Hebridean Princess owner buys 27-passenger cabin ship

HP Shipping Ltd, the owner of small ship Hebridean Princess, has bought a 27-passenger cabin vessel from the Magna Carta Steamship Company for an undisclosed sum.

Lord of Glens will be chartered to Hebridean Island Cruises and operations and reservations for the four-deck vessel will move to the cruise line’s head office in Skipton, Yorkshire.

Starting from April 2021, the ship will offer five to seven-night itineraries along the Caledonian Canal, which connects the east coast of Scotland to the west coast.

Roger Allard, chairman of HP Shipping and Hebridean Island Cruises, called Lord of the Glens “a very appealing vessel” and added that the ship is “a perfect fit” for Hebridean Island Cruises’ portfolio.

He said: “‘Small is beautiful’ is the Hebridean Island Cruises’ mantra and the Lord of the Glens can certainly boast that accolade.”

All Leisure Group sold the Hebridean Island Cruises brand to Allard and the line’s managing director Ken Charleson among other travel industry figures in 2016.

Charleson said: “We are really fortunate to acquire the operation of this unique vessel, which will offer five and seven-night cruises, commencing April 2021 along the beautiful Caledonian Canal, between Inverness and Kyle of Lochalsh including Loch Ness and Oban.

“Advance bookings for 2021 are very strong and a number of cruises have been chartered to US and European tour operators.

“Lord of the Glens is a ship of similar size to our well-established and well-loved Hebridean Princess which carries a maximum of 50 guests and operates mainly on the west coast of Scotland.”

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