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Tradewind Voyages

New UK-based cruise line Tradewind Voyages will launch officially in March 2021 and recently announced that its five-masted ship Golden Horizon will set sail for the first time in June 2021. Tradewind Voyages has partnered with ship management company V.Ship Leisure, who will provide Golden Horizon with a high quality, cherry-picked crew by using a novel digitalised approach to recruitment. The ship has earned Ice Class classification, making it the ideal choice for cruises to the cooler seas of Iceland and Norway. The boutique vessel has a capacity of no more than 272 passengers, providing cruisers with an intimate, small-ship atmosphere while retaining its status as the largest square-rigged sailing ship in the world.

Why choose this cruise line?

Tradewind Voyages’ ethos centres on encouraging cruisers to connect with the natural world by ensuring that each cabin has a sea view and by offering engaging al-fresco activities. The cruise line is pioneering sustainable travel by reducing the use of diesel fuel on its ships. The vessels will instead rely on natural energy sources such as prevailing winds and ocean currents to navigate their course. Golden Horizon will be powered by its 35 sails for around 70 per cent of the time, with an engine back-up. Tradewind Voyages wishes to immerse cruisers entirely in seafaring life by also inviting guest speakers on board, such as natural world experts Liz Bonnin and Kate Humble, who offer lectures on a variety of maritime topics. With five-star facilities including a two-tier restaurant, three bars, three pools - including an 18ft dive pool spanning two decks – and a water sports platform, along with a spa, Tradewind offers a five-star cruising experience for guests.

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Cruising with Tradewind Voyages

Tradewind Voyages' debut vessel, Golden Horizon, will offer her 272 guests a five-star level of service, featuring a two-tier restaurant, five bars, three swimming pools, a spa and – of course – the thrill of life under sail. The vessel has been designed to resemble traditional 19th and 20th century Tea Clippers and Cape Horner ships, which delivered cargo all over the world. Its interior is decked out with wood-panelled walls hung with maritime-themed imagery. Vast open-air spaces on the ship’s upper deck allow passengers to enjoy sweeping ocean views as the Golden Horizon glides seamlessly across the oceans, its sails billowing in the wind. One of the vessel’s big draws is its marina platform, located at the stern of the ship. Travellers can engage in a myriad of different watersports, while also being offered the opportunity to learn how to navigate and set the sails of the ship itself. The company also ensures a focus on enrichment by inviting guest speakers on board, such as natural world experts Liz Bonnin and Kate Humble, who will offer lectures on a variety of maritime topics.

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Who should cruise with Tradewind Voyages

Tradewind Voyages is looking to attract active, seasoned travellers who want a taste of the high life at sea while enjoying amazing activities and shore excursions during their cruise. Passengers can indulge in an afternoon at the onboard spa and spoil themselves with luxurious treatments after spending the morning practising yoga or working out in the gym. Sailing dinghies, kayaks and snorkelling are available for watersports enthusiasts, who can also enjoy swimming in any of the vessel’s three pools. In the evenings, guests can enjoy laidback alfresco dinners while watching the sun set or enjoy a more formal affair in the ship’s elegant dining room, where soft piano music and live singers provide a relaxing atmosphere. Children aged nine and over are welcome on board, but there is no kids club available.

Cruising destinations

Golden Horizon cruises will commence in May with UK sailings from Harwich and two from Glasgow. Northern European itineraries will include Iceland, Denmark, the Norwegian fjords and the Baltics. Following this, from September 2021 Golden Horizon will sail through the Suez Canal following the historic Maritime Silk Route to Jakarta and on to Bali. Itineraries in late 2021 and into 2022 will feature Australia, the Indian Ocean, Japan, Alaska, the Americas and the Pacific Islands.

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Cruise inclusions

  • 24-hour complimentary room service
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks during meal hours
  • Complimentary use of spa facilities
  • Evening entertainment and enrichment talks
  • Complimentary water, slippers and bathrobes, hairdryer and body products in cabins

Unique selling points

One of the unique selling points is, of course, the ships themselves, with debut vessel Golden Horizon set to be the largest square-rigged sailing ship in the world. Tradewind Voyages differs from many other cruise lines in that passengers are able to really connect with the ocean and the seafaring way of life. While offering a casual and relaxed setting for guests, the cruising experience will still be very much five star, with a guest-to-crew ratio of 1.7. Delicious meals prepared by distinguished onboard chefs will incorporate local ingredients to provide customers with an authentic culinary experience as they sail to exotic places around the world. Golden Horizon’s five bars are each themed differently; for example, at Debeljak’s Bar, you can sample a variety of world-class gins and whisky, while at the Horizon Bar guests can settle down in front of a game show. Local performers and live music are offered every night to keep passengers thoroughly entertained throughout their voyage.