Details of cruise ships that regularly or occasionally visit Tristan da Cunha.

There are a few cruise ships that visit the Tristan da Cunha islands most years, and others that visit from time to time, usually during island hopping voyages between the islands of the South Atlantic. They normally visit during the austral summer when the weather is better and there is more chance of seeing Tristan wildlife, especially if the visit is timed to coincide with breeding seasons. As the harbour is too small for ships to dock, passengers land in zodiacs or tenders, although sea conditions may sometimes prevent this. Very large cruise ships tend not to try to land passengers, but islanders will normally come aboard to talk and sell postcards and souvenirs. In any case, the islands and their rugged coasts are sights you will never forget.

Cruise ship MS Bremen off Tristan da Cunha, 1969

COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Lifted

During the COVID-19 pandemic, cruise ship passengers and crew were not allowed to land in the settlement of Tristan da Cunha, in order to protect the island's population from infection. Following the roll-out of vaccinations and boosters on Tristan, all restrictions on passengers have been lifted.

Islanders can also resume visits onboard cruise ships to give talks, to sell stamps and souvenirs, or act as guides.

Cruises Scheduled to Call at Tristan

See reports of previous cruises on our Cruise Visits page.List updated 8th March 2023


Vessel Departs from Date Est. Dates at Tristan Disembarks at Date Website
Silver Cloud Ushuaia, AR 07 Mar 20-22 Mar Cape Town, ZA 28 Mar Details
SH Vega Ushuaia, AR 05 Mar 20 Mar Cape Town, ZA 25 Mar Details
National Geographic Explorer Ushuaia, AR 10 Mar 22 Mar Funchal, Madeira, PT 14 Apr Details
Hondius Ushuaia, AR 27 Mar 08-11 Apr St Helena, SH 18 Apr Details
World Navigator Ushuaia, AR 31 Mar 11-12 Apr Cape Town, ZA 19 Apr Details
Bark Europa Ushuaia, AR 09 Mar 14-17 Apr Cape Town, ZA 29 Apr Details
SH Diana Cape Town, ZA 11 Nov 17 Nov Ushuaia, AR 11 Dec Details


Vessel Departs from Date Est. Dates at Tristan Disembarks at Date Website
MS Hamburg Ushuaia, AR 03 Jan 21-22 Jan Cape Town, ZA 27 Jan Details
The World - - 20 Feb - - Details
Seabourn Pursuit Ushuaia, AR 21 Feb 07-08 Mar Praia, CV 19 Mar Details
Silver Cloud Puerto Williams, CL 02 Mar 15-17 Mar Walvis Bay, NA 23 Mar Details
SH Vega Ushuaia, AR 04 Mar 20 Mar Cape Town, ZA 25 Mar Details
Ocean Albatross Port Stanley, FK 16 Mar 29 Mar Praia, CV 13 Apr Ship
Seaventure Ushuaia, AR 14 Mar 29-30 Mar Sal, CV 16 Apr Details
Ambiance Rotterdam, NL 07 Jan 10 Apr Rotterdam, NL 06 May Details
National Geographic Explorer Ushuaia, AR 07 Apr 23 Apr Funchal, Madeira, PT 30 Apr Details
World Traveller Ushuaia, AR 13 Mar 24-15 Apr Cape Town, ZA 01 Apr News


Vessel Departs from Date Est. Dates at Tristan Disembarks at Date Website
Insignia Miami, US 05 Jan 08 Feb San Diego, US 03 Jul Details
SV Oosterschelde Stanley, FK 25 Feb ?? Mar Cape Town, ZA 06 Apr Details

Regular Cruise Ships

Le Lyrial

This is a luxury cruise ship with state rooms accommodating up to 244 passengers. It cruises from Ushuaia to Cape Town calling at the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Tristan, Nightingale, and Gough.


Bark Europa

This is a training sailing ship with berths for up to 48 passengers. It calls at Tristan during its 'Cape to Cape' cruise from the tip of South America to Cape Town.


MV Plancius

This converted oceanic research vessel accommodates up to 116 passengers. It offers cruises northwards from the islands of Antarctica to the Cape Verde Islands, calling at Gough Island and Tristan da Cunha.


Silver Explorer

This is a purpose-built luxury expedition cruise ship, accommodating up to 130 passengers. It has cruises from Ushuaia to Cape Town, calling at various South Atlantic islands, including Tristan, Nightingale, and Gough.


Other cruise ships that have visited Tristan da Cunha in the recent past include: MV Seabourn Soujourn, MS Bremen, MV Ocean Adventurer, MV Corinthian II, MS Europa, the schooner Gulden Leeuw, MV Hanseatic, MS Island Sky, National Geographic Explorer, MV Ortelius, Prince Albert II, RMS St Helena, and the QM2