Tristan da Cunha Cruise Ships
News and photos of cruise ship visits to the world's most remote community during the 2014/2015 season.
News and photos of cruise ship visits to the world's most remote community
Tristan da Cunha cruise ship visits in the 2014-15 season

The SA Agulhas II 2014 Voyage
is featured on it own website page:
2014 Agulhas Voyage

Though a scheduled annual voyage also carrying essential cargo (and not a cruise ship) the Agulhas trip allowed visitors a Tristan stay from 10th September - 3rd October so is very popular

Silver Explorer 23rd - 24th March

Silversea's Silver Explorer made a welcome return to Tristan on a 23 day cruise from the main Tierra del Fuego port of Ushuaia and continued to Tristan via the Falkland Islands, and South Georgia. After visiting Tristan the ship continued to Cape Town.
See Silver Explorer 2015 Visit for photos and a report.

Bark Europa - 5th and 6th April

The sailing barque 'Bark Europa' made a welcome return to Tristan on its 'Cape to Cape' voyage. The 52 day voyage started in the main Tierra del Fuego port of Ushuaia, and continued to Tristan via the South Shetland Islands, the Antarctic Peninsula and South Georgia. After visiting Tristan the ship continued to Cape Town.

Photos from Shirley Squibb were taken on 5th and 6th April when passengers enjoyed time ashore.

Left: The Bark Europa anchored off Tristan on 5th April.

 

A RIB with passengers arriving in Calshot Harbour

Passengers preparing to come ashore

Dawn Repetto greeting a passenger

Serving a visitor in the Café da Cunha

Carding and Knitting on show in the Tourism Centre
Passengers relax outside the Tourism Centre

Plancius - 10th - 12th April

MV Plancius made a return to Tristan waters in 2015 on its regular Atlantic Odyssey cruise which is a 31 night voyage starting in the main Tierra del Fuego port of Ushuaia, and continuing to Tristan via Deception Island, the Antarctic Peninsula, Paulet Island, South Sandwich Islands and South Georgia. After leaving Tristan the ship continued via St Helena to Ascension Island.

Ortelius - 13th April

MV Ortelius is a sister ship to MV Plancius and made her maiden voyage to the Tristan da Cunha Islands during a 29 night 'Bouvet Island' cruise starting in the main Tierra del Fuego port of Ushuaia and continuing to Tristan via the South Shetland, South Sandwich, Bouvet and Gough Islands. After Tristan the ship continued via St Helena to Ascension Island. Whilst Tristan is the most isolated community in the world, Norwegian-owned Bouvet is the world's most isolated island but is uninhabited. The ship was acquired for expedition cruising by the Dutch company Oceanwide Expeditions in 2011.

Unfortunately passengers from both Plancius and Ortelius were unable to come ashore, but island RIBS made contact with the ships who were able to help supply additional medicines to help the community during a bronchitis outbreak. See Community News 2015 for more information.