At some future point when Covid allows cruise enthusiasts back on board, you might want to check out the just-launched Golden Horizon. At 525ft long (160m) with five masts and a sail area of 6,300m2 , she is the world’s largest square-rigged cruise ship.

Built in Croatia, the ship is run by the UK’s Tradewind Voyages and at full capacity can accommodate 272 guests in 140 sea-facing cabins. She is a near replica of the 1913-built vessel – France II – and retains the charm, adventure and romance of the early 20th century square-riggers.

The ambience on board is relaxed, casual and elegant – and the operators stress that Golden Horizon is first and foremost a sailing ship geared to adventures and exotic destinations.

Voyages cover every sector of the planet, and some will involve longer days at sea, bringing alive the concept of sailing. Guests are encouraged to take the ship’s wheel.

The good news is that she will soon be heading down this way. BNZ


Sumptuous accommodation to spoil even the most demanding guests.