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TS Royalist and Britannia sail the Solent together


It was a magnificent sight: Britain’s largest cruise ship, Britannia, sailing down the Solent alongside the Sea Cadets’ new tall ship, TS Royalist

TS Royalist and Britannia sailing next to each other

It was a beautiful day for the new TS Royalist and Britannia to sail together

At 6pm on Sunday 5 June, P&O Cruises flagship Britannia and the Sea Cadets’ new flagship TS Royalist met for the first time as the two ships sailed in procession down the Solent towards Calshot.


P&O Cruises parent company, Carnival Corporation, has long supported Sea Cadets, a national nautical charity that works with young people to help them find inspiration and confidence for the best head start in life. Established in 1856, Sea Cadets offers young people across the UK amazing opportunities for personal development by learning new skills and teamwork. Today, 14,000 young people based in 400 units in towns, cities and ports across the UK are challenging themselves and developing new skills, such as sailing, boating and rock climbing.


The new TS Royalist replaces the original TS Royalist ship, which was decommissioned in 2014 after 43 years’ service. Having donated £380,000 towards the build of the new TS Royalist, sailing the Solent together marked the fantastic partnership between Carnival Corporation and the Sea Cadets.

Sea Cadets crew members on the TS Royalist

TS Royalist will take over 30,000 youngsters on life-changing sea voyages

Carnival Corporation also supports the Sea Cadets’ seamanship qualification scheme that will enable 14,000 Sea Cadets aged 10 to 18 the chance to explore a career in the maritime industry. ‘Sea Cadets provides a solid foundation for youngsters,’ says P&O Cruises senior vice president of sales and marketing, Paul Ludlow. ‘It teaches them practical life skills which will stay with them throughout their journey into adulthood. These young people are our future and we should take every opportunity to invest in them and in their chance to learn and grow. I am delighted that we are able to play a part in this with our donation to their new flagship.’


Launched in Spain on 19 December 2014 and named by HRH The Princess Royal on Friday 29 May 2015, TS Royalist will take over 30,000 youngsters on life-changing sea voyages navigating British waters over the next 40 years. For the Sea Cadets, sail training and being part of a team that pulls together to navigate Britain's coastal waters offers an environment to explore fantastic life skills such as communication and leadership, as well as inspiring confidence.


You can support the Sea Cadets by donating online


Photo credit: James Morgan