The world’s tallest luxury cruise ship will be sailing into Cornwall’s harbours next week ahead of its tours around the UK.
The Golden Horizon, run by Tradewind Voyages, is a staggering 525ft, five-mast cruise liner that’s said to be an almost exact replica of the famous 1911 French sailing ship, France II.
Based in Ipswich, the ship will be taking its 42 sails on two dress rehearsals around the south coast – including stops in Cornwall over the next couple of weeks.
The billowing sails of what is said to be the biggest tall ship in the world were due to make a dramatic entrance into Portsmouth Harbour on June 21 for its maiden voyage with the Croatian-built cruise liner expected to have been in Falmouth and Fowey this week for its dress rehearsals.
But the original trips were cancelled and rescheduled following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement earlier this month that he was delaying stage four of the roadmap out of lockdown.
It was scheduled to sail at full capacity before the Government stated that cruise vessels would have to continue to sail at reduced capacity until restrictions are eased.
Now, as a result, the Golden Horizon will embark on two smaller “dress rehearsal” voyages, in line with Covid-19 rules, ahead of its inaugural cruise.
The Golden Horizon’s website explains there will now be a six-night “dress rehearsal 1” voyage from Portland on July 1, as well as a six-night “dress rehearsal 2” voyage from the isle on July 7.
On the voyages the ship’s itinerary states it will arrive in not one but two Cornish towns as early as next week. It will stop in Falmouth on both Saturday, July 3 and Saturday, July 9 with the Fowey dates being Sunday, July 4 and Sunday, July 20.
After this, the ship will sail for four nights from Dover for a “long weekend voyage” on July 15, before its long-anticipated “The Inaugural Voyage” from Dover on July 19.
The ship will return once again to Cornwall in August as part of its ‘English South Coast and Islands’ 14-day voyage where it will dock in Falmouth on August 9 and then at St Mary’s on the Isles of Scilly the following day, August 10.
The ship has 140 outside-facing cabins with “traditional features and furnishings” and is capable of carrying 272 guests. They can enjoy two outside bars and a piano bar, alongside an on-board spa, gym and a library.
Guests in the high-end cabins – or Owner’s Suites – have access to a private living room, dining area, walk-in wardrobe and are able to order 24-hour complimentary room service.
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