Is Brexit impacting the UK Cruise sector?

There seems to be even more signs of how Brexit may be impacting the travel sector this week, with Royal Caribbean announcing that they are cancelling the deployment of Independence of the Seas to the UK market in 2020.

The cruise line has stressed that the deployment is due to “strong booking interest in its exciting new Caribbean private destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay” but Brexit is certainly having an impact on the UK travel sector, as seen by updates from other travel organisations.

Commenting on the news, Ben Bouldin, Managing Director, Royal Caribbean International UK & Ireland, said guests affected by the itinerary change will be offered full refunds and a ‘Future Cruise Credit’ for use on alternative sailings. He noted that the popular Quantum Class ship Anthem of the Seas will return to the UK market for 2020, adding more options for guests sailing from Southampton.”

Via its twitter account, the cruise line said: “All guests affected by the Independence redeployment will be fully refunded & sent a cruise credit based on 25% of the total cost of the original cruise. So, if the total fare was £1000, we’ll issue a £250 credit. Guests have been contacted directly or via their travel partner.

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