The cruise ship, MV Boudicca, owned and operated by Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, anchored in James Bay at 7am on Friday, 16 February 2018.
The 1973 cruise ship, built in Finland, was originally named Royal Viking Sky and was owned by Kloster Cruises. Since then she has undergone many owners and names. In 2005, the ship was sold to Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, and entered service in February 2006.
The Boudicca has a capacity to hold 900 passengers.
There are a number of facilities available throughout the eight passenger decks, which includes: a spa & salon, fitness centre, swimming pool & jacuzzis, sauna & steam rooms, library, cards room, arts & craft room, five stylish dining venues, various lounges & bars, on-board Boutique (which sells a selection of fragrances, cosmetics, evening wear, accessories, casual clothing and jewellery), a Port Shop (selling anything from sweet and savoury snacks to toiletries), and a Photo Gallery Shop (selling photographs taken by the Ship’s Crew as well as other technology). She is also equipped with a laundry room and Medical Centre.
The vessel travelled from Walvis Bay. During her visit, she carried 714 passengers and 398 crew, with the majority of the passengers being of British nationality.
Once tendered ashore, passengers and crew alike were able to wander around Town and enjoy a variety of Island tours provided by the various taxi and tour companies.
Saint Travel Ltd caught up with taxi driver, Jeff Reynolds, who said:
“I took a tour to the Briars, Longwood, Napoleons Tomb, Stitches Ridge, Plantation House, Ladder Hill, and back to Jamestown. The visitors found it good, they were very interested, one or two said they would love to come back. Overall they enjoyed it, especially because it was a nice hot day, and while driving under the trees up in the country, a lot of them said it reminded them of other places in the world.”
Plantation House and Jonathan the Tortoise was among the popular attractions during the cruise ship visit.
Saint Travel Ltd spoke to Plantation House tour guide, Joyce Williams, who commented:
“The tours went very well. There were lots of people who were very friendly, very interested in the Tortoises and the House. We (as tour guides) enjoyed it, and they (the tourist) enjoyed it. They love the Island, and some would love to fly back. Many of the tourist had been here before, and I actually met a teacher who I used to work with in Prince Andrew School named Brian Henry. Overall, I think it was a really good day.”
In Jamestown, visitors sampled the St Helena Coffee.
Owners of the Coffee Shop, Jill & Bill, said:
“We had lots of customers, lots of lovely people coming through, and we sold lots of coffee!”
The MV Boudicca departed sunny St Helena at approximately 5.50pm on Friday, 16 February 2018, bound for Ascension Island.
The next cruise ship visit for the Island is the MV Silver Cloud scheduled to arrive on Monday, 2 April 2018.
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