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One of the world's largest luxury sailing ships has been forced to delay a 'dress rehearsal' voyage around the south coast of England following Boris Johnson's decision to delay Freedom Day.

Golden Horizon, a steel-hulled, five-mast cruise ship, was due to arrive in Portsmouth on Monday but the trip has now been cancelled over Covid fears.

The 525ft vessel, a near-replica of the 1913 ocean ship France II, was expected to arrive on England's south coast ahead of a six-day 'dress rehearsal' cruise before it set sail for Scotland from Harwich, Essex, on July 1.

However, a spokeswoman for Tradewind Voyages said it has taken the decision 'not to operate the dress rehearsal' which was set to take place from yesterday, adding it was now working hard to 'redesign our UK season.'

Instead, the Golden Horizon will embark on two 'dress rehearsal' voyages in line with current Covid restrictions, which will depart from Portland on July 1 and 7.    

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The ship, which arrived in Weymouth Bay today and will move to Portland at 7am tomorrow, will then depart on its inaugural cruise to Plymouth on July 19 - earmarked as the delayed Freedom Day.

It will then continue on its UK season based from Dover, with the Golden Horizon's final UK voyage now being from Harwich, taking in the Cowes Week Regatta on August 4.

A statement said: 'The Dress Rehearsal Voyage due to depart on June 22 was at full capacity which did not meet the Government's latest rules. 

'Tradewind Voyages have been overwhelmed by the support from the Dress Rehearsal guests, it would have been unfair to reduce numbers to remain on the single voyage. 

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'The decision has been made to offer two Dress Rehearsal voyages to comply with restrictions these will depart Portland on the 1st and 7th of July respectively.'   


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