Our 2020 Sailing Programme - OUT NOW!

1 - Andrew Cooke 2 - Pete Bodle

1 - Andrew Cooke 2 - Pete Bodle

picture 1 - Andrew Cooke 2 - Pete Bodle

1 - Andrew Cooke 2 - Pete Bodle

Steamship Shieldhall has launched her 2020 sailing programme at 8am this morning. The award-winning Southampton based heritage steamship will enjoy her busiest ever public sailing programme with some 26 cruises, comprising a mixture of 2hr, 3hr, 4hr, ½ day and full day sailings. There are a number of early bird savings too, available until Sunday 12 January 2020, giving an added reason to book early and to look forward to the summer!

The programme will begin earlier than usual with a sailing in early May (Date TBC) to see the new P&O cruise ship Iona commence her maiden voyage down Southampton Water. Other highlights of the season include trips to see the Round the Island Race, the Bournemouth Air Festival and cruises to mark the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower and 200th year of steam ships operating out of Southampton. Watch out too for news to

be released shortly on a special sailing to mark Shieldhall’s 65th birthday in July 2020!

The Shieldhall programme has been arranged to appeal to a number of audiences, with the 2hr trips always popular with families who use the shorter docks excursions as a means of introducing children to life at sea. The afternoon 3hr ‘sailaway trips’ see Shieldhall sail down Southampton Water to the Isle of Wight, and on her return pass the outgoing cruise ships – always the opportunity for Shieldhall to toot her whistle and play the ‘Shieldhall Organ.’ 4hr Father’s Day and American Independence Day trips see bands on board entertaining passengers on the Awning Deck. Longer trips include cruises to the Needles, plus positioning cruises to Poole and trips to see the Cowes Fireworks and yacht races in the Solent.

Special ‘Heritage Adventure Training Days at Sea’ for youth groups are being staged on Saturday 16 May and 12 September, whilst Ashes scatterings at sea may take place on trips on Saturday 16 May and Sunday 6 September.

Shieldhall has a Galley, Licensed Bar and Saloon, with a selection of hot and cold food and real ale available on all trips.


Posted by Lewis Folland, Fri 1 Nov 2019