Cruises are booming globally and Pitcairn Island is certainly benefitting from this booming travel sector. Pitcairn will see 14 cruise ships visit in 2019.
Half of these are small expedition style ships including National Geographic Orion, Paul Gauguin, Silver Explorer, Ponant Cruises and Noble Caledonia’s Island Sky. Most of these ships visit Pitcairn on voyages between Tahiti and Easter Island. On occasion, these cruises call at our other uninhabited islands such as World Heritage listed, Henderson and even more rarely visited, Ducie. For the first time Tahiti-based Aranui 5 will be making 14-day round trip voyages to Pitcairn in January and March 2019. These cruises often bring their guests ashore at Pitcairn for a few hours to explore the island and experience what it truly means to be on a remote island in the Pacific.
Major cruise lines also include Pitcairn on their itineraries. These include Crystal Cruises, Oceania Cruises, P&O and Cunard to name a few. These ships sail offshore for a few hours, whilst most of the 50 Pitcairn Islanders come aboard, setting up market stalls for souvenir and curio sales, in addition to holding lectures about life on the island.
For more information on cruises calling at Pitcairn can be viewed at www.visitpitcairn.pn
(Source: Pitcairn Islands Tourism News June 2018)