UK-based Tradewind Voyages’ brand new vessel, Golden Horizon has arrived in Dover her chosen departure port for four new UK voyages throughout July. The vessel will depart on her inaugural voyage from the Port on 19th July.
Golden Horizon is the world’s largest square-rigged sailing vessel and a near-replica of the 1913 built France II.
Sonia Limbrick, Head of Cruise at the Port of Dover said, “We offer a very warm welcome to the beautiful Golden Horizon here in Dover, what an extraordinary ship she is! I hope our local community makes the most of the rare opportunity to see her before she departs for four cruises throughout July. I’m really pleased to see the cruise season back in full swing again; it’s exciting to see another new cruise line at the Port today, both for the first time in Dover and as she prepares to embark on her first ever voyages.”
Golden Horizon was initially ordered from the Brodosplit shipyard in Split by Swedish tall ship cruise specialist Star Clippers and was to sail under the name Flying Clipper. The contract was placed in 2015 for a 2017 delivery but delays and a dispute between builder and operator meant the ship was never delivered.
Earlier this year, following an arbitration settlement, Brodosplit retained ownership of the vessel and has chartered it to start up operator Tradewinds. Golden Horizon has a length of 162m and is a five mast, barque rigged steel hulled vessel designed by Polish naval architect Zygmunt Choreń. The vessel has a crew of 159 and accommodation for 272 passengers. Although equipped with an engine, the vessel is designed to be sailed and can carry 6,300m2 of sail when fully rigged.