Transportation to Pitcairn Island
Saga Holidays big cruise ship Saga Rose dwarfs the small Pitcairn longboat O'Leary lying alongside the ship deck during the vessel's call at Pitcairn Island in 1998
There is no air service to Pitcairn Island. The closest one can get to Pitcairn by air is an airstrip on the island of Mangareva in the Gambier Islands group, which is located some 900 miles southeast of Tahiti and more than 300 miles from Pitcairn.
In the mid-to-late 1900s, about the only way one could get to Pitcairn Island, save by private boat or yacht, was to find a commercial ship from either Wellington or Auckland in New Zealand whose captain was willing to drop his passenger off at Pitcairn Island. For several decades the personnel of the Pitcairn Commissioner's office in Auckland were most helpful in finding such shipping for those desiring to visit the Island.
Not long after the 21st century began, a ship of the Stoney Creek Shipping Company (of New Zealand) began ferrying people on an irregular basis from the airstrip at Mangareva to Pitcairn. Before the end of the first decade of the new century at least one other vessel was making irregular passenger voyages to the Island.
Today, there is a regularly scheduled shipping service to Pitcairn from the airstrip at Mangareva. The passenger-cargo ship Claymore II originates a schedule each quarter that begins in the vessel's home port of Tauranga, New Zealand and voyages to Pitcairn Island with both passengers and cargo for the Island. Then through the quarter Claymore II voyages back and forth from Pitcairn to Mangareva, picking up passengers at Mangareva for Pitcairn. At the end of the quarter Claymore II travels back to New Zealand to receive new cargo for Pitcairn, and then begins its quarterly voyaging schedule again.
Here is the passenger ship service schedule to Pitcairn Island.
|February / March 2017
|Depart Mangareva 14th Feb
| Arrive Pitcairn 16th Feb
|Depart Pitcairn 19th Feb
|Arrive Mangareva 21st Feb
|Depart Mangareva 21st Feb
|Arrive Pitcairn 23rd Feb
|Depart Pitcairn 26th Feb
|Arrive Mangareva 28th Feb
|Depart Mangareva 28th Feb
|Arrive Pitcairn 2nd March
|Depart Pitcairn 5th March
|Arrive Mangareva 7th March
|August / September 2017
|Depart Mangareva 15th Aug
|Arrive Pitcairn 17th Aug
|Depart Pitcairn 20th Aug
|Arrive Mangareva 22 Aug
|Depart Mangareva 22nd Aug
|Arrive Pitcairn 24th Aug
|Depart Pitcairn 27th Aug
|Arrive Mangareva 29th Aug
|Depart Mangareva 29th Aug
|Arrive Pitcairn 31st Aug
|Depart Pitcairn 3rd Sept
|Arrive Mangareva 5th Sept
|May / June 2017
|Depart Mangareva 16th May
|Arrive Pitcairn 18th May
|Depart Pitcairn 21st May
|Arrive Mangareva 23rd May
|Depart Mangareva 23rd May
|Arrive Pitcairn 25th May
|Depart Pitcairn 28th May
| Arrive Mangareva 30th May
|Depart Mangareva 30th May
|Arrive Pitcairn 1st June
|Depart Pitcairn 4th June
|Arrive Mangareva 6th June
|November / December 2017
|Depart Mangareva 14th Nov
|Arrive Pitcairn 16th Nov
|Depart Pitcairn 19th Nov
|Arrive Mangareva 21st Nov
|Depart Mangareva 21st Nov
|Arrive Pitcairn 23rd Nov
|Depart Pitcairn 26th Nov
|Arrive Mangareva 28th Nov
|Depart Mangareva 28th Nov
|Arrive Pitcairn 30th Nov
|Depart Pitcairn 3rd Dec
|Arrive Mangareva 5th Dec
Disclaimer: MV Claymore II - At time of publication these schedules are correct. However, they are subject to change so please contact Pitcairn Island Tourism before making bookings.
An additional travel service, Pitcairn Travel, offers voyages to the Island. The current schedule of this service may be seen at www.pitcairntravel.pn.
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In addition, many people visit Pitcairn Island, usually for a few hours rather than for days or weeks, by way of a number of large cruise ships that call at the Island during what is known locally as "cruise ship season."
Cruise Ship Schedule
Here is a listing of cruise ships that are scheduled to call at Pitcairn Island in the future:
Updated: January 12, 2017
February 3, 2017
Length: 756 feet – 230 meters
Tonnage: 44,348 GRT
Phoenix Reasin Cruises
MV Queen Victoria
February 23, 2017
Length: 964.5 feet – 294 meters
Tonnage: 90,000 GRT
Cunard Line Cruises
MV Costa Luminosa
February 23, 2017
Length: 958 feet – 292 meters
Tonnage: 92,700 GRT
MV Sea Princess
August 19, 2017
Length: 856 feet – 261 meters
MS Le Boreal
November 3,4, 2017
Length: 466 feet – 142.1 meters
Tonnage: 10,944 GRT
MV Caledonian Sky
November 26, 2017
Length: 90.6 meters
December 3, 2017
Length: 634.2 feet – 193.3 meters
MV Crystal Symphony
March 26, 2018
Length: 781 feet – 232 meters
Tonnage: 51,044 GRT
March 27, 2018
Length: 782 feet – 238 meters
Tonnage: 66,000 GRT
MV Silver Explorer
October 21, 2018
Length 354 feet – 108 meters
Tonnage: 6,130 GRT
Silver Sea Cruises
December 4, 2018
Length: 365 feet – 111.51 meters
Tonnage: 6,752 GRT
Hapag Lloyd Cruises
January 17, 2019
Length: 651 feet – 198.6 meters
Tonnage: 28,890 GRT
Hapag Lloyd Cruises
January 24, 2019
Length: 674 feet – 205.4 meters
Tonnage: 28,518 GRT
Phoenix Reasin Cruises
MV Crystal Symphony
February 27, 2019
Length: 781 feet – 232 meters
Tonnage: 51,044 GRT
The Ships That Call at Pitcairn
With each vessel that calls at Pitcairn Island, whether it be it a huge, multi-deck "ro-ro" (roll-on, roll-off) ship carrying thousands of automobiles, a small sailing yacht, or a thousand-passenger cruise ship, there is always accompanying interest, even excitement among the Pitcairn people; a visitor has come! And the questions begin: "What country is this ship coming from?" "What is its cargo?" "Who is its captain or skipper?" "Where place is it bound for?" "Is there a chance we can offer our island crafts and products for sale on board the ship?" "Will the captain allow his passengers to come ashore for an island visit?" "Are there surplus items s on board the ship we need and can purchase?" "Is this the first of on-going calls the ship will be making at Pitcairn, or is this a "this-time-only" call? . . . the questions are many and the answer to each one is important to the survival of Pitcairn Island.
Thanks to the excellent photography of Pitcairner Brian Young (some of it obtained under extremely difficult weather and sea conditions), the Pitcairn Islands Study Center is able to present the following photographic log of ships that have called at the island in the recent past.
Photo Log of Pitcairn Ship-Boat Callers
May 6, 2015 - Yacht Bounty
The French yacht Bounty called at Bounty Bay just off Pitcairn Island on May 6, 2015, from Easter Island. Due to need of a safer anchorage, she was moved to the island's western harbor at Tedside for most of her 24-hour stay at Pitcairn. In the afternoon of May 8, Bounty's anchor was upped, and she made to the west-north-west for Mangareva in the Gambier Islands.
February 24, 2014 - Tugboats Agol and Dichato
Just as the cruise ship Costa Deliziosa (in red) was departing from Pitcairn Island for Easter Island on February 24, 2015, two tugboats, the Agol and the Dichato, each with a crew of five, came into sight in Pitcairn waters near the Island. Sailing from Hong Kong to Chile, the two small but powerful boats were on their way to begin service in the harbors of Chile. These two China-built tugs are the second and third such vessels to visit Pitcairn waters. On December 28, 2013, the China-built tugboat Lebu, also bound for service in Chilean harbors, visited in Pitcairn Island waters.
February 24, 2015 - Cruise ship Costa Deliziosa
Calling at Pitcairn Island on February 24, 2015, from Tahiti was the Costa Cruise Line's 92,700 gross tonnage cruise ship Costa Deliziosa. The 964-foot-long vessel has a Genoa, Italy, registry. She is authorized to carry 2,828 passengers and a crew of 1,100. After a pleasant visit at Pitcairn, Costa Deliziosa set sail eastward for Easter Island.
February 8, 2015 - Cruise ship Crystal Serenity
Crystal Cruises' 68,870-ton cruise ship Crystal Serenity, voyaging from Easter Island to Tahiti, called at Pitcairn Island on February 8, 2015. "Everybody on Pitcairn Island was happy about this fine cruise ship's visit," said a Pitcairner. "The trading was very good onboard, and we all sold out of island-crafts and other items; one lady literally bought the shirt off my back, as she insisted on buying the purple Pitcairn shirt I was wearing, and she provided one of her blouses for me to keep. The passengers were excited and impressed when we gathered in the large foyer to sing three of our Pitcairn songs - it sounded magnificent." Crystal Serenity, on a more than 100-day, around-the-world cruise, measures 820 feet in length, is 106 feet wide, has 13 decks, and ploughs the ocean at 21 knots. Her maximum capacity is 1,070 passengers and a crew of 655.
January 23, 2015 - Cruise ship Albatros
The motor ship Albatros, operated by the Germany-based travel agency Phoenix Reisen, called at Pitcairn Island on January 23, 2015. Passengers and crew aboard the ship spent an enjoyable time with the Pitcairn Islanders who came aboard the vessel to trade or sell crafts, curios and other items offered by the Pitcairners. The 583-foot long Albatros has a 28,518 gross register tonnage, with a width of 83 feet, and Nassau, Bahamas, as her Port of Registry.
January 19, 2014, Tanker Palanca Singapore
The 10,830-ton tanker ship Palance Singapore, sailing from the east coast of the United States via the Panama Canal to Australia, called at Pitcairn Island for a brief visit on January 19, 2014. Though registered in the Marshall Islands, the captain and crew of Palance Singapore are Swedish. The captain's father had been the captain of one of the several Stolt line ships that were regular Pitcairn visitors in the past 30 years. "Palance Singapore is the first 'ordinary' (commercial) ship we have had call here for a long, long time," said a Pitcairner.
December 28, 2014, Cruise ship Marina
The 15-deck, 66,084-ton Oceania Cruises ship Marina called at Pitcairn Island on December 28, 2014, with hundreds of passengers and a crew of 800 on board. Rough seas in Pitcairn's Bounty Bay area caused the ship to have to come to anchor in the lee or eastern side of the island. "Gladys Lintz, the granddaughter of Pitcairner Ida Young and three other members of that family were aboard Marina, so there was quite a reunion on board," reported one islander. "The trading of Pitcairn crafts and curios on board the ship between the Pitcairners and passengers and crew was extremely good. That left our bags and boxes, which had held these for-sale items, nearly empty and our pocketbooks full of dollars!" Of Marshall Islands registry, Marina is 785 feet in length, with a beam of 106 feet, and a cruising speed of 20 knots.
December 8, 2014, Sailing Yacht Drumbeat
Photo courtesy of Pitcairner Kerry Young
The large sailing yacht Drumbeat called at Pitcairn Island on December 8, 2014, and anchored at Tedside in the lee of the island. Arriving from Mangareva, Drumbeat set sail for Easter Island and then for Antarctica the day after her arrival. Drumbeat has a international crew of 10 members and is of Cayman Islands registry.
November 29, 2014, Cruise Tanker ship Europa
Hapag-Lloyd's 652-foot cruise ship Europa, which is billed by the company as "The most beautiful yacht in the world," called at Pitcairn Island on November 29, 2014. Calling from Easter Island, and bound for French Polynesia to the northwest, Europa's hundreds of passengers enjoyed their brief visit at Pitcairn. As the ship departed later in the same day of her arrival, she carried with her Pitcairner Brian Young who was being evacuated to a hospital at Tahiti for emergency medical care. Built in a Finnish shipyard in 1999, Europa carries a crew of 285 to serve her 400 passengers, and she ploughs the ocean waters at 21 knots cruising speed.
November 9, 2014, Cruise ship Silver Shadow
With 289 passengers and more than 200 crew members on board, the cruise ship Silver Shadow called at Pitcairn Island on November 9, 2014. Arriving in rough weather from French Polynesia and bound for Easter Island, the ship hove to off Bounty Bay while Pitcairn Islanders came aboard to barter and sell their crafts and curios. "The people on board were very friendly, and trading was good," said a Pitcairner. From stores on the ship, soft drinks, frozen chickens and numerous other food items were sold to the Pitcairners. After a four-hour stay at Pitcairn, Silver Shadow pointed her bow eastward and made for distant Easter Island.
November 7, 2014, Cruise Ship Silver Explorer
Silversea's 6,072-ton, luxury cruise ship Silver Explorer called at Pitcairn Island on November 7, 2014, with 110 guests and a crew of 100 aboard. Calling from Mangareva in the Gambier Islands, Silver Explorer arrived at Pitcairn in weather that was quite rough, with swells coming into Bounty Bay so heavily that it was not possible for passengers to land. Though the ship was scheduled to depart for Henderson Island on the evening of her arrival at Pitcairn, the passengers wanted so much to land on Pitcairn that the ship sayed overnight to see if landing was possible the next day. Sad to say, the weather was still too rough, making it not possible to land anyone. The 354-foot long Silver Explorer left at about mid-day for Easter Island.
November 6, 2014, Ship Braveheart
Soney Creek Shipping Company's ship Braveheart called at Pitcairn Island on November 6, 2014, from Mangareva in the Gambier Islands. Aboard the ship were 13 passengers who visited on Pitcairn for a day before departing in the evening for Henderson, another of the Pitcairn islands group. During her visit to Pitcairn in October, Braveheart's anchor was lost, so during this visit Captain Matt Jolly set the ship on a drifting course around the island as his passengers visited ashore during the day.
October 21, 2014, Cruise ship Caledonian Sky
In the morning of October 21, 2014, the cruise ship Calendonia Sky called at Pitcairn from Henderson Island, another of the Pitcairn group of four islands. Because of rough weather, the ship anchored off Tedside in Pitcairn's lee (or less windy side), and most of the passengers were able to come ashore for a pleasant visit. At 6 p.m., on the 21st, Caledonia Sky hauled her hook (anchor) aboard, and headed for Oeno Island, another of the Pitcairn group, which lies 76 miles north-north-west of Pitcairn. Following her call at Oeno, Caledonia Sky was scheduled to make for Mangareva in the Gambier Islands.
October 16, 2014, Ship Braveheart
Stoney Creek Shipping Company's ship Braveheart, Captain Matt Jolly, called at Pitcairn Island from Mangareva in the Gambier Islands on October 16, 2014, with 11 passengers on board, practically all of them avid "birders." The passengers enjoyed most of the day ashore on the Island, but Braveheart had to run about the Island, unable to anchor because of a broken windless. Late in the afternoon of the 16th, with all aboard again, Braveheart pointed her bow to the east-north-east heading for Henderson Island, some 107 miles from Pitcairn.
October 9, 2014, Cruise Ship Caledonia Sky
At 7:30 in the morning of October 9, 2014, the Caledonia Sky Sea Cruises' ship Caledonia Sky, from Mangareva in the Gambier Islands and bound for Easter Island, called at Pitcairn Island with 89 passengers on board. Since the wind was blowing from the northeast, the ship anchored off Ginger Valley at the Island. All but three of the passengers came ashore on Pitcairn for an enjoyable visit. Upon departing Pitcairn, Caledonia Sky made for nearby Henderson Island, and then eastward to Ducie Island before voyaging on to Easter Island. Built in 1991, Caledonia Sky is a ship of 4,200 tons, with a crew of 74 and a minimum/maximum capacity of 114 passengers.
September 16, 2014, Sailing Yacht Jonathan
In a rainy weather morning, the sailing yacht Jonathan called at Pitcairn Island from Mangareva in the Gambier Islands. The prevailing winds being from the south, the vessel was anchored off Bounty Bay for a one day visit at Pitcairn. After an enjoyable time ashore, the two-member crew of Jonathan departed in their sailing vessel for Easter Island some 1,300 miles to the east.
August 16, 2014, Cruise ship Norfolk Guardian
The 1,598-ton cargo ship Norfolk Guardian, sailing under the flag of Tonga, arrived at Pitcairn Island on August 16, 2014, carrying tons of supplies and equipment for the construction of a harbor at the Tedside area of Pitcairn. Completion of this harbor, a first for Pitcairn, will allow for the safe landing of visitors to the island. Because of high winds and rough seas, off-loading of the Norfolk Guardian's cargo was delayed for several days; she departed Pitcairn on August 27, 2014.
August 15, 2014, Cruise ship Dawn Princess
The 77,499-gross ton, Sun-class cruise ship Dawn Princess of the Princess Cruises line called at Pitcairn on Friday, August 15, 2014. Brisk trading of Pitcairn's many curios, crafts and other items was done by the Pitcairners aboard the ship until her departure later in the day for her next port of call. Dawn Princess was built in 1997 in Italy. The ship is 873 feet in length and has a beam of 105 feet. With a crew of 900, Dawn Princess accommodates 1,900 passengers.
August 15, 2014, Sailing Yacht Wanaka
The New Zealand sailing yacht Wanaka, from Easter Island and bound for Mangareva in the Gambier Islands, called at Pitcairn Island on August 15, 2014. After visiting on the island, the vessel's two-member crew departed on August 16 for Mangareva. They took with them on Wanaka Pitcairn Postmaster Dennis Christian who needed transportation to the closest airstrip to Pitcairn which is at Rikitea on Mangareva. There he was able to board an airplane for medical treatment at Pitcairn's closest hospital, which is at Papeete, Tahiti, some 1,200 miles from Pitcairn.
August 5, 2014, Yacht Infinity
Photo courtesy of Dennis Christian.
The large German yacht Infinity called at Pitcairn Island on August 5, 2014, from its previous port of call, Easter Island. With 16 person on board, the yacht was first anchored at Rope, and then on the second and third days of her visit, she was anchored at Bounty Bay. Half of those on board Infinity came ashore on the first day of her call, with the remainder visiting on the island on the second day. At just after lunch on the third day, Infinity upped anchor and pointed her nose northwestward for the island of Mangareva.
July 16, 2014, Yacht Selma
Photo courtesy of Pitcairner Melva Evans
The two-masted yacht Selma of Selma Expeditions called at Pitcairn Island from Easter Island with a crew of five, the captain and his partner being Polish, while the others are from three other countries. After being anchored at Bounty Bay, those from the vessel had an enjoyable time visiting on Pitcairn. The Selma departed Pitcairn for Mangareva and Tahiti on Thursday, July 17, 2014.
May 31, 2014, yacht Rigel   -   June 4, 2014, yacht Dana Felicia.
With two persons on board, the Canadian yacht Rigel arrived off Bounty Bay, Pitcairn Island, from Easter Island on May 31, 2014. The yacht was moved to Tedside where she was anchored while the two persons on board came ashore to enjoy visiting and sight-seeing on the Island. After a two-day stay, the Rigel set sail for Mangareva in the Gambier Islands.
In the teeth of east winds gusting up to 30 knots at times, the Danish yacht Dana Felicia arrived off Bounty Bay at Pitcairn Island on June 4, 2014. The high winds made anchoring at Bounty Bay impossible, so the Dana Felicia was anchored at Tedside in Pitcairn's lee, where those on board the vessel had to wait almost days before they could land on the Island. After an all too short visit ashore by the crew, Dana Felicia sailed for Mangareva in the Gambier Island group on June 8.
May 26, 2014, yacht Moksha   -   May 27, 2014, yacht Noroue.
Calling in from Easter Island on May 26, 2014, the yacht Moksha anchored of Bounty Bay for the day, and all on board came ashore to visit and enjoy touring Pitcairn Island. Late in the evening of her arrival day the Moksha sailed for Mangareva in the Gambier Islands.
Arriving in the early morning of May 27, 2014, from Easter Island, the Canadian yacht Noroue anchored off Bounty Bay at Pitcairn Island. The two persons on board came ashore to enjoy meeting the Pitcairn people and viewing the beauties of the Island. On May 28, the Noroue set sail to the northwest for Mangareva in the Gambier Islands group.
May 1, 2014, yacht Crystal   -   May 14, 2014, yacht Necton.
The British yacht Crystal arrived at Pitcairn Island on May 1, 2014, from Easter Island. On board the vessel was a crew of six Polish men. Although the weather was bad, the yacht was anchored in the lee of the island for four days while crew members enjoyed sightseeing and visiting the Pitcairn community. On May 4, Crystal made sail to the northwest for the Marquesas.
With four people on board, the Dutch yacht Necton called at Pitcairn Island on May 14, 2014. Two of those arriving on the yacht were Russians, while the captain was Dutch and a fourth crew member was Danish. After arriving from Easter Island, the yacht was anchored in Bounty Bay while the four crew members came ashore to visit. Necton departed Pitcairn in the evening of the 14th, bound for Mangareva in the Gambier Islands.
April 27, 2014, cruise ship Marina
In the morning of April 27, 2014, Oceania Cruises' big 66,084-ton cruise ship Marina with 1,274 passengers aboard, called at Pitcairn Island from Tahiti. The weather was too rough for the ship to anchor off Bounty Bay, so she was moved to an area off Ginger Valley, and there the Pitcairners came aboard to do a brisk business of selling and trading until 2 o'clock in the afternoon. "Trading was very good," said a Pitcairner who went aboard the ship. "Stores from the ship were swapped for Pitcairn bananas and paw paws. A good (selling) day was had by most of the islanders who went on board." The ship sailed from Pitcairn for Easter Island in mid-afternoon of the 27th. Built in 2011, Marina is 785 feet in length and has a beam of 106 feet. There are 15 decks on the ship which travels at 20 knots, and is registered in the Marshall Islands.
April 26, 2014, yacht Anastasia
The Swedish yacht Anastasia, having sailed from Easter Island, called at Pitcairn on April 26, 2014. With two persons on board, the yacht was first anchored off Tedside in Pitcairn's lee, and later it was moved around to the Ginger Valley area. After a two-day visit at Pitcairn, Anastasia sailed to the northwest, bound for Mangareva in the Gambier Islands.
April 25, 2014, yacht Traveller   -   April 25, 2014, yacht Lady Twin.
With two persons on board, the American yacht Traveller called at Pitcairn Island on April 25, 2014. During her two-day stay at Pitcairn the yacht was anchored at Tedside . On April 27, Traveller's crew hauled up the vessel's anchor and sailed to the northwest for Mangareva in the Gambier Islands.
The Belgium yacht Lady Twin with three Polish men aboard, was a Pitcairn called late in the evening of April 25, 2014. Lady Twin's port of call previous to Pitcairn had been Easter Island. After a two-day anchorage at Tedside on Pitcairn's lee, Lady Twin sailed from Pitcairn for Mangareva Island in the Gambier Group of islands.
April 25, 2014, yacht Equinox   -   April 25, 2014, yacht Meric.
Equinox called at Pitcairn Island on April 25, 2014. Equinox's previous port of call before reaching Pitcairn had been Easter Island. After being anchored off Tedside in Pitcairn's lee for about 24 hours, Equinox made sail for Mangareva Island in the Gambier Group of islands.
Arriving at Pitcairn at the same time as the yacht Equonix was the French yacht Meric with two persons on board. Spending one day off Pitcairn, the Meric set sail to the northwest in the evening of April 26, with Mangareva in the Gambier Islands being her destination.
April 7, 2014, container ship Maersk Brunei
On Monday, April 7, 2014, answering to an emergency call from Pitcairn, the big Maersk Line container ship Maersk Brunei which had diverted from its normal shipping lane arrived off Bounty Bay. Pitcairn Mayor Shawn Christian and Vaine Peu went aboard the vessel in preparation for Vaine being transported to a hospital in New Zealand, where he will be treated for an undisclosed heart problem. The ship lay off Pitcairn for only a half hour before continuing onward to New Zealand. A large gift of fruits and fish was given to the ship by the Pitcairners as a "thank you" for answering to their call for help.
April 17, 2014, yacht Soley
With one person aboard, the 38-foot French yacht Soley called at Pitcairn on April 17, 2014, from Easter Island. Strong east-south-east winds made the sea too rough to anchor the vessel off Bounty Bay, so it was moved to Tedside in the island's lee. Being of a frugal nature, or perhaps simply because he wanted all to know his athleticism, the Soley's skipper chose to swim ashore rather than pay the 60-dollar ferry fee from the yacht to shore. On April 19, Soley upped anchor and made to the northwest, bound for Mangareva in the Gambier Islands.
April 1, 2014, catamaran Dan Kiwi
The Danish catamaran Dan Kiwi arrived off Bounty Bay on April 1, from Easter Island. Aboard Dan Kiwi were Captain-owner Ingolf Nielsen and one crew member. Four days before arriving at Pitcairn they encountered a Pacific storm which did some minor damage to the vessel. According to Pitcairner Brian Young, during Dan Kiwi's visit at the island "the weather was at its best, with a flat calm to the sea outside Bounty Bay making for a good anchoring." On April 4, Dan Kiwi upped anchor and sailed off toward Mangareva in the Gambier Islands to the west-northwest of Pitcairn.
March 20, 2014, the yacht Tidoudou
The 35-foot French yacht Tidoudou called at Pitcairn Island, the vessel's previous port of call being Easter Island. Upon her arrival Tidoudou was anchored off Bounty Bay, and the French couple on board were able to visit the island until March 21, when she departed for Mangareva in the Gambier Islands.
March 17, 2014, the yacht Skoiern
On March 17, 2014, the yacht Skoiern called at Pitcairn Island, her previous port of call having been at Easter Island. Because of rough seas at Bounty Bay, the vessel was anchored at Tedside, and the French couple on board were able to come ashore for a pleasant visit on the island. On March 18, Skoiern upped-anchor and sailed northwestward for Mangareva in the Gambier Islands.
March 17, 2014, residence cruise ship The World
The giant, continuously cruising residence ship The World, 43,524 gross tons, called at Pitcairn Island on March 17, 2014, with 130 plus resident families and a crew of 250 aboard. Sea conditions alongside the ship were quite rough so not all those on board were able to come ashore and enjoy Pitcairn's world-famous hospitality. The ship made use of its own Zodiac boats to land those who were adventurous enough to go ashore, reported Pitcairner Brian Young. The World calls itself "the largest privately owned yacht on the planet." Its residents, from about 19 countries, travel the world continuously, usually staying at ports of call for three days. All residents have a say in the ever-changing itinerary of the ship, expedition options and onboard activities and issues. Residents have the ability to travel the globe without leaving the comforts of home. The World was launched in March 2002. Her length is 644 feet, with a beam of almost 98 feet and a speed of 18.5 knots (just over 21 miles per hour. MS The World is operated by residenSea out of Miramar, Florida.
March 8, 2014, German cruise ship Artania
The German cruise ship Artania of the Phoenix Reisen fleet arrived at Pitcairn Island from the west with 960 passengers and a crew of about 500 on board on March 8, 2014. After the Pitcairn islanders came aboard the ship loaded down with their sale items, the ship's captain very generously did two huge slow-speed circles around Pitcairn that allowed some six hours for selling and trading, which, according to one Pitcairner, "was good." The ship's store was also kindly opened to the islanders for the purchase of needed items. Once the Pitcairners had debarked from Artania, the ship started ploughing the seas eastward, bound for Easter Island. Artania was built in 1984 at the Helsinki Shipyard in Helsinki, Finland. She is 756.59 feet in length, with a beam of 105.64 feet. There are eight passenger decks on the vessel, and she sails the ocean at 22 knots.
March 8, 2014, French yacht Funambvle   -   French yacht Grey Pearl.
With a family of four aboard, the French yacht Funambvle
called at Pitcairn Island from Easter Island on March 8, 2014. The family visited on Pitcairn until March 10, and departed for Mangareva in the Gambier Islands, but with a stop at Pitcairn's sister island of Oeno before proceeding to Mangareva.
The 16-meter French yacht Grey Pearl
showed its sail off Bounty Bay, Pitcairn Island, on March 8, 2014, with a family of three on board. Along with the yacht Funambvle
, Grey Pearl
was anchored off Bounty Bay for a two-day visit on the Island. On the 10th, along with Funambvle
, Grey Pearl
upped anchor and headed for Oeno Island before sailing onward to Mangareva in the Gambier Islands.
March 5, 2014, Swedish sailing yacht Miramis
Arriving at Pitcairn from the Galapagos Islands on March 5, 2014, was the Swedish sailing yacht Miramis with two Swedish men and two Asian women aboard. The 41-foot, glass-hull vessel was anchored off Ginger Valley until she sailed for Mangareva in the Gambier Islands on March 8, 2014. All four of those on Miramis were able to spend happy and quality time on the Island before they sailed northwestward.
February 25, 2014, Fred Olsen line cruise ship Black Watch
It was a "black day" for Pitcairn islanders when the cruise ship Black Watch passed close by the island. The reason for the blackness of the day was that Black Watch's captain decided not to stop and let the Pitcairners come aboard to trade their interesting crafts and other items with passengers. Despite radio entreaties to him to stop even for a short time so the islanders could come aboard and offer the many items they had prepared, it was of no interest to this captain. With over 600 passengers on board the ship plus at least half as many crew members, the captain's decision was a great loss to the Pitcairners. The ship arrived at about 9 a.m., from Easter Island, cruised at slow speed once around the island, and then headed northwestward for Tahiti.
February 25, 2014, Russian yacht Noseaa
The Russian yacht Noseaa, from Easter Island and bound for Mangareva in the Gambier Islands, called at Pitcairn on February 25, her crew of three, one Russian and two Chileans, spending a pleasant day ashore. In the late afternoon of Noseaa's call, the wind started to increase and the yacht started to drag her anchor, always a potentially dangerous matter in the waters around Pitcairn. Fortunately one of the crew was aboard the yacht at the time and he was able to remedy the problem. Late in the evening the Noseaa upped anchor and got under way for Mangareva to the northwest from Pitcairn.
February 24, 2014, Chilean fishing boat Vali
Late in the evening of February 24, the Chilean fishing boat Vali, Captain Carlos, on her maiden voyage from China to Punta Arenas, Chile, sailed very close by Pitcairn's Bounty Bay. Night-time conditions prevented the ship from stopping as she passed very close to Pitcairn. Vali has a crew of six.
February 16, 2014, Cruise ship Queen Victoria
In good weather on February 16, the 90,000-ton cruise ship Queen Victoria called at Pitcairn at 8 a.m., from Easter Island with 1,690 passengers and a crew of 1,000 on board. The ship was at Pitcairn for four hours during which time trading by the Pitcairners with passengers and crew was brisk, and profitable. During the trading period, the ship cruised slowly around the island twice. "This was a very friendly ship," said an islander, "with the crew being helpful to the Pitcairners in carrying boxes and baskets of trade goods up from the Pitcairn longboats to where trading was permitted on the ship." When the Pitcairners left the ship at around midday, she moved away to the northwest setting her course for Tahiti."
February 8, 2014, Cruise ship Pacific Princess
Under weather that was rain showers and thunder-filled, but with light to moderate sea conditions, the 30,277-ton cruise ship Pacific Princess arrived at 9:30 a.m., off Pitcairn Island from Easter Island on February 8 with 629 passengers on board. The ship did not anchor but made a full, extended turn around the island which allowed the Pitcairners to come aboard for some three hours of trading and selling of island crafts and curios. Pitcairn's longboat Tub had engine trouble in attempting to reach the ship, so the second boat, Tin, after putting its passengers aboard Pacific Princess, came to the rescue. Tin returned to where Tub was dead in the water a mile off the north side of Pitcairn, took her in tow and saw to her being safely anchored just off the Pitcairn harbor. Tin then returned to Pacific Princess and retrieved the Pitcairners who had been on board the cruise ship selling island items. Shortly after Tin left the side of the ship, Pacific Princess left the Pitcairn area, her bow pointed northwesterly for Tahiti. The seven-deck Pacific Princess, owned by Princess Cruises, was launched in 1999 at St. Nazaire, France. She is registered in Great Britain.
January 29, 2014, three-masted sailing bark Picton Castle
In fair weather on January 29, 2014, the three-masted sailing barque Picton Castle, a veteran Pitcairn Island caller, arrived at the Island from Bay of Islands, New Zealand. Aboard this one of the last vestiges of the era of sailing ships was Captain Danny Moreland and a crew of 23. The ship brought lumber and boxes for both the Island government and for individuals living on Pitcairn. After anchoring off Bounty Bay, the ship's crew came ashore in rotation for a couple of nights ashore. Though Captain Moreland planned for a stay of only four days at Pitcairn, the length of earlier visits of the ship have often exceeded the captain's expectations. Picton Castle is registered in the Cook Islands, in the South Pacific Ocean, and is owned and operated by the Windward Isles Sailing Ship Company, Ltd. The ship's mission is deep-ocean sail training and long-distance education. Also, she carries supplies and educational materials to far-flung islands in the South Pacific. Her North American homeport is Lumenburg, Nova Scotia.
January 24, 2014, Cruise ship MS Amsterdam
In good weather on the morning of January 24, the MS Amsterdam arrived at Pitcairn Island from Easter Island, her previous port of call. Some 990 passengers and a crew of 670 were on the ship as she cruised around the island for three hours while the Pitcairn islanders, who had come on board, were able to conduct a brisk time of selling and trading with the passengers on the ship's Lido deck. When the Pitcairners had disembarked to return to their island homes, Amsterdam pointed her bow northwestward and got under way for the island of Tahiti. Amsterdam made her maiden voyage in October of 2000; her length is 777.6 feet, and she has a beam of 105.8 feet. She ship is comprised of 12 decks, and travels the ocean at 25 knots, or about 29 miles per hour.
January 16, 2014, Cruise ship Crystal Symphony
In good weather shortly before 8 a.m., on Thursday, January 16, the 50,000-ton cruise ship Crystal Symphony having sailed from Easter Island, came to anchor just off Pitcairn Island for a day of trading and visiting with the Pitcairn people. Aboard the Crystal Cruises' vessel when she arrived were some 700 passengers and a crew of 600. "Good trading and a great lunch (for the Pitcairners) was put on by the ship, and enjoyed by all who went on board from the Island," writes Pitcairn Brian Young who took this picture of the ship from one of Pitcairn's longboats. At three o'clock in the afternoon as the ship prepared to depart for Moorea, the islanders broke into the singing of their traditional farewell songs: the hymn, "In the Sweet Bye and Bye," and the Pitcairn "Goodbye Song." Crystal Symphony was launched in 1995, with a Bahamas registry. She is 782 feet in length, and has a beam of 99 feet.
January 12, 2014, RoRo ship Talisman
The giant, 67,140-ton, roll on-roll off, vehicle-carrying ship Talisman was on its way from Panama to Auckland, New Zealand, and might well have been on a very tight schedule because it did not stop at Pitcairn, passing just one mile north of Adamstown. Though contacted by vhs radio while the ship was 20 miles from Pitcairn, she chose not to stop, though many of her sister ships of the Wilhelmsen line have been Pitcairn callers in the past. Talisman is 240 meters in length (about 787 feet) and has a beam of 32 meters (just over 104 feet), and has eight decks. The vessel was built in Korea in 2011, and has a Norwegian registry.
January 8, 2014, Cruise ship Marina
The 66,084 ton cruise ship Marina, sailing from Easter Island to Tahiti, called at Pitcairn in the early morning hours with some 1,240 passengers and a crew of 800 on board. The sleek-looking vessel came to anchor off Pitcairn's Ginger Valley at just before 9 a.m., and although the ship's passengers were not allowed to come ashore because of moderately rough weather, the Pitcairners were allowed to come aboard the vessel and sale or trade their fine crafts and curios to the passengers. By all reports, it was a good sales day for the islanders , most of them coming ashore from the ship with empty bags, as one Pitcairner put it. At 3 p.m., Marina hoisted her hook and set her course northwestward for the isle of Tahiti. Built in 2011, the 785-foot long Marina has a beam of 105 feet, 11 guest decks, cruises at 20 knots, and has a Marshall Islands registry.
December 28, 2013, tug boat LEBU
On December 28, 2013, at midday, the powerful, sea-going tug boat LEBU with five persons aboard made her appearance off Bounty Bay at Pitcairn Island. According to Island sources, LEBU is a brand new vessel, and was making its way from China to Chile in connection with its call at Pitcairn. LEBU is registered in Kingston, Jamaica. She anchored for two hours off the Island, but during that time no one from the vessel came ashore. In early afternoon LEBU took her departure from Pitcairn for Chile.
December 16, 2013, yacht Attila
The sloop-rigged, 34-foot yacht Attila arrived at Pitcairn Island on December 16, 2013, after a voyage of some 70 days from Panama. Two people were on board the vessel which was flying the flag of Hungary. After a visit on the island and an overnight anchorage off the island, Attila departed for December 17 for Mangareva in the Gambier Islands group.
November 18, 2013, Yacht Tonga.
In rough seas on November 18, the ultra-lite French yacht Tonga called at Pitcairn. The boat, with three persons on board, was moved to Tedside in Pitcairn's lee in an attempt to anchor there, but the seas were far too rough to safely anchor a vessel of this type which is made more for speed than for cruising, and if anchored in such as the seas were would likely be in serious trouble. After only a short period of time at Tedside, Tonga departed Pitcairn for an unknown destination.
November 17, 2013, Cruise ship Costa Neo Romantica.
On November 17, 2013, the 57,100-ton Italian cruise ship Costa Neo Romantica called at Pitcairn. But call was all she did. Only six officials of Pitcairn Island were allowed on board the ship, a great disappointment to the islanders who were ready and hoping to sell their crafts and other items of interest on board the ship. There were more than 1,400 passengers and a crew of 622 crew members on the ship which arrived at 10 a.m. in good weather. A Pitcairn-crafted model of H.M.S. Bounty and a plaque were presented to the ship by Pitcairn officials. The Costa Neo Romantica's previous call before Pitcairn had been at Easter Island, and she was bound for Tahiti. Launched in 1993, this cruise ship is of Italian registry, has 11 decks, is 719 feet in length, with a beam of 105 feet, and ploughs the seas at 18.5 knots.
October 28, 2013, Super yacht Ohana.
After what one passenger aboard described as "a horrendous six-day battle with headwinds" from Tahiti to Pitcairn Island, the 163-foot super yacht Ohana arrived off Bounty Bay on October 28, and went to anchor off The Rope. With a crew of nine and passengers for Pitcairn, the vessel made only a brief stop at the island before making sail in the evening of the 28th for Easter Island, and then proceeding on to Panama. Built in New Zealand in 2012, the 370 ton Ohana is described as "a magnificent vessel with capacity for accommodating 10 passengers." In addition to sail, the yacht is powered by a Caterpillar C32 ACERT (1400 BHP) engine, that allows her to achieve a maximum speed of 18 knots with a 12-knot average.
October 17, 2013, Sailing vessel Da Boat  -   October 17, 2013 Yacht Coccinelle.
The French yacht Da Boat
called at Pitcairn on October 17, anchoring in Bounty Bay after the more than 300-mile voyage from her last port of call.. The four persons on board the vessel came ashore to enjoy visiting various sites of interest on the island. Having come from Mangareva in the Gambier Islands, Da Boat
made sail on October 19 for Easter Island, from which place she would proceed on to Chile in South America.
The yacht Coccinelle
, chartered out of Mangareva, arrived at Pitcairn on October 17. The vessel did a quick turn-around, carrying Pitcairners Brenda and Mike Christian and Meralda Warren to Mangareva from which point they took the once-a-week air flight to Papeete, Tahiti. In Tahiti the three islanders represented Pitcairn Island in a large Bounty Festival. Coccinelle's
captain-owner left his wife and two children in Mangareva while he did the charter from Mangarreva to Pitcairn to Mangareva.
August 30, 2013, Sailing Yacht Polo Flat
Flying the Australian flage, the 33-foot long steel-hulled yacht Polo Flat arrived in the morning at Pitcairn Island on August 30, 2013. Coming from Mangareva in the Gambier Islands with two persons on board, the yacht departed Pitcairn for Easter Island in the evening hours of her arrival day.
August 25, 2013, Cargo ship Marsgracht
In good weather Spilethoff Bevrachtingskantoor's cargo ship Marsgracht, 11,759 deadweight tons, Captain O. Nikitchenko, hove to off Pitcairn at 10 a.m., on August 25, 2013. Shortly thereafter the Netherlands-registered vessel's crew came ashore in two lots to visit and trade on the island. "This ship traded well, with lots of dunnage (timber) and odd bits coming ashore from her," reported Pitcairner Brian Young. Marsgracht was built in China, with her first sea service coming in 2011. The vessel is 142 meters long, with a beam of 19 meters, and an average speed of 12.4 knots.
August 3, 2013, Dutch cargo ship Floretgracht
Spliethoff Bevrachtingskantoor's cargo ship Floretgracht called at Pitcairn Island on August 3, 2013, for a visit of a few hours on her voyage from Geelong, Australia, to Ecuador. Under the command of M. Stepanov, Master, the ship's crew of eight came ashore for a brief visit on the island. Built in China in 2012, Floretgracht is 137 meters long, with a beam of 19 meters. Her deadweight tonnage is 12,067 tons.
July 20, 2013, Yacht Australie
The French yacht Australie arrived at Pitcairn Island on July 20, 2013, from the Galapagos Islands with two persons on board. The yacht arrived in good weather, however, the weather turned bad overnight, and for the next four days the yacht had to be sheltered at Tedside hoping for a break in the weather. Finally, on July 25, with the weather still bad, the Australie uped anchor and left for Mangareva in the Gambier Islands.
July 12, 2013, Sailing yacht Wind Witch  -   July 19, 2013, Sailing catamaran Saraba.
The American sailing yacht Wind Witch
with one person aboard arrived at Pitcairn on July 12, and departed on July 14. Due to the weather � a strong south wind � the vessel's skipper never got ashore. His main engine was not working so he had to depend on his sail to move the yacht. Because the yacht was anchored close to the island, upon his departure the Pitcairners had to use one of their longboats to help him get his anchor up and to tow him to safe water away from the coast. The Wind Witch
was 26 days sailing from the Galapagos Islands to Pitcairn, and the skipper departed Pitcairn for Tahiti for repairs.
With three persons on board, the Brazilian 55-foot sailing catamaran Saraba
arrived at Pitcairn Island on July 19 from the island of Mangareva in the Gambier Islands. The Saraba
began her return to Mangareva on July 21.
June 29, 2013, Sailing yacht Chateau Beaumont  -   June 29, 2013, Sailing yacht Coccinelle
The 70-foot yacht Chateau Beaumont (left) flying the French flag with a crew of three, arrived at Pitcairn from Mangareva in the Gambier Islands on June 29. Later in the day of her arrival (at about 4 p.m.), Chateau Beaumont departed for Henderson Island, one of the Pitcairn group of islands, with three Pitcairners aboard in addition to her crew. Before departing, "lots of cargo" was taken aboard the vessel to supply needs during a planned work project on Henderson.
A 45-foot sailing vessel, calling at Pitcairn from the Galapagos Islands, Coccinelle arrived under the French flag. A family of four was aboard Coccinelle. They enjoyed an overnight visit at the island, and departed for Mangareva in the Gambier Islands at 3 p.m., on June 30.
May 23, 2013,Sailing yacht Sara Jane  -   May 24, Sailing yacht Sea Venture
On May 23, the sailing yacht Sara Jane (left) called from Easter Island with three persons on board � a young boy and his parents. They came ashore for two days and then departed for Mangareva in the Gambier Islands on May 24.
The Swedish-registered yacht Sea Venture (right) with six young Scandinavians on board - including Danish, Swedish and Norwegians - called on May 24 from the Galapagos Islands, and anchored first in "Rope." Alas, their anchor got stuck and they had to dive to get it untangled from the rocks. Later on they anchored in Bounty Bay in quite rough seas, but they persisted, traveling in and out from the island in an inflatable canoe when weather permitted. After a good visit with the Pitcairners, the young sailors on Sea Venture departed for Mangareva
May 16, 2013, super yacht Marie
In the afternoon of May 16, the super yacht Marie, with eight persons on board, came to anchor off Bounty Bay. Sailing from Auckland, New Zealand, the Marie was bound for the Galapagos Islands. Because the sea in the bay was on the rough side, no one from the yacht came ashore. At dusk she upped-anchor and made to the east toward the Galapagos. Built in 2010, Marie is an American-owned aluminum-hull vessel of 180 feet in length.
April 27, 2013, French frigate Prairial (F731)
On April 27, in rough seas and with 96 crew members on board, the French naval frigate Prairail called at Pitcairn Island from Easter Island, her last port of call. Because of the prevailing rough sea conditions, the vessel was brought to anchor at Tedside on the lee side of Pitcairn, and all crew members then came ashore to enjoy themselves. According to a Pitcairner, "A helicopter from the ship was flying around the island on both days the ship was here." A sumptuous Pitcairn dinner was served to the crew on shore on Saturday evening, and the Prairail's crew returned the favor with a barbeque lunch on Sunday before the ship departed Pitcairn for Mururoa Atoll at 4 p.m. The 2,590-ton Prairial is powered by four diesel engines that can speed her through the seas at 20 knots. Her length is 307 feet, with a beam of 14 feet. She was launched on March 16, 1991. Prairail's home port is Tahiti.
April 24, 2013, General cargo ship Dijksgracht
In windy, rainy weather on April 24, the general cargo ship Dijksgracht hove to off Bounty Bay at Pitcairn Island, and the Pitcairners were welcomed aboard by Dijksgracht's Master, Douwe Hokwerda, to sell or trade their island products, crafts and curios. After having transited the Panama Canal, the 17,381-ton ship was bound for Auckland, New Zealand. Flying the flag of The Netherlands, Dijksgracth was built in 2008, has a length of 157 meters and a beam of 22 meters. "Trading was good," during the ship's three-hour stop at the island, said a Pitcairner.
April 17, 2013,Sailing Yacht Pacific Cool, and Sailing Yacht Hasta Luego
With French Captain Jean Pierre and his partner on board on April 17, the sailing yacht Pacific Cool arrived off Pitcairn Island at the same time as did the sailing yacht Hasta Luego, both vessels arriving from the east, their last port of call before Pitcairn being the Galapagos Islands. Pacific Cool is an Armel 53, French-built vessel, "A very nice looking boat," said a Pitcairner. Captain Henry and one crew member were on board at the Hasta Luego's arrival off Bounty Bay. Both yachts departed Pitcairn for Mangareva island 310 miles to the west, late in the evening of April 18.
April 15, 2013, Catamaran My Muse
After showing her colorful sails off Bounty Bay on the morning of April 15, the catamaran My Muse came to anchor and those on board came ashore to spend time on Pitcairn Island for several days. Those coming ashore were an unnamed husband and wife, two children, a crew member, and a dog. There was a bit of a mix-up about Pitcairn's laws as to whether dogs off calling vessels could come ashore, but that discussion took place after the dog was ashore. On the morning of April 19, My Muse lifted her sails for Mangareva in the Gambier Islands after her captain and crew having had a happy time at Pitcairn Island, home of the Bounty mutineers.
April 8, 2013, Yacht Nana and Catamaran Elsie
On a voyage from Columbia, Latin America, to the Gambier Islands, the yacht Nana called at Pitcairn Island early in the morning of April 8. The vessel was anchored at Tedside in the lee of the island, and the Swedish couple on board came ashore to visit throughout the day. Nana set sail in the evening of the 8th , her course being for Mangareva in the Gambiers. Also on the 8th, the catamaran Elsie arrived at Pitcairn from an unknown earlier port of call. In "quite rough" seas Elsie also made anchorage at Tedside, and the vessel's occupants, an American couple with two children and a fifth person as crew, went ashore where they visited in the day, mostly in the Pitcairn Museum and at the Post Office. In company with the Nana, Elsie sailed to the west in the evening of April 8, looking for smoother waters.
April 7, 2013, The yacht Sauvage
On a bell-clear day in early April the trim little yacht Sauvage called at Pitcairn Island. The vessel's last port of call before arriving at Pitcairn was Easter Island, and her destination after leaving the island was Mangareva in the Gambier Islands group. The Sauvage visited Pitcairn from April 7 until she sailed westward on April 11.
February 25, 2013, MV Dynamogracht
The 17,967-ton general cargo ship Dynamogracht called briefly at Pitcairn Island on February 25, 2013. The Netherlands-registered ship last port of call before arriving at Pitcairn was Panama, and after leaving Pitcairn she was bound for Auckland, New Zealand. One of many Gracht ships that are always welcomed at Pitcairn Island, the Dynamogracht was built in 2010, and has a length of 157 meters and a beam of 23 meters. The ship is distinguished by her three large booms that speed the on and off-loading of cargo.
February 15, 2013, Pacific Princess
Princess Cruises'30,277-ton cruise ship Pacific Princess called at Pitcairn Island on February 15, 2013, the latest of several annual visits this welcome visitor has made to the island. Built in France, the Bermuda-registered Princess cruises at 20 knots, measures 592 feet in length and has a crew of 373 to serve her hundreds of passengers who enjoy the many pleasures found on her 10 decks. The call of the Pacific Princess at Pitcairn Island is always a source of excitement and gladness among the Pitcairners every time she shows her sleek lines off Bounty Bay.
February 2, 2013, Arcadia
Operated by P&O Cruises, Arcadia's call at Pitcairn island on February 2, came after she had called at Easter Island. Following her call at Pitcairn she was bound for Tahiti in the Marquesas Islands, north by northwest of Pitcairn. A beautiful, giant-size vessel of 86,799 gross tons, Arcadia's length is 951 feet, and her beam, side-to-side is 32 feet. She carries a crew of 976 to serve a maximum of 2,388 passengers. She was built by Fincantieri at their shipyard in Marghera, Italy, and is the third largest of seven ships currently in service with P&O Cruises. The ship officially entered service with the company in April 2005, and is an adult-only cruise ship.
January 15, 2013, Europa
Hapag-Lloyd's beautiful 28,890-ton, 408-passenger cruise ship Europa is no stranger to the people of Pitcairn Island. She is a looked-forward-to friend every time she shows her sleek lines off Bounty Bay. Her call at Pitcairn on January 15, came following a call at Easter Island. After what a number of her passengers called "a joyful visit" at Pitcairn, Europa was bound for Tahiti in the Marquesas Islands. Launched in 1999, she is Hapag-Lloyd's upmarket flagship which primarily serves Europe's German-speaking travelers, but is also well known to a more global cruise audience. The storied guidebook Berlitz has long ranked Europa as its top-ranked cruise ship. In fact, she is the only vessel in the guide that has consistently merited a five-plus ranking (every year for more than a decade). The seven-deck Europa has a crew of 264, and is registered in the Bahamas.
January 3, 2013, Marina
Marina called at Pitcairn from Easter Island. After her Pitcairn call she sailed for Tahiti in the Marquesas Islands. Sailing for the Ocean Cruises cruise ship company, the 66,084-ton, 789-foot-long Marina began her cruise ship life in May 2012. She is thought to be one of the most beautiful, eloquent and sophisticated ships to take to the sea in the past 50 years. Marina has 15 decks, a beam (side-to-side) of 106 feet, and cruises at 20 knots. Her guest capacity is1,250 passengers (double occupancy). Registered in the Marshall Islands, it is said of the Marina that her accommodations in every category "are incredibly spacious, especially with regard to the lavish bathrooms.".
December 25, 2012, Caledonian Sky
The motor vessel Caledonian Sky (former names, Hebridean Spirit, Renaissance VI ) called at Pitcairn on Christmas day, 2012. Under the control of her Captain Newman, she had come from Easter Island to the east and was bound for Mangareva in French Polynesia which lies some 300 miles west by northwest from Pitcairn. The Sky is a handsome yacht style ship featuring lots of polished wood and providing a comfortable cruise experience in elegant surroundings. She is operated by Noble Caledonia, was built in 1991, and refitted in 2001. She is of 4,200 tons, accommodates 114 passengers and a crew of 74. The ship's officers are British.
Annual Pitcairn Shipping List
Except for cruise ships, few of the vessels that call at Pitcairn Island are known to the island in advance of their appearance off Bounty Bay, the landing area of the island. The vessels that call may be from almost any country of the world and of almost any type that floats: sailing yachts, container ships, sea-going tugs, tramp steamers, French naval ships, roll-on roll-off auto carriers, banana boats, bulk carriers, heavy-lift ships, fishing vessels... In years past a careful record of every ship calling at Pitcairn (save for those whose captains did not want their owners to know of the call) was kept on the island. Today the record-keeping that is made public, save for that kept unpublicized by Pitcairn's customs officer, is definitely hit and miss. Through the good services of Pitcairn Island Police Sargeant Bill Lambie, the following is a near complete list of the vessels calling at Pitcairn in 2012.
Ocean Cruises' cruise ship Marina, with a capicity of 1,250 passengers, from Easter Island, bound for Tahiti, Marquesas Islands.
Hapag-Lloyd's 28,890-ton cruise ship Europa, from Easter Island, bound for Tahiti, after what many on the ship called "a joyful visit" at Pitcairn Island.
Sailing ship Picton Castle, Captain Danny Moreland, bound to the west. This ship brings the ship's chief engineer, David 'DB' Brown, home to his family on Pitcairn. Picton Castle departs Pitcairn to the west on January 28.
Holland America Line's 62,735-ton cruise ship Amsterdam calls at the island to drop supplies only.
P&O's 86,799-ton cruise ship Arcadia from Easter Island, bound for Tahiti in the Marquesas Islands. This ship's crew of 976 serves a maximum of 2,388 passengers.
Princess Cruises' cruise ship Pacific Princess, from Easter Island, bound for Tahiti.
Stoney Creek Shipping's passenger-cargo vessel Claymore 2, from New Zealand, bound for Managreva in the Gambier Islands. The ship brings supplies to the island. When she departs she takes two Pitcairners.
An unnamed cargo ship, and an unnamed yacht call at Pitcairn Island on this date.
Passenger-cargo ship Claymore 2, from Mangareva, Gambier Islands, bound for Mangareva.
Passenger-cargo vessel Claymore 2, from Mangareva, bound for Mangareva, Gambier Islands.
Passenger-cargo ship Claymore 2, arrives from Mangareva in the Gambier Islands. When she departs Pitcairn Island on March 17, she is bound for Mangareva.
Sailing yacht Sauvage, from Easter Island, bound for Mangareva.
Catamaran Elsie with five passengers on board, from the East, bound for the Gambier Islands.
Sailing vessel Nana with a Swedish couple on board, from Columbia, South America, bound for Mangareva, Gambier Islands.
Catamaran My Muse with five persons on board, from the East, bound for Mangareva.
French-built sailing yacht Pacific Cool, Captain Jean Pierre, from the East, bound for the Gambier Islands.
Sailing vessel Hasta Luego, Captain Henry, from the Galapagos Islands, bound for Mangareva.
General cargo ship Dijksgracht, Douwe Hokwerda, Master, 17,381 tons, from Panama, bound for Auckland, New Zealand.
French naval frigate Prairail, 2,590 tons, from Easter Island, bound for Mururoa Atoll, French Polynesia.
American-owned sailing yacht Marie, from Auckland, New Zealand, bound for the Galapagos Islands.
Sailing yacht Sara Jane with three persons on board, from Easter Island, bound for Mangareva, Gambier Islands.
Swedish-registered sailing vessel Sea Venture with six persons on board, from the Galapagos Islands, bound for Mangareva, Gambier Islands.
Motor vessel Claymore II, from Mangareva, bound for Mangareva.
Forty-five-foot sailing vessel Coccinella, from the Galapagos Islands, bound for Mangareva, Gambier Islands.
Sailing yacht Chateau Beaumont, from Mangareva, bound for Henderson Island.
Yacht Wind Witch, from the Galapagos Islands, bound for Tahiti
Fifty-five-foot catamaran Saraba, from Mangareva, bound for Mangareva.
Yacht Australie, from the Galapagos Islands, bound for Mangareva, Gambier Islands.
Cargo ship Floretgratch, M. Stepanov, Master, from Geelong, Australia, bound for Ecuador, South America.
Cargo ship Marsgracht, 11,750 tons, Captain O. Nikitchenko, bound to the East.
Thirty-three-foot steel-hulled sailing yacht Polo Flat, from Mangareva, Gambier Islands, bound for Easter Island.
Motor vessel Braveheart, from Mangareva, bound to Mangareva.
Motor vessel Braveheart, from Mangareva.
Motor vessel Claymore II, from Mangareva, bound for Mangareva.
French yacht Da Boat, from Mangareva, Gambier Islands, bound for Easter Island.
Forty-five-foot sailing vessel Cocinella, from Mangareva, bound for Mangareva, on a charter. Carries three Pitcairners from the Island.
The 163-foot super yacht Ohana, from Tahiti, bound for Easter Island. The yacht brings three Pitcairners home from a Bounty Festival in Tahiti.
Yacht Odley, from USA, father and son crew.
Live fish transporting vessel Seify, from China, bound for Chile. The Seify is a live fish-transporting vessel.
Cruise ship Amadea, with 418 passengers and crew members. Many passengers from the ship come ashore to visit on Pitcairn Island.
Cruise ship Discovery, brings three tourists to the Island.
Sailing vessel Pitcairn, arriving on this vessel are five amateur radio operators.
Motor vessel Discovery, from Mangareva, arrives with four passengers, and departs the Island on February 5 with four passengers.
Motor vessel Saga Ruby, a cruise ship, arrives from Easter Island, bound for French Polynesia. Pitcairners visit on board and trade crafts, produce and curios. Three passengers come ashore to visit the Island, and nine passengers depart on her. The ship brings Pitcairn's new teachers, Paul and Ruth Shelling for a two-year teaching stay.
Motor vessel Discovery, from Mangareva, bound for Mangareva, calls with seven passengers. The vessel departs on February 20 with seven passengers on board.
Passenger-cargo ship Claymore II from Mangareva, bound for Mangareva. She ship brings supplies and two passengers to the Island. She departs on February 22 with nine passengers on board.
Motor vessel Princess Danae, a cruise ship, from French Polynesia, bound for Easter Island. The ship departs Pitcairn on February 23, after islanders have come on board to trade crafts, produce and curios.
Motor vessel L'Austral, from Easter Island, bound for French Polynesia. The ship's tenders ferry 152 passengers shore for a visit on the Island.
Passenger-cargo ship Claymore II, from Mangareva, bound for Mangareva with five passengers on board. Takes nine passengers from the Island on departure on March 3.
Sailing yacht Bahari, from Easter Island, bound for Mangareva, with three persons on board. The yacht departs Pitcairn on March 4.
Passenger-cargo ship Claymore II, from Mangareva, with one passenger. Takes three passengers from the Island when departing on March 10.
Passenger-cargo ship Claymore II, from Mangareva with 13 passengers on board, 12 of them a National Geographic expedition team. Claymore II departs Pitcairn on March 19 for Ducie and Henderson islands with the expedition team aboard.
Motor vessel Hanseatic, a cruise ship, from French Polynesia. A total of 129 of the 153 passengers aboard the ship are ferried ashore for a visit on Pitcairn Island. The ship departs Pitcairn late in the afternoon.
Motor vessel Marsgracht, from New Zealand, bound for Panama. Pitcairners board the vessel to trade or sell Island crafts, produce and curios. Marsgracht departs Pitcairn in the afternoon.
Sailing yacht Explore, from New Zealand, bound for Mangareva. The yacht departs Pitcairn on March 28, with a crew of four and two passengers.
Passenger-cargo ship Claymore II, from Henderson Island with 12 passengers. The ship departs the same day with 10 passengers, bound for Oeno and Mangareva.
British sailing vessel Samba, from Easter Island, bound for Mangareva, with four persons on board sails the same day of arrival.
French sailing yacht Dalton, from Easter Island, bound for Mangareva, sails from Pitcairn in the same day as arrival with two persons on board.
Passenger-cargo ship Claymore II, from Mangareva, arrives with a team of National Geographic magazine personnel and three other passengers on board.
Passenger-cargo ship Claymore II, departs Pitcairn for Mangareva with the National Geographic magazine personnel on board, along with three other passengers.
Sailing yacht Xplore, arrives from Mangareva with seven passengers aboard. Aboard this vessel is classical organist Peter Letkemann, who in the Pitcairn Island Seventh-day Adventist Church on April 14 and 21, presents concerts of classical music.
Sailing yacht Xplore, departs Pitcairn for Mangareva with two passengers on board.
South African sailing vessel Spirit of Africa, arrives from Easter Island with two persons on board. The vessel departs Pitcairn after six days anchored offshore.
Northern Ireland sailing vessel Survetta, arrives from Easter Island with one person on board.
Sailing yacht Explore, arrives from Mangareva with four persons on board. She departs Pitcairn on April 21 with four persons on board.
German sailing vessel Resolute, from Easter Island, bound to the west with three persons on board. The yacht departs the same day as it arrives.
Australian sailing yacht Adventure Bound, arrives from the Galapagos Islands with two persons on board, spends two days at Pitcairn Island.
Sailing yacht Survetta, departs Pitcairn for Mangareva with one person on board.
Canadian sailing vessel Rough Bound, arrives from Easter Island, bound for Bora Bora with one person on board. She departs Pitcairn after seven days anchored offshore.
Sailing yacht Xplore, from Mangareva with one passenger, and later departs for Henderson Island with 5 passengers as part of the Henderson rat eradication program.
Sailing yacht Dalton, from Easter Island, departs same day for Mangareva with two passengers on board.
American sailing vessel Pelican, from Easter Island, departs later in the day for Mangareva with one person on board.
Sailing yacht Xplore, from Henderson Island with five passengers on board. The yacht departs for Mangareva on May 8 with one passenger on board.
German sailing vessel Wigwam, from Easter Island with two passengers on board. The yacht departs for Mangareva on May 10 with two passengers on board.
Dutch sailing vessel Viatrix, from Easter Island, with five passengers on board. The yacht departs for Mangareva after spending three days at the Island.
American sailing vessel Azimuth, from Easter Island with four passengers on board. The yacht departs for Mangareva on May 11 with four passengers on board
German sailing vessel Miepke II, from Easter Island with two passengers on board. The yacht departs Pitcairn later in the day.
Motor vessel Oberon, bound for Australia, stops and trades for three hours before departing Pitcairn.
Sailing vessel Wakame, from Easter Island with six passengers on board. The yacht departs Pitcairn for Mangareva on May 26 with six passengers on board.
Motor vessel Claymore II, from New Zealand, brings two passengers and stores to Pitcairn. Later in the day the ship departs for Mangareva with one passenger on board.
Motor vessel Claymore II, from Mangareva with 13 passengers on board. The ship departs Pitcairn for Mangareva on June 2.
Motor vessel Claymore II, from Mangareva with six passengers on board. The ship departs Pitcairn for Mangareva on June 9 with nine passengers on board.
Australian/French sailing vessel Passe-Partout, from Easter Island with two passengers on board. The yacht departs Pitcairn for Mangareva after seven days at Pitcairn.
Hungarian sailing vessel Unikum, from the Cocas Islands with two persons on board. The yacht departs Pitcairn after seven days for Mangareva.
British sailing vessel Tabbycat, from Easter Island with two persons on board. Tabbycat departs Pitcairn for Mangareva after five days at Pitcairn with two aboard.
British sailing vessel Murungaru, from Panama with four persons on board. She departs Pitcairn after five days anchored off the Island.
Passenger-cargo ship Claymore II, from New Zealand, with stores for the island and four passengers, a Belgium film crew. The ship departs Pitcairn on August 24 for Mangareva.
Passenger-cargo ship Claymore II, from Mangareva with eight passengers including Pitcairn's Deputy Govenor Kevin Lynch, and the mayor of Mangareva, Monique Labbeyi and his interpreter. Also the new resident physician and Maria Amoamo, to replace the departing Dr. Kevin and Sharon Donovan. Also aboard is Pitcairner Kari Young and two Swiss tourists.
Passenger-cargo ship Claymore II departs Pitcairn Island for Mangareva with eight passengers, including Pitcairn Deputy Governor Kevin Lynch, Monique Labbeyi, mayor of Mangareva; Dr. Kevin and Sharon Donovan; and Darlene, Caleb and Dylan.
Passenger-cargo ship Claymore II, from Mangareva, with six passengers, including Justice Sir Bruce Robertson, Jay and Carol Warren, two auditors and three tourists. The ship departs Pitcairn for Henderson with five passengers, two tourists and three off-islanders.
Passenger-cargo ship Claymore II, from Henderson Island with five passengers. The ship departs Pitcairn for Mangareva with eight passengers.
Passenger-cargo ship Claymore II, from Mangareva, with seven passengers. This is a special charter voyage for the National Geographic magazine and PEW Foundation. Also arriving on this ship is Melva Evans, a Pitcairner returning to her home island.
Passenger-cargo ship Claymore II, departs Pitcairn for Mangareva with seven passengers, including one Pitcairn islander going abroad for medical treatment. From Mangareva Claymore II, departs for its home port at Tauranga, New Zealand.
French naval vessel Arago (P675), Captain Arnaud Bolelli, from Tahiti, bound for Mangareva. While the ship is at Pitcairn the island's school children are invited aboard for a tour of the ship. In the evening of the 18th the Pitcairners and the ship's crew share a festive meal at The Landing. Arago sails for Mangareva at 2200 hours on October 19.
French naval vessel Arago (P675), calls from Mangareva at 0800 hours. The warship departs for Mururoa atoll at 2200 hours on October 19, after what the island newspaper describes as "a successful visit."
Yacht Dawnbreaker, from Easter Island, bound for Mangaeva with five persons on board. The vessel departs Pitcairn for Mangareva on October 31.
Two Wakatapu vessels, from Mangareva, bound for Rapanui (Easter Island) passed close to Pitcairn Island without stopping. School children were dismissed from classes and scaled Ship Landing Point so they could view the native craft as they passed. The waka vessels are following in the wake of their ancestors from Auckland, New Zealand, to Rapanui and return. The story of their voyage may be seen at www.wakatapu.com.
Passenger-cargo ship Claymore II, arrives at 0800 hours with supplies from New Zealand. After discharge of her cargo, the ship departs for Mangareva, Gambier Islands with three passengers.
Sailing yacht Mala, from Easter Island, bound for French Polynesia, arrives at 1030 hours with two persons on board. The Mala sails at 0830 hours for Mangareva with two persons on board on November 21.
Sailing yacht Blue-shift, from Mangareva, bound to the east, calls at 1000 hours with five persons on board. Blue-shift sails for Easter Island at 1630 hours with five persons on board on November 21.
Passenger-cargo ship Claymore II arrives at 0800 hours from Mangareva with 10 passengers on board. The ship departs for Henderson Island at 1800 hours on November 22 with six passengers on board.
Passenger-cargo ship Claymore II arrives from Henderson Island at 0800 hours with two passengers on board. The ship departs for Mangareva at 1800 hours on November 25 with nine passengers on board.
Passenger-cargo ship Claymore II arrives from Mangareva at 0800 hours with 13 passengers on board. The ship departs at 1800 hours on November 29 for Henderson Island.
Noble Caledonia's cruise ship Caledonia Sky, Captain Newman, from Easter Island, bound for Mangareva, Gambier Islands. This ship accommodates 114 passengers and has a crew of 74.