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Hays Travel takings books for “Seacations” with world’s top cruise operators

Dame Irene Hays, owner of Hays Travel.

As the UK holiday market reaches its full capacity, with inflated prices due to the huge demand, taking a cruise is a viable option.

The UK's largest independent travel agent Hays Travel which rescued Thomas Cook when it went bust is taking bookings for "seacations" with the world's top cruise operators.

Following lockdown relaxations, some of the most glamorous cruise ships will be setting sail to exciting destinations around Britain from May this year.

As more cruise operators announce their Round Britain itineraries, Hays Travel has been inundated with thousands of enquiries and has launched extra helplines (on 0800 408 4229) and on-line registration for those who want the most up to date information on what is available.

"We have had thousands of enquiries already," said Dame Irene Hays, owner of Hays Travel. "Our customers are desperate to have a holiday and to be able to have a staycation in the UK combined with the luxury of a cruise is a real addition to the UK holiday offer.

"We are working with some of the best operators and cruise ships in the world, so there'll be first class service, hospitality and entertainment on board, as well as shore excursions.

"At the same time there is peace of mind – the government is only allowing this within the highest standards of health and safety."

On most cruises, everyone on board will have been vaccinated and tested before boarding and physical distancing means ships will not be filled to capacity so won't be overcrowded.

As the UK holiday market reaches its full capacity, with inflated prices due to the huge demand, taking a cruise is a viable option.

Ranging from 3 to 14 nights, there will be a huge variety of cruises setting sail from ports all over the UK including Tilbury (London), Southampton, Liverpool, Greenock (Glasgow), Portsmouth, Leith (Edinburgh), Newcastle, Hull and Dover.

They'll be taking in beautiful scenic landscapes and exciting city destinations around the coasts of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland and many will be as close to all-inclusive as possible. There's a wide range of prices too, from £399 upwards and bookable by a deposit and payable by direct debit, as well as travel insurance to cover all eventualities.

Among the operators that have already confirmed cruise schedules are P&O, Princess, Cunard, Saga, Riviera Travel, Hurtigruten, MSC, Viking and Tradewind Voyages.

P&O's new ship, Iona will make its maiden voyage and its flagship Britannia will be among the fleet around Britain's shores this summer.

Tradewinds' magnificent new tall ship Golden Horizons will go on a south coast "dress rehearsal" cruise in June as she makes preparations for her inaugural season.

Cunard's Queen Elizabeth will be offering twelve new voyages, exclusive to UK guests. On some cruises, Saga will sail out of British waters to the Norwegian Fjords but will not dock at any international ports.

Fred Olsen has two ships making maiden voyages – Borealis will be island hopping in the Hebrides and Bolette will head for the Channel Islands.

Vicky Karantzavelou
Co-Founder & Chief Editor - TravelDailyNews Media Network | Website

Vicky is the co-founder of TravelDailyNews Media Network where she is the Editor-in Chief. She is also responsible for the daily operation and the financial policy. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Tourism Business Administration from the Technical University of Athens and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales.

She has many years of both academic and industrial experience within the travel industry. She has written/edited numerous articles in various tourism magazines.

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