Oban cruise ship appoints first female captain

Captain Caz Palmer is the first permanent female master of the Hebridean Princess, a former CalMac ferry that now operates as a luxury cruise ship based in Oban.

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Hebridean Island Cruises has appointed its first permanent female master to take command of Hebridean Princess.

Captain Caroline ‘Caz’ Palmer will work opposite Captain Richard Heaton at the helm of the 50-passenger cruise ship.

Caroline joined Hebridean Princess in 2014 as first officer and achieved her master’s ticket in 2016. She has since worked as chief officer on board Hebridean Princess and took temporary command of the vessel in 2021 for a single cruise.

Most recently, she was seconded to the role of fleet safety and compliance officer for Hebridean Princess, Lord of the Glens and Lord of the Highlands.

Managing director Ken Charleson said: ‘We are delighted to announce the appointment of Caroline Palmer as our first permanent female captain. Caz has proven herself as a loyal and proficient officer who is popular with guests and colleagues.

‘Caz brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the position of master and we wish her every success in her new role.’

 

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Captain Caz Palmer is the first permanent female master of the Hebridean Princess, a former CalMac ferry that now operates as a luxury cruise ship based in Oban.