Tour operator African Safari Club will not be sailing with the 200-passenger Royal Star (ex-Ocean Islander) next year, as a result of her age, Cruise Industry News has learned. The ship was built in 1956.
UK-based African Safari will more than likely sell the vessel, a company source said, noting that the cost would be too much to upgrade, “because of all the wood on the ship and the new regulations that must be obliged.”
The Royal Star was homeported in Mombasa year-round, and sailed three- to 13-night cruises in the Indian Ocean.
Plans call for African Safari to charter ships from Costa, Regent, Silversea, Peter Deilmann or Swan Hellenic, among others, and again sail from Mombasa and in the Indian Ocean, the source said.
African Safari is still chartering three river vessels – the Da Vinci, Fleurette and Star of Luxor – all of which sail on the Nile.