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From the Colonial South to New York

A springtime voyage along the East Coast of America aboard the MS Hebridean Sky

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Here is a fascinating voyage along the United States eastern seaboard and the perfect springtime journey for those who enjoy stunning coastal scenery, alluring architecture and quaint colonial towns contrasting with large metropolises – a veritable mix of culture and history. During our two week journey, the MS Hebridean Sky will traverse a great swathe of North America whilst our Guest Speaker and enthusiastic local guides will bring the history of the region to life. From the arrival of the British to the American Revolution and beyond, we will learn of the history of the United States from early exploration through to modern times.

After embarking the MS Hebridean Sky in Nassau, there will be a relaxing day at sea before we arrive into Florida and commence our voyage along the coastline of the Southern States. We arrive into Savannah, an elegant city founded in 1733 and see some of its enchanting architecture before heading to beautifully preserved Charleston in South Carolina, the birthplace of the Civil War. Of course when planning a voyage along the eastern coast we couldn’t omit the great cities of Washington, Philadelphia and New York however, for many, it will be the less well known ports of call we will visit which will be the most memorable. We will spend time exploring North Carolina’s historic Wilmington and, further north, elegant Beaufort, an attractive fishing town with magnificent antebellum homes and gardens. Next we step back in time in colonial Williamsburg which is a living museum of the 18th century with its cobbled streets, reconstructed houses and authentically dressed guides.

Continuing our passage north, we explore Washington D.C. and Philadelphia before sailing along the Hudson River for Poughkeepsie where one of America’s most famous sons, Franklin D Roosevelt, is immortalised in the FDR Presidential Library and Museum, and his wife Eleanor is honoured in her home Val-Kill. As our voyage approaches its end, we continue along the Hudson to the iconic city of New York, a fitting end for our voyage.

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Hebridean Sky

Hebridean Sky

The MS Hebridean Sky is one of our three flag ships and sister vessel to the MS Island Sky and MS Caledonian Sky. All three vessels were built in the same ship yard in Italy at similar times and share the same excellent attributes that make them three of the finest small ships in the world. Formerly known as the Sea Explorer, the vessel underwent a multi-million pound refurbishment in Sweden in Spring 2016 before being re-launched as the MS Hebridean Sky.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London to Nassau, Bahamas.

Fly by scheduled flight. Arrive this afternoon and transfer to the MS Hebridean Sky. Sail before dinner.

Day 2 - At sea.

Spend a relaxing day at sea as we make our way to the American coast.

Day 3 - Port Canaveral, Florida.

Arrive this morning in Port Canaveral, our base for the day and from where there will be a choice of tours. You can choose to either tour the Kennedy Space Centre, offering a rare and behind the scenes look at one of mankind’s most fascinating and remarkable achievements – the space programme. Alternatively, enjoy an airboat trip through the fresh water marshes and wetland hammocks of beautiful St Johns River and be on the lookout for alligators and bald eagles.

Day 4 - Savannah, Georgia.

After a morning at sea we will arrive in Savannah and this afternoon discover Fort Jackson which was built in 1808 and is the oldest standing fort in Georgia. We continue to the Historic District of Savannah and explore its restored 18th and 19th century buildings and the waterfront where cotton warehouses are now restaurants, hotels, and shops. Here we find exquisite ironwork, ancient cobblestones, splendid mansions and picturesque cottages. We will visit one of the most elegant houses in Savannah and see the magnificent Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and the Massie Heritage Centre which interprets the history of Savannah.

Day 5 - Charleston, South Carolina.

The city of Charleston is brimming with history and culture. It was the scene of the major Revolutionary War naval battles, tales of pirates and Civil War sieges. We will moor for the day in the heart of this living museum on the banks of the Ashley River, one of the best places to appreciate the southern antebellum culture. Our tour will include a boat ride to Fort Sumter and the historic district including St Michael’s Church and the Confederate Museum. The afternoon will be at leisure to explore the city independently or relax on board.

Day 6 - Wilmington, North Carolina.

Situated between the sea and Cape Fear River, historic Wilmington was founded in 1739. It was named in honour of Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington, who was a patron of North Carolina’s Governor at the time. To this day, visitors are reminded of its rich history by the grand old homes and tree-lined boulevards making Wilmington one of the most beautiful small cities in the south. Our visit will include the beautiful antebellum Bellamy Mansion and Thalian Hall, a working historic 1858 theatre which is listed on the national register of historic places. After lunch on board shuttle buses will be available for those who wish to explore the city independently.

Day 7 - Morehead City for Beaufort, North Carolina.

Arrive this morning in Morehead City from where we travel across to elegant Beaufort, a quaint fishing town with magnificent antebellum homes and gardens. There will be an opportunity to tour the North Carolina Maritime Museum and stroll around the old town or visit the wild horses of Shackleford Banks, a unique historic and cultural legacy, where their descendants reportedly swam ashore from a sinking Spanish ship in the 16th century. Return to the MS Hebridean Sky for lunch and spend the afternoon at sea sailing south to Norfolk, Virginia.

Day 8 - Norfolk, Virginia.

From the port of Norfolk, our excursion this morning leads to historic Colonial Williamsburg, the capital of the Virginia colony from 1699 to 1780. Once the political and economic centre of the Virginia colony, Williamsburg is the nation’s premier living museum, offering visitors a glimpse of life as it was in the 17th and 18th centuries. A guided tour leads us along the Duke of Gloucester Street, Williamsburg’s main thoroughfare, past the Capitol, the courthouse, the Governor’s Palace and the historic Bruton Parish Church, where Episcopal services have been held since 1715.

Days 9 & 10 - Baltimore, Maryland.

Arrive this morning in Baltimore, a truly great American city full of colonial and maritime history and our base for the next two days. Join a full day tour to Washington D.C. and Mount Vernon, the home of George and Martha Washington. For more than forty years, George Washington, Commander-in-Chief of the American forces in the Revolutionary War and the first President of the United States, called Mount Vernon home. We will visit the Mansion, more than a dozen original structures, Washington’s Tomb, and nearly 50 acres of his extensive plantation. The estate also includes a working blacksmith shop and the George Washington: Pioneer Farmer site. After lunch we will set off for Washington, D.C., enjoying a drive around the US capital including the Capitol Building, Washington Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and the White House. Return to the MS Hebridean Sky in the late afternoon and remain moored overnight. The following day our morning tour will include Fort McHenry, best known for its role in the War of 1812 and now a National Monument and the vibrant hub of Fells Point, steeped in maritime history. We will end at the inner harbour where we climb to the “Top of the World” observation deck with views over the harbour and beyond. This afternoon will be at leisure to explore Baltimore at leisure, relax on board or shuttle buses will be provided for those who wish to return to Washington.

Day 11 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Philadelphia is where Americans defended their liberty, achieved technological success and forged the ideals of the American Dream. The city was once the second largest in the British Empire and the social centre of the original 13 American colonies. Furthermore, it was the home of many ideas and actions which gave birth to the American Revolution and American independence, and it is where the Declaration of Independence was written in 1776. Spend the morning exploring the city including Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Centre before we set sail for Poughkeepsie during lunch.

Day 12 - Poughkeepsie.

Spend a relaxing morning on board as we sail along the Hudson River for Poughkeepsie where we arrive after lunch. Our afternoon tour will include a visit to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, conceived by Franklin D. Roosevelt to house the many historic papers, books and memorabilia he accumulated throughout his life. After privately raising funds to build the site, he donated it to the National Archives to ensure that the public would have access to such important documents. We also visit Eleanor Roosevelt’s Val- Kill, a National Historic Site. Wander the bucolic grounds and visit the cottage where Eleanor lived until her death.

Day 13 - New York.

To stand on deck whilst we sail into New York City past the Statue of Liberty is a truly breathtaking experience. On arrival into New York, enjoy the city highlights of Manhattan as we pass the Empire State building, Central Park and Times Square. The afternoon is free to explore independently. Maybe visit the legendary artists and writers’ quarter of Greenwich Village, enjoy shopping on Fifth Avenue, visit one of the world famous galleries such as the Guggenheim in the Upper East Side or the Museum of Natural History. If you prefer to escape from the hubbub, enjoy a stroll around Central Park or along the Highline. We will remain moored overnight and so have the whole evening to enjoy this iconic city.

Day 14 - New York to London.

We will disembark after breakfast and will take one of the ferries at Battery Park to enjoy a morning at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Here we will see the location where around 12 million steerage and third class steamship passengers were processed for immigration into the USA between 1892 and 1954. Now a museum, we will get a fascinating insight into the immigrant’s experience. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before we transfer to the airport for our return scheduled flight to London.

Day 15 - London.

Arrive this morning.

Dates and Prices

SPECIAL OFFER – SAVE £400 PER PERSON FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY
Prices per person based on double occupancy
6 to 20 May 2018
Category Brochure Price Special Offer Price
Amundsen Deck Standard Suite £7795 £7395
Byrd Deck Superior Suite £7995 £7595
Mawson Deck Premium Suite £8295 £7895
Mawson Deck Corner Suite £8595 £8195
Scott Deck Deluxe Balcony Suite £9895 £9495
Shackleton Deck Owner's Balcony Suite £10295 £9895
Shackleton Deck Hebridean Suite £11295 £10895
Amundsen Deck Standard for sole use £9795 £9395
Byrd Deck Superior for sole use £9995 £9595

Tour Reference Code: SCHSK060518

Price Includes: Economy class scheduled air travel, 13 nights aboard the MS Hebridean Sky on a full board basis, wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, shore excursions, gratuities, onboard team including Guest Speaker, transfers, port taxes.

Not Included: Travel insurance, visas.

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Hebridean Sky

The MS Hebridean Sky is one of our three flag ships and sister vessel to the MS Island Sky and MS Caledonian Sky. All three vessels were built in the same ship yard in Italy at similar times and share the same excellent attributes that make them three of the finest small ships in the world. Formerly known as the Sea Explorer, the vessel underwent a multi-million pound refurbishment in Sweden in Spring 2016 before being re-launched as the MS Hebridean Sky.

 
  • MS Hebridean Sky
    MS Hebridean Sky
  • Library
    Library
  • Reception
    Reception
  • The Lounge
    The Lounge
  • The Club
    The Club
  • Hair & Beauty Salon
    Hair & Beauty Salon
  • Restaurant
    Restaurant
  • Restaurant
    Restaurant
  • At sea
    At sea
  • Sun loungers on Observation Deck
    Sun loungers on Observation Deck
  • Owners Balcony Suite - Cabin 601
    Owners Balcony Suite - cabin 601
  • Deluxe Balcony Suite
    Deluxe Balcony Suite
  • Deluxe Balcony Suite
    Deluxe Balcony Suite
  • Corner Suite
    Corner Suite
  • Premium Suite
    Premium Suite
  • Hebridean Suite
    Hebridean Suite
  • Superior Suite
    Superior Suite
  • Premium Suite
    Premium Suite
  • Staff On Board
    Staff On Board
  • Staff On Board
    Staff On Board
  • Food & Drink On Board
    Food & Drink On Board
  • Artwork On Board
    Artwork On Board
  • Lido Deck
    Lido Deck
  • MS Hebridean Sky
    MS Hebridean Sky
  • Owner's Balcony Suite
    Owner's Balcony Suite
  • Owner's Balcony Suite
    Owner's Balcony Suite
  • Your Suite

    On board there are 59 exceptionally spacious and well-designed suites. All feature a sitting area and fourteen suites have private balconies. The feeling of luxury is enhanced by the wood panelling and brass which predominates throughout the vessel conveying the atmosphere of a private yacht. The passenger accommodation is arranged over five decks and all suites have outside views with suites on the Scott and Shackleton Decks featuring private balconies. Each suite affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom featuring vanity unit with sink and walk-in rainfall shower, large wardrobes, dressing table with large mirror and stool and excellent storage. There is a mini-fridge, flat screen television and a telephone in each suite. Bottled water, towelling dressing gowns and slippers are also provided for your comfort.

    Additional facilities include a programmable electronic safe, hairdryer, assorted Molton Brown toiletries and individually controlled air-conditioning and heating. Soft hues and blended tones will enhance the traditional maritime style making the passenger accommodation an inviting and relaxing place to be. The beds in each suite can be configured as twins or double with the exception of suite 601 and 602 which feature fixed double beds.

    The impressive Hebridean Suite, located on the Shackleton Deck consists of a separate bathroom and sitting room with extra large balcony stretching the length of the suite. Additonal benefits of booking this marvellous suite include complimentary internet usage, complimentary mini-bar stocked with your preferences and complimentary laundry.

     

  • Your Space

    The spacious and finely decorated public rooms include a large lounge on the Byrd Deck featuring a selection of seating options from individual armchairs and sofas to side cushioned benches. Daily briefings given by the Cruise Director and talks from Guest Speakers and Expedition staff take place in The Lounge which is fitted with the highest standard of presentation equipment including multiple screens.

    In addition to the main Lounge, there is also The Club, located on the Mawson Deck which features the main bar where the on board pianist plays periodically throughout the day. The Club also offers a 24-hour tea and coffee station. Towards the aft of the ship on the Mawson Deck is The Library. Well stocked with reference books pertaining to the destinations the vessel is visiting and a selection of essential reads, you will not find yourself short of excellent literature on board. A selection of games and two computers complete with complimentary internet access can also be found in The Library.

    The main dining room which can seat all guests at one sitting is located on the Amundsen Deck and is a bright and charming setting to enjoy the delicious meals on board.

    Outside there is a rear Lido Deck located on the Scott Deck where meals are served in warm weather under shade. Further to this on the top Shackleton Deck there is an observation area which offers a fantastic platform for spotting wildlife complete with deck furniture, ideal for relaxing with a book or catching up with fellow travellers. There is also a small hairdressers on board with appointments made on request.

    Throughout the vessel you will notice a wide selection of artwork. With the assistance of the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge, we were able to secure some wonderful prints from the expeditions of Captain Robert Falcon Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton.

  • Your Dining

    It is quite a task to create a dining experience as that found on board our vessels when you are cruising in far-flung corners of the globe, indeed it takes a team of highly talented chefs to deliver fresh, varied dishes no matter where you are at sea. Fortunately, our catering teams are well adapted to the world of small ship cruising where no two days are the same and the menus are often scheduled and tailored around the days’ excursions.

    With only one sitting and a maximum of just over 100 passengers, the cuisine on board all three vessels is of a consistent superior quality that befits such vessels. Where possible and when it meets their high standards, our accomplished chefs will obtain local produce in markets. Such purchases enhance the well stocked larders and enable the chefs on board to exhibit their culinary skills and bring a local touch to the varied menus, emphasising the international expertise of the chefs on board. Afternoon tea and pre-dinner canapes take place every day in either the comfort of the Lounge or out on the Lido deck when the weather is favourable. Tea and coffee are also available 24 hours a day. Special diets can be catered for with sufficient notice.

    In keeping with the informal atmosphere on board, when dining you are able to choose your seating arrangements at your leisure. Whether that be joining a table of four to six other passengers outside on the Lido Deck in the evening’s sunshine or whether you prefer to enjoy meals in the à la carte restaurant. For those travelling alone, our onboard friendly restaurant staff will take care to ensure you are seated with other like minded travellers. In the main elegant dining room, breakfast is served buffet-style, with certain items cooked to order on request. Lunch and dinner are à la carte with an excellent choice of dishes, with the menu reflecting the daily catch or local delicacies. To enhance your dining experience even further a selection of wines are included with both meals and there is also a comprehensive wine list with a wide selection of new and old world wines from which to choose.

    The onboard catering and restaurant staff are experienced at sea and enthuse a passion for superb service. Whether it be ensuring you have an outdoor blanket as you enjoy the crisp sea breeze on the Lido Deck or sharing their knowledge of the characteristics of the days’ wine selections, you will experience a service on board like no other. You may also enjoy sumptuous barbeques on deck whilst at times, the chef will make your dish to order at special pasta or stir fry stations.

  • For your Comfort

    The MS Hebridean Sky is equipped with the latest safety, navigation and communications equipment along with roll stabilizers to minimize the ship’s motion. During your voyage we hope to offer the opportunity to visit the Captain and Officers on the Bridge to check the vessels progress by charts and learn more about your journey. There is also a dedicated channel on your television in your suite showing the routing of the vessel along with technical information and estimated times of arrival and departure from port. On board you will also find a clinic and Doctor and a lift that serves all decks. Smoking on board is restricted to a specific area on deck.

  • Life Onboard

    If large resort-style vessels accommodating many thousands of passengers are your ideal, then our ships are not for you as you will not find endless entertainment, round the clock buffets and the people management which is so much a part of today’s big ship on board style. However, if like us you prefer a more peaceful life at sea you will find our flagships the perfect vessels.

    When choosing your next voyage the choice of vessels is astounding. You can select a ship carrying in excess of 4000 passengers with impersonal service or join us aboard the MS Caledonian Sky, MS Island Sky or MS Hebridean Sky where peace, high quality service and attention to detail are the order of the day. We promise there will be no organised entertainment, fancy dress, deck games or any of the usual big ship experiences. Instead, the atmosphere is warm and convivial and more akin to a private yacht or country hotel in which you can learn more about the wonders of nature, culture and ancient civilisations in the company of like-minded people. A little music in the lounge or bar after dinner, Guest Speakers and informative port briefings from our Expedition Leader or Cruise Director and of course good food with wine included at lunch and dinner, all contribute to make any voyage aboard these wonderful vessels a memorable and joyful experience. After a day ashore you will return to the comfort and peace of an exceedingly comfortable ship.

    The daily programme on board is in the capable hands of our Cruise Director or Expedition Leader and staff who coordinate with the Captain and Officers to make the most of each day. Briefings and talks will be provided throughout the voyage together with a ‘Daily Programme’ that is distributed every evening to your suite outlining the next day’s activities. Dress on board is casual and relaxed and there will be no ‘black tie’ evenings.

  • Ship Directory

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    Please find below further details pertaining to the vessel or click on the booklet to download.

    Please click on the booklet to view.We are delighted you have chosen the MS Hebridean Sky for your upcoming voyage. The 118-passenger, all-suite vessel is one of the finest small ships in the world and benefits from unusually spacious accommodation, public areas and outside decks.

    You will find the atmosphere onboard akin to a private yacht or country hotel with a little music in the lounge or bar after dinner, talks from our onboard team and informative port briefings from your Cruise Director or Expedition Leader. After a day of exploration ashore, you will return to the comfort and peace of a well-run and exceedingly comfortable ship. Along with the Captain and officers and the Noble Caledonia team, our crew of 70 are dedicated to offering you the best possible experience during your time onboard.

    We hope this information booklet answers any questions you may have pertaining to the vessel and wish you a pleasant voyage.

    ADAPTORS

    Adaptors for hairdryers, mobile phones etc. can be obtained from the Reception Desk, located on Byrd Deck midships. These should be returned to Reception at the end of the cruise and are the property of the MS Hebridean Sky. There is also an adaptor extension box with USB ports by the cabin television.

    AIR-CONDITIONING

    The entire ship is air-conditioned. All cabins feature individual temperature controls. In order to keep the air-conditioning system working efficiently, please keep doors closed when in use.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    The ship uses a public address system to advise guests of all important information and activities during the cruise. Announcements can be heard throughout the public areas of the ship and in all cabins.

    CABINS

    Onboard there are 59 exceptionally spacious and well designed cabins. All feature a sitting area, en suite bathroom with vanity unit and walk-in shower featuring rainfall and separate hand held shower heads, spacious wardrobe and dressing table. Cabins on Shackleton & Scott Decks have private balconies.

    All cabins have the following facilities: • Dressing gowns and slippers • TV • Electrical outlet • Hair dryer • Heating and air-conditioning (individually controlled) • Mini bar & Fridge – upon request it can be filled with soft drinks and beer for purchase. The mini bar is stocked on arrival and replenished daily. Price list can be found in the cabin. • Safe • Molton Brown toiletries: hand soap, shower gel, shampoo, hair conditioner and body lotion • Telephone

    Each cabin has two twin beds that can be reconfigured to form a double bed upon request with the exception of cabins 601 and 602 which both feature a fixed double bed. Please advise the Reservations Department or the Reception Desk if you would like a double bed. Cabins are serviced each morning by your cabin attendant and again in the evening when the beds are turned down. Please note that on MS Hebridean Sky, all cabins have a shower but none have baths.

    COMMUNICATIONS

    There is a telephone in your cabin, which has access to an outside line. Outgoing call costs will be advised onboard. You can make cabin-to-cabin calls free of charge. There are two computers with complimentary internet access in The Library. In addition Wi-Fi is available in The Library, public areas and in passenger cabins. In order to access the Wi-Fi you will need to bring your own laptop, tablet etc and purchase an internet card which are available to buy at reception. Depending on the ship's location, please note that there may be times when the connection is very slow or is disrupted and the same level of connectivity that you enjoy at home cannot be expected onboard. Please also follow the instructions about logging off carefully in order not to waste any minutes.

    DAILY PROGRAMME

    A Daily Programme, detailing the following day’s arrangements as well as any specific information about the day’s activities is produced onboard and delivered to your cabin daily.

    DIETARY REQUIREMENTS

    If you have any dietary requirements such as vegetarian, low salt, gluten free and low cholesterol, please notify the Reservations Department. We regret that these, and any other special dietary needs, cannot be guaranteed. If you have any specific or special foods that you require we recommend that you take some with you although we will endeavour to accommodate your needs. Once onboard, please speak to the Chef or the Maitre D’ at dinner on your first night onboard to reconfirm your needs.

    DINING AND DRINKING

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are served in the Restaurant. During good weather, early riser’s coffee, breakfast, lunch and dinner may also be served on The Lido Deck. Afternoon tea is served in The Club or in The Lounge depending on activities. Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits are available self-service 24 hours a day in The Club. House wine, beer and soft drinks are included at lunch and dinner. MS Hebridean Sky operates an open seating policy which greatly enhances the convivial atmosphere onboard. The Restaurant has table configurations of 8, 6, 4 and some 2’s. Room service is not available onboard. As we operate an open seating policy, we regret that reservations cannot be made. Please note that passengers are not permitted to consume their own supplies of alcohol onboard. Water is safe to drink onboard and is treated with chlorine. A complimentary bottle of water is provided in your cabin upon embarkation and can be replenished as required.

    Special dietary requests such as vegetarian, low salt and low cholesterol should be made with the reservation’s department in advance. However, we recommend that you contact the Maitre D’ once onboard to reconfirm such requests. We regret that these, and any other special dietary needs, cannot be guaranteed. If you have any specific or special foods that you require we recommend that you take some with you.

    DISABLED FACILITIES

    There is a elevator/lift, but the ship does not have facilities for disabled or wheelchair dependent passengers. Additionally, most shore excursions involve some walking and some excursions are walking tours only. There is no chair lift onboard and access to the ship is by gangway.

    DISEMBARKATION

    Your Cruise Director / Expedition Leader will provide you with detailed disembarkation information prior to the end of your cruise. This will include transfer information (where applicable). If you should have any specific queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Cruise Director / Expedition Leader as soon as possible after embarkation.

    DRESS CODE ONBOARD

    The dress code onboard is defined as casual. During the day, comfortable and casual attire is appropriate. The evenings are smart casual. Jackets and ties are not required. However, we kindly ask you to refrain from wearing shorts during evening meals in the Restaurant. You may wish to wear something a little dressier for the Welcome and Farewell Dinners, for example, a jacket and tie for gentlemen and a dress for ladies. No “black tie” is necessary. It is recommended to wear footwear at all times whilst onboard.

    ELECTRICITY

    Voltage is 110V/60Hz (American standard) and a 220V razor socket. This is only suitable for low voltage electrical appliances, e.g. mobile phone or camera charger. We recommend that you bring a twopin American adaptor for the 110v plug. Please note that the use of personal hairdryers, clothing irons, coffee makers, curling tongs, etc. in the cabins is strictly forbidden as they may damage the ship’s electrical system. Hairdryers are provided for your convenience in the top right hand drawer of your dresser. If you require electrical medical equipment, please notify the Reservations department as soon as possible.

    GOING ASHORE

    Please wait in the public areas or in your suite until an announcement is made with instructions to disembark. Sailing times for each port are listed in the Daily Programme. Please note sailing times and ensure that you return back to the vessel at least 30 minutes prior to departure. In some ports a passport or port landing card must be carried when going ashore. This will be announced over the PA System if required. If the ship is in a remote area and you hear a continuous blast of the ship’s horn then please return immediately to the landing site. When leaving the ship at any time while in port always ensure you have checked IN/OUT at the gangway.

    HAIR & BEAUTY SALON

    MS Hebridean Sky has a hairdresser providing haircuts and hairstyling. Some beauty treatments and massage are also available. Appointments for hair styling can be made onboard at the Reception Desk. Fees for all treatments are available at Reception and will be charged to your onboard account.

    HEALTH & HYGIENE

    In order to maintain health standards you will find hand sanitizers at key positions around the ship particularly at the entrance to restaurants and near the gangway. We kindly ask you to use these regularly.

    LAUNDRY SERVICE

    Laundry service is available onboard. Laundry bags and a price list can be found in the wardrobe in your cabin. Please complete the laundry list and leave it together with the bag of dirty laundry on your bed. Your laundered items will be returned within 24hours. There are no public launderette or ironing facilities onboard. In the interest of safety we ask that you do not use an electric iron in your suite. An ironing service is available at reasonable cost. Dry cleaning facilities are not available onboard. In the interest of the environment, towels will not be automatically changed every day. We ask that you put used towels on the bathroom floor if you wish them to be changed for fresh towels. Towels left hanging on the towel rack will not be changed.

    LIFT

    All passenger decks can be reached by lift / elevator. Please do not use the elevator in the case of a fire or an emergency.

    LOST PROPERTY

    Before you disembark the ship, please check your cabin to ensure you do not leave anything behind. Onboard the ship, any liquids, cosmetics, paper(s) and perishable items left behind will be disposed of immediately. Any books left onboard the ship will be incorporated into the ship’s library or donated to charity. Other items left behind on the ship will be kept onboard for 1 month or 2 cruises (whichever is the longer period), and after this period, any unclaimed items will be given to a local charity at the next main port the ship visits. If you discover you have left any items behind, please contact Noble Caledonia within 21 days of disembarking. If we are able to recover your item(s) we will contact you to arrange delivery or collection, and any costs incurred will be at your own expense.

    MAIL

    Although reception staff are happy to post letters on your behalf, they may not be able to do so straightaway or at the port of call at which you make such a request. Some postal services are unreliable and many letters or postcards that you ask to be delivered on your behalf may be delayed or even lost en route. Under no circumstances can we be held liable for such occurrences.

    MEDICAL FACILITIES

    Medical services are available 24hours a day. There is a doctor onboard, and crew members are trained in first aid. Cabin visits by the ship’s doctor are available. Please note that all consultations and services are charged for. To arrange an appointment with the ship’s doctor please contact Reception. It takes some people longer to find their sea legs. Sea sickness tablets are available from Reception, and should be taken at least one hour prior to departure.

    MINI BAR

    For your convenience a Mini Bar facility has been set up in your suite on a chargeable basis. Items consumed during the cruise will be charged to your onboard account. Your Stewardess will restock your mini bar on a daily basis and replenish consumed items. The mini bar price list is placed in the cabinet of your mini bar. The final statement will be delivered to your cabin in the early morning of your disembarkation.

    NEWS

    News channels are available on your cabin TV and in addition daily news bulletins can be found at Reception and in The Library.

    NOBLE CALEDONIA TEAM

    Throughout your cruise you will be accompanied by your Noble Caledonia team who will be happy to assist you with any queries or requests you may have.

    ONBOARD ACCOUNT

    All passengers will have their own “ship account” which allows you to sign a receipt for any expenses and then settle your bill at the Reception Desk at the end of the cruise. You will need to register your card at Reception shortly after sailing. If you are sharing a suite with a friend and would like separate bills, please inform Reception. Prices onboard are shown in British Pounds. All final accounts will be presented in British Pounds. Your ship’s account can be paid by:

    • Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express). A 2% charge will be applied to all payments made by credit card. • Cash (British Pounds, Euros or US Dollars). • Travellers’ Cheques (British Pounds, US Dollars or Euros). Debit cards and prepaid credit cards are not normally accepted.

    PASSPORTS

    All Passports are collected by the Purser upon embarkation. Passports are necessary to facilitate immigration formalities at each port of call and are returned at the end of the cruise.

    PUBLIC AREAS

    The Club – Located on Mawson Deck aft. The Club features the main bar and a 24 hour tea and coffee station. A quiet place to meet friends or relax during the day. In the evening our onboard resident pianist plays before and after dinner.

    The Library – Located on Mawson Deck aft. In The Library you can find a well stocked selection of reference books pertaining to the destinations. Fiction books, games and playing cards are also available for your pleasure. Novels brought onboard may be exchanged with other books in the paperback library. Should you wish to donate any books which you may have brought with you, we will be happy to add these for the pleasure of future guests. Reference books may not be removed from the ship.

    The Lounge – Located on Byrd Deck aft. Daily Briefings by the Cruise Director or Expedition Leader are given in The Lounge which is fitted with multiple screens and presentation equipment. Informative talks from the Guest Speaker or Expedition Team are also given here.

    Observation Deck & Sun Bathing – Located on Shackleton Deck. There is an area for sun loungers ideal for sunbathing as well as a forward facing viewing platform.

    Promenade Deck – Located on Mawson Deck. We kindly ask for your consideration to those guests whose cabins are located on and beneath the Promenade Deck. Please use the deck for walking / jogging between the hours of 08h30 – 21h00.

    QUESTIONNAIRE

    Your comments are important to us therefore before your cruise ends, you will receive a questionnaire. We are always looking for ways to improve your holiday experience and appreciate the time you take to complete the questionnaire. Kindly hand your completed questionnaire in at Reception.

    SAFE

    There is a safe in every suite located in the drawer of the television cabinet. The safe can be programmed with your own code, instructions can be found inside the closet door and cabin staff will be available to assist upon embarkation. We recommend that you leave money and other valuables in the safe. Kindly remember to remove all items from the safe before disembarking the ship at the end of your cruise.

    SAFETY DRILL & SAFETY

    International Maritime Law requires a lifeboat safety drill to take place prior to sailing. All guests must attend this compulsory and important exercise. Please listen for the announcements. During the drill, all ships services will be suspended. Your assigned lifeboat station, location of your life jacket and the signal for lifeboat and fire drills are clearly explained on the emergency card posted on the back of your suite’s door. Life jackets are located in your suite. During the safety drill you will be shown how to wear the life jacket. It is essential that you take certain safety precautions while onboard:

    • Walk, never run and be especially careful on wet and slippery decks. • Ladies are advised to wear low heeled shoes especially on deck. • Footwear should be worn at all times. • Hold on to the handrails in passageways and stairways.

    SHIP’S ID CARD

    These personal ID cards with essential information are issued to each guest during embarkation. Please remember to check in and out at the gangway with the crew member on duty in order for them to ensure that you are onboard prior to sailing.

    SMOKING POLICY

    The MS Hebridean Sky offers a smoke-free cruise environment. Smoking is not permitted inside the ship, including the balcony areas and is only permitted in the designated area outside on Mawson Deck aft. Please never throw any cigarette ends overboard – the breeze could carry the smouldering end back onboard and start a fire. We thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

    TELEPHONE CALLS

    Calls to other cabins can be made free of charge by dialing the cabin number. Lift the handset and dial the cabin number. If you wish to make an outside call, please check at Reception to purchase a prepaid telephone card and instructions. Costs are available from Reception and charges are automatically billed to your onboard account.

    TELEVISION

    All suites are equipped with a flat screen television. A DVD player is available on request from the Reception and a small number of dvds are available to borrow. DVDs are configured to Region 2. The following channels are available (subject to change):

    1 Lecture Channel

    2 MSNBC

    3 Fox News

    4 CNBC

    5 BBC News

    6 Sky News

    7 Engage

    8 Sky Sports News

    9 Prime US

    10 Prime Telly – ITV Choice

    11 Special Events

    12 Movie Channel

    13 Documentary Channel

    14 Information Channel

    TOILETRIES

    Molton Brown shampoo, hand soap, body lotion and shower gel are provided in your bathroom. If you have forgotten anything ie. toothpaste, please ask Reception, who have a selection of items available for purchase.

    VISITORS

    For the safety and security of all passengers no visitors are allowed onboard the ship.

    VISITING THE BRIDGE

    At times Bridge visits may be possible. If visiting the Bridge, please note this is a working area and access may sometimes be restricted

    WAKE UP CALL

    Wake up calls can be requested through the Reception Desk before 11pm.

    WATER

    Water from the taps in your cabin is safe to drink. In order to reduce the damage caused to the environment and wildlife by plastic, we have placed a reusable steel water ‘Glogg’ bottle in your cabin. These can be filled from the tap or the water station outside the Club. A complimentary bottle of water is placed in your cabin at the beginning of the cruise and can be replenished as required.

    ZODIAC OR LOCAL BOATS TO GO ASHORE

    Some destinations may require the use of the ship’s Zodiacs or local tender boats to go ashore. Guests will be advised where and when to meet the Zodiac or local tender boat for travel to and from the ship. Please ensure that your hands are free at all times and accept the assistance given by the crew onboard the MS Hebridean Sky when boarding tenders / Zodiacs. A Zodiac safety briefing will be given.

    Please Note:

    The above information is accurate and correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publishing. Noble Caledonia accepts no responsibility for any errors or omissions and none of the facilities or features of the vessel described herein which are not specifically described in our advertisements and on your holiday invoice as being included in your holiday price will be deemed to be included in your holiday package. If you would like further information about the vessel or about any of your holiday arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Onboard Team

  • Stephen Carr-Smith

    Major General Stephen Carr-Smith

    Major General Stephen Carr-Smith served throughout much of the Cold War in Europe and then with NATO . On leaving the Army, he worked for a company providing security and mine clearance services in remote and hostile countries; he was the Senior Military Advisor to an operational analysis company owned by British Aerospace and the Chairman of a company developing opportunities to marry up Russian technology with western finance and production.

    From 1999 to 2006, he was the Ombudsman for Estate Agents, dealing with redress and financial compensation for buyers and sellers of residential property throughout the UK. He is now a non-executive director on the Council that runs the National Land and Property Information Service (NLIS).

    From 1996 to 2006, he was the Honorary Colonel of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY) – an all women, uniformed volunteer body that has supported the British Army for 100 years. For the last five years, he has been the President of the Stragglers of Asia Cricket Club – and, accompanied by his wife, he led tours to Sri Lanka in 2004 and to India in 2007. He has also lectured on many cruises including several in the Black Sea area.

    Major General Stephen Carr-Smith will be on the following tour dates: 6 to 20 May 2018
  • Martin Sixsmith

    Martin Sixsmith was the BBC’s correspondent in Moscow, Washington, Brussels and Warsaw in the 1980s and 90s and worked as Director of Communications for the British Government from 1997 to 2002.  He is now an author, presenter and journalist. His non-fiction books include Moscow Coup, The Litvinenko File, Putin’s Oil and Russia: A Thousand Year Chronicle of the Wild East. He worked as a consultant on the BBC2 political sitcom The Thick of It and the 2010 movie In the Loop. In 2011 he presented the BBC’s 50-episode history of Russia on Radio Four. In 2013 his book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee was adapted into the film Philomena, starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan. It was nominated for four Oscars. In 2014 he presented Radio 4’s 25-part history of psychology and psychiatry. His new book Ayesha’s Gift is the story of a young woman’s search to discover the truth after her father is murdered in Pakistan.

    Martin Sixsmith will be on the following tour dates: 6 to 20 May 2018

Tour Extensions

    • 19th to 23rd May 2018

      If you would like to spend more time in New York after disembarking the MS Hebridean Sky we are offering a three night extension staying at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. Located in the Midtown district near Grand Central Station, the hotel is in the perfect location for individual exploration. After the tour and lunch on day 14, you will be transferred to the hotel for your three night stay when the time is yours to explore. A transfer will be provided to the airport for your return flight to London. 

    • Prices per person based on double occupancy
      CategoryPrice
      Twin £785
      Single £1295

      Price Includes: Three nights accommodation at the Grand Hyatt Hotel on breakfast only basis, transfers, porterage.

      Not Included: Travel insurance, visa.

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