Photo tour of Hebridean Princess – a former floating nuclear bunker and car ferry, now a luxury ship fit for a Queen

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Small splendour: Hebridean Princess docked in Mull

Built in 1964 as a floating nuclear bunker for British VIPs during the Cold War, Columba was for many years a car ferry before becoming the luxury cruise ship Hebridean Princess. It carries 50 guests in 30 cabins – and its past passengers include the Queen and other members of the British royal family. Here’s my quick photo tour from my recent voyage…

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The Tiree Lounge: Have you ever seen a cruise ship with a brick fireplace?

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The logs are real but the fire is fake

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Another view of the lounge

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The well-stocked bar and whisky display – all drinks are included

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Afternoon tea selection

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The Columba restaurant

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Couples are given their own tables for two – singles are invited to dine in groups with officers

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The central table laid for a buffet breakfast – cooked items are available to order

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The library

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Another view of the library

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By royal appointment: The crest given after the Queen sailed on Hebridean Princess, displayed in another seating area

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Cosy: Original teak flooring displayed in another alcove

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Sunlit: The seating area at the stern of the ship

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Top deck: More chairs and loungers

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Another view of the top deck

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On the bridge: As well as new technology there is a ship’s wheel and engine order telegraph

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Control centre: In the engine room

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Classic engineering: One of the Manchester-made engines

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Souvenirs: The onboard shop

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All aboard: Instead of using electronic cards, passengers take brass plates bearing the name of their cabin to show if they are going off the ship, and replace them when they return.

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