On Thursday April 19, at noon, the ‘Pinta’ and the ‘Nina’, replicas of Columbus’ ships will arrive in Lake Charles. The ships will be docked at the Civic Center, Lake Shore Drive, until their departure early Wednesday morning May 9.

The media are invited to a private viewing of the ships on Thursday after docking. The ships open to the general public on Friday April 20.

The Nina was built by hand and without the use of power tools and considered to be the most historically correct Columbus Replica ever built. The Pinta was recently built in Brazil and is a larger version of the archetypal caravel. Historians consider the caravel the Space Shuttle of the fifteenth century.

While in port, the general public are invited to visit the ships for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour. Admission charges are $8.00 for adults, $7.00 for seniors, and $6.00 for students ages 5-16. Children 4 and under are Free. The ships are open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. No reservations necessary.

Teachers or organizations wishing to schedule a 30 minute guided tour with a crew member should call 787-672-2152 and leave a message. Minimum groups of 15 will be admitted for $4.00 per person. No maximum.

Visit our website at www.thenina.com or email columfnd@surfbvi.com.