At the end of 1977 Union Castle Lines withdrew its service to St Helena. As the island lacked an airfield, the British government purchased a ship and since then the route has been served by St Helena Line and in 1989 the current RMS St Helena was built and is one of the last ships of its type to carry the venerable Royal Mail signature. The RMS St Helena is equipped to carry passengers and a wide range of cargo to meet the needs of the population of Saint Helena.
In August 2012 she underwent a refit and her berths increased from 128 to 150 in comfortable two berth, 3 and 4 berth cabins. Her passengers enjoy a range of facilities including a swimming pool, gymnasium shop and lounges. She also has well-equipped medical facilities and an on-board doctor. For the people of St Helena the RMS is a lifeline and is the only regular means of travel to this remote island. For tourists travelling on her, she is a reminder of an era of sea travel, far removed from the large cruise liners of today.
For many years the prospect of an airport loomed for St Helena and finally in November 2011 the British Government announced that the airport project had been approved and work has begun and is estimated to be completed in 2016. After this date The RMS St Helena will be withdrawn from service and one of the most fascinating martime stories will be consigned to history. Do not miss the opportunity to be a part of the story. Be one of the very few who will be able to recount stories of travelling to the island by sea . Our Sail Away Tour allows you to do just that.
28 August 2013 – 15 September 2013
One night pre voyage included in Cape Town.
Board the RMS St Helena. Revel in the onboard activities, or simply relax and watch the ocean waves dance around the ship as she sails to St Helena. You may be lucky enough to see marine and birdlife en route.
Binoculars at the ready as you see the island ahead on the horizon. Witness the same view as the early explorers saw as the island’s features come ever closer. The next three days are spent exploring the diversity of St Helena and discovering the way of life of this remote, but spectacular British Territory. Optional tours can be arranged on the island by the tourism office. Accommodation is based on the ship and regular transfers to and from the ship and island are available. (link to tourism website accommodation and tours pages)
Leaving St Helena behind us, we sail north west to Ascension Island, a remote and somewhat secretive cross roads in the middle of the Atlantic.
Arrival into Ascension Island, a mix between a tranquil tropical paradise and a busy military base. There is time to go ashore to explore the rich diversity of the island including the rare birdlife, flora and fauna and between November and May a chance to see the the protected green turtle come ashore to lay their eggs on the beaches.
The ship returns to St Helena
Arrival into St Helena. A last chance to explore the island.
The final leg of the voyage to Cape Town.
Arrival in to Cape Town.
Included in the tour price:
Return sea fare and cabin of choice between Cape Town and Ascension Island.
All meals on board the RMS St Helena during the voyage.
Breakfast Daily when RMS is in St Helena and Ascension Island
Regular shuttles to and from the ship when in ports
Accommodation on board the RMS St Helena during port stays in St Helena and Ascension Island.
1 x night accommodation in Cape Town pre voyage.
Tour price excludes:
Applicable port charges, meals other than those stated, sightseeing and international flights.
Tour prices start from £1,406pp. Please contact our reservations department in London on 020 7575 6480 or Cape Town on +27 (0) 21 425 1165 for price details for when you want to travel and to book this voyage.