RMS St Helena
The Royal Mail Ship St Helena is unique. She is now the only working Royal Mail Ship in the world and, in addition to carrying up to 155 passengers in comfortable, classy style, she is almost the main source of supply to St Helena. Everything from wind turbines to Christmas turkeys, from food to furniture is carried on the RMS. For the islanders she is not just a lifeline – she is THE lifeline! The atmosphere in port when she is due is palpable. For many islanders their departure represents a long absence from friends and family, while the arrival of the ship on the island can also be the first meeting of grandparents with their four or five year-old grandchild.
The ship was built in 1989 for the specific purpose of supplying the island of St Helena, the British Overseas Territory deep in the tropical South Atlantic. She is British registered and has berths for a maximum of 128 passengers plus 56 officers and crew. She has all the most modern facilities: stabilisers, air conditioning and - for those who worry about being too remote from their normal existence - fax, telephone, email and satellite communications. There's a doctor on board and the ship has well equipped medical facilities.
There are several different grades of cabin but we have limited the choice to just four. T2H grade cabins are for two people on A deck with lower and fold-away upper berth, large window, one or two wardrobe units, one armchair and a dressing table with over-lighted mirror and en suite shower, toilet and wash basin. You can upgrade to T2 grade cabins (subject to availability) which have twin beds side by side and a chest of drawers/bedside table in addition to the facilities in T2H Grade. For those wanting even more comfort we can offer T2S grade cabins on B Deck which include a twin settee plus other extras. T1 grade cabins are T2H cabins with the upper deck folded away and are available for single occupancy.
The RMS schedule is itself fascinating! Based in Cape Town, she links the African continent with St Helena, running a 'shuttle' from there to Ascension Island, and very occasionally calling at Tristan da Cunha. Unfortunately the ship no longer calls at the UK. If you want to see both St Helena and Ascension islands you'll have only a couple of nights on St Helena which, quite honestly, isn't enough. All our escorted and guided tours therefore omit Ascension (although you can travel there as a stand alone destination with our Ascension Island holidays). We spend 8 nights on St Helena and also have a short programme in and around Cape Town before and after the voyage. Alternatively we can tailor-make a holiday to suit your dates and interests. Just get in touch.