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Saga sees booking bounce as journey prepares for reopening




Saga Cruises unveils UK summer sailing plans

In the week considering that the World-wide Journey Taskforce published its conclusions on the opportunity resumption of vacation less than a traffic mild method from May well 17th, Saga Vacations has viewed an improve of 127 for every cent in scheduling enquiries to its make contact with centres compared to the similar period two weeks in advance of.

Enquiries for 2021 have concentrated on United kingdom and European stays, while limited-haul destinations this kind of as Egypt and Madeira are proving popular for travel in 2022, as are European river cruises.

The United states of america and Canada major the list for most searches for extended-haul holiday seasons future calendar year.

And cruise lookups have targeted on the launch of the tour operator’s contemporary, boutique ships ‘Spirit of Discovery’ and the brand new ‘Spirit of Adventure’ this summertime, of which all but 1 is now sold out.

Nick Stace, chief executive of Saga Vacation, said: “We’d presently gained a surge in enquiries when the vaccine roll-out commenced and in the week due to the fact the government’s announcement all around worldwide travel, we have witnessed an additional spike from travellers keen to safe vacations.

“The Uk and Europe are top destinations for later this calendar year though queries for year-round heat signify Egypt and Madeira are proving popular for next year.

“Our buyers have advised us they intend to stay for for a longer period to make up for their 12 months at household so we’re presenting a lot of winter season solar vacations with four weeks for the selling price of a few.

“Our European river cruises are also dealing with higher ranges of demand from customers and we’re wanting forward to launching our latest ship, ‘Spirit of the Rhine’ afterwards this yr.

“Further afield, the United states of america and Canada are proving preferred for up coming year, but we have also just released excursions to fascinating locations this sort of as Guyana and Ecuador and we’re anticipating them to do extremely nicely as people today arrive out of lockdown established to make the most of options to travel.”


MSC Virtuosa arrives in Southampton in advance of United kingdom debut




MSC Virtuosa arrives in Southampton ahead of UK debut

MSC Cruises’ flagship, MSC Virtuosa, has arrived in Southampton, all set to welcome attendees as cruising restarts in the Uk.

The latest ship in the fleet, she will embark on her maiden voyage about the British Isles on May perhaps 20th.

Antonio Paradiso, Uk managing director, MSC Cruises, reported: “The arrival of our flagship MSC Virtuosa into Southampton today is an enjoyable minute, as we get ready to welcome Uk visitors back on board for her inaugural year all over the British Isles.

“We are proud to be the to start with cruise line to set sail from United kingdom waters this summer time and supply holidaymakers the possibility to encounter all of the new and amazing functions on board our hottest and most innovative ship. ”

The 19-deck ship will homeport for the summertime at ABP Southampton, with whom MSC Cruises a short while ago announced a long-expression partnership.

The ship will at first established sail from Town Cruise Terminal, just before shifting to embark attendees from the newly-named Horizon terminal the moment it has opened.

MSC Virtuosa will come to be the 3rd MSC Cruises ship back at sea when she departs for her maiden voyage, joining two ships already working in the Mediterranean: MSC Seaside welcomed friends back again on-board previous 7 days, and MSC Grandiosa has been sailing in the Mediterranean since August.

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