Plymouth welcomes cruise ship Golden Horizon

26 Jul 2021

Tradewind Voyages’ Golden Horizon anchored in the Sound on Thursday 22nd July after arriving in Plymouth on her inaugural voyage.

Golden Horizon is the world’s largest square-rigged sailing vessel. She is a near replica of the 1913-built ocean vessel, France II. 

Passengers who chose to come ashore were tendered to the Barbican Landing Stage where they were warmly welcomed by volunteers from Cruise Plymouth, Destination Plymouth’s new Cruise Business Development Manager Glen Gardner, Harbour Master Captain Richard Allan and Plymouth’s Town Crier John Pitt.

Guests were welcomed ashore at the Barbican Landing Stage

Captain Richard Allan said “The inaugural visit from Golden Horizon was a huge success. We’ve already received several compliments from both passengers and staff back on board of how well organised, received and enjoyable their short stay in Plymouth was. 

Being able to tender visitors into the heart of historic Plymouth via the Barbican Landing Stage from anchor in the Sound is the perfect way for a cruise visitor’s first experience of the city to begin. We look forward to welcoming many more cruises over the months and years ahead.”

As is tradition when inaugurally welcoming ships to a port-o-call ceremonial pieces are exchanged, such gifts are frequently displayed on-board, be it in full view of the public or more privately on navigation bridges.

Cattewater Harbour Commissioners were delighted to present Captain Mariusz of Golden Horizon with a signed copy of ‘Cattewater Harbour Office’ by internationally renowned, and Plymouth based artist, Brian Pollard, and in exchange received a beautiful bone china ceremonial plate.

Captain Mariusz of Golden Horizon

Different View Photography were asked by Cattewater Harbour Commissioners to capture Golden Horizon’s arrival.