Ahoy intrepid travellers who love discovering new places and enjoy being at sea – a series of new voyages departing in 2012 to the far-flung British Outpost, St Helena, have been introduced by St Helena Line. Lying 1,500 miles north-west of Cape Town, with a rich history and dramatic natural beauty, there’s nowhere remotely like it!
Taking bookings now, the new 18-night Hideaway Tour departs Cape Town on 7 May, 2012 on board one of the world’s last working Royal Mail Ships, the 128-berth RMS St Helena (0207 575 6480 /http://rms-st-helena.com/tours/hideaway-tour/), and costs from £2,765 per person.
Leading the tour will be Colin Lewis, Professor Emeritus of Rhodes University (South Africa), hugely knowledgeable about St Helena – its history and natural environment. Prof. Lewis will offer a special insight into this British outcrop – the place of Napoleon’s exile.
After a relaxing five-night voyage at sea on board the part passenger, part cargo ship, passengers will arrive on St Helena’s shores on the 12 May, where they’ll be joined by Island residents Basil George and Vanessa Thomas for a fascinating and diverse eight-day itinerary.
Highlights include a trip to Napoleon’s last residence – Longwood House (arguably one of the finest Napoleonic museums in the world), plus other sites of historic importance, including Napoleon’s Tomb. A boat trip, tour of the grounds at Plantation House where the Governor resides, an evening talk from the National Trust of St Helena and a walking tour of the capital, Jamestown, are also included.
A Botanical Day will allow the chance to uncover some of the world’s rarest flora and fauna plus the opportunity to spot the endemic Wirebird.
The RMS arrives back in Cape Town on the 25 May.
All at sea: The Hideaway Tour costs from £2,765 per person based on two sharing an A deck cabin. The price includes eight nights’ B&B accommodation on St Helena, entry fees and guide costs, all meals on the RMS and some meals in St Helena. Return international flights to Cape Town are not included.
A full schedule outlining 2012 departures is available at www.rms-st-helena.com or call 0207 575 6480.
For more information and images please contact Lara Jacobs or Suzanne Holiday at Keene on 020 7839 2140 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notes to Editors:
1. St Helena is an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom, with its own legislature and a high degree of internal self-government.
2. It is an island of 47 square miles (122 sq.km) situated 1,200 miles off the west coast of Africa.
3. Currently the only access to the Island is by sea, via the ship RMS St Helena, plus a number of cruise ships and yachts.
4. The number of tourists currently is less than 1,500 a year but the opening of an airport could quadruple that number in the next ten years without undermining the essential way of life and natural attractions of St Helena.
5. A project to build a new Airport has been actively considered for the last seven years. In October 2008, a preferred bidder was selected as a potential contractor to construct the airport, which was scheduled for completion and opening in 2012. In 2008 HMG requested a pause in the negotiations with the contractor and in March 2009 announced a further Consultation on access to the Island. 70% of respondents favoured the immediate construction of an airport. In July 2010 the new Coalition Government announced that an airport represented the most cost-effective method of ensuring access to the Island and indicated that the construction contact would be re-tendered. The airport is unlikely to be completed before 2015.