Noble Caledonia’s MS Caledonian Sky was unveiled to former and future passengers yesterday (Thursday May 10).
The 114-passenger ship has been transformed from its previous incarnation as Hebridean Spirit following an eight-month refurbishment programme in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Caledonian Sky is a sister to Noble’s Island Sky and has a number of new features including balcony cabins on the Promenade Deck and bathtubs in certain cabins. The lounge (below) has also been redesigned with more sofas rather than single chairs.
She sets sail on her maiden voyage to the Channel Islands on Saturday, before a season in northern Europe.
She will head towards the Pacific later this year where she will embark on some “epic journeys”, said founder and managing director Andrew Cochrane at the event last night.
“This is a big event for us,” he said. “We’ve had about 400 passengers on board today to look at her and so far the feedback we’ve had has been very positive.
“This [ship] allows us to have one ship on each side of the world. Island Sky will be based in Europe, Africa and South America.
“Caledonian Sky after a short season in Northern Europe will head towards the Pacific, and sail to Alaska, the Russian Far east and the Sub-Antarctic, Sumatra and Easter Island.
“A lot of this is new to us and will be new to our passengers. These are two of the finest small ships in the world,” he added.