A UNIQUE VOYAGE FROM NOBLE CALEDONIA
Passage to Tristan da Cunha
AN ATLANTIC ODYSSEY FROM THE CAPE VERDE ISLANDS
TO PATAGONIA ABOARD THE MS ISLAND SKY
in co-operation with the Tristan da Cunha Association
and the Roland Svensson Society
7th December 2011 to 8th January 2012
For those who love the sea and long
voyages this is a marvellous trip and an
adventure. Days at sea are punctuated
by calls to little visited islands, a true
expedition cruise as we pass through
warm sub-tropical and tropical zones
to temperate and cool regions.
For many the highlight of our
trip will be the ﬁve day visit to
Tristan da Cunha. This, the world’s
most remote island, is home to a
hardy population of around 260. We
will be there over the Christmas Holiday and our days
ashore will be spent celebrating with the islanders and exploring Tristan da Cunha
their unique island.
Prior to reaching Tristan da Cunha we will visit the
Our course straight down the middle of the North and South mid-Atlantic island of St Helena which, like Tristan da Cunha has
Atlantic will take us to Ascencion, situated less than 500 miles no airport and apart from the visits of the supply ships has little
from the Equator. We will land on the important military air base contact with the outside world. Colonised in the 17th century by
island and explore the lowland arid and lunar like landscape. By the East India Company as an important staging post for their
contrast the highest point, Green Mountain is covered in lush vessels, it is perhaps best known as Napoleon’s ﬁnal home.
Our onward passage will take us to the extraordinary island of
South Georgia, one of the world’s natural wonders - ‘the Alps in
mid-ocean’, offering remarkable concentrations of shoreline wildlife
against a dramatic backdrop of glaciers and snow covered
mountains. Here also is the last resting place of the great explorer
This unusual journey will appeal to those who enjoy travelling
off the beaten track and escaping from the world for a few weeks.
We will see amazing sea bird life, travel with whales, set foot in
places where few have trodden before and enjoy good company,
some fascinating on board lectures, marvellous food and one of the
most comfortable expedition vessels in the world.
When we visit Tristan with the MS Island Sky, we will do so as
the friends of Roland Svensson and, as a point of interest, the Master
on board will be Captain Torbjörn Svensson, the son of Roland.
Santo Antao •
The Itinerary ISLANDS
Day 1 Praia, Sao Tiago, Cape Verde Islands. —
Arrive independently and transfer to the
MS Island Sky. Embark and sail in the early Equator
Day 2 Santo Antao, Cape Verde. — We spend the • Boatswain Island
day on this extraordinarily beautiful island. For ASCENSION
those who wish to walk in the mountains there are marvellous trails. ISLAND
Others will enjoy a guided tour through the breathtaking landscapes Jamestown •
through deep ravines that run down to the sea, dotted here and there with ST HELENA
small villages. After dinner on board go ashore in Porto Novo with its
lively atmosphere and Tocatina dancing. Sail in the late evening.
Days 3 to 7 At sea. — Crossing the Equator. Relax and enjoy these days at OCEAN
sea. Attend some of the lectures and spend time on deck watching for
St Mary’s Church, Georgetown, Ascension Island PENINSULA
Day 8 Ascension Island. — First inhabited in 1815 by a British Garrison,
today the island plays an important role in supplying British forces and Days 13 to 16 At sea.
scientists based in the South Atlantic. There will be an opportunity to Days 17 to 21 Tristan da Cunha.
climb to the summit of this volcanic island and circumnavigate Boatswain
— First settled in the early
Bird Island by Zodiac.
1800s, the island was
Days 9 & 10 At sea. frequented by naval ships,
whalers and sealers
Days 11 & 12 St Helena. — An opportunity to stretch the legs and enjoy a
throughout the 19th century.
walk on this lush island. Explore the tiny capital of Jamestown and see the Today it is home to some 260
Courthouse, Government Buildings, Library and Wellington House. In Fairy tern hardy souls who make their
the late 17th century the island became strategically important and was living from the sea. With our ﬁve days here there will be plenty of time to
controlled by the East India Company for over 200 years. The island is celebrate Christmas and spend many hours ashore visiting the settlement,
perhaps best known as Napoleon’s last place of exile. He died here in learning about the islanders and enjoying a hike with a local guide. We also
1821 after a six year exile. On our second day we will visit Longwood hope to visit nearby uninhabited Nightingale Island, one of the most
House, Napoleon’s residence while in exile and also explore the unique wildlife strongholds in the world and home to millions of seabirds.
surrounding countryside full of amazing views and proliﬁc birdlife.
St Helena Edinburgh settlement and the 1961 volcanic cone, Tristan da Cunha
Seal, South Georgia
Days 28 & 29 At sea. — Via Shag Rocks.
Days 30 & 31 Falkland Islands. — The
Falkland Islands are isolated and
windswept, but a haven for wildlife.
Wandering across beautiful yellow
goarse-covered islands we meet
gentoo, magellanic and rockhopper
penguins. Armies of majestic king
penguins march along the white
sandy beaches. Higher up on the
islands we see nesting albatrosses and
in the surrounding waters we may Shackleton’s grave at Grytviken
encounter dolphins and porpoises. Places we are planning on visiting are
West Point Island and New Island. We will be sure to visit some of the
many sites on the islands associated with the Falklands conﬂict and to call
at Port Stanley, the charming capital of the Falklands.
Day 32 At sea.
Day 33 Ushuaia. — Disembark this morning and travel home independently.
View from Green Mountain, Ascension Island
Days 22 to 25 At sea. — During this time we hope to circumnavigate Gough
Island with its seabird colonies.
Days 26 & 27 South Georgia. — This morning we approach South Georgia
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station we will gather in the Norwegian Church which has been rebuilt by
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South Georgia is regarded as the ‘Cream of Antarctica’. Price includes: 32 nights aboard the MS Island Sky on full board with house wine,
beer or soft drinks with lunch and dinner, shore excursions, expedition team,
gratuities to crew and whilst on shore excursions, port taxes, airport taxes.
Not included: Air travel, travel insurance, transfers.
Air travel is not included in the cost of the holiday. However, subject to
minimum numbers we do anticipate operating a special charter ﬂight from
London to Cape Verde. In addition we will be able to offer air fares from
Ushuaia to London via Buenos Aires. For those who would like to spend
some time in Buenos Aires, we can also arrange a two night post-cruise hotel
stay. Full details available on request.
NB. Ports subject to change and prices are subject to alteration due to currency ﬂuctuation
and oil pricing.
This cruise visits out of the way destinations. You will be
accompanied by an expedition team and many
landings ashore will be made by Zodiac landing craft.
This cruise will appeal to the more adventurous and
those who enjoy the natural world.
King penguins, South Georgia
Marco Polo Deck
MS Island Sky
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Our much loved MS Island Sky underwent a Erikson Deck
signiﬁcant multi-million pound refurbishment Outdoor
in May 2010 to make her one of the ﬁnest Café 511 509 507 505
small ships in the world. With a maximum Bridge
passenger capacity of only 116, a vessel of her 512 510 508 506
size is capable of carrying many more but
instead the MS Island Sky has the beneﬁt of Marco Polo Deck
unusually large suites, luxuriously appointed
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public areas and spacious outside decks. 429
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Onboard there are 57 exceptionally spacious
and well designed suites arranged over ﬁve Columbus Deck
decks. All feature a sitting room area, large
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stool and excellent storage. There is a mini- Lounge Reception
fridge, ﬂat screen television with inbuilt DVD 348 346 344 342 340 338 336 334 332 330
players which can also play CDs and a
telephone in each suite. Bottled water, towelling Magellan Deck
dressing gowns and slippers are also provided 261 259 257 255
for your comfort. All suites have an outside
view and some have balconies. The en suite
bathrooms have a marble topped vanity unit Restaurant
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with sink and walk in shower. Other facilities
include a safe, hairdryer and individually Standard Suites (Forward) Premium Suites Single Suites
controlled air-conditioning and heating. Standard Suites Deluxe Balcony Suites Corner Suites
Your Space Superior Suites Owners Balcony Suites
The spacious and ﬁnely decorated public
rooms include a large lounge where daily
brieﬁngs and talks will be provided, a
well-stocked library with computers for
internet access and an elegant bar where a
pianist plays periodically throughout the day.
The bar also features a 24-hour tea and coffee
station. Outside there is a rear sun deck where
meals are served in warm weather under shade,
a bar and comfortable deck furniture for sun
bathing or relaxing with a book. On the top
deck there is a Jacuzzi and further observation
and sun deck.
Your Dining Magellan deck - standard suite Restaurant
With only one sitting and a maximum of
just over 100 passengers, the galley is able to
provide delicious meals, the chef obtaining
local produce where possible. In the main
restaurant, breakfast is served buffet-style, with
certain items cooked to order, and lunch and
dinner are à la carte. When weather permits,
breakfast and a buffet-style lunch are also
served on deck.
A Unique Atmosphere
On board there is a high ratio of crew to
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passengers and the crew are mainly Filipino and
Eastern European. Our Scandinavian captains
are experienced mariners and if, like them and
us, you prefer a peaceful life at sea, you will ﬁnd Call 020-7752 0000
the MS Island Sky the perfect ship. We promise Reservations: Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm. Brochures: 24 hours a day/7 days a week
there will be no organized entertainment or any
of the usual big ship experiences. The
atmosphere on board is more akin to a private
yacht or country hotel. A little music in the
lounge or bar after dinner, guest speakers and
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