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Cruise season is underway

The 2018 St Helena cruise season is well-underway, with three ships welcomed over the past week.

As St Helenians headed to the hills for camping over the Easter holidays, the first visiting vessel, the Ocean Adventurer, pulled into James Bay on Saturday 31 March, overnighting until 1 April. The ship ticked off the three sister islands as she passed through Tristan da Cunha, St Helena and then on to Ascension Island.

The vessel held 64 passengers and 63 crew members, one of the smallest cruise ships to pass through the island’s waters. Visitors were seen tackling Jacob’s Ladder and exploring Jamestown before departing for Ascension Island.

Cruise visitors tackle Jacobs Ladder, St Helena

The second vessel, Silver Cloud, followed on 2 April, arriving at James Bay with 176 passengers and 218 crew members.

Cruise ship visiting St Helena

A busy schedule of island tours, historical tours and Wirebird tours ensued. The day-trippers visited Longwood House, Napoleon’s Tomb, the luscious Sandy Bay Ridges, Jonathan the Tortoise at Plantation House and Ladder Hill, with some jumping at the opportunity to travel back to Jamestown via Jacob’s Ladder.

One visitor told staff at the Tourist Office: “We spoke to some of the other passengers and they said the reason they came on this ship was because it was coming here to St Helena.”

Armed with pictures, souvenirs and products from the island’s distillery, the ship departed at 17:00 on 3 April onward to Ascension Island.

Thursday 5 April marks the final vessel of the month as we welcome the Astor into St Helena waters.

Cruise ship visitors at Plantation House

Other visiting vessels for 2018 are:

Europa 2, 28 October

Amadea, 5 November

The World, 10 December

For a full list of Cruise Ships booked to travel through St Helena to 2019, click here.

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