Launched on 12 March 1964 and named Columba, the ship was originally built as a car ferry whilst operated between the Western Isles in Scotland.
After 35 years of service as a car ferry, the ship underwent a major refurbishment in 1989, emerging as the cruise ship Hebridean Princess.
Crowds gathered on the banks of the River Thames as the cruise ship Aegean Odyssey which is operated by Voyages To Antiquity set sail from Tower Bridge for the very first time.
The 1973-built cruise ship had departed Tower Bridge on 22 July 2018 at approximately 21:00. Due to her small size at just 11,906 gross tonnes and with a length of 140 metres the ship is small enough to sail rivers and call into many smaller ports which much larger cruise ships similar cannot.
Market leading Scottish small-ship cruising specialist, The Majestic Line, has confirmed a new purpose-built vessel, which will be delivered for their 2019 summer season.
The build begins this month at Ardmaleish Boatbuilding Co. Ltd on the Island of Bute, and will see Majestic Line’s newest boat in operation in 2019, quite fittingly, in the company’s 15th year of operation
The Majestic Line’s two oldest small boutique cruise ships, Glen Massan and Glen Tarsan were originally converted from wooden fishing vessels. The first vessel, Glen Massan is now 13 years old and our second vessel Glen Tarsan is now 11 years old.
During the winter months, The Majestic Line gave both of the two mini cruise vessels, a complete overhaul. Many of the improvements are unseen, such as maintaining the wooden superstructure, replacing major mechanical parts, putting in new equipment and a new galley for the Glen Massan.
The Majestic Line has announced an exciting new short cruise to its new custom designed small cruise ship, Glen Etive, which launched in April 2016.
The new three-night cruise has been added to the cruise line’s cruise calendar, following many previous guests suggesting a short cruise on the new vessel. The short cruise will depart Oban on 22 April 2017 and will cruise Loch Linnhe, Glencoe, the Sound of Mull, Tobermory and Loch Sunart, whilst taking in the breathtaking scenery and wildlife.