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26 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
We were very disappointed by this river cruise. It did not live up to our expectations and was not really worth the money paid. Entertainment was very limited, no deck games, evening entertainment was not varied and there was very ... Read More
We were very disappointed by this river cruise. It did not live up to our expectations and was not really worth the money paid. Entertainment was very limited, no deck games, evening entertainment was not varied and there was very little to do when on board. During our week the captain decided that the sundeck was to be sanded down. This caused considerable noise, dustiness and disruption, making the sundeck unusable for most of the time and seeing as the temperatures were in the high 30's it would have been preferable to sit outside rather than in the confines of our cabin. Even after complaining our points were ignored. However, cabins were well appointed and clean. Food was good but basic and not as gourmet as was expected from the write-up. There seems to be a high turnover of staff which made us wonder what the issues were. We will not be recommending this river ship to family and friends. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
We have traveled with this ship twice, 2016 and 2017, and we are booked on a cruise this year (2018) as well). In 2013 and 2014 we traveled with River Cloud 2, which is a sister ship to Royal Crown, previous named River Cloud (1). If ... Read More
We have traveled with this ship twice, 2016 and 2017, and we are booked on a cruise this year (2018) as well). In 2013 and 2014 we traveled with River Cloud 2, which is a sister ship to Royal Crown, previous named River Cloud (1). If you want entertainment, or if you require a gym. Neither if you want all inclusive or like the American style. And if you are the type that always want to have more than you pay for you should perhaps choose another boat. What we enjoy so much on this unique ship is that very special atmosphere, we have never ever seen a ship that comes even close to this. When I walk on the ship at night I feel like Great Gatsby. You also meet new friends on a boat like this. There are so many interesting and friendly fellow travelers, you never ever run out of conversations topics. We became friends with two very nice Americans (after the cruise we have joined up once i Venice, and we also have visited them at Bermuda), we met a Swedish (we are also Swedish) couple that we visited as late as two nights ago, last year we met two couples from the southern part of Sweden, and we will see them both again i august 2018. This is not a cheap boat, but on the other hand you don not have to meet cheap and vulgar people. If you like style and nice people, this is the ship. Now, to be fair, the ship has perhaps two drawbacks. The food could be better. But this is said by one that has classic french cocking as major hobby. And the cabins below are small, so we travel upstairs. We want classic luxury, and are willing to pay for it. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
We had been recommended to try the Hebridean Princess by some friends who had been half a dozen times. She is a small ship which carries 50 passengers and around 40 crew. All the cruises are all inclusive one can enjoy the best of ... Read More
We had been recommended to try the Hebridean Princess by some friends who had been half a dozen times. She is a small ship which carries 50 passengers and around 40 crew. All the cruises are all inclusive one can enjoy the best of everything at no extra cost. We chose a cruise entitled Secrets of the Western Isles which called at Colonsay, Iona, Mull, Staffa (Fingals Cave), Muck, Barra, Eriskay, Skye, Rum and finally Tobermory. The trips ashore were excellent, we were well chaperoned by the excellent staff and guide from the ship who brought champagne picnics etc ashore. At Fingals Cave the footpath was more than a little daunting but we all made it ably assisted by the wonderful staff. On board the meals were beyond compare, the chef and his team looked after us royally, he knew how to do that, as after the Queen chartered the ship she invited him to go to Buckingham Palace to cook for her for a week, not many chefs have that on their CV! I particularly enjoyed having a decanter of Malt Whisky in the cabin which was refilled every time it looked low. The arrival and departure experience was totally seamless our car was waiting for us at the dockside with the luggage stacked alongside All in all this was a trip of a lifetime and we will definitely go again. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2012
My husband and I just had the pleasure of sailing on Hebridean Princess on a back to back cruise through Argyll, Bute, and Kintyre. We were celebrating our tenth wedding anniversary and the two cruises together totaled ten nights onboard. ... Read More
My husband and I just had the pleasure of sailing on Hebridean Princess on a back to back cruise through Argyll, Bute, and Kintyre. We were celebrating our tenth wedding anniversary and the two cruises together totaled ten nights onboard. Before we sailed on Hebridean Princess, my husband and I enjoyed two cruises with SeaDream Yacht Club. We like small vessels and Hebridean Princess certainly qualifies, as no more than 50 guests sail at a time. From the moment we were piped onboard to the moment we disembarked and got into an Edinburgh bound taxi arranged by the purser on the Princess, we felt wonderfully taken care of. Many luxury cruise lines promise all inclusiveness. Hebridean Princess actually delivers. It is literally possible to board this ship and not pay one more dime after you've paid the fare. We never even had to hand over a credit card! All excursions are included, right down to the entrance fees and stops at coffee shops. On turnaround day, Hebridean Princess booked and paid for a cab for me, my husband, and another lady doing a back to back cruise and sent us to a museum. They also paid for lunch. Wi-Fi is free. We were booked in Loch Torridon, one of the cheapest cabins because it has no windows or portholes. Nevertheless, the cabin was very comfortable and fairly spacious, with an excellent king sized bed, plenty of storage, and a tiny but very comfortable shower with plenty of hot water. The staff is superb, attentive and professional without being too formal. The captain and his staff were very accessible and friendly. Though weather made it impossible for us to disembark one day, the staff found activities to keep us busy to include a bridge tour, engine room tour, and whisky tasting. On the last night of each cruise, we were invited to see the galley as well. We felt very fortunate to be onboard for ten nights. Hebridean Princess seems to cater most to elderly Britons. On our first cruise, we were the youngest and only Americans onboard. However, we met some truly fascinating people. Most everyone was active physically and mentally and delightful to talk to. While alcoholic beverages are included in the fare, I never felt like it was pushed on me. Many people were happy to drink coffee or tea and save the cocktails for after the sun went down. Hebridean Princess lacks a spa, pool, hot tub, and casino. Most people seem to get their entertainment watching the spectacular scenery (spectacular even in mid to late November) and talking to each other. This is definitely not a party cruise, but an elegant experience in which passengers can truly just relax and enjoy being pampered. I would definitely sail on the Hebridean Princess again, even in November! Read Less
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