Le Diamant (Formerly Song of Flower)

This post was written by Rhonda Sand on October 19, 2009
Posted Under: Family Cruise Ideas,Making an Impact,Unique Cruise Experiences

This elegant, small cruise ship is the one that we’re hoping and praying to use for Purposeful Africa in the fall of 2010. Rhonda Sand, owner of TMI Tours & Cruises and the founder of Purposeful Africa says, “It’s my favorite ship in the entire world because it is small enough to be intimate yet the services and facilities are superb.”

Here are some interesting facts about this luxurious ship:

  • It’s just over 400 feet in length and features 5 decks that are open to passengers
  • There are 3 different restaurants on board along with several lounges, shops, a library, and fitness center
  • The ship carries 226 passengers along with a crew of 120
  • The Le Diamant originally entered service in 1986 as the Song of Flower. In 2004 she was renamed as the Le Diamant and has been in service primarily to a French speaking clientele

In addition to the intimate feel and the excellent services and facilities onboard, the Le Diamant has been chosen for the Purposeful Africa trip because it also carries a number of small Zodiac landing crafts which will allow passengers to explore inland, river areas while we are in West Africa. This will give those on the journey with Purposeful Africa the opportunity to visit and see firsthand humanitarian work taking place not only in coastal locations, but further inland in the countries we will be visiting.

We will be posting several pictures of the ship as well as video from when Rhonda met with the Captain too. Look for them shortly!

Reader Comments

After sending my first message to Rhonda Sand TMI Tours, I came across the information about the Cruise Ship “Le Diamant” which belongs to the “Companie Du Ponant” in France. In 2006 I had the pleasure of sailing with Le Dia the Naturalist on board, sailing from Bergen (Norway) to Bodo, visiting practically all of the Fjords en route. From Bodo we sailed to the Lofoten Islands, North Cape, Spitzbergen and Iceland.

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Written By WALMSLEY JOHN on October 9th, 2010 @ 4:26 am

Correction
After sending my first message to Rhonda Sand TMI Tours, I came across the information about the Cruise Ship “Le Diamant” which belongs to the “Companie Du Ponant” in France. In 2006 I had the pleasure of sailing with Le Diamant as the Naturalist on board, sailing from Bergen (Norway) to Bodo, visiting practically all of the Fjords en route. From Bodo we sailed to the Lofoten Islands, North Cape, Spitzbergen and Iceland.

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Written By WALMSLEY JOHN on October 9th, 2010 @ 4:30 am