Following a recent meeting between CLIA and the Chamber of Shipping the advice has not changed regarding guidelines from the Government and Public Health England. This means anyone who leaves the ship has to be escorted within a ‘bubble’ via a shore excursion.
The advice from the Government is changing constantly and we will keep our guests continually updated of any changes.
We are beholden to the Government’s guidelines and will do everything in our gift to ensure your voyage is enjoyable, regardless of the restrictions.
England’s ‘Freedom Day’ on 19 July 2021 coincided with the inaugural voyage of Golden Horizon along the south coast of England. Maddie Taylor, Tradewind Voyage’s Marketing Manager, joined other guests onboard as our magnificent tall ship sailed out of Dover.
It was an emotional moment when Golden Horizon sailed out of Dover on ‘The Inaugural Voyage’. The tug boats motored beside us in a grand farewell as The Ocean’s Journey (a piece of music composed especially for Tradewind Voyages) bellowed over the tannoy with gusto. The sails hoisted, catching gently in the breeze on one of the hottest days of the year so far.
For many of our guests, it felt like a defining moment of freedom. After 16 months of lockdowns, limited hugs and missing family and friends, worries seemed to be carried away on the ocean’s currents.
Holidays and life as we know it are slowly returning and the excitement of going on an adventure had a few sobbing on the expansive deck as the sun cast its light on the waves left in the ship’s wake. Other guests were beaming with happiness as they sipped Champagne and took it all in. Sailing away from the iconic White Cliffs of Dover was one of those monumental experiences you won’t forget in a hurry.
The route was a round-trip from Dover, taking in both Cowes and Plymouth en route. One couple we spoke to had just bought a flat in Poole and, while sitting on their balcony, had seen Golden Horizon sail past on a preliminary voyage. They knew they had to be on board this incredible replica of the 1913-built France II and a few days later, after some Googling and booking, they were standing on deck for The Inaugural Voyage.
It’s easy to see why the ship stood out among the yachts and cruisers gracefully sailing past Poole. Golden Horizon is the world’s largest square-rigged sailing ship, an ode to the charm, adventure and romance of history’s tea clippers and Cape Horners.
The captain welcomed the guests onboard, telling us how the ship is a destination in itself and, whenever the wind allowed, the sails would guide us to our next port of call. He enthused about the ship, encouraging guests to ask questions and chat to him under the billowing sails.
Being one of the first guests felt like a privilege and the camaraderie onboard was palpable, with everyone chatting over drinks, in corridors, on deck and at dinner. The average age onboard was around 60, with teens heading to the spa for a facial or a go in the ice room and hammam, while some older guests relaxed with a coffee in the elegant library.
Stepping into the spectacular dining room, we gazed up at the curved wrought-iron balconies sweeping towards a stunning central skylight and took our seats among the maritime art hanging from wood-paneled walls. The friendly, masked staff went about the tables pouring wine into sparkling glasses and served delicious fine-dining dishes in front of hungry guests. Masks were worn by guests for embarkation and disembarkation, but it was optional while onboard. In the elegant dining room, you not only got a taste of the very finest cuisine, but a taste of normality, too. The room was abuzz with an upbeat atmosphere, with laughter accompanying the delicious local dishes, each with a healthy twist.
After dinner, guests dispersed to different bars, many choosing Horizon Bar to make the most of the sunset. On course for Cowes, the musical duo took to the stage and the dance floor filled with people jiving and twisting, all keen to celebrate the occasion in style.
After being lulled to sleep by the gentle movement of the ocean, guests woke to an early morning yoga session or a not-so-early breakfast in the dining room. On deck, guests played quoits and relaxed around the pools, many signing up for a Dive Taster session in the Dive Pool. There were insightful speakers, too, including David Graham who gave a talk about Cowes and Plymouth before a merry whisky tasting session in Debeljak’s Bar.
The amazing weather allowed us to drop Marina in Plymouth and offer paddle boarding from the back of the ship, with the stunning Plymouth Sound as our backdrop. Changing guidance by the Cruise Authorities were all part of the course. A shore excursion on the Isle of Wight was replaced with a racy rib ride in Cowes harbour; but everyone took the voyage in their stride. Guests seemed keen to get to know each other and a real conviviality was felt onboard, especially during the quiz night which sparked some healthy, fun competition.
As guests headed for bed each night, they found gifts in their cabin to mark the occasion. A commemorative plate one night, beautiful cognac glasses the next. On the last night, the captain threw a cocktail party and thanked the guests for being part of the Inaugural Voyage, a very special sailing with an equally special group of guests.
In the final few hours, as we sailed back towards Dover, people said goodbye to new friends and requested the song ‘An Ocean’s Journey’ to remember the voyage when they got home. To my delight, many said they couldn’t wait to book one of our worldwide adventures and would soon be back onboard the stunning Golden Horizon.
We are pleased to share our new UK Voyages for Golden Horizon’s inaugural season, which are now bookable.
Experience the British Isles from a new perspective with our 4 voyages exclusively visiting UK ports from July 2021. These voyages give guests the opportunity to experience Golden Horizon, and the best of British coastal towns, whilst not leaving the country – perfect for a “Staycation at Sea”.
Our English South Coast and Islands Voyage is still operating for 10 nights from 4th August 2021 as planned.
Voyage Only Prices From £849pp*
*Price based on Long Weekend Voyage. All prices shown include all meals, soft drinks and beer/wine with lunch and dinner (price based on a double outside cabin – subject to availability).
To book please call:
Voyage Only – 01473 932060
Voyages with Flights/Hotels & Tours – 0808 239 9289
or to book a voyage online click here
We would like to thank you all for your continued patience during these challenging times.
Following the UK Prime Minister’s update last week and the extended restrictions in Scotland we have unfortunately had to redesign our UK departures.
Please note below the voyages that have now been cancelled.
1st July Eastern Coastal Contrasts
6th July Scotland East to West
15th July West Coast Gems of Scotland
21st July Maritimes Cities of the North West
25th July Rounding the South West Peninsular
14th August Norwegian Fjord Adventure
21st August Beautiful Denmark
Our English South Coast and Islands Voyage is still operating for 10 nights from 4th August 2021 as planned.
NEW UK VOYAGES
We now have four fantastic new voyages all departing from Dover with durations of 4, 5 and 7 nights. We will delighted to welcome you on board one of these beautiful English south coast voyages. These voyages will go on sale on later this week, once guests who were booked on original UK voyages have been contacted about their options of transfer, or refund.
New UK Voyages
|Date||Nights||Departure Port||Arrival Port||Voyage||Voyage Code||Itinerary Ports|
|July 15, 2021||4||Dover||Dover||Long Weekend Voyage||GH4021||Sailing, Newhaven, Cowes, Sailing|
|July 19, 2021||5||Dover||Dover||The Inaugural Voyage||GH4121||Sailing, Cowes, Plymouth, Sailing|
|July 24, 2021||7||Dover||Dover||South Coast Staycation||GH4221||Sailing, Portsmouth, Falmouth, Dartmouth, Poole, Sailing|
|July 31, 2021||4||Dover||Harwich||Cowes Week Taster||GH4321||Cowes, Newhaven, Sailing|
For guests originally booked on the Norway and Denmark voyages, we are working on new voyage itineraries from 14th August and hope to provide further details next week.
If you have booked car parking via CPS then please call them to discuss a refund or transfer to Dover – www.cruiseparking.co.uk.
Government advisement – Going ashore
In order to abide by CLIA – cruise industry guidelines, you will only be allowed ashore if you have booked a shore excursion and must stay within your shore excursion bubble.
There is so much to explore, whether you are enticed by the history of some of our iconic cities or wish to enjoy the great outdoors and contrasting landscapes.
Our Shore Excursion information will hopefully give you a taster of what to expect on your wonderful voyage and our Destinations Team will be pleased to provide you with more detailed information and assist you with your bookings.
If you would like to transfer your voyage or cancel your booking please email us at email@example.com or call 01473 932060.
Thank you for your consideration and we are truly sorry for this disruption to your plans.
As announced earlier this week, we will not be operating our Dress Rehearsal voyage on the 22nd June due to continued Government restrictions, resulting in us not being able to provide the guest experience we wished to.
We have instead created two alternative ‘Dress Rehearsal’ voyages (with a 50% capacity) to accommodate all of our guests.
Dress Rehearsal 1 & 2 Itinerary (1st July & 7th July)
- Day 1: Portland
- Day 2: Sailing
- Day 3: Falmouth
- Day 4: Fowey
- Day 5: Dartmouth
- Day 6: Poole
- Day 7: Portland
All guests who are booked on the initial Dress Rehearsal voyage will be contacted directly or by their travel agent in due course and offered the option to either transfer to one of our two new dress rehearsal voyages, transfer to another voyage currently on sale or to receive a full refund.
Please allow time for all guests to be contacted. We will be opening our phone lines on Saturday 19th June from 10:00-14:00hrs to accommodate questions guests may have.
We thank you again for your patience, and will update guests and agent partners on the changes to the rest of our UK voyages in due course.
The Tradewind Voyages Team
Since the announcement of an extended lockdown earlier this week, we have been hard at work rescheduling our UK Voyages, in order to meet the Government’s guidelines. We are awaiting port confirmations and as soon as these have been verified, we will share full details regarding our plans.
We appreciate the urgency of new itineraries being released for our guests… and will keep you updated throughout the process.
Once again, we appreciate your patience.
The Tradewind Voyages Team
In light of the Prime Minister’s update earlier this week and the extension of the Government’s restrictions some of our voyages have been affected. Our team are working round the clock to create new voyages for our guests to experience Golden Horizon safely and inline with Government restrictions.
We will advise guests of our revised voyage plan and how they may be impacted as soon as itineraries have been confirmed.
We send well wishes to everyone in the travel industry, guests and travel agents alike, who have all been heavily affected by the changing lock down announcements.
Thank you for your patience
The Tradewind Voyages Team
Enter our hashtag competition to win a £5000 Voyage Voucher for a Winter 2021 – Summer 2022 Voyage
During her inaugural season, Golden Horizon will be sailing around the UK and Europe, visiting iconic and remote locations, some which cannot be reached by larger cruise vessels. We invite you to capture your ‘Golden Memory’ and take a picture of Golden Horizon if you spot her sailing or at anchor during her inaugural season.
To enter our #SeeGolden competition, please post your photo you took of Golden Horizon on social media, using the hashtag #SeeGolden in the caption, and follow our Facebook page to be automatically entered into the prizedraw.
Terms & Conditions:
Hashtag: #SeeGolden Entrants: Competition open to UK and Non-UK Residents. Requirements for valid entry: Photo must include Golden Horizon, and tag @TradewindVoyages. Entrant must also be following Tradewind Voyages on the social media account they used to post their photo hashtag entry. Start Date: 15th June June 2021. End Date: 14th October 2021 Prize: £5000 voyage credit for a Winter 2021 – Summer 2022 Voyage (1st Nov 2021 – 31st October 2022), Applies to basic voyage price in double or single cabin, excludes shore excursions, spa treatments and additional alcoholic drinks. Subject to availability. Not combinable with other offers. Not transferable. No cash equivalent. Ends 14th October 2021. Covid-19 Book with Confidence Policy Applies to Booking. Judges decision is final. Winner: The winning photo will be chosen at random by the Tradewind Voyages marketing team following the competition end date. The winner will be notified through their social media account within a week of the competition end date. Competition Contact: Sharna Bunting, Marketing & Distribution Assistant: firstname.lastname@example.org).
In light of the Prime Minister’s update this evening and the extension of the Government’s restrictions some of our voyages may be affected. We will advise guests of our revised voyage plan and how they may be impacted. We will contact guests and travel agents in order of voyage departures. Please bear with us as we contact everyone as swiftly as possible.
It’s not often you get to be part of a special moment in history so, this July, why not take the opportunity to be on the inaugural sailing of Golden Horizon, the world’s largest square-rigged sailing vessel.
We’ll sail from Harwich in Essex, where the Royal Hospital School Band will give Golden Horizon a triumphant send-off while you sip Champagne up on deck.
Our staff will treat you to canapés and a special dinner, created by Head Chef Derek Allen and his team, and the Sail Away Party will be in full swing to celebrate the occasion. When the evening comes to a close, we’ll ensure you remember this historic event with a Tradewind Voyages inaugural plate, one of many special gifts we have planned for you during the voyage.
An elegant near-replica of the 1913-built ship, France II, Golden Horizon retains all the charm and grandeur of sailing on a historic tall ship – but with 21st century facilities, an ocean view from every cabin, a sustainable ethos and ‘eat well, be well’ dining philosophy.
To appreciate the full beauty of the ship and the service on board, we’ll host a special brunch in the main Dining Room with live music and spend the whole day at sea, so you can enjoy time by the pool, enjoy a treatment in the spa or relax in the library with a good book.
Tradewind Voyages’ philosophy is to power Golden Horizon by the billowing sails as much as possible, and you can learn more about our beautiful ship at the Captain’s lecture and a chat with the directors at our evening cocktail party.
Arriving in bustling Whitby, Yorkshire, take time to discover this busy commercial fishing port and the town’s restaurants and cafes, brimming with great seafood. Traditional fish and chips rarely gets better than in Whitby . Tour the ruined 7th-century Whitby Abbey before heading along the coast to quaint Robin Hood’s Bay, or head inland and hike through the North York Moors National Park.
Our next stop is Newcastle, an enthralling city with an industrial past that today has a thriving art scene in its small galleries and a choice of brilliant restaurants. From here, you might head into the small, attractive town of Corbridge to shop in its boutiques and visit the ruined Roman town that sits on Hadrian’s Wall – the frontier of the Roman Empire in then Brittania.
At Berwick-upon-Tweed, right by the Scottish border, you could scale the ruins of its castle or enjoy some beach time on the nearby sandy swathes. Back onboard, you’ll be officially welcomed to Scotland with the sounds of bagpipes. We’ll host a ‘Welcome to Scotland’ cocktail party where you can try Haggis canapés, try whisky samplers and choose from our featured cocktails. During the Scottish celebration dinner, watch the piper parade on the top level of our stunning dining room atrium and we’ll put on a special menu to give you a flavour of the destination.
We’ll end our voyage in Leith – the gateway to Edinburgh. Make time to visit the castle and medieval Royal Mile, and don’t miss out on a taste of classic Scottish neeps and tatties in one of the old fashioned pubs.
This will be an exciting seacation, a well-deserved holiday after the year we’ve all had! So, if you’ve got a sense of adventure and a passion for the sea, join us on our unforgettable and inaugural maritime adventure.
To discuss or book this voyage please call 01473 932060 or visit https://tradewindvoyages-ts.opendestinations.com/BookingSiteUI/PackageSearch.