Tradewind Voyages cancels ‘dress rehearsal’ sailing

Tradewind Voyages has cancelled its ‘dress rehearsal’ sailing on June 22, ahead of its planned maiden voyage on June 28.

The tall-ship line said the move was in response to the prime minister’s update on Monday, where the easing of domestic restrictions was delayed from June 21 to at least July 19.

Following the update on Monday, the government confirmed cruise lines sailing ex-UK itineraries before July 19 must stick to the current capacity limits which were originally in place until June 21 in line with domestic restrictions.

Golden Horizon, the new UK-based line’s single ship, will no longer sail its ‘dress rehearsal’ sailing, and the line told Travel Weekly that its June 28 maiden voyage was also being ‘reviewed’, with a further update expected this week.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, Tradewind said: “Following the Prime Minister’s update, Tradewind Voyages have been hard at work redesigning our UK season.

“We are attempting to accommodate our guests within the extended 50% capacity rule following the latest government advice.

“We have taken the decision not to operate the dress rehearsal on June 22 and will be contacting all affected guests over the next 24 hours to offer potential alternatives so that they may experience Golden Horizon in a safe way. We will be contacting all UK departing guests and sincerely apologise for this further disruption.”

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