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Friday, July 29, 2011

Hebridean Island Cruises expands its luxurious small-ship itineraries

Comprehensive Brochure Follows Successful Launch of North American Sales Office Earlier This Year
Edinburgh, Scotland, July 2011 – Hebridean Island Cruises, whose luxurious small ship cruises have attracted loyal guests such as Queen Elizabeth, has released a new North American brochure with a bevy of four- to 10-day all-inclusive cruise options for 2012 – including 20 brand new itineraries – and savings up to 15% on 2012 itineraries booked by Sept. 30, 2011. 

This news follows the successful launch of the company’s North American sales office based in Florida and a new website featuring a number of great resources, from virtual tours to webinars.  The brochure features exclusive savings offers of 10% off all 2012 itineraries, including new additions such as the decadent “Gastronomic Tour of Skye,” which offers the best of locally-sourced Scottish cuisine served against a backdrop of stunning scenery

Guests booking select cruises – “North to Kintyre,” “Gardens of the West,” “North to Orkney,” “Gaelic Explorer,” “Lochs and Isles,” “South from Oban” – receive an additional 5% savings.  The five-star itineraries sail to remote coastal villages, picturesque islands, and inaccessible locations in bays and lochs, normally visited by only private yachts, and afford guests an exceptional level of service with 38 crew members for up to 50 passengers.  Reduced fares for the cruises, offered March through November, start at $1,548 per person, double.
“We are delighted to offer this exclusive cruise brand to the North American market,” says Steve Novello, President of All Discovery Cruising, North America. “This is a time in our industry when avid cruisers and mature travelers are seeking a one-of-a-kind vacation experience.”

Since its inception in 1989, Hebridean Island Cruises has earned a reputation for capturing the unique cultural and rich history in each port of call with innovative itineraries – and their collection of new itineraries for 2012 is no different.  Travelers can visit the privately owned Isle of Eriska, tour the 13th century Kelburn Castle and get magnificent panoramic views of the Emerald Isle on “South from Cork” and “Gaelic Explorer,” both departing from Cork, Ireland.  Other highlights for the coming year include the 7-night “Hebridean Jewels,” uncovers the pleated columns of Kilt Rock and the Baronial façade of Glenborrodale Castle as it navigates the Northern and Southern Hebrides; “In the Wake of Boswell and Johnson,” a 7-night tour featuring guest speaker Professor Peter martin, an expert on the two explorers; and “Away Westward,” which spends seven days immersing guests in the wildlife and prehistoric sites of the Atlantic Chain of the Western Isles.  The Hebridean Princess’s signature “Footloose” cruises combine their spectacular cruises with walking adventures along the breathtaking Scottish Highlands and are suited for everyone from seasoned walkers to those who enjoy a casual stroll; new additions include “Footloose in Ireland,” the company’s first walking tour in Ireland. 
The all-inclusive fares encompass all meals, including picnics ashore and black-tie gala dinners; beverages and select wines, spirits and champagne; exclusive, privately escorted tours; a distinguished guest speaker program; and all port charges and gratuities, emphasized by the company’s strict “no tipping” policy.  In addition, a variety of activities – such as the use of the ship’s bicycles to explore ashore, fishing, bridge, speedboat rides – are readily available for no additional fee. 
Designed with luxury in mind, the interior of the Hebridean Princess is more reminiscent of a five-star hotel than a cruise ship. The ship’s 30 spacious cabins – 10 of which are purpose-built for solo travelers – are individually decorated and lavishly furnished; features include ample hanging space, refrigerator, tea and coffee making equipment and television with video, iron, trouser press and built-in hair dryer.  Other shipboard amenities include a well-stocked library, the Look-Out lounge, Conservatory, Columba Restaurant and the Tiree Lounge, featuring large panoramic windows that afford incredible views.
For reservations or more information, please visit the website at http://www.hebrideancruises.com; call the toll-free number, (877) 600-2648; or email info@hebrideancruises.comTravel agents can become a discovery cruising expert on Hebridean Island Cruises and her sister brands by accessing All Discovery Cruising’s easy-to-follow video-based training site www.discoverycruisingexpert.com.
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