Golden Horizon, an iron-hulled five-masted cruise ship, is due to arrive in Portsmouth next Monday to begin her UK tour before sailing to the Far East.
The 908-foot ship, which can carry up to 3,000 passengers, was supposed to be one of the largest merchant ships to dock in Portsmouth – but now the plans are threatened with ruin.
The government’s decision to extend Covid-19 restrictions until July means the visit appears to be canceled, according to reports.
Golden Horizon was scheduled to arrive in town ahead of a six-day rehearsal cruise down the south coast before their official first cruise from Harwich, Essex, but passengers were told that the Portsmouth departure had been scrapped.
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Message from ship operator Tradewind Voyages to prospective cruise-goers, reportedly spotted on award-winning cruise blog Shipmonk, read: âWe made the decision to hold the dress rehearsal on the 22nd hour to offer potential alternatives so that they can safely experience Golden Horizon. ‘
The blog also posted that the ship’s public tracking system shows it is due to arrive in Portland, Dorset on June 23, and that its list has disappeared on cruise ship arrival and departure boards from Portsmouth.
Tradewind Voyages has been contacted for further details.
A message from the editor, Mark Waldron