Freighter Voyage

Europe - South America

Dates & Fares

Exciting freighter travel aboard the St. Helena

Sardinia to South America

Route 2023:
Cagliari/ Italy - La Plata/ Argentina - Duba/ Saudi Arabia

(Short call at Gibraltar or Algeciras where embarkation by tender is possible at additional cost, please enquire if interested.)

Fare: from 120 GBP (approx. 140 EUR) per day

Bookable one month prior

* Fare is to be paid in GBP and is subject to the daily exchange rate
**the travel time may vary a few days +/-
Dates (TBD) Route Price from Nights approx.*
approx. 25. July 2023 Cagliari/ Italy - La Plata/ Argentina 4.100 € 29
December 2023 Argentina - Duba/ Saudia Arabia 4.900 € 35

The globally held electric vehicle races from organizer Extreme E are made possible by the floating heart and base, the St. Helena. On it, cargo, infrastructure and vehicles are transported to the nearest port of the race venues, raising awareness about local environmental issues and minimizing Extreme E's emissions profile.
A trip on the luxuriously renovated St. Helena is a truly unique experience, not only for racing fans!

Please note: The listed routes are one-time departures and are not necessarily repeated in the next racing season!


Ship Details

Exciting freighter travel aboard the St. Helena

Sardinia to South America

Formerly a Royal Mail cargo and passenger ship, she was one of the last two vessels to carry the RMS title. She served as a supply ship and lifeline between Cape Town and the remote British Overseas Territory of St. Helena - a tropical volcanic island in the South Atlantic - between 1990 and 2016.

The former Royal Mail ship has been under the care of Extreme E for more than two years, during which time it has undergone an extensive, multi-million euro renovation that includes a major mechanical overhaul as well as a complete interior refurbishment, repainting and new branding.

The approach to the interior renovation was to make a significant improvement while having as little impact on the environment as possible. This was achieved through upcycling. Instead of scrapping and replacing the ship, the interior was gutted and refurbished, creating a contemporary, modern look. In addition, the ship features energy-saving LED lights, low-water-use bathroom fixtures and chairs made from recycled plastic bottles collected in the Mediterranean. In the galley, there is a hydroponic system that allows the chef to grow the ship's own herbs and garnishes.

The ship can accommodate up to 175 people, two lounges, an 80-seat restaurant, a 100-seat outdoor deck, an 80-seat presentation area and space for 90 20-foot shipping containers. A crew of 50 lives and works aboard St. Helena during the voyage.

Year built: 1990
Refitting and Renovation: 2020
Lenght: 105 m
Breadth: 19,2 m
Draft: 6,01 m
Weight: 6.767 to
Cargo: max. 1,8 to
Speed: 14,5 Knoten
Capacity: 125 Passagiere
Crew: 50 Personen
Guest cabins: 60
Lounges: 2
Restaurant: 1

Specific notes for this journey:

The fare is payable in GBP, our prices in EUR are only an orientation.

Before Departure:

The age limit for travelling with us is 75 years, at the time of embarkation. If you are 65 or over, you will need a doctor’s certificate stating that you are fit to travel on a cargo vessel. Minors under the age of 18 years old are not able to travel onboard the vessel (unless travelling with an adult). Travel health insurance is mandatory.

5 days before the scheduled day of departure you must contact our Agent to get confirmation of sailing day and information about time and place of departure and embarkation instructions. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have valid and appropriate travel documentation including passports and visas for each person travelling. It is your responsibility to ensure legal eligibility to travel and you are advised to check with the appropriate government authorities to determine the necessary documents and travel eligibility requirements for your voyage and any destination.

On request you must complete any necessary public health documentation and/or provide any evidence of negative test results for Covid-19 as a condition to board the vessel. You also agree to submit to further Covid-19 screening on-board that is considered necessary to protect the health of fellow crew/passengers. In the event of a positive test result during the voyage you will be required to isolate in your cabin until you are notified that, in accordance with any applicable procedures or legal requirements/restrictions, you may leave your cabin.

Luggage allowances will be confirmed in advance of embarkation.

Passengers are prohibited from carrying the following prohibited items: (i) items with heating elements or open flames; (ii) items that generate heat or produce an open flame. This includes irons, candles, kettles and any other item that may create a fire hazard. Curling tongs, hair straighteners and hair dryers are permitted on board but should be used with care and turned off when not in use; (iii) weapons (including any item with a blade in excess of 7cm), explosives, or any other item that, in the opinion of the crew, presents a potential risk of harm to persons or property. This includes imitation or replica firearms, craft knives and cut throat razors; (iv) illegal drugs or other illegal substances will be confiscated and appropriate action taken; (v) guests are not permitted to bring their own alcoholic beverages on board and only alcohol purchased on board may be consumed; (vi) any piece of radio equipment that transmits and has a power output in excess of 5 watts; (vii) drones and any other types of flying objects regardless of size or propulsion system. If any item is confiscatedand deemed that it can be lawfully returned, the item will be given back at the end of the cruise. Any illegal items will be confiscated and the appropriate authorities advised.

On Board:
You are travelling on board a working cargo vessel, not a cruise ship. All passengers are of course welcomed guests, but please bear in mind that the Master, Officers and Crew must comply with their daily duty and routine to run the vessel and while in port to complete cargo operations. All passengers travelling on board the MV St Helena will be required to participate in a safety induction to be carried out by the Ship’s Safety Officer. It is a Statutory Requirement for the ship to hold weekly General Emergency, Fire and Abandon Ship Drills. As part of these drills all passengers will be required to muster at their Muster Stations (further information will be provided to you on board).

Books / Games / DVDs:
There are a limited number of books and games available to passengers. However, we suggest you bring your own books & entertainment devices/DVDs to help fill the time during the voyage. There are no radios or televisions in passenger cabins.

Dress Code:
For your safety and comfort, we suggest not wearing shoes with high heels or open toes. Even in good sea conditions a sudden movement of the vessel is possible and very often the outer deck is wet. The dress code on board is casual, although we do request that all passengers are respectful that all the public spaces are shared and therefore appropriate clothing is always worn.

Restricted Areas:
There are a number of areas on the vessel where passengers are not allowed, access to these is strictly prohibited unless authorised by the Master (or person designated) and accompanied by a member of the ship’s personnel.

Main meals are included and served in the restaurant in buffet style service. You will be informed of the meal hours for breakfast, lunch and dinner during the safety induction. Please respect the meal hours. No meals can be served in your cabin. There is a guest pantry on each deck providing 24 hour access to basic drinks and snacks included in the fare. If you require the cook to incorporate any dietary requirement, please ensure these are highlighted on your booking form.

Passenger Cabins:
Your cabin will be made up for your arrival. If housekeeping assistance is required then a member of crew will be available.

Basic email (without attachments) is available, and satellite telephone for emergency contact whilst deep sea. No WIFI available.

There is a lift on the MV St Helena which serves the A, B and C decks.

Electric Current:
220 Volts. The plugs are of British standard. Bring an adaptor, if necessary.

Euros / GBP

Are sold only in bottles or cans and are subject to availability. For drink purchases please contact housekeeping who will explain the cash for token system. A price list is available on board. Alcoholic beverages should be consumed with moderation and it is always at the discretion of the Master to prohibit the sale of alcoholic beverages to persons that, in his sole judgment, make abuse of it. Passengers are not allowed to consume alcoholic beverages purchased ashore.

General Notes

Your passport needs to be valid for at least six months counting from voyage commencement. For this freighter travel a medical certificate is required from all passengers. Age restriction for this trip: minimum age is 6 / maximum age 79.

The agency 'SLOWTRAVEL experience' is not the operator, rather the agent of this travel. Therefore the terms & conditions of the shipping company is applicable. For further information please do not hesitate to contact us either by phone or by email.

Some minor modifications and shifts can be expected!