With the world’s largest tall ship cruise vessel, the 5 masted square rigger Golden Horizon set to commence her inaugural cruise from the UK on July 1, and visiting Australia in December 2021 and January and February 2022, Tradewind Voyages has launched its 2022/23 programme for the stunning 272-passenger tall ship, which will be visiting Australia towards the end of this year and in 2022, subject to the Federal Government’s lifting of the biosecurity cruise ban determination.

In addition to the 2021/2022 programme, the newly announced 2022/23 programme includes four new collections, spanning 23 different voyages, including the North Pacific Collection, the West Coast America Collection, the South Pacific Collection and the Antipodean Summer Collection, with this extensive programme seeing Golden Horizon calling at more than 20 countries for the first time, including Japan, U.S., Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, French Polynesia, Fiji and New Zealand.

Tradewind Voyages says that from idyllic island-hopping in the Philippines to scenic sailings around Alaska; cruising from Costa Rica to Chile and capturing the spirit of the original seafaring adventurer in the Cook Islands, the Golden Horizon will deliver a whole new voyage of discovery, with her maiden voyage to New Zealand will be complemented with a return to Australia for more southern hemisphere summer sunshine.

Golden Horizon will also undertake several different voyages in Japan throughout May and June 2022, before heading to Alaska, via Russia and the Aleutian Islands, then into Canada and the U.S.

She will continue with a series of sailings through Central and South America, from August to October 2022, taking in Panama, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Peru and Chile, including Easter Island.

The world’s largest tall ship will then sail through the Pitcairn Islands to abundant island paradises, French Polynesia, Tonga, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Fiji, amongst the many ports of call, with the Golden Horizon sailing into 2023 with an extended spell in Australia and New Zealand.

Tradewind Voyages Head of Sales Mark Schmitt, “We’ve had great interest in our voyages this year and we’re thrilled to be able to offer even more opportunities to sell this unique experience through 2022/23”, adding, “With the addition of the North Pacific, Americas and an Antipodean summer season, comprising 23 voyages, we’ve opened up a whole range of diverse trips that will enable guests to see the world differently”, and “We thank the agent community for the ongoing support and look forward to working further with them.”

Craig Bowen, Managing Director of Cruise Traveller, Tradewind Voyages’ Australia based sales agents told Global Travel Media that bookings by Australians for the 2121/2022 Australia program and circumnavigation on board Golden Horizon were extremely strong, with some cruises already sold out.

He added though that there were spaces available on some amazing cruises in December January and February and Australians wanting to book should contact their travel agent or visit www.cruisetraveller.com.au as soon as possible to make sure they did not miss out!

The 2021/2022 Golden Horizon programme includes:

  • Indonesian Beaches and Northern Australia – 8 December, 2021 to 22 December, 2021, including currently Bali, Lombok, Waingapu, Dili, Darwin, Thursday Island, Lizard Island and Cairns;
  • Great Barrier Reef & Gold Coast Festivities – 22 December, 2021 to 6 January, 2021, including Cairns, Townsville, Whitsunday Islands – Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Islands – Airlie Beach, Brisbane, Mooloolaba, Gold coast sail past for the New Year’s Eve Fireworks, Trial Bay, Newcastle and Sydney;
  • South Australia and Tasmania Adventure – 6 January, 2022 to 22 January, 2022, including Sydney, Jarvis Bay, Batemans Bay, Darlington Bay, Hobart, Port Arthur, King Island, Melbourne, Victor Harbour, Penneshaw Kangaroo Island and Adelaide;
  • Remote Southwest Australia – 22 January, 2022 to 4 February, 2022, including Adelaide, Penneshaw Kangaroo Island, Coffin Bay, Head of the Bight Look Out, Israelite Bay, Esperance, Bremer Bay, Albany, Busselton and Fremantle [Perth]; and
  • Western Australia and Indonesian Islands – 4 February, 2022 to 18 February, 2022, including Fremantle [Perth], Jurien Bay, Geraldton, Monkey Mia, Coral Bay, Broome, Komodo, Lombok [Labuhan] and Bali [Benoa].

The Golden Horizon’s design is based on the historic France II, a legendary square-rigged tall ship built in 1913, and is inspired by Tea Clippers and Cape Horners, with Golden Horizon boasting five bars, impressive spa facilities, three pools, a spectacular dining room with central skylight for top-notch dining and a high staff-to-guest ratio means that first-class service is guaranteed for everyone traveling with Tradewind Voyages…and all her 140 cabins offer ocean views.

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A report by John Alwyn-Jones, Cruise Editor.