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~SHIPS~DORSET~ Images of the Month for September 2021 ~ 1of2 ~ ~ Island Sky ~ alongside South Quay, Poole in August 

The Noble Caledonia's sister flagships Island Sky and Hebridean Sky spent time at Portland Port UK in May / June “working up” in preparation for UK cruising to resume. In July Hebridean Sky sought shelter in Port of Poole and more recently Island Sky’s August cruise itinerary included a call. Poole photographer Kev Mitchell was on hand to record the sisters’ visits. 

In the early 1990s the Renaissance Cruises company commissioned eight small cruise ships. The second group of four identical sister ships from builder Nuovi Cantieri Apuania at Carrara in Italy included Renaissance VII - now Hebridean Sky and Renaissance VIII - Island Sky.

~SHIPS~DORSET~ Images of the Month for September 2021 ~ 2of2 ~ ~ Hebridean Sky ~ alongside South Quay, Poole in July

The ships were designed to operate worldwide accommodating up to 120 passengers in 59 cabins with lounge and dining capacities large enough to welcome all passengers at one time. After the failure of Renaissance the ships changed names and ownership a number of times until they were re-united under Noble Caledonia ownership in 2014. 

Both ships were built at the Nuovi Cantieri Apuania shipyard in Carrara, Italy to Ice Class 1C … Gross Tonnage = 4,200 … Length = 90m … Beam = 30m … Draught = 4m … 7 accessible Decks … Speed = 14.5 knots … Capacity for 120 passengers and 72 crew. 

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