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 Cruises has examined the possibility of extending the suspension of cruise and tour operations for as long as six months in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. In mid-March, Saga suspended all cruises until at least May 1st.
Saga has chosen Portsmouth as the location for the official naming ceremony of their second new-build boutique cruise ship, Spirit of Adventure. The event will be held on Wednesday, August 19th.
Saga has announced that Chris Simmonds will be returning to Saga Holidays in March as its new managing director. He will be replacing Maria Whiteman, who left the company late last year.
Saga Cruises has marked the keel-laying of its first new luxury boutique river ship, Spirit of the Rhine, with a ceremony at the Vahali shipyard in Serbia.
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.
Saga Travel has welcomed Natasha Jones to the role of business development manager, as the trade team continues to expand. She joins a trade team of ten people and will report to national account manager, Sukina Fagg.
Saga has finalised a deal to sell the Sapphire cruise ship to Anex Tour of Turkey. With a farewell season already on sale, the ship will be delivered to Anex in mid-2020 and will home port in Antalya.
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 announced the duchess of Cornwall as the godmother of its newly built boutique cruise ship, Spirit of Discovery. The naming ceremony will take place in Dover, Kent, on July 5th.