Royal Caribbean Cruises creates six post-Covid-19 training modules

A namaste greeting

TransIndus introduces flexible bookings and smaller group sizes

TransIndus has introduced a flexible booking promise, and is to reduce the size of its tour groups. The Asia specialist is allowing

travellers to postpone any departure up to September 30, 2021, or switch the trip to another TransIndus booking with any price changes factored in. Changes must be made at least

30 days before departure. TransIndus is also offering 10% deposits on new bookings, with balances due 70 days before departure, and is reducing group sizes from 16 travellers to between eight and 10 “to facilitate social distancing”. Hotels used by the operator

will be vetted to make sure they meet post-Covid cleanliness and hygiene standards. Guests in India will be welcomed with a namaste rather than a handshake.

First Class offers Zoom appointments

First Class Holidays is to offer pre-bookable Zoom video appointments for agents’ clients in store to help them convert sales. Clients will be able to speak direct to the operator’s specialists for advice when planning a trip through their agent. Agents can book appointments for between 9am and 9pm.

Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara and Silversea Cruises have launched new training modules on the RCL Cares platform. Six Selling Beyond Covid-19 modules are intended to help agents answer client queries about post-virus travel. The modules take around 90 minutes to complete and cover topics including psychology and change management.

The Peak District

Norwegian to restart routes from Gatwick and Edinburgh on July 1

Norwegian Air is to resume a handful of short-haul routes from Gatwick and Edinburgh to Oslo and Copenhagen from July 1. From Gatwick, the carrier will fly seven times a week to Oslo and six times a week to Copenhagen. From Edinburgh, Norwegian will fly to both destinations twice-weekly.

Glencoe, Scotland

Intrepid unveils 14 Retreats in UK, Europe, Jordan, Morocco

Phil Davies

Intrepid Travel has introduced a new range of “closer to home” tours to support local communities striving to recover from the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Twelve of the Intrepid Retreats are based across the

UK and Europe, plus one in the Middle East and one in North Africa. They range from three to five days in duration. UK destinations include Scotland, Cornwall and

Suffolk, plus walking and cycling trips in the Lake District and the Peak District. Those abroad include remote locations in Greece, Croatia, Iceland, Portugal, Italy, Turkey, Morocco and Jordan. The programme is based on accommodation

ranging from small boutique properties to glamping, with experiences spanning hiking, cycling and fishing to winery visits, cooking and stargazing. Trips will be available from July 29, pending Foreign

Office guidance which currently bans all but essential overseas travel. All tours are 100% carbon-offset.

16 25 JUNE 2020 The range has been developed in response to

local restrictions beginning to be lifted following the Covid-19 outbreak, with domestic and regional travel starting to reopen in some areas of the world. A survey of more than 1,000 of the operator’s UK

travellers found 87% plan to travel in the UK in 2020, and 47% aiming to go abroad. When asked what motivated them to travel, 78%

said hiking and nature walks, 62% history and culture experiences, 46% to relax and unwind and 38% wanted multi-active trips. Zina Bencheikh, Intrepid’s managing director for the

EMEA region, said: “We’ve worked hard to respond to our customers’ feedback and travel preferences post- pandemic, while continuing to deliver on sustainable experience-rich travel experiences.” A flexible booking policy allows travellers to change,

move or cancel their trips “with no fuss”. Rates lead in at £425 for a three-night stay in a yurt

in Suffolk. A four-day trip in the Scottish Highlands starts at £840.

PICTURES: VisitBritain/Tomo Brejc; Muratani; Shutterstock

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