Final voyage of the world’s oldest passenger ship
The world’s oldest ocean-going passenger ship is making its final visit to New Zealand.
Doulos is the world’s oldest active oceangoing passenger ship and is listed in the Guinness Book of Records.
Built in 1914, it is only two years younger than the Titanic.
Over the past 30 years the Doulos has visited more than 100 countries with its famous floating bookshop.
The vessel is a floating “United Nations” and home to 320 people from more than 50 countries.
Most of the crew serve as full-time volunteers in an effort to bring knowledge, help and hope to the nations.
This is the last time the Doulos will visit Auckland because she needs to be decommissioned next year because of new maritime regulations.
The Doulos will be docked at Princes Wharf from next Wednesday until June 30 and the bookshop will be open from 10am to 10pm Tuesdays to Saturdays, from 2pm to 10pm Sundays and Mondays. Entrance is free.
Visitors will also be able to pay for a tour of the ship and attend conferences on board.
The Doulos’ books are affordable and cover a wide range of topics for all ages, including reference, educational, cooking, sports, life tools, health, Christian and children’s books.
For more information about the Auckland visit, including tour and conference costs and bookshop times, go to www.omnz.org.nz/dou los/Auckland.asp.
Final visit: The Doulos is in Auckland until June 30.