World’s tallest cruise ship cancels weekend visits to Cornwall

The world’s tallest luxury cruise ship was expected to sail into Cornwall tomorrow but has cancelled its visit to the county due to operational reasons.

The Golden Horizon, run by Tradewind Voyages, is a staggering 525ft, five-mast cruise liner that’s said to be an almost exact replica of the famous 1911 French sailing ship, France II.

Based in Ipswich, the ship is supposed to be taking its 42 sails on a dress rehearsals around the south coast right now – including planned stops in Cornwall over the next couple of days.

But unfortunately both Falmouth Harbour and Fowey Harbour have confirmed that the visits have been cancelled for the second time.

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The billowing sails of what is said to be the biggest tall ship in the world were initially due to make a dramatic entrance into Portsmouth Harbour on June 21 for its maiden voyage with the Croatian-built cruise liner expected to have been in Falmouth and Fowey a couple of weeks ago.

The trip was cancelled and rescheduled following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement in early June that he was delaying stage four of the roadmap out of lockdown.

Now a further smaller dress-rehearsal set for this week, ahead of the impressive ship’s inaugural cruise, has also been cancelled.

Fowey Harbour shared the news yesterday in a Facebook post, saying: “We are very disappointed to announce that the visit of the Golden Horizon to Fowey this Sunday (July 4) has been cancelled by the ship, due to operational reasons.

“We’re keeping our fingers crossed that the visit on Saturday July 10 will still go ahead.”

The ship was due to stop in Falmouth on both Saturday, (July 3) and Saturday, July 9, with the Fowey dates being Sunday (July 4) and Sunday, July 10.

It is unclear whether the ship will still be stopping in the Cornish towns as planned next weekend for its second ‘dress rehearsal’ voyage.

CornwallLive has contacted Tradewind Voyages for more information.

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