Summer promotion - Kids Go Free on Vikings! Cruise on Southampton Water
SS Shieldhall is marking the 1000th anniversary of King Canute being crowned King of the English at Southampton (1016) on Sunday 14 August, with a 3 hour cruise down Southampton Water and into the Solent (3pm – 6pm). On board will be Viking re-enactor group ‘Manaraefan’, with hands on opportunities for families including the trying on of helmets and swords, and playing of contemporary games including ‘Hnefatafl’, a strategy game which has similarities to chess. There will also be weaving demonstrations presented by the group, who will all be wearing Viking clothing presenting some great photographic opportunities! King Canute is closely associated with Southampton – it is where he is said to have ordered the waves to go back – and there are many buildings that have taken his name, most famously Canute Chambers, home to the White Star Line, on Canute Road.
As a special summer promotion, Shieldhall will be welcoming children free of charge on the cruise (up to 6 per adult) – the perfect opportunity for families to spend some quality time on the water! Children will receive a Shieldhall passport around the ship, where they can visit volunteers in the Engine Room, Boiler Room and Bridge, collecting stickers as they go.
On her return to port, Shieldhall will pass the departing cruise ships Celebrity Eclipse and Seven Seas Voyager, always an opportunity to sound the Shieldhall whistle and sirens as the ships acknowledge one another in time-honoured tradition! Shieldhall will continue her summer programme by sailing to Poole on Mon 15 August, where she will be based for one week. During this time she can be visited alongside Poole Quay, from where she will visit the Bournemouth Air Festival on Fri 19, Sat 20 and Sun 21 August, before returning to Southampton on Mon 22 August. September continues the busy sailing programme for Shieldhall, with cruises from Southampton on each of the weekends 3 & 4, 10 & 11 and 17 & 18 September.
Posted by Lewis Folland, Thu 7 Jul 2016