Two interesting celebrity-led cruises are taking place on an incredible cruise ship that takes 70% of its power from natural sources.
As the world's biggest square-rigged ship, Golden Horizon is a sustainable cruise ship with great on-board facilities. These include a beauty salon, gym, spa with sauna, hammam, snow room and Jacuzzi, as well as five bars, including a piano bar, and three swimming pools. It has a two-floor dining room serving local, sustainably-sourced produce wherever possible, and no plastic straws or water bottles are used on the ship.
Good Housekeeping has partnered with Tradewind Voyages to create two exclusive holidays on the ship complete with celebrity experts. The first sets off from Scotland in May 2021 and travels to Iceland, where passengers can learn about volcanoes with wildlife presenter Kate Humble. While there, they’ll see the Eyjafjallajökull, Katla and Hekla volcanoes, and get the chance to step inside a real lava tunnel. Excursions include bathing in restorative geothermal pools, riding Icelandic horses and sailing through fjords.
The second trip takes in Belfast, the Giant's Causeway and dramatic Antrim coast, as well as the Isle of Man, where passengers can board a vintage train to the top of Snaefell mountain. It also sails to Dublin to see Malahide Castle and Dublin Bay. Broadcaster and environmentalist, Liz Bonnin, will give a talk entitled 'The Problem with Plastics' and will take part in an exclusive Q&A on board. She will also lead a visit to Tresco Abbey Gardens to see the colorful plantlife of the unspoilt Isles of Scilly, and there will be a boat trip around the eastern islands to spot wildlife.
Travelers can attend a program of educational talks about the natural world on the ship, and there are stop-offs that focus on the local wildlife and nature. Excursions include trips to organic farms and vineyards, and there are cooking demonstrations and wine tasting on-board the ship. The removal of all inside cabins means passengers are promised spectacular views, but as the ship carries fewer passengers than ships of a similar size, its overall carbon footprint is reduced. Small-ship cruising also means travelers sail into smaller ports and spend less time moored at sea with unnecessary engine use and pollution.
Further information on these cruises is available here.