SMS and Portsmouth Port Welcome Back Ultra Luxury Cruise Ship


Hebridean Princess manoeuvres to dock at Portsmouth International Port

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.” 

SMS Services Americas Cup Super Yacht Visitor to Portsmouth

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A VIP visitor to Portsmouth International port (PIP) in the shape of the 88m. luxury super yacht Musashi required special attention from Southern Maritime Services (SMS).

SMS specialists used their expertise to moor the yacht when she tied up at the port because the vessel was too big for Gunwharf  Quays.

With room for 18 guests, Musashi, built by Dutch company Feadship Yachts in 2011, is steel hulled with an aluminium superstructure. She was visiting PIP on a short stay before heading to the Solent to view the initial Americas Cup world yacht racing series.

SMS General manager Alex Fernandez explained: “We’re used to tying up small, luxury ships through the cruise callers at PIP and Musashi was an impressive sight as she came alongside. We’re hopeful that the Americas Cup will bring more business to the port and ourselves over the next couple of years.
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