Tristan da Cunha Visit News
News of cruises, ships and yachts visiting Tristan da Cunha.

MV Plancius's 2018 Visit to Tristan

Report and photos from Janine Lavarello

The MV Plancius arrived at Tristan on Wednesday 11th April 2018, but due to bad weather she had to go to the lee where it was much calmer. Thursday morning she came back up to Tristan, although unfortunately disembarkation was slow due to the sea conditions. By 11:00am the visitors were very relieved to finally be ashore and taking part in the guided tour to the 1961 Volcano followed by a visit to the Thatched House Museum.

During the day visitors enjoyed a visit to the Potato Patches and exploring the settlement. Bird enthusiasts were even fortunate enough to see a Tristan Thrush and Gough Moorhen. Souvenirs and philatelic material were bought and mail posted. Snacks and refreshments were enjoyed at Café da Cunha and the Albatross bar. By 5pm all passengers had boarded the ship, along with four guides ready for the following day at the outer islands.

Passengers landing in Calshot Harbour. MV Plancius off Tristan da Cunha 2018.
Passengers landing in Calshot Harbour. MV Plancius off the settlement.
MV Plancius passengers in Café da Cunha MV Plancius passengers buying stamps and souvenirs.
Passengers in Café da Cunha enjoying refreshments and using the new wi-fi. Passengers buying stamps and souvenirs in the gift shop and Post Office.

If you were on the MV Plancius, we'd appreciate your feedback using our Visitors' Feedback Form.

Cruise Ship Ocean Adventurer Visits Tristan for the First Time

Report and photos from Shirley Squibb

MV Ocean Adventurer

The MV Ocean Adventurer arrived at Tristan da Cunha just after 6:30am on the morning of Saturday 24th March 2018. It was a perfect day, sunny and calm with tranquil sea, and also a fishing day. At 8:30am, Immigration boarded, and by 9:15am the ship's zodiacs started ferrying passengers ashore.

The first ashore were a group for The Base hike to Burnt Wood, closely follow by a walking tour to the 1961 Volcano along with a visit to the Thatched House Museum. At the Post and Tourism Centre the bus waited for visitors taking the tour to the Potato Patches, and shortly afterwards a further group set out on the walking tour of Edinburgh village.

Shopping for souvenirs.
Passengers shopping for souvenirs. Relaxing in the Café and Museum.

By midday guests were returning from their tours hot and thirsty for some refreshments from Café da Cunha. There they relaxed enjoying a light lunch of Tristan lobster, sweet treats, hot and cold beverages along with the famous island brewed Albatross Ale while catching up with the rest of the world on Café da Cunha's newly installed wifi. Souvenirs and philatelic materials were purchased and posted and the rest of the afternoon was leisurely spent exploring the settlement. Visitors also had the pleasure of visiting the other venues opened, the Island Store, Albatross Bar, Rockhopper gift shop and crafts sold locally at individual stalls.

Two Geocachers, 'WANDRR', also visited and were eager to check out the cache sites. It was very exciting as a few ships ago another cacher had sent in a travel bug all the way to the remotest island. It was too big to go in the cache so a note was placed there instead and on production of the note the Geocachers were given the travel bug from the Tourist Centre. So all you cachers out there the travel bug is on the move so keep a look out and keep it going. See our page about the British Garrison Geotrail for more about geocaching on Tristan.

Geocachers visiting Tristan da Cunha The Tristan Travel Bug
Visiting Geocachers beside the famous Welcome sign. The Tristan Travel Bug

At 5:30pm passengers started embarking in readiness for the following day at Nightingale and Inaccessible island. After spending the evening anchored offshore the Ocean Adventurer headed of for a cruise around the Outer Islands, departing shortly after en-route to St Helena.

If you were on the Ocean Adventurer, we'd appreciate your feedback using our Visitors' Feedback Form.

Le Lyrial's March 2018 Cruise to Tristan

Report and photos from Shirley Squibb

The Le Lyrial arrived just after 8.00am on the 16th March 2018. Unfortunately there was a swell in the harbour so no passengers landed then, but Immigration, Post Office and Tourism staff boarded to sell philatelics and souvenirs. The weather was monitored throughout the day, but it was decided that although conditions had improved, it still wasn't good enough to land passengers. At 2.30pm the ship departed to circumnavigate the island with the Post Office and Tourism staff on board until her return later in the evening.

Team of islanders leaving the harbour in Le Lyrial's RIB. Passengers observing from afar.
Team of islanders leaving the harbour in Le Lyrial's RIB. Passengers observing activity on the island from afar.

We had a successful day the next day with the le Lyrial, whose visit was short but eventful. Passengers started landing at approximately 7.00am, and started the settlement tour from the harbour. Following this was a tour of the 1961 Volcano from the Post and Tourism Centre, and also a round of golf. There were bus shuttles throughout the morning to the Potato Patches, where visitors were greeted by a guide stationed there. Some visitors also did trips by taxi. Mid-morning there was also a tour of St Mary's School. Throughout the morning there was lots of shopping for souvenirs and stamps, and also visitors enjoyed Café da Cunha's treats. Passengers started re-embarking at 12.00noon and the final boat was away at 12.30am. The ship departed shortly after, heading towards Nightingale and then on to Gough.

Hikers ready for the 1961 Volcano Tour

Hikers ready for the 1961 Volcano Tour.

Bus tours to the Potato Patches. Happy New Zealanders.
Bus tours to the Potato Patches. Happy New Zealanders.
Practicing for golf in the Post Office and Tourism garden. Golf match on the Tristan course.
Practicing for golf in the Post Office and Tourism garden. Passengers playing a golf match on the Tristan course.

Le Lyrial ladies, happy to be ashore on Tristan.

Le Lyrial ladies, happy to be ashore on Tristan.

The last RIB returns to Le Lyrial. Passengers re-embarking at Le Lyrial's stern.
The last RIB returns to Le Lyrial. Passengers re-embarking at Le Lyrial's stern.

If you were on Le Lyrial, we'd appreciate your feedback and suggestions using our Visitors' Feedback Form.

Visit of the MV Silver Cloud to Tristan on 13th March 2018

Report and photos of the visit of the MV Silver Cloud to the Tristan Islands on 13th March 2018.
17-Mar-2018
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Visit of the yacht Caprice

The yacht Caprice called at Tristan on the 4th March 2018.
6-Mar-2018
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Visit of MY Cloudbreak

The Motor Yacht Cloudbreak visited Tristan da Cunha on the 15th February 2018.
17-Feb-2018
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Deeper Harbour Benefits Cruise Visitors

New benefits for cruise passengers from the deepened Calshot Harbour.
8-Feb-2018
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Revisit by the Motor Yacht Enigma XK on 31st January 2018

The Motor Yacht Enigma XK visited Tristan da Cunha for a third time on the 31st January 2018.
4-Feb-2018
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First Visit of the Cruise Ship Seabourn Sojourn

The MS Seabourn Sojourn made its first cruise to Tristan on the 31st January and 1st February 2018.
3-Feb-2018
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