrated itinerary, plenty of time for appreciating onboard activities, while the castles have been chosen for their historical interest. There will be two speakers on board, both specialists in their areas, trips ashore will be guided and accompanied by experts with local knowledge.

CF001 Inside
CF001 restaurant

Having read the itinerary, ship specification, company bio, this seems to me to be a firm that genuinely wants to provide the best possible experience. The customer reviews read very well, their satisfaction levels are extremely high. Harry is a successfully published writer, various books available on Amazon including Buried Secrets, Hotel Secrets, and his ghost short stories about Ballygobackwards Castle in Ireland.


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