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65 reasons to visit the Steamship Shieldhall website! Our 2021 sailing programme is out now!

Steamship Shieldhall has launched her 2021 sailing programme comprising some 27 cruises, with more expected to be added over the coming months.

Shieldhall marked her 65th birthday this summer, but was unable to celebrate in style as planned with a trip to the Nab Tower. However, behind-the-scenes work on Shieldhall means that the ship remains in excellent condition, with volunteers looking forward to a full and exciting programme.

To help mark her special birthday, the first 65 orders taken on the majority of sailings will benefit from a saving of 25%! To claim this discount, add the coupon “BIRTHDAY65” on the checkout screen.

If you are a member or purchase more than 10 tickets within an order, you can claim an additional 10% on top of the saving!

To view what sailings are exempt from this offer, click here.

Shieldhall’s 2021 sailing will commence in May and carry through to September, with a mixture of 2hr, 3 1/2hr, 4hr, 6hr and all day cruises. Special trips held over from 2020 will be staged, including the sailing to the Nab Tower and a cruise to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the first steamship to leave Southampton, the Prince of Cobourg, in 1820. Also included will be trips to view the Round the Island and Fastnet Races, and the Bournemouth Air Festival. There will be special themed cruises including a Titanic based cruise, and music cruises with tribute bands RU40, the Soulcatchers and Shieldhall’s house band the Stompers.

Initially, a limited number of tickets will be available as Shieldhall introduces COVID-compliant measures on board during the autumn and winter. A Government Heritage Emergency Grant awarded during the summer has assisted Shieldhall’s volunteers in carrying out essential maintenance works on the ship and alongside, which continues in earnest. The new website offers passengers the chance to further support the Shieldhall Charity by becoming members (and entitled to a 10% saving on all tickets purchased) and to purchase Gift Tickets for Christmas, birthdays and other special occasions. Steam enthusiasts should look out for opportunities to purchase single day or two day ‘Steam Experiences’ on board, whilst two Heritage Adventure Training Days at Sea for youth groups will be staged, together with two ashes scatterings at sea. A popular outing for groups, Shieldhall has once again teamed up with SeaCity Museum, Solent Sky and the SEE Southampton tour guides to offer full day packages for parties of 10 or more on the themes of the Titanic, the Spitfire and the Mayflower. These will be available when coinciding with 2hr and 3 1/2hr sailings.

Lewis Folland of Shieldhall’s marketing team noted: ‘We have published next years programme earlier than ever. Many of our guests unable to sail with us this year have offered their support and encouragement by holding tickets over to 2021, and we cannot wait to welcome them and other passengers on board. The distinctive sound of Shieldhall’s siren and whistle may have been missing from Southampton Water and The Solent during 2020, but we look forward to once again becoming a regular site on this most historic stretch of water, keeping Shieldhall ‘Alive and Steaming.’

Notes to editors

About Steamship Shieldhall

Steamship Shieldhall’s 2020 sailing programme was due to have commenced in May, but was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. For more information on Shieldhall’s 2021 programme, please visit: www.ss-shieldhall.co.uk/bookings

Shieldhall is run entirely by volunteers, and for the past two years has been listed as the ‘Number One Thing to Do in Southampton’ on TripAdvisor.

Further information

For further information and images of Shieldhall, please contact Nigel Philpott, Marketing team at tickets@ss-shieldhall.co.uk or call 023 8084 3310, or for interviews please contact Chief Engineer Graham Mackenzie at graham@ss-shieldhall.co.uk or call 07751 603190.