Cruise specialists offered official advice on Brexit

Cruise specialist agents are being offering official advice on how to handle queries from prospective customers concerned about Brexit.

Clia UK and Ireland has forwarded a government statement to be used to cover customer queries surrounding Brexit.

“We will update this as things are clarified in the coming weeks,” the cruise line trade association said.

The government issued official guidance this week on passenger travel to the EU by air, rail or sea after Brexit, especially if there is a no-deal.

The guidance covering cruising says: “From 29 March 2019, if there is no EU Exit deal, cruise operations will continue on the same basis as today.

“Passengers who embark on a cruise at a UK port will continue to be protected by the EU regulation on maritime passengers’ rights, which will be brought into UK law.

“Passengers should take out appropriate travel insurance, check and understand the terms and conditions of their booking, and check with their cruise line and insurance provider if they have any questions.

“Before you leave for your cruise, check online for the latest travel information and information from your cruise operator.”

Clia said it welcomed the advice and hoped it would reassure UK and EU citizens planning a cruise holiday departing from the UK.

“We would also advise that all UK travellers check the expiry date of their passport when booking travel arrangements, and ensure that there is at least six months’ validity at time of travel,” the organisation added.

“We continue to monitor the situation and will respond to any updates to this guidance accordingly.”

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