On the way to St Helena

Today my husband Bert and I board the RMS St Helena for the five-day voyage to the island. Since the ship doesn’t offer internet to its passengers, this is my final blog until we disembark on May 16th.  No internet for five days might feel like a hardship, but I expect our cruise will be much easier than Napoleon’s sad voyage into captivity 196 years ago.

A few facts about the RMS St Helena:

  • It’s the only active Royal Mail Ship performing the traditional duty of bringing mail and goods to a remote British territory
  • Built in 1990 for the specific task of supplying St Helena with all its supplies and personnel transport to and from the outside world
  • Carries up to 2,000 tons of cargo ranging from furniture to sheep to milk to concrete and everything in between
  • Length 344 feet
  • Beam 64.6 feet
  • Speed 14.5 knots
  • Capacity 128 passengers; 56 crew including officers

As you can imagine, it’s not the Cunard or Celebrity lines, but we’re eager to meet the interesting “Saints” and adventurous travelers aboard.  I’ll report about life at sea after we regain internet access on St Helena.





  • May 15, 2011 - 4:11 am | Permalink

    I wish U a marvellous trip… see U later…

  • mrodenberg
    May 17, 2011 - 4:09 pm | Permalink

    Thank you! I’d recommend the RMS St Helena–a comfortable voyage with interesting people.

  • Melanie
    May 17, 2011 - 6:24 pm | Permalink

    Ah! A communique! Whew, was getting worried those friendly sharks were coming along with you in the hopes of dinner being served… 😮

    Margaret, looking very much forward to what – as well as who – you discover.

  • mrodenberg
    May 18, 2011 - 6:11 am | Permalink

    Yes, I’m thankful to be back on the communications grid, although I shouldn’t complain about five lazy days at sea. It took Napoleon 69 days to reach St Helena from England under MUCH more difficult circumstances.

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