One of the reasons that we can provide such a high standard of cruise experience for our guests is that our excellent Skippers, Wildlife Experts, Chefs and Bosuns return to us year after year. Our Crews must be given huge credit for making our 2021 season such an outstanding success and also thanks to our amazing guests who were such fun on board. We are so grateful to over 40 of our 2021 season guests who took the trouble to write a review online, which explains so well in their own words why our cruises are indeed a holiday of a lifetime.  Read our reviews >

Expert and highly qualified Crew

Each of our vessels has four experienced and qualified crew members, namely the Skipper, Chef, Wildlife Expert and Bosun -  the highest crew to guest ratio in small-ship cruising in Scotland for 8 - 10 guests on board. All our Crews are passionate about the wildlife, history and culture of the Hebrides and we are WiSE accredited to ensure our activities do not have a negative effect on the natural habitat of the places we visit or the animals we encounter.

Emma Jane Skipper and Crew 2022

James Fairbairns returns as Skipper for Emma Jane, sharing the season with Skipper Ritchie who is returning for another season to Hebrides Cruises.  He has worked for many years at sea with Rob & James. Also returning are Wildlife Experts, Ecologist Will Smith and Geologist Lynsey Bland.  We excited to introduce Steward, Ashleigh Conlin along with Chefs, Philippa Brown and Jordan Foster to the team, covering the cruises this season aboard the Emma Jane. Find out more about the Crew for Emma Jane 2022 >

Elizabeth-G Skipper and Crew 2022

Chris Ireland returns as Skipper for 2022 supported by owner & Skipper Rob Barlow. Also returning is Wildlife Expert and Marine Biologist Zoe Stevenson, along with Wildlife Experts Will Smith and Lynsey Bland. As always we are delighted to have our long-standing Bosun, Craig Robinson return this season and new crew member Alice Pollard, as relief Bosun. Returning chef Sian Connell will be covering some cruises for us along with Sarak Kirk for our 2022 season.   Find out more about the Crew for Elizabeth G 2022

Sales and Shore Manager

A vital member of the Hebrides Cruises team is Sales and Shore Manager Emma Fairbarins,  who deals with bookings, guest communications and shore management. Emma ensures the seamless of care of our guests from the first contact and their time on board to disembarking their cruise and their onward journey.