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News - 02/07/15

Cruise ships and Tall Ships come to Cowes

Cowes Harbour is ideally situated in the Solent and a popular port of call for cruise ship operators catering for northern European cruises. A sheltered anchorage in Cowes Roads offers ships ample swinging room with only a five minute tender run to the Trinity Landing pontoons.

With centuries of Island history and beautiful landscapes, it does not matter what the weather is doing and there is more chance of enjoying sunshine on the Isle of Wight than anywhere else in England!

Sea Cloud IICertainly, the sun shone on Sea Cloud II’s recent visit to Cowes Harbour on 13th June. Chartered by Noble Caledonia for voyages under sail, Sea Cloud II, launched in 2001, is a stunning vessel, built along traditional lines but offering deluxe accommodation. The 32,150 square feet of sails are set by hand which is a truly magnificent sight.

Over the summer months we also look forward to welcoming the MV Hebridean Princess twice to Cowes, on Friday, 31st July from 08:00 to 14:00 and again on Tuesday, 11th August from 12:00 to 18:00 during Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week. Carrying no more than 50 guests, Hebridean Princess cruises depart mainly from Oban, sailing the highlands and islands of Scotland, but in in 2015 she will also visit the Isle of Man, Northern Ireland, Wales and Eire, the Isle of Wight, Channel Islands, Isles of Scilly and Northern France.

MV Hebridean Princess

In addition, news has just come in of an impending visit by a very special Tall Ship, Kaskelot, one of the last classic wooden Tall Ships. Kaskelot is a three-masted barque, one of the largest remaining wooden ships in commission and has recently undergone major restoration. She will be moored on Trinity House buoy from around mid-July to mid-August and we hear there will be a limited number of day sails available; keep an eye on tallshipkaskelot.com for further details.