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Tradewind Voyages unveils rearranged debut UK programme

Tall-ship line Tradewind Voyages has unveiled details of Golden Horizon’s new maiden voyage after the start-up line was forced to cancel a series of debut sailings to comply with government capacity restrictions.

The line’s official maiden sailing will now depart from Dover on July 19 before sailing to Cowes on the Isle of Wight and Plymouth.

The 272-passenger capacity vessel’s final UK sailing will be from Harwich on August 4 after a series of ex-Dover voyages.

The ship’s shakedown – or dress rehearsal – voyage, due to depart on June 22, had been scheduled to sail at full capacity before the government stated on Monday that cruise vessels would have to continue to sail at reduced capacity until restrictions are eased.

In place of the dress rehearsal voyage, the line is offering two shakedown sailings departing from Portland, Dorset, on July 1 and July 7 ahead of the maiden voyage on July 19.

Tradewind Voyages’ head of sales Mark Schmitt said: “It is of course upsetting to have to change our itineraries again due to the restrictions imposed to combat the global pandemic, I am hopeful that the new voyages sailing along our beautiful English south coast will be of interest to our guests and travel agent partners.

“All the team at Tradewind Voyages are very excited to be taking delivery of the Golden Horizon in Portland.”

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