All Leisure group plc, which operates Swan Hellenic and Voyages of Discovery, is pleased to announce that it has purchased the unique small cruise ship, Hebridean Princess. All Leisure group plc is keen to ensure that the Hebridean Princess will continue to offer distinctive cruises around the Scottish Highlands and islands and through the Norwegian fjords and will continue to operate from its head office in Skipton.

Guests and Travel Agents will be contacted during the next few days with further information.

Lord Sterling - Chairman, Hebridean Island Cruises comments:
“For many years I have admired this highly respected cruise ship and know that it has a tremendous following of people who enjoy exploring our beautiful coastline. I am delighted to have been invited to become Chairman of this highly respected brand, and am pleased to confirm that these cruises will continue to operate as in the past. It is important to preserve well-established and much loved British cruise lines; this latest news underscores our commitment to preserving the best of our shipping heritage.”

Roger Allard - Chairman, All Leisure group plc comments:
“We have been looking to expand our specialist small ship cruise fleet and I welcome Hebridean Princess into our group, enabling us to expand our range of special interest destination cruise holidays. We recognise that the Captain, officers and crew of Hebridean Princess, along with the long-serving and dedicated office staff in Skipton, provide a unique cruising experience, which is cherished by her loyal following.”

With just 30 cabins on board this traditional country house ship, Hebridean Princess has unique characteristics which are enjoyed by a small number of guests who wish to cruise in elegant comfort to the remote areas of our Highlands and Islands. Passengers enjoy cruising in congenial company and perfect tranquillity and proceed ashore to explore the hidden gems of our remotest shores.