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What life is like onboard the Golden Horizon


Tradewind Voyages will be setting sail around the UK this Summer, but what is life like onboard the world’s largest square-rigged sailing ship?

Product Director Oliver Hammerer has created an environment whereby customers can experience many emotions whilst on a Tradewind Voyage. Here he explains what you can expect from your time sailing on the The Golden Horizon.

“I want our guests to feel happy, to feel relaxed, to explore, to be well, feel well, sleep well, eat well, feel content, connect with the elements and enjoy themselves!” he says.

“We include coffee, soft drinks, wine and beer at dinner. WIFI will also be included.”

“Onboard the service will be very friendly, but not over-familiar. Dress at dinner will be smart casual, we won’t have black tie dinners.”

“A key part of any voyage will be the food and drinks served.  Under the mantra ‘Eat Well, Be Well’, Golden Horizon will offer a high standard of traditional and local dishes. 

The main restaurant will have food laid out in the style of a buffet, but guests will be served.  There will also be pasta and sushi stations, along with an a la carte menu.”

“I’m delighted we’ve found the right Executive Chef because it’s a crucial cog in the wheel.  The dinner is the highlight of each day.  It’s so important that even the chief executive was involved in the selection process for the chef!”

“We’ll have a fantastic mixology programme offering cocktails with fresh and local ingredients.  It’s important – a liquid food!  We’ll also offer a price that makes people think ‘that’s a good deal and I’ll have another one if I want’, rather than ‘that’s a bit steep’.  It’s all part of the philosophy of making people feel relaxed without having to worry too much about cost.”

“Tradewind voyages support sustainable voyages, following the wind and using sails for propulsion whenever possible and this philosophy is carried on in the on-board experience. We won’t have plastic straws or bottles of water.  Shampoo bottles will be biodegradable. It’s easy to slip up there and you have to practice what you preach.”

Hammerer adds “On board guests will also find spa treatments, a wellbeing programme, live entertainment in the form of a pianist and singing duo, quizzes, movies as well as educational talks.

You can enjoy the fresh air and space on the huge deck space and three pools, which is quite something for a ship of our size.”

The Golden Horizon will be taking its inaugural voyage from Harwich to Glasgow for 14 nights from the 1st July 2021. View the full itinerary here.

For more information or to book your place call us on 0330 041 4888 or email



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