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Giving the Gift of Steam this Christmas just got a little hotter . . . Black Friday deals are here!

Southampton’s heritage steamship SS Shieldhall has announced an extra ‘Black Friday’ sailing for 2021, together with offers on Gift Cards for those wishing to give the ‘Gift of Steam’ this Christmas.

Shieldhall’s additional cruise will take place on Bank Holiday Monday, 31 May, 2021. The 4hr sailing will depart Southampton at 2pm, returning at 6pm, and will head down Southampton Water before turning east into the Solent, passing Osborne House on the Isle of Wight and venturing towards Ryde. Focusing on ‘Secrets of the Solent’ we will welcome guests from the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, and there will be a full commentary reflecting the history and natural features of this celebrated stretch of water. For a ‘Black Friday’ period of two weeks, commencing on 27 November, tickets for this sailing will be available with a 30% saving against the usual sale price of £42/£13/£97. The offer is valid until Saturday 12 December.

Over the same period, there is also a very special Black Friday deal on Shieldhall Gift Vouchers. Friends, family members or loved ones can be treated to a Shieldhall sailing or Experience in 2021 – vouchers can be exchanged in full or part payment. Shieldhall Gift Vouchers can be purchased to a chosen amount or in denominations of £10; £25; £50; £100; £300 and £500 (the latter covering the costs of a full day or two-day ‘steam experience’ on board). Over the period of the Black Friday deal £1 will be added to the value of vouchers purchased up to £25; £5 to the value of vouchers between £25 and £50; £10 to the value of vouchers up to £100; and £20 to the value of vouchers at £100 or more.

Shieldhall was unable to sail in 2020 because of the COVID pandemic, but a Heritage Emergency Grant awarded during the summer has enabled her volunteers to keep up a maintenance programme that sees Shieldhall overwintering in excellent condition. Plans are in place for Shieldhall to dry dock in April, and to commence her sailing programme in May. Sailings to look forward to include some carried over from 2020, notably sailings to mark the 200th anniversary of steamships in Southampton and a 65th anniversary sailing to the Nab Tower. Covid compliancy will see ticket sales initially limited – it is hoped that conditions will allow Shieldhall’s capacity to be re-set during the New Year.  

For full details of Shieldhall’s 2021 sailing programme, visit www.ss-shieldhall.co.uk/bookings

Shieldhall has a Galley, Licensed Bar and Saloon, with a selection of hot and cold food and real ale available on all trips.
Steamship Shieldhall 2021 programme
• Tickets for Shieldhall’s 2021 programme may be purchased online at www.ss-shieldhall.co.uk or by contacting the Ticket Manager on 0844 357 2329 2329 (calls cost 7p per minute from landline, calls from mobiles may vary).
• Nigel Philpott, SS Shieldhall Marketing, can be contacted on 023 8084 3310 or tickets@ss-shieldhall.co.uk