Tradewind Voyages has been forced to postpone the Maritime Silk Road journey of the world’s biggest sailing ship, citing uncertainty over the Australian government’s approval for international cruise ships to operate in local waters.
The 162-metre Golden Horizon was due to sail from Europe to Australia via Asia in 2021/22 but those plans have been pushed back to 2022/23.
Sailing through the Malacca Straits en-route to Australia, Golden Horizon was offering three Asian journeys: Port Klang (Kuala Lumpur) to Jakarta, Jakarta to Bali, and Bali to Cairns. Fourteen sailings were planned around Australia.
Guests booked for the 2021/22 cruises will have the opportunity to book the same itinerary in 2022/23 in the same cabin and at the same price.
Tradewind Voyages head of sales in the UK, Mark Schmitt, said, “We are saddened to delay our arrival, but the Australian government has paused the operation of cruise lines with no clarity regarding the possible resumption of cruising.
“However, we fully intend to sail the beautiful Golden Horizon to Australia in December 2022 and are now working as fast as possible to reframe the planned 2022/23 season to offer very similar itineraries to those we had planned for this summer.”
Designed to recapture the golden era of sailing ships, the Golden Horizon has already commenced its inaugural season in the UK and Europe.
With masts that soar 64 metres above the sea and support 6300 square metres of billowing sails, the square-rigger offers a restaurant, three pools, gym, library, spa sanctuary, four bars and a marina platform.