Saga has suspended its cruises until 27 June, saying it’s still unsure when the Government will lift its total ban on ocean cruises.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced the earliest overseas holidays can resume is 17 May, but Saga said it’s unclear exactly what this means for the cruising industry.
In a statement on its website last Friday, CEO Nigel Blanks said: “What is clear is that after June 21 social distancing rules will be relaxed, which will in turn allow us to offer an onboard experience as close as possible to what you would have previously experienced.”
He said the Spirit of Discovery will re-start cruises on 27 June. The inaugural cruise of Saga’s newest ship Spirit of Adventure will start on 26 July.
Customers booked on the inaugural cruise have been transferred to the new sailing date.
Saga said they will call these customers to discuss the new itinerary over the next few days.
“For everyone else, please do not worry, as my team will be contacting you over the coming weeks to discuss all of your options with you,” said Mr Blanks.
All of its clients are over 50 so the company says it expects they will all have had both Covid jabs before holidays resume.
The company still plans to resume its tours and other holidays on 17 May, assuming the Government lifts its leisure travel ban as planned.
PM Johnson says there will be a review of travel restrictions on 12 April when the re-start date for foreign holidays will be confirmed.
Last week, P&O Cruises announced it will swap its overseas cruises this summer for sailings around the UK.