Golden Horizon

Former names: Flying Clipper, Brodosplit 483

Golden Horizon current position

Golden Horizon current location is at North East Atlantic Ocean (coordinates 50.22756 N / -2.98800 W) cruising at speed of 15.3 kn (28 kph/ 18 mph) en route to GB FAL. The AIS position was reported 2 minutes ago.

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Current itinerary of Golden Horizon

Golden Horizon current cruise is 11 days, round-trip Fjords of Norway. Prices start from USD 2910 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 24 Jul, 2021 and ends on 04 Aug, 2021.

Date / TimePort
24 Jul 16:00    Departing from Harwich, England hotels
26 Jul 09:00 - 22:30    Stavanger, Norway
27 Jul 07:00 - 23:30    Leirvik, Stord Island, Norway
28 Jul 07:00 - 16:00    Rosendal, Norway
29 Jul    Norwegian fjords cruising
30 Jul 07:00 - 13:00    Skjolden, Sognefjord, Norway
31 Jul 08:00 - 16:00    Bergen, Norway
01 Aug 08:00 - 20:00    Haugesund, Norway
04 Aug 06:00    Arriving in Harwich, England hotels

Specifications of Golden Horizon

Year built2019  /  Age: 2
Flag state Croatia
BuilderBrodosplit Shipyard (Split, Croatia)
Class5-Masted Schooner (sailing ship)
Building costEUR 100 million (USD 110 million)
OwnerDIV Group Ltd (Croatia)
OperatorTradewind Voyages UK Ltd
Speed20 kn / 37 kph / 23 mph
Length (LOA)162 m / 531 ft
Beam (width)19 m / 62 ft
Gross Tonnage8770 gt
Passengers272 - 330
Former namesFlying Clipper, Brodosplit 483
Christened bytba
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Golden Horizon Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2021 Jul 24 11 days, round-trip Fjords of Norway Harwich $2910
2021 Aug 04 10 days, round-trip English South Coast Islands with Cowes Week Harwich $3040
2021 Aug 14 7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Adventure Harwich $1850
2021 Aug 21 7 days, round-trip Beautiful Denmark Harwich $1920
2021 Aug 28 10 days, one-way from Harwich to Lisbon Harwich $1850
2021 Sep 07 7 days, one-way from Lisbon to Palma de Mallorca Lisbon $1450
2021 Sep 14 9 days, one-way from Palma de Mallorca to Dubrovnik Palma de Mallorca $1900
2021 Sep 23 10 days, one-way from Dubrovnik to Sharm El Sheikh Dubrovnik $2450
2021 Oct 03 16 days, one-way from Sharm El Sheikh to Muscat Sharm El Sheikh $3300
2021 Oct 19 9 days, one-way from Muscat to Goa Muscat $2250
2021 Oct 28 8 days, one-way from Goa to Colombo Mormugao $2000
2021 Nov 05 15 days, one-way from Colombo to Port Klang Kuala Lumpur Colombo $3400
2021 Nov 20 10 days, one-way from Port Klang Kuala Lumpur to Jakarta, Java Klang $2450
2021 Nov 30 8 days, one-way from Jakarta, Java to Benoa, Bali Jakarta $1950
2021 Dec 08 14 days, one-way from Benoa, Bali to Cairns Benoa $3200
2021 Dec 22 15 days, one-way from Cairns to Sydney Cairns $3850
2022 Jan 06 16 days, one-way from Sydney to Adelaide Sydney $3850
2022 Jan 22 13 days, one-way from Adelaide to Fremantle Adelaide $2750
2022 Feb 04 14 days, one-way from Fremantle to Benoa Fremantle $3150
2022 Feb 18 16 days, one-way from Benoa to Port Louis, Mauritius Benoa $3450
2022 Mar 06 13 days, one-way from Port Louis, Mauritius to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania Port Louis $3150
2022 Mar 19 13 days, one-way from Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania to Victoria, Seychelles Dar es Salaam $2900
2022 Apr 01 6 days, round-trip Exploring the Seychelles Archipelago Mahe Island $1750
2022 Apr 07 10 days, one-way from Victoria, Seychelles to Colombo, Sri Lanka Mahe Island $2400
2022 Apr 17 12 days, one-way from Colombo, Sri Lanka to Port Klang, Malaysia Colombo $2650
2022 Apr 29 11 days, one-way from Klang to Bandar Seri Begawan Klang $2200
2022 May 10 9 days, one-way from Bandar Seri Begawan to Manila Bandar Seri Begawan $1800
2022 May 19 8 days, one-way from Manila to Keelung Chilung Manila $1700
2022 May 27 15 days, one-way from Keelung Chilung to Tokyo Keelung $3750
2022 Jun 11 13 days, one-way from Tokyo to Otaru Tokyo $3200
2022 Jun 24 7 days, one-way from Otaru to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Otaru $3350
2022 Jul 11 17 days, one-way from Seward to Victoria BC Seward $4000
2022 Jul 28 13 days, one-way from Victoria BC to San Diego Victoria BC $3550
2022 Aug 10 9 days, one-way from San Diego to Acapulco San Diego $2100
2022 Aug 19 13 days, one-way from Acapulco to Puntarenas Acapulco $2550
2022 Sep 01 16 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Guayaquil Puntarenas $3100
2022 Sep 17 17 days, one-way from Guayaquil to Valparaiso Guayaquil $3850
2022 Oct 04 20 days, one-way from Valparaiso to Papeete, Tahiti Valparaiso $3800
2022 Oct 24 7 days, round-trip Pearls of French Polynesia Papeete $1800
2022 Oct 31 7 days, round-trip Polynesian Paradise Papeete $2050
2022 Nov 07 9 days, one-way from Papeete, Tahiti to Neiafu Papeete $2950
2022 Nov 21 7 days, round-trip Fijs Idyllic Islands Lautoka $1700
2022 Nov 28 17 days, one-way from Lautoka to Cairns, Queensland Lautoka $3600
2022 Dec 15 22 days, one-way from Cairns, Queensland to Melbourne, Victoria Cairns $1950
2022 Dec 23 14 days, one-way from Sydney to Melbourne, Victoria Sydney $4450
2023 Jan 06 14 days, one-way from Melbourne, Victoria to Lyttelton-Christchurch Melbourne $2750
2023 Jan 20 10 days, one-way from Lyttelton-Christchurch to Auckland Lyttelton-Christchurch $3000
2023 Jan 31 6 days, one-way from Auckland to Sydney, New South Wales Auckland $3000

Golden Horizon Review

Review of Golden Horizon

Golden Horizon cruise ship (Flying Clipper) was originally planned to be chartered to Star Clippers as the company's newest (fleet's 4th) sailing vessel. The megayacht (square-rigger / 5-Masted Schooner) is also the world's ever largest clipper (tall-sailing ship).

On June 5, 2020, the shipowner (DIV Group Ltd/Croatia) announced that the sailship will be chartered to Tradewind Voyages UK Ltd instead of Star Clippers Ltd. The boat charterer Tradewind Voyages manages the vessel and most onboard and ashore operations (hotel, wellness, shopping, entertainment, water sports, tours/shore excursions). For the ship's Deck-, Hotel- and Engine operations was contracted the DIV Group's subsidiary company BSM (Brodosplit Ship Management).

The vessel was renamed to "Golden Horizon", rebranded and scheduled to start cruises for Tradewind in May 2021. Tradewind Voyages plans to charter more newbuilt sailships and expand operations over the coming years.

DIV Group Ltd is a 1990-founded Croatian industrial group, also Brodosplit Shipyard's owner. The corporation DIV Group operates in 30 countries, fully owns 55 subsidiary companies and specializes in shipbuilding, steel structure manufacturing, marine engine manufacturing, railway infrastructure, among others.

Golden Horizon cruise ship (Tradewind Voyages) Flying Clipper

Flying Clipper was intended as Star Clippers' biggest ship, and also the company's first newbuild (since the 2000-built Royal Clipper). The shipbuilder is Brodosplit Shipyard (Split Croatia). The vessel was launched on June 10, 2017, and scheduled for delivery in 2017-Q4 but was rescheduled for 2018-Q1 and finally for 2019-H2.

The ship was designed by Zygmunt Choren (Polish naval architect) and modelled on France II - the 1912-built sailing vessel which was the world's biggest at its time. Previously, Star Clippers modelled Royal Clipper (capacity 227 passengers) on Preussen (German, steel-hulled 5-masted ship, 1902-built). Flying Clipper's rig is the same as that of the cargo ship France II, which sank in 1922.

The world's largest tall sailing ship Golden Horizon has max passenger capacity 330 (plus 140 crew-staff), GT-tonnage 8770 tons, and is powered by 68320 ft2 (6347 m2) of sails (42, all square-rigged). Alternative power is provided by new-design, fuel-efficient diesel engines.

Golden Horizon cruise ship (Tradewind Voyages) Flying Clipper

The vessel (IMO number 9793545) is currently Croatia-flagged (MMSI 238129940).

If you're interested in maritime technologies and the vessel details, see the ship's Wiki section.

Decks and Cabins

Flying Clipper/Golden Horizon staterooms are 140, in 3 types (Suite, Balcony, Porthole) and 14 categories. All cabins on Deck 3 (Main Deck) have a step-out balcony. The four Owner Suites are all located forward on Deck 4 (Upper Deck/Pool Deck).

All cabins are outside, with smart HDTVs (satellite reception), en-suite bathrooms (WC-toilet, shower, washbasin), plenty of luggage storage space. Complimentary bottled water (replenished daily) and twice-daily housekeeping service are also provided. Balcony cabins have a shower over the bathtub. Suites are with separate shower-bathtub. Cabin decors reflect clipper ships' Golden Age - marked by polished wood furniture and prints on the walls of the world's most famous sail ships.

The boat has 4 decks, all of which have cabins.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

The ship has one restaurant (main dining room) spanning 2 decks and with the open-seating arrangement, large windows, wood-panelling. The Restaurant's entrance is from the Lobby level of the 3-deck high Atrium. Meals include buffet-style breakfast and lunch. Dinner is waiter-served, with a choice of gourmet dishes and vegan-vegetarian options. BBQ parties are held in Horizon Bar (on sun deck) and also ashore. Tea, coffee and fresh fruits are complimentary and always available.

Golden Horizon cruise ship (Flying Clipper)

Ship's focal point is the alfresco Horizon Bar (fka Tropical Bar / Star Clippers' hallmark) hosting port talks, live musical entertainment, shows, exercise classes, outdoor dining (BBQ, light lunch food, afternoon snacks). Inside, there is an elegant Piano Bar for those who prefer casual buffet lunch, calm music and air-conditioning. The ship also offers a Dive Bar by the swimming pool on the aft deck.

The company provides complimentary 24-hour room service.

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

The sailing cruise ship Golden Horizon has two plunge pools. One of the swimming pools is glass-bottomed, funnelling sunlight through into the Atrium below. A third pool (scuba diving pool) is located aft (close to the stern), descending 18 ft (5,5 m) through 2 decks. This pool is glass-walled, allowing guests to watch the divers. Diving classes are offered onboard as the ship carries its ow professionally-trained Dive Master.

Golden Horizon cruise ship (Tradewind Voyages) Flying Clipper

The aft-located water sports platform (marina at the ship's stern) is lowered when Flying Clipper is at anchor. Complimentary water sport activities include snorkelling, dinghy sailing, waterskiing, sea kayaking. When the ship is at open sea, a signature onboard fun activity is the supervised mast-climbing. Passengers are also allowed to lounge in the 2 nets strung either side of the bowsprit.


This sail cruise ship also has a small SPA (Sauna Room, Snow Room, Jacuzzi, Treatment Room for Thai massages), Beauty Salon (facials, manicure/pedicure, hairstyling, blow-dries), Library, Function Room (meeting room for guest lectures and private events). Tradewind Voyages has no kids programming. Babysitting and childcare are also not available onboard. However, kids-friendly activities are occasionally organized on select itineraries during the summer holidays.

The company provides complimentary live entertainment - a resident pianist (at Piano Bar) and local performers (boarding the ship in call ports). Debeljak's Bar Lounge is the venue for after-dinner cocktails and premium brand gin and whisky offerings.

Passengers are encouraged by the crew to participate in the ship's navigation and even setting the sails. Other popular onboard activities include wine tastings, cooking demos, sundeck-hosted games. From the aft Marina are launched complimentary water sports. Also complimentary are the Fitness classes held on Sun Deck.

Tradewind Voyages 2021-2022 (inaugural cruise itinerary program)

For summer 2020, Star Clippers planned for Flying Clipper cruises in Europe (Mediterranean). Following a Transatlantic repositioning crossing, during winter 2020-2021, the sailship was planned to operate cruises in the Caribbean.

Golden Horizon ship's Inaugural Cruise in 2021 was initially scheduled for May 1st, but later rescheduled for July 1st (both leaving from Harwich). Tradewind Voyages' Northern Europe 2021 itinerary program includes ports and destinations in the UK, Iceland, Norway (Svalbard Islands, Norwegian Fjords), Baltic ports (also St Petersburg Russia).

The Baltic itineraries have durations 7-14-21-days and are all roundtrips from the UK. Select voyages are 10- and 11-days in length. The ex-UK program (May through September 2021) has a total of 9 itineraries, including 7 from Harwich (England) and 2 from Greenock-Glasgow (Scotland).

Other destinations to be served by Tradewind Voyages with SV Golden Horizon (SV=sailing vessel) include Asia, South Pacific, Australia-New Zealand, Arctic.

Next table shows Golden Horizon's cruise schedule for 2021.

Departure DateItinerary (Theme+Ports)Prices pp (GBP)
April 22, 2021(cancelled) 6-day "The Delivery Voyage" Lisbon-Leixoes (Oporto)-Vigo-La Coruna-Portsmouth600
May 1, 2021(cancelled) 14-day "Scotland and England" Harwich-Newcastle-Leith (Edinburgh)-Dundee-Aberdeen-Invergordon-Scrabster-Ullapool-Portree-Fort William-Port Ellen (Isle of Islay)-Greenock (Glasgow)2700
May 15, 2021(cancelled) 14-day "Wonders of Iceland" Greenock-Reykjavik (overnight)-Isafjordur-Akureyri-Seydisfjordur-Djupivogur-Torshavn (Faroes)-Ullapool-Greenock2900
May 29, 2021(cancelled) 14-day "British Isles and Ireland Explorer" (with Channel Islands UK) Greenock-Greencastle-Belfast-Liverpool-Douglas-Dublin-Rosslare-Baltimore-St Mary's Island (Scilly)-Falmouth-St Helier (Jersey)-St Peter Port (Guernsey)-Harwich2700
June 12, 2021(cancelled) 21-day "Midnight Sun in the Arctic" Harwich-Norwegian Fjords (cruising)-Floro-Kristiansund-Namsos-Tromso-Hammerfest-Longyearbyen (overnight)-Honningsvag-Andenes-Trondheim-Alesund-Sognefjord (cruising)-Leirvik-Harwich4250
July 3, 2021(cancelled) 21-day "Best of the Baltics" Harwich-Skagen-Kalundborg-Liepaja-Helsinki-Kotka-St Petersburg (overnight)-Mariehamn (Aland)-Stockholm (overnight)-Visby-Karlskrona-Goteborg-Kristiansand-Harwich4450
July 24, 2021(cancelled) 11-day "Fjords of Norway" Harwich-Stavanger-Leirvik-Rosendal-Sognefjord (cruising)-Skjolden-Bergen-Haugesund-Harwich2200
July 1, 2021(MAIDEN VOYAGE) 5-day "Eastern Coastal Contrasts" roundtrip from Harwich-
July 6, 20219-day "Scotland East to West" from Leith-Edinburgh-
July 15, 20216-day "West Coast Gems of Scotland" from Greenock-Glasgow-
July 21, 20224-day "Maritime Cities of the North West" from Greenock-Glasgow-
July 25, 202210-day "Rounding the South West" from Liverpool-
August 4, 202110-day "English South Coast and Islands" Harwich-English Riviera (sailing Torbay's coast)-Cowes (overnight)--Dartmouth-Falmouth-St Mary's-St Peter Port-St Helier-Harwich2300
August 14, 20217-day "Norwegian Fjords Adventure" Harwich-Stavanger-Hardangerfjord (cruising)-Odda-Rosendal-Harwich1400
August 21, 20217-day "Beautiful Denmark" Harwich-Skagen-Aalborg-Copenhagen-Frederikshavn-Harwich1450
August 28, 202110-day "Iberian Delights" (repositioning) Harwich-St Helier-Lorient (France)-La Coruna-Vigo-Leixoes (Oporto)-Lisbon1850
September 7, 20217-day "Southern Spain and Morocco" Lisbon-Cadiz (Seville)-Tangier-Almeria-Mahon (Menorca)-Palma de Mallorca1450
September 14, 20219-day "Italian Discovery" Palma de Mallorca-Olbia (Sardinia)-Naples-Lipari-Messina (Sicily)-Santa Maria di Leuca-Dubrovnik (Croatia)1900
September 23, 202110-day "The Med and Passage Through Suez" (repositioning) Dubrovnik-Kefalonia Island (overnight)-Chania (Crete)-Alexandria (Egypt)-Suez Canal (transition)-Sharm El Sheikh (Egypt)2450
October 3, 202116-day "Gems of the Red and Arabian Seas" Sharm El Sheikh-Safaga (overnight)-Jeddah-Djibouti (Africa)-Salalah (Oman)-Masirah Island (Oman)-Muscat (Oman)3300
October 19, 20219-day "West India Coastal Explorer" Muscat-Porbandar-Diu Island-Mumbai (overnight)-Ratnagiri-Mormugao (Goa)2250
October 28, 20218-day "South India and Sri Lanka" Mormugao-Mangalore-Thikkoti Beach (Kerala)-Cochin-Thiruvananthapuram-Kanyakumari-Colombo (Sri Lanka)2000
November 5, 202116-day "The Bay Of Bengal and Malacca Straits" Colombo-Hambantota (Sri Lanka)-Trincomalee (Sri Lanka)-Nicobar Islands (overnight)-Ko Surin Tai (Thailand)-Similan Island (Thailand)-Phuket-Ko Adang (Thailand)-Port Klang (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)3400
November 20, 202110-day "The Malacca Straits and Java Sea" Port Klang-Malacca (Malaysia)-Singapore (2 overnights)-Pena Island (Indonesia)-Lingga Island (Tanjung Jang)-Bangka Island (Penyusuk)-Penyabong (Belitung)-Jakarta (Indonesia)2450
November 30, 20218-day "Indonesian Islands" Jakarta-Menjangan Island (Bali)-Sowan Beach (Tuban)-Surabaya-Pulau Kangean (Sapoong Bay)-Gili Islands-Benoa (Bali Indonesia)1950
December 8, 202114-day "Java and the Coral Sea" Benoa-Lombok-Komodo Island-Sumba Island (Waingapu)-Dili (East Timor)-Darwin (Australia)-Great Barrier Reef (Lizard Island)-Cairns3200
December 22, 202115-day "Christmas on the Great Barrier Reef, New Year on the Gold Coast" Cairns-Townsville-Great Barrier Reef (Hamilton, 3 overnights)-Bundaberg-Brisbane-Byron Bay (fireworks)-Yamba-Coffs Harbour-Trial Bay and Nelson Bay-Sydney NSW3850
January 6, 202216-day "South Australia and Tasmanian Adventure" Sydney-Jervis Bay and Batemans Bay-Eden-Darlington Bay (Tasmania)-Hobart-Port Arthur-King Island (Tasmania)-Melbourne (overnight)-Victor Harbour-Kangaroo Island (Penneshaw)-Adelaide3800
January 22, 202213-day "Remote Southwest Australia" Adelaide-Kangaroo Island (Penneshaw)-Coffin Bay, Israelite Bay-Esperance-Bremer Bay-Albany-Busselton-Fremantle (Perth)2750
February 4, 202214-day "Western Australia and Indonesian Islands" - Fremantle-Jurien Bay WA-Kalbarri WA-Coral Bay WA-Broome WA-Komodo Island Indonesia-Lembar Indonesia-Benoa (Bali Indonesia)2250
February 18, 202216-day "Southern Indian Ocean sailing" - Benoa-Christmas Island Australia-Cocos Islands Australia-Rodrigues Island Mauritius-Port Louis (Mauritius)2470
March 6, 202213-day "Mauritius, Madagascar and East Africa" - Port Louis-Reunion Island-Toamasina Madagascar-Vohemar Madagascar-Antsiranana Madagascar-Nosy Komba Island Madagascar-Nosy Sakatia Island Madagascar-Moroni Comoros-Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)2250
March 19, 202213-day "Tanzania to the Seychelles" - Dar es Salaam-Zanzibar Tanzania-Astove Island Seychelles-Alphonse Island Seychelles-Desroches Island Seychelles-Victoria (Mahe Island Seychelles)2080
April 1, 20226-day "Exploring the Seychelles Archipelago" roundtrip from Victoria (Mahe Island Seychelles)1250
April 7, 20227-day "Indian Ocean Paradise" - Victoria-La Digue Island Seychelles-Addu Atoll Maldives-Colombo (Sri Lanka)1720
April 17, 202212-day "Sri Lanka to Kuala Lumpur" - Colombo-Hambantota Sri Lanka-Trincomalee Sri Lanka-Andaman Islands India-Banda Aceh Sumatra Indonesia-Koh Adang Island Thailand-Langkawi Island Malaysia-Port Klang (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)1900

Bookings were opened in September 2020. However, in early-March 2021, Tradewind Voyages announced in a press release that the brand's inauguration (and Golden Horizon's Inaugural Cruise) is rescheduled for July 1 ("Eastern Coastal Contrasts" itinerary roundtrip from Harwich. The next scheduled itineraries were "Scotland East to West" (July 6 from Leith-Edinburgh), "West Coast Gems of Scotland" (Jul 15 from Greenock-Glasgow), "Maritime Cities of the North West" (July 21 from Greenock-Glasgow) and "Rounding the South West" (July 25 from Liverpool). Tradewind's cruise program from August 4 onwards remained unchanged.

The "Maritime Silk Route" itineraries were replaced by "All Inclusive Dubai" (Arabian Gulf) and "Indonesian Islands Collection" series (including "A passage to Singapore" /14-day repositioning cruise from Dubai to Singapore). All affected bookings received 100% cash refund or 110% refund in FCC (future cruise credit).

Tradewind Voyages 2022-2023 itineraries

Tradewind Voyages 2022-2023 itinerary program (announced in June 2021) was divided into 4 collections that included a total of 23 different itineraries. Prices per person (per itinerary group) started at:

  • GBP 1100 ("Antipodean Summer - Crossing the Tasman Sea"), GBP 1800 ("South Pacific Collection - Pearls of French Polynesia", GBP 2100 ("West Coast Americas - Colours of the Mexican Coast") and GBP 3200 ("North Pacific - Contrasts of Japan".
  • The program's signature destinations included Southeast Asia, Japan (May-June 2022), Alaska (and Aleutian Islands), Arctic Russia, Canada USA, Central and South America (August-October 2022/El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Chile), Pacific Ocean Islands (Easter Island, Pitcairn Islands, French Polynesia, Tonga, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Cook Islands), Australia New Zealand (2023).

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The cruise ship Golden Horizon (fka Flying Clipper) is a close replica of "France II" - French sailing ship built in 1913 by Chantiers et Ateliers de la Gironde shipyard (Bordeaux). The sailing cargo ship was ordered in 1911 by the company Societe Anonyme des Navires Mixtes and served the shipping route connecting Rouen France with Australia, New Caledonia (Noumea, Grande Terre island) and the USA.

The ship ran aground in July 1922 (on Teremba Reef / Urai Bay, approx 110 km northwest of Noumea) while en-route to Europe and loaded with chrome ore. As the shipowner refused to pay for towage, the wreckage remained at Ouano Reef until 1944, when was destroyed by US aircraft bombing it for target practice.

The original France II ship had a total of 38 sails (including 20 square, 12 staysails, 4 fore, 2 spankers), total sail area 68350 ft2 (6350 m2), 4 lifeboats, cargo capacity 7420 tons, crew capacity 50, max speed 20 mph (32 kph).

sailing ship France II

Flying Clipper (Golden Horizon) is larger than France II, but its sails and rigging are exact copies. The cruise ship has a steel hull (with teak decking) and is ice-strengthened. This 5-masted square-rigger has 36 sails (total sail area 68320 ft2 / 6347 m2) and its largest mast has height 63 m (207 ft) and weight 24 tons. Hull's ice-class allows the vessel to navigate in all oceans, including Arctic and Antarctica. Its max speed is 23 mph (37 kph) under sails or 18 mph (30 kph) under diesel engine power (two engines, diesel-electric propulsion, fuel tanks capacity 800 tons, fuel consumption 2 tons MDO-diesel per hour), total energy consumption 4200 kWh. Under sail power (with both engines off), the ship can navigate for ~400 hours (16,5 days) or ~11100 km (6900 mi). The propulsion is based on 2x independent electric motors - larger (2500 kWh) and smaller (1700 kWh).

The ship's cargo capacity is 2000 tons. The powerplant-generated electricity allows ~400 hours of cruising without refueling. There are 6x lifeboats (doubling as tender boats for landings), 8x liferafts, 4x speed boats, 2x small boats.

Golden Horizon cruise ship (Flying Clipper)

In June 2015, KfW IPEX Bank GmbH (the largest subsidiary of KfW / German government-owned bank) provided a syndicated loan to finance the ship's construction. In June was also signed the corresponding agreement with the shipowner DIV Group Ltd (1990-founded). The bank provided a tranche (a portion of the money) covered by export credit guarantee from the Croatian export credit agency HBOR.

Golden Horizon cruise ship (Flying Clipper)

In late-January 2017, Mikael Krafft (Star Clippers' CEO) officially confirmed that due to delay in construction (caused by the shipyard's financial problems), the boat's initially planned inauguration (August 2017) was pushed back to 2018, and subsequently to 2019 and 2021 (May).

Golden Horizon cruise ship (Flying Clipper)

On June 10, 2017, was the vessel's launch at Brodosplit Shipyard (Split Croatia). It was registered / hull designation as "Brodosplit 483".


Flying Clipper/Golden Horizon is the world's first sail ship built to comply with IMO's SRtP (Safe Return to Port) requirement introduced by SOLAS in 2009. The SRtP was prompted by the ever-increasing size/capacity of passenger ships as the bigger the vessel is the longer evacuation lasts. The SRtP defines how long the ship should remain safe for evacuation or to be able to safely return to port without evacuating its passengers.

In early-December 2020, the shipowner (DIV Group Ltd) announced that its subsidiary BSM (Brodosplit Ship Management) will provide the vessel's Deck-, Engine- and Hotel management services. As of 2021, BSM also manages the DIV Group-owned cruise ships Klara (IMO 9781827, 2019-built), Katina (IMO 9712838, 2015-built) and Monet (IMO 7045803, 1970-built). DIV Group's President is Tomislav Debeljak.

When the ship was arrested in Dover UK (July 15, 2021/accident report) was announced that the vessel is registered to the offshore company XB Ahts Hero Shipping (Marshall Islands), with director Vedrana Debeljak (Tomislav Debeljak's sister).

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