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7 May 2012
MV Athena visits St Helena
Cruise ship visit to St Helena
MV Athena visits St Helena Island in May 2012
Police and members of the public look on as cruise ship passengers safely depart


On Monday 7 May 2012, at midday, the cruise ship MV Athena pulled in to James Bay with 375 passengers and 230 crew onboard.

Bright sunshine and favourable sea conditions allowed passengers and crew to come ashore and enjoy the island. Of these, 230 had booked on pre-arranged tours which included visits to the Briars Pavillion, Napoleon's Tomb, Longwood House, Plantation House High Knoll and Ladder Hill. Outside the newly built Customs building a total of 8 buses and 26 private taxi operators were waiting to take the visitors around.

A market day was set up in the Consulate Hotel ballroom with 4 stalls.

Despite arriving 3 hours later than planned it would appear most visitors enjoyed themselves, confirmed a member of the St Helena Tourist office.

The visit of the Athena marks the end of the cruise ship season for 2012.

The Athena departed St Helena at approximately 18:45.

A report on the visit of the Athena will be in this week's Sentinel, out on Thursday 10 May.



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