Dear Shieldhall Supporters,
In the light of recent Government announcements, the Shieldhall Charity is pleased to confirm its plans to sail in 2021. Our first sailing will now take place on Saturday 26 June, with sailings continuing on most weekends and other selected dates until September 12th. The gradual opening up of restrictions means that we have had to delay Shieldhall’s annual visit to Dry Dock in Falmouth, which in turn has impacted on our planned early season programme. As a result, our planned sailings on 15,16, 29, 30 & 31 May and 19,20 June have been re-scheduled or cancelled .
Our priority as always is the continued safety of our guests and crew. Shieldhall is working towards the VisitBritain ‘Good to Go’ industry marque and sailings will take place under existing Government guidelines. Our volunteers have been buoyed by the news that organisers are planning to stage summer events such as the Bournemouth Air Festival, whilst Shieldhall’s crowning as ‘Small Visitor Attraction of the Year’ at the Beautiful South Tourism Awards has given the team a strong impetus as we look to celebrate our 66th year afloat, with celebratory sailings planned. Lifting of restrictions on Monday 21 June means that our previously ‘sold-out’ sailings of the Round the Island Race on Saturday 3 July and the Bournemouth Air Festival on Saturday 4 September are now once again taking bookings, with more spaces made available. We are writing to those who are on the ‘waiting list’ for these sailings.
Summary of trip changes
The ‘Titanic’ trip planned for Saturday 15 May will now take place on Saturday 14 August between 2.30pm – 6pm
The RU40 Music Cruise planned for Sunday 16 May will now take place on Sunday 22 August between 4pm – 8pm
The 2hr Docks Sailing and 3 ½ Solent Cruise on Saturday 29 May have been cancelled (but all passengers will have the opportunity to switch to alternate sailings later in the season)
The Hurst Castle and New Forest Coast trip planned for Sunday 30 May will now take place on Saturday 21st August between 12 noon and 6pm. The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust will be on board this cruise highlighting their ‘Secrets of the Solent’ campaign – they were previously due to have been on board a trip to the Eastern Solent on Bank Holiday Monday 31 May – this trip has been cancelled.
The Head to the Solent and see cruise ships departs sailing planned for Saturday 19 June has been re-scheduled for the following Saturday, 26 June.
The Father’s Day sailing planned for Sunday 20 June has been re-scheduled for the following Sunday, 27 June.
For all of the above re-arranged or cancelled sailings, we will be writing to ticket holders to advise options. We apologise for any inconvenience these changes may bring, and hope that you will still be able to join us this year. Please look out for an email later today with an online digital form, which we would ask you to kindly complete. You will have the option of transferring your ticket to any re-scheduled sailing; transfer to an equivalent Shieldhall 2021 sailing; to hold your ticket money as a credit for 2022 sailings (prices for cruises for 2021 ticket holders will be frozen); make a donation to Shieldhall, allowing the charity to best continue its work; or to request a refund.
For all ticket holders booked onto existing trips in July, August and September, our schedule remains unchanged and we are looking forward to welcoming you onboard.
Please note that as we are currently experiencing much higher call volumes than normal at this time, we kindly encourage you to fill in the digital form rather than call the ticket manager. We will get back to you as soon as possible to confirm your choice.
Look out for further positive and exciting Shieldhall news that we are looking forward to sharing with you shortly!