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Discover the South Atlantic island of St Helena on a themed voyage

18th July 2013 Print
St Helena Island - credit Marc Lavaud

Intrepid travellers should set sail to discover the far-flung South Atlantic island of St Helena on a themed voyage introduced on board the RMS St Helena. Whether you want to hone your writing skills or taste an unusual tipple, infuse your cruise with one of these cultural departures, taking individual bookings now.

Books, glorious books: Ahoy literary lovers. Coinciding with International Literacy Day in September (8th), this tour of imposed self-exile is ideal for all aspiring writers and budding authors. This writers’ escape is perfect for anyone who loves discovering new places and enjoys time at sea – with 10 nights at sea on board one of the world’s last remaining Royal Mail Ships – quality time to work on short stories, novels or poetry! Spend eight nights on the peaceful, stunning island of St Helena which will provide the perfect inspiration to release those creative juices. Throughout the 18-night trip, writer in residence, Niall Griffiths, will be available to address all your writing requirements with talks and tutorials. The voyage leaves Cape Town on 28 August 2013 and costs from £2,206 per person.*

All at sea on a beer tasting extravaganza: Raise a glass and celebrate Oktoberfest St-Helena style with your fellow passengers on this trip that’s dedicated to beer. Departing from Cape Town on 5th October, conversation on this much-loved beverage will be on tap during the five days at sea in each direction to and from St Helena on board one of the last remaining Royal Mail Ships. Continue the theme ashore for eight nights on this remote island hideaway. During your stay, pay a visit to what must surely be the world’s most remote distillery in the capital Jamestown to taste the local tipple, Tungi. The 18-night round trip from Cape Town departs on 5th October 2013 and costs from £2,206 per person*. Bottoms up!

*Prices are based on two adults sharing an A deck cabin. The package includes 10 nights on board the RMS St Helena including all meals and entertainment. Accommodation on St Helena, touring and return international flights to Cape Town are not included.

Until the island’s first airport arrives in early 2016, the 155-berth RMS St Helena remains the only regular means to visit the island which lies 1,500 miles north-west of Cape Town. A unique passenger/cargo ship, a trip on board is an experience in itself, and very much part of the overall St Helena adventure.

Boasting an incredibly rich history - best known as the place of Napoleon’s exile – and home to dramatic natural beauty, there’s plenty to satisfy intrepid tourists during a week-long stay. Explore Napoleon’s final home, uncover some fascinating endemic species in Diana’s Peak National Park and explore the charming capital of Jamestown. With a quintessentially British way of life, enchanting landscapes, incredible walks and the producer of some of the world’s most sought after coffee; it really is the world’s best travel secret.

A full schedule of 2013 departures is available at

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St Helena Island - credit Marc Lavaud RMS St Helena approaching the island