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.
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
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.
Saga has suspended all cruise and holiday operations until the start of June. In mid-March the company confirmed it would be unable to welcome holidaymakers until May 1st, with this deadline now having been pushed back.
Saga has appointed Euan Sutherland to the role of group chief executive, with effect from January 6th. As announced earlier this year, Lance Batchelor is retiring and will continue as a statutory director until he leaves the business on January 31st.
The duchess of Cornwall has become godmother to Saga’s new boutique cruise ship, Spirit of Discovery, in Dover, Kent. The vessel becomes the first cruise ship to be named at the port of Dover for over a decade.
Saga has marked the keel laying of its second new cruise ship for the British market, Spirit of Adventure, with a ceremony at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.
Two new appointments have added wide experience to Saga’s travel division, which provides holidays, cruises and city breaks for the over-50s.