I have been on a cruise which visited Pitcairn. The small ship, Pacific Princess, anchored off the island, and most of the 48 islanders came to the ship on their Longboat, complete with their wares to sell. Their Chief also gave a talk in the theatre, followed by an excellent Question & Answer session. They don't have facilities to welcome passengers on cruise ships.
I wonder which ones they are? Got to be very small. Probably less than 200 passengers!
Check out the link in post #1. I know the Oceania Marina is scheduled to go. I had booked with them for this reason, but due to the exorbitant cost and high probability that they would not make it ashore I cancelled.
I think you were very wise to cancel. I would imagine that landing passengers on Pitcairn are few and far between. I was once given advice "never book a cruise for one port" - This is true. I was once on a South American cruise that stopped off at the Falkland Islands and the locals told us that it was not very often that tender went ashore because of the weather. In Feb/Mar 2014 I am on the Crown Princess from F/L to LA and due to visit Falklands again, so let's hope the journey from UK is worth it. However, I wont be disappointed if we miss, as I have visited previously. Happy alternative cruising.
Thanks, Mel - I'm on my way to the Seychelles Islands and Senegal instead, so no regrets. I also missed the Falklands many years ago, but did get to see Antarctica, so it was, overall, a successful trip!
Thanks for response. Surprised you are doing Seychelles AND Senegal. They are on opposite sides of Africa. Seychelles are fantastic. Have a good one.
If you really want to land on Pitcairn you simply have to go on an expedition cruise ship which means about 100 passengers and zodiac landing craft. The pier/jetty cannot take even the smallest ship and just forget about tendering . . . it's well nigh impossible. Believe me, I've been there.
Currently there are four operators which visit Pitcairn and will get you ashore unless the weather is seriously poor. These are:
National Geographic Orion (Lindblad Expeditions)
Silversea Discoverer (Silversea Expeditions)
These cruises are expensive. They also make landings on 2 other Pitcairn Islands - the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Henderson Island as well as Ducie Island. The cruises usually follow a route from Tahiti to Easter Island and some also visit the Marquesas.