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Sarah Bolton @TCsarahbolton Travel Counsellors Fab to see the number of lines offering UK-only cruising this summer. Many clients are booking multiple options.


Cruise: UK ‘Magic’


Story: Disney Cruise Line confirms UK ‘sea staycations’ Sandra Lurway: Disney Magic [pictured] is the most amazing ship I’ve had the pleasure to sail on. Ryan Kieran Tabbner: Sounds great, but no stopping though, which seems a shame.


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kerry_l6 @kerrylakey7 Savannah Travel


Another weekend, another minister speculating. We still haven’t heard from the #globaltraveltaskforce. Stop creating more issues for the industry while we wait for this!


Julia Lo Bue-Said @jlo_said Advantage Travel Partnership Tomorrow [Monday] is a big day. One step closer to brighter days. #RoadmapOutOfLockdown


Covid: ‘Third wave’ fears


Story: Sales fall amid fears of third wave Marshall Travel Agency Glasgow: Yep, definitely. I did £30,000 worth of sales last week; this week, not even a phone call. Lisa Michelle: Still getting enquiries but not much left in UK for what people want – hot tubs, cottages etc. 2022 and ‘23 selling well.


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P&O: Will agents still get their commission?


Story: P&O Cruises replaces six short UK itineraries with three week-long sailings People who may already have had holidays cancelled multiple times are now having their plans changed again. How many agents are going to have to waste time and money rebooking customers? If the customer cancels due to P&O changing the goalposts, does the agent – who has already spent a year moving cruise bookings – still get their commission? After all, none of this is their fault. On top of that, P&O’s software can’t cope. Is this P&O’s masterclass in how not to do a product launch?


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Fine: PM breaching his pledge Story: PM: I’ll set out what’s possible from May 17 I believe this new law [subsequently passed by Parliament] to fine people £5,000 who leave the UK without a “reasonable excuse” is a breach of the prime minister’s word. Only a few weeks ago, he pledged that we are on “a one-way road to freedom”. Speakthetruth


Capacity: Expect a price war Story: Prices of holidays are soaring, say operators Expect a price war to get bums on seats in the longer term as there is a tough winter ahead. It’s good to be optimistic, but foolhardy to believe we’re going to see pent-up desire make customers pay greedy prices. The best bet always is to cut supply to meet demand. I’ve not heard this from Jet2, easyJet, Tui or Ryanair – all I hear about is more routes and capacity. It’s a ‘head in the sand’ view of the reality of life after Covid. Philip


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