More travel firms extend suspension of holidays

More tour operators and cruise lines have extended the suspension of their holidays.

Scenic, Great Rail Journeys and AmaWaterways have all prolonged their pause on operations in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

It follows the UK Foreign Office’s extention of its advice against all non-essential overseas travel indefinitely on Saturday.

The Scenic Group, which includes Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours and Emerald Cruises, has suspended operations for land tours, river and ocean cruises up to June 30

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Colin Downing, UK managing director, said: “Our commitment to the health, well-being, and safety of our guests and our employees remains at the core of everything we do. Due to the ongoing global situation and government restrictions it is impossible for us to operate our scheduled departures up to June 30, 2020.

“Please be assured we are here to support our valued agent partners and guests during this challenging time. When this crisis is over and the travel industry begins to recover, we look forward to exploring our precious world with our guests again.”

AmaWaterways has extended the suspension of its river cruises until June 30.

A statement on its website said: “We want to reassure you that we are in a secure position to welcome guests back on board once we can safely sail again. Until then, the rivers continue to flow and our staff and crew are patiently waiting to treat you to a memorable river cruise experience.”

Great Rail Journeys said it was in the process of cancelling all holidays up to May 7.

It is offering customers refund credit note on all cancelled holidays. Departures from May 8 onwards are entitled to a free amendment to a later date in 2021 or 2021.

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