Saga will require travellers to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, the company has confirmed. Potential customers must have received both shots of a vaccine at least 14 days before departure.
Holiday company Saga has experienced a notable increase in interest for holidays in recent weeks, with older travellers looking for longer trips, further from home departing in 2022.
New holidays include a 12-night tour following the path of the Great Migration through Tanzania and Kenya and an 11-night tour, tracking gorillas through the jungles of Uganda.
Saga has become the first cruise operator to be awarded new Covid-19 health assurance accreditation by Lloyd’s Register, the maritime safety experts.
Saga has appointed Nick Stace as chief executive of its travel business. He currently holds the role of chief strategy officer with the company, and will take up his new role with immediate effect.
Each holiday will allow guests to explore special interests including walking, birdwatching, wildlife appreciation and archaeology alongside likeminded travellers.
She joins her sister, Spirit of Discovery, in Tilbury, where she will lay up for the winter before welcoming her first guests for her inaugural cruise on a February 5th sailing to the Canary Islands.
The latest addition to the Saga ocean cruise fleet, Spirit of Adventure, was handed over earlier in Emden, Germany, by shipbuilder Meyer Werft - but she will not welcome passengers until February.
The travel and insurance group has reported a loss of £55 million for the six months to the end of July as the it battles the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic
The cruise line said funds could be used to strengthen its balance sheet, improve liquidity and support the execution of its reinvigorated strategy under its strengthened management team.
Saga will become one of the first insurers in the UK market to extend the terms of its travel insurance policies to include some cover for cancellation due to Covid-19.
With an older customer base and exposure to struggling cruise sector, Saga has been forced to act in order to rebuild confidence among passengers.