Tristan da Cunha Cruise Ships
Details of cruise ships that regularly or occasionally visit Tristan da Cunha.

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There are a few cruise ships that visit the Tristan da Cunha islands most years, and others that visit from time to time, usually during island hopping voyages between the islands of the South Atlantic. They normally visit during the austral summer when the weather is better and there is more chance of seeing Tristan wildlife, especially if the visit is timed to coincide with the breeding seasons. As the harbour is too small for ships to dock, passengers land in zodiacs or tenders, although sea conditions may sometimes prevent this. Very large cruise ships tend not to try to land passengers, but islanders will normally come aboard to talk and sell postcards and souvenirs. In any case, the islands and their rugged coasts are sights you will never forget.

Cruises Scheduled to Call at Tristan

List updated 15th April 2019


Vessel Departs from Date Est. Dates at Tristan Disembarks at Date Website
MS Bremen Cape Town, ZA 20 Dec 26 Dec Ushuaia, AR 11 Jan Details


Vessel Departs from Date Est. Dates at Tristan Disembarks at Date Website
Le Lyrial Ushuaia, AR 25 Feb 09-11 Mar Cape Town, ZA 17 Mar Details
Silver Cloud Ushuaia, AR 28 Feb 13-15 Mar Cape Town, ZA 21 Mar Details
MV Plancius* Ushuaia, AR 29 Mar 13-16 Apr St Helena 22 Apr Details

* Torbjörn Svensson is planning to lead a party from the Scandinavian Geographical Society on the Plancius cruise.
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Vessel Departs from Date Est. Dates at Tristan Disembarks at Date Website
Silver Wind Ushuaia, AR 15 Feb 28 Feb-02 Mar Cape Town, ZA 07 Mar Details
Hanseactic Inspiration Ushuaia, AR 15 Feb 01-02 Mar Cape Town, ZA 07 Mar Details

See reports of recent cruises on our Cruise Visits page.

Regular Cruise Ships

Le Lyrial

This is a luxury cruise ship with state rooms accommodating up to 244 passengers. It cruises from Ushuaia to Cape Town calling at the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Tristan, Nightingale, and Gough.


Bark Europa

This is a training sailing ship with berths for up to 48 passengers. It calls at Tristan during its 'Cape to Cape' cruise from the tip of South America to Cape Town.


MV Plancius

This converted oceanic research vessel accommodates up to 116 passengers. It offers cruises northwards from the islands of Antarctica to the Cape Verde Islands, calling at Gough Island and Tristan da Cunha.


Silver Explorer

This is a purpose-built luxury expedition cruise ship, accommodating up to 130 passengers. It has cruises from Ushuaia to Cape Town, calling at various South Atlantic islands, including Tristan, Nightingale, and Gough.


Other cruise ships that have visited Tristan da Cunha in the recent past include: MV Seabourn Soujourn, MS Bremen, MV Ocean Adventurer, MV Corinthian II, MS Europa, the schooner Gulden Leeuw, MV Hanseatic, MS Island Sky, National Geographic Explorer, MV Ortelius, Prince Albert II, RMS St Helena, and the QM2