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World’s largest square-rigged sailing ship to cruise from UK

The world’s biggest square-rigged ship, Golden Horizon, will sail from the Britain for the first time next year.

Carrying 272 passengers and 159 crew, the ship will offer seven voyages from Harwich in East Anglia and two from Glasgow.

A round-Britain voyage will include a stop off Cowes in the Isle of Wight for the traditional regatta fireworks, the Scilly Isles and the Channel Islands.

The ship will also sail to Denmark, Iceland, the Norwegian fjords and the Baltics.

From September 2021, Golden Horizon will sail east through the Suez Canal and follow the Maritime Silk Route to Jakarta in Indonesia and on to Bali. All voyages have been planned to take advantage of prevailing winds and the currents, often following traditional trading routes.

Voyages in late 2021 and into 2022 will feature Australia, the Indian Ocean, Japan, Alaska, the Americas and the Pacific Islands.

On board, there will be an al fresco bar as well as a main dining room, plus watersports facilities. Families will be welcome on board, but there won’t be any children’s activities and the programme and design isn’t aimed at youngsters.

Itineraries and prices won’t be available until September, but you can register your interest in cruises beginning in May 2021 with Tradewind Voyages here.

Tradewind is a new cruise line, led by former Saga Cruises chief operating officer Stuart McQuaker.

Linsey McNeill

A journalist and travel writer of 35 years' standing, a once-a-week yogi, terrible skier and out-of-order mum to 2 teens. Previously Editor of, bylines also include The Telegraph, The Times, The Observer, the London Evening Standard, Which? and The South China Morning Post.

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