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CRUISE SCOTLAND DESTINATIONS CRUISE L princess Fit for a


It’s the high life in the Highlands, finds Ben Ireland on an agent


trip onboard Hebridean Princess @ben_ireland_11


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ake the classy country house feel of Downton Abbey


– complete with characters dressed to the nines and reserved yet amusing antics – and transplant it on to an intimate, 50-passenger cruise ship and you’ve just about got the gist of Hebridean Princess.


Hebridean Island Cruises bills


the atmosphere onboard the cosy ship as a ‘house party’, and with Formula One legend Jackie Stewart and none other than the Queen among those to have been hosted, you can imagine the style of luxury. Think classy, rather than showy.


But how best to sell that sense of sophistication? The company hosted a group of agents onboard to find out for themselves.


◗ AT YOUR SERVICE Hebridean Princess has a staff- to-guest ratio of 38:50, when at


full capacity, so service is highly valued. Everything is executed on a personal level from the moment you arrive. When boarding, you are registered, welcomed and chaperoned to your cabin with a brief tour of the ship to get your bearings. At dinner, tables are hosted


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