The Ocean’s Journey
Tradewind Voyages operate the world’s largest square-rigged sailing vessel, Golden Horizon. She is a five-masted barque and near replica of France II, a 1913-built ocean vessel designed to carry bulk dry cargo. She’s also the first ship under this new cruise line’s banner that’s planned to have a fleet of 4 ships by 2027.
Their philosophy is simply to sail as much as possible, allowing guests to connect with the elements in a way that is different from any other cruise ship of this size.
Each of their voyages will take guests to iconic destinations and unique parts of the world, including small bays and beaches in between port calls. Guests have the freedom to explore ashore or remain on board and use the ship as a wellbeing destination – taking advantage of the luxurious facilities and activities on offer.
Tradewind Voyages believe ocean voyages should be powered by nature. That’s why they intend to sail without using propulsion engines for around 70% of each season – making for a true sailing experience.
Tradewind Voyages CEO, and Royal Navy Captain, Stuart McQuaker says:
Our philosophy is simple but unique; we will follow the sun, using the winds and the currents, to take us to magical beaches and port destinations in the luxury of a classic but contemporary ship.
The starting point of our itinerary planning is to look at what the prevailing winds and currents are doing around the world over the course of the year. This way, our itineraries are truly led by nature in the same way that the ship is powered by nature. We are confident that this will resonate with our guests, as will our wide-open decks and remote sailing areas, particularly as the world emerges from the challenges of this year.
Combining historical influences with contemporary style, they will offer the highest standards of dining, accommodation and entertainment; providing an on-board experience befitting of the ship’s grandeur.
Tradewind Voyages encourage a blend of relaxation and excitement. Enjoy the sense of momentum and drama as the rigging strains and the sails drive the ship forward whilst, at the same moment, finding time for a period of solitude and peace in your own secluded corner of their expansive decks.
Throughout your voyage, you will experience enrichment and well-being programmes whilst dining in classic, contemporary grandeur.
The highest health standards and demands of our new world will be adhered to – the ship benefits from open decks, small passenger numbers and visits to remote locations.
Guests can unwind in the on-board spa or relax by reading in the library, which overlooks the wake of the ship. Yoga and fitness classes can be enjoyed on the fore of the Sun Deck, and the gym is available for those wanting a workout.
There are two outside bars, both offer stunning views, and a piano bar which is perfect for enjoying a drink with new friends. Elsewhere, the premium beverage bar, Debeljak’s, is stocked with some of the world’s finest gins and whisky.
A resident destination speaker will provide guests with engaging insights, specifically related to the voyage and ports of call. This will include geographical, historical and cultural background specific to the itinerary. Visiting speakers will cover subjects ranging from maritime history to astronomy.
The resident pianist and musical duo will entertain guests with a repertoire ranging from jazz/swing to contemporary music. They will ensure the music compliments the ambience on-board, inviting guests to dance away the evening. As you travel the world, local shows, dancers and singers will help to immerse you in the local culture.
Throughout any voyage, the on-board cruise team will work to develop a full programme of activities which will likely include wine tasting, cooking demonstrations, upper-deck games, movies under the stars and quizzes.
Eat Well. Be Well.
Tradewind Voyages will offer outstanding food and service. On-board dining offers something for all tastes and preferences, including healthy eating, sustainability and well-being. Alongside classic dishes, they will always seek to use local fresh produce to create menus relevant to the region.
Breakfast, lunch and daytime offerings can be traditional or light and fresh; there will always be dishes with a local flavour. The buffet selections are designed to ensure that the most stringent health and safety standards are met.
One of the highlights of the day will be a full-service dinner served over two levels in the spectacular main dining room. A selection of wines and beers are complimentary during meal hours in the main dining room for lunch and dinner. More casual open-air dining is offered at the Horizon Bar.
All cabins enjoy an ocean view, whilst deluxe cabins and suites benefit from private balconies.
Cabin interiors offer guests a place to relax in contemporary luxury, with traditional features and furnishings which are a tribute to the nautical heritage of a tall ship.
Enjoy the Ocean
A marina platform at the stern is a focal point for many of the voyages, providing access to water sports equipment which includes kayaks, sailing dinghies, water skis and wakeboards. Guests will also be able to enjoy swimming and snorkelling from the marina.
Many voyages will include beach days and surprise stops, where the on-board water sports team will set up the equipment, with refreshments close at hand.
There are three swimming pools on board, one of which is a deep dive pool where you can practice scuba diving skills and drills, aimed at both the beginner and more experienced divers. An on-board dive master is always available and will support guests as they develop these skills in the dive pool and open water.