The 272-passenger Golden Horizon will sail a 21-night midnight sun voyage from Harwich to the Arctic in June next year. From Tromsø, the vessel will visit several ports including Longyearbyen in Norway’s Svalbard archipelago and Honningsvåg, gateway to the North Cape.
A 15-night Bay of Bengal and Malacca Straits voyage will depart in November from Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo, moving on to Thailand and Kuala Lumpur. Passengers will have the opportunity to view wild leopards at Yala National Park, shorebirds at Bundala National Park and elephants at Udawalawe.
‘Uniquely, all Golden Horizon’s voyages are planned on the basis of prevailing winds and currents around the world, often following the traditional trading routes,' said Stuart McQuaker, chief executive, Tradewind Voyages.
Attempt to reassure passengers
The launch is backed by a promotional campaign called ‘Powered by the winds of change,' intended to highlight the company’s commitment to sustainability and its assurances to protect customers’ money during the pandemic.
All monies taken for bookings will be held in a trust account until holidays have been completed and if the cruise line has to cancel a voyage due to COVID-19, it guarantees customers will be able to transfer to another voyage or receive a full refund.