Built in 1996, and refurbished in 2010, the 70 passenger MS Royal Crown is a delightful ship, specially designed for the rivers of Europe. This elegant vessel combines the nostalgic charm of the 1930's coupled with comfort and exquisite service. Spacious teak decks, elegant public rooms and cabins with mahogany, rosewood and marble create a unique river vessel.
• European river cruises with revered Hebridean standards
• Accompanied group travel arrangements from the UK
• Meticulously planned itineraries
• Small and elegant vessel with a dedicated crew
• a maximum of 70 guests
• Genuinely fully-inclusive cruise fares
• Fine dining restaurant
• Dedicated allocation of single cabins
• Enriching guest speaker programme
Passengers affected by a disability or medical condition must be self-sufficient or travel with someone who can provide the necessary assistance at all times. At the point of embarkation, the Company reserves the right to refuse passage to any Passenger who had failed to notify the Company at the time of booking of any disabilities or the need for assistance or who, in the opinion of the Company is unfit to travel or who may constitute a danger to themselves or others whilst on board. Under those circumstances Passengers will receive no refund of the cost of any part of the unused cruise package.
The Company will endeavour to carry Passengers of limited mobility if it has been notified of such limitations at the time of booking (and has been informed of any deterioration in condition or new conditions between booking and travelling) and after any additional Fair Trading Conditions have been agreed by the Passenger and the Company in writing prior to departure. Passengers who use wheelchairs must be able to board the ship on foot, provide their own standard size collapsible wheelchairs and be accompanied by a travelling companion fit and able to assist them at all times.
Whilst the Company makes every effort to accommodate all Passengers' needs, Passengers using wheelchairs may have restricted access in certain areas of the ship and may be unable to go ashore in certain ports, particularly those that require the use of tenders.
Hebridean regret that children under the age of nine cannot be accommodated.
Daytime: During the day dress is casual. It is advisable to bring suitable clothing for the area in which you will be cruising.
Evening: For dinner in the evening, guests prefer to dress more formally, with a jacket and tie for gentlemen and the equivalent for ladies.
Gala evenings: The recommended dress code for Gala evenings is black tie for gentlemen and evening wear for ladies, although this is by no means mandatory. On these evenings, the Officers will wear formal dress. The number of Gala evenings depends on the length of the cruise, but as a guideline, two formal Gala Dinners will be held during a seven-night cruise.
Footwear: Non-slip shoes should be worn on deck and in the ship’s small boats when going ashore. Some cruises visit remote locations where heavy-soled shoes or walking boots are recommended for shore visits and serious walking.
Hebridean can cater for most dietary preferences, with the exception of strict kosher and one or two other regimes. Special requests should be included in the Pre-Cruise Questionnaire; their reservations staff will be pleased to advise you.
Smoking is not allowed inside the vessel at any time and is not permitted in cabins. Smoking is allowed only on the outer decks.
The Royal Suites are centrally located on the Panorama Deck, each with a king-size bed comprising two single mattresses in one solid bed frame with two duvets; the beds cannot be split into twin format. The suites also comprise a separate seating area with sofa, easy chair and dressing table/writing desk.
The Deluxe Cabins are located on the Select Deck each with twin beds; the beds cannot be arranged as a double. Single guests who book a single occupancy cabin will automatically be allocated a Deluxe twin bedded room.
The Premium Cabins are located on the Select Deck, each with a queen-size bed compromising two single mattresses in one solid bed frame with two duvets; the beds cannot be split into twin format.
The Deluxe Cabins are located on the Select Deck each with twin beds; the beds cannot be arranged as a double
The atmosphere onboard is friendly and informal and within days you will have made new friends in the open-seating restaurant, on the shore excursions or whilst relaxing in the comfortable public areas onboard. You will find yourself amongst like-minded people in an English speaking environment and for those who seek peace and quiet, there will always be the opportunity to find a secluded spot on the sun deck or simply rest in your well-appointed cabin. A musician will play each evening whilst you relax in the lounge, guest speakers will provide a series of interesting talks and our cruise director will host informative port briefings. After a day exploring ashore, you will return to the comfort and peace of a well-run and exceedingly comfortable vessel.
The elegant Lounge Bar is defined by its 30s inspired Art Deco style, with textured carpets, carved mahogany and plush sofas which create a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Experience unforgettable views from the large windows as you enjoy coffee, tea or a light snack such as a salad or sandwich from the snack menu. The lounge is also where our guest speakers will entertain you with informative presentations. In the evenings, let the day come to an end with a choice of beverages from the extensive menu accompanied by a pianist playing a Steinway & Sons grand piano.
A small gift shop stocks a small number of souvenir items including Hebridean branded gifts.
Should a spot of solitude appeal, the library contains a good selection of books and has two netbooks for internet access. Alternatively, if you have your own laptop, Royal Crown has a complimentary Wi-Fi connection. A selection of games and daily newspapers are also supplied.
By the concierge desk there is a business lounge with facilities for internet, email, telephone and printing.
Covering almost the whole length of the ship, the Sun Deck is ideal for enjoying lazy days on the river, with traditional steamer deckchairs and sun loungers. Sit back with a coffee or a cocktail, try out your golf skills on the mini putting green or perhaps enjoy a game on the giant chess set.