Give the gift of steam this Christmas.... Our 2018 sailing programme is out now!


Give the gift of steam this Christmas - Our 2018 programme out now!

We’re pleased to announce that we have now launched our 2018 sailing programme just in time for Christmas. We’ve got some great trips to choose from!

Southampton’s heritage steamship SS Shieldhall is set to celebrate 30 years of charitable ownership in 2018. And to celebrate the announcement of her 2018 sailing programme, there is a special 25% saving to be made for 30 days up to and including Sunday 14th January on 3 selected sailings to be staged next year!

In addition to the 25% early bird offer, all those purchasing tickets over the first 30 days of sales stand the chance of winning a pair of tickets for a 3hr sailing in 2018!

25% off the 3 trips below until 23:59 on Sunday 14th January 2018.

Round the Island Race - Saturday 7th July 2018, 10:00 - 17:00 (*)

Adults 48.00, Children £10.00, Family £106  

Adults 36.00, Children £7.50, Family £79.50


The trip to the Needles & See 2 Cruise Ships Depart - Sunday 22nd July 2018, 12:00 - 18:00 (*)

Adults £45.00, Children £10.00, Family £100.00

Adults £33.75, Children £7.50, Family £75.00


Anniversary Sailing - Celebrating 30 years under Charitable Status - Return to the Nab Tower - Saturday 28th July 2018, 11:00 - 18:00 (*)

Adults 48.00, Children £10.00, Family £106.00

Adults 36.00, Children £7.50, Family £79.50


It was back in 1988 that the Solent Steam Packet charity were formed, after purchasing Shieldhall from Southern Water for her then scrap value of £20,000. Over 500 sailings later, Shieldhall is a regular site on the Solent during the summer season, where she delights passengers who wish to experience the magic of ‘steam at sea.’ It is access all areas on the Shieldhall, with passengers encouraged to visit the Engine Room and Boiler Room, and also meet the Captain on the Bridge.

Tickets can be purchased for a selection of 2hr, 3hr, 4hr, half day or full day sailings. Planned trips for the 2018 season include sailings coinciding with departure of cruise ships, Father’s Day and American Independence Day Sailings, ‘The 3 Queens’ in Port, Bournemouth Air Festival and the Southampton Boat Show, itself celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018. Special group packages are available with a Titanic theme, which include a visit to Southampton’s SeaCity Museum, a guided walk around Southampton’s Titanic Quarter and Titanic Memorials, and a 3hr afternoon cruise on the Shieldhall.  There are plenty of activities for children on board, with a special Children’s Passport guiding youngsters around the ship. Families should look out for the specially priced 2hr Docks Cruises staged at regular intervals throughout the season, which provide a great introduction to life on the water! Scouts are not forgotten either with 2 activity days and sailings planned during the summer.  Shieldhall has a Galley, Licensed Bar and Saloon, with a selection of hot and cold food and real ale available on all trips.


Thinking of what to get a someone special this Christmas? Give someone the gift of steam.

Steamship Shieldhall

Posted by Lewis Folland, Fri 15 Dec 2017