It’s now or never for a cruise to St Helena!

Daily Telegraph,Teresa Machan,

After 27 years in service the Royal Mail Ship St Helena, one of only four passenger ships in the world to carry the RMS prefix, will cease operations in February.

The cargo-cruising route, for years the only means of reaching the remote Atlantic island, has been usurped by a new airport and the subsequent launch of scheduled passenger flights.

Starting on October 14, 2017 these will be operated by SA Airlink.

 The RMS St Helena currently operates out of Cape Town, calling at both St Helena and Ascension Island. A buyer is now being sought for the ship, which was built in the UK in 1990 specifically for the St Helena route. It stopped sailing from British shores in 2011.The island’s director of tourism, Christopher Pickard, said not everyone has two weeks to travel to and from the island by ship. “Scheduled air services are what is needed to build a sustainable tourism industry on St Helena. The Airlink connects the major hubs of Cape Town and Johannesburg to St Helena in hours, rather than days.

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