Portsmouth International Port (PIP) cruise handling specialists Southern Maritime Services (SMS) have welcomed back the small five-star cruise vessel Hebridean Princess on her first visit to the port in four years.
Carrying some 40 guests, Hebridean Princess and a crew of 38, the exclusive ship made two calls at PIP, initially arriving from Honfleur in France and sailing for Dorset and then returning for another day call in Portsmouth four days later, before sailing to Newhaven as part of an historic maritime discovery voyage finishing in London.
Operated by Hebridean Island Cruises, Hebridean Princess started life as a car ferry and Royal Mail ship and was based in Oban for the first 25 years of her life. However, an extensive conversion to an ultra luxury cruise ship saw her refitted with 30 spacious, elegant and well-appointed cabins.
She now carries out itineraries around the UK coast, in particular the Western Isles of Scotland, during the summer.
SMS General Manager Alex Fernandez explained: “The small number of guests on board makes Hebridean Princess a unique cruise ship, more like a private yacht, and we tailor our services accordingly. As ship’s agents, we look after passenger excursions during their day in Portsmouth and provide any required bespoke services to support the ship’s exclusive status.”