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1.4.20

Please note that as of 2.4.20 until further notice, we will only be able to take voicemails left at 01452 410411 or emails sent to sales@englishholidaycruises.co.uk.  This is because most of our staff have been placed in furlough due to corona virus so we are not able to answer incoming calls. Please be patient with us and if you leave us a message or send an email, we will respond as quickly as we can but it is unlikely to be on the same day.


Covid-19 FAQ

Are English Holiday Cruises still operating? +

We were ready to start our season as scheduled on 27th March. At the time of writing the government instructions are for no one to leave their homes, except for a few special reasons. They advise that no travel should be undertaken before 17th April. They have also advised certain at risk groups to stay at home for 12 weeks. As we know that many of our customers are in at risk groups we are actively contacting everyone booked to travel up to 14th June. Once we have completed that exercise, everyone due to travel up to 14th June will have been personally contacted to discuss options to either cancel their booking or book a date further in the future.

As members of ABTA what are English Holiday Cruises’ responsibilities? +

ABTA have a website for customers which we recommend you to visit: https://www.abta.com/news/coronavirus-outbreak The points specifically relating to our business in the current guidelines are that travel restrictions are in place until 16 April. If there is no government advice against travel after that date you are free to make the choice not to go but there is no obligation on our company to waive the cancellation charge for disinclination to travel. Balances need be paid on bookings when they are due 90 days before the sailing date, but a full refund (less the cancellation charge of £45 per person) will still be given on any cancellation made by customers more than 30 days in advance of the 2020 cruise date. Cancellations made less than 30 days before the cruise date will not be eligible for any refund.
All bookings made for, or moved to, 2021 will have our usual terms of cancellation and booking applied as written in our brochure, on our website and attached to all our invoices. The 30-day cancellation relaxation will not apply to 2021 bookings.

Can I change the date of my booking? +

All passengers can transfer their booking to a future date without any admin fee and enjoy a price guarantee that we will not raise the price and will pass on any discounts should we discount the cruise they are booked on.

 

Change to another date in 2020

If you move your date to another date in 2020 we will carry over any payments you have already made into that booking. If any balance payment is due you will be required to pay it before 90 days of the sailing date. Until further notice, all 2020 bookings will be subject to only 30 days’ notice of cancellation rather than our usual 90 days and if you cancel giving such notice you will receive a full refund less the admin fee of £45 per person.

Change to another date in 2021

Those who wish to transfer to a future date in 2021 can chose any of the following options regarding payment for that new date:

 

If you have paid in full, you can opt to
• carry all of the money over to next year’s booking;
• carry the deposit over and be refunded the balance which will become due again 90 days prior to the sailing date
• have all your money refunded less a deposit of only £100 per person, which is considerably less than our usual deposit and repay the proportion up to 25% in December 2020. The final balance will be due 90 days prior to sailing.

 

If you have only paid a deposit so far you can either:
• carry the deposit over and pay the balance 90 days prior to the sailing date
• have all your money refunded less a deposit of only £100 per person, which is considerably
less than our usual deposit and repay the proportion up to 25% in December 2020. The
balance will be due 90 days prior to sailing.

 

All bookings made for or moved to 2021 will have our usual terms of cancellation and booking applied as written in our brochure, on our website and attached to all our invoices. The 30- day cancellation relaxation will not apply to 2021 bookings.

Can I transfer my booking to a friend? +

If you are too worried to travel but would like someone you know to come instead then you can transfer your booking as per the guidance in section 7 of our booking and refunds policy.

Are English Holiday Cruises relaxing their cancellation policy? +

Some passengers felt that our policies were ambiguous across recent correspondence. To clarify, based on ABTA policy and our concessions for customers, our current policies are:

 

 

• Passengers booked to travel in the 2020 season may cancel their booking with 30 days notice for a refund less a £45pp admin fee.
• All passengers may transfer their booking to a future date without any admin fee and enjoy a price guarantee that we will not raise the price and will pass on any discounts should we discount the cruise they are booked on.
• If passengers wish to transfer to a date in 2021 you can either leave money already paid with us, or we will refund money less a deposit of only £100pp, which is considerably less than our usual 25% deposit. The balance of the deposit up to a total of 25% will be payable in December 2020.
• All bookings made for or moved to 2021 will have our usual terms of cancellation and booking applied as written in our brochure, on our website and attached to all our invoices.

  • All Balances on all cruises will still be due 90 days in advance of the schduled sailing.
  • Balances not paid will be treated as a cancellation on the passengers part as per our booking and cancellation terms. 

 

What happens if English Holiday Cruises are forced to cancel? +

ABTA clearly advises all travellers both local and international that travel operators are not obliged to cancel travel until it is “imminent” - meaning within a few days of the date of travel. We will not usually cancel until travel is imminent, but if we ever do this, then your money will be refunded in full without any admin charge. You can view ABTA advice for travellers here: https://www.abta.com/news/coronavirus-outbreak

Can I buy insurance to cover me? +

Please check with your insurer, but it is our understanding that all policies bought before the
outbreak should be able to be transferred over to a change of date booking and be covered for Covid 19. If you cancel and then book again for a later date you are very unlikely to get cover for Covid 19.

 

Some travel insurance providers are attempting to ”buy back” insurance policies from their
customers. Effectively they are offering full refunds on policies before travellers contact their travel provider. Presently we believe that Covid-19 related claims should be honoured if the policy was purchased before the outbreak for travel which was booked before the outbreak, even if it occurs weeks or months into the future from now. Insurers are buying back all policies they can which they issued for any travel purchased before the outbreak to limit their exposure, although the length of the outbreak has yet to be determined.

 

For a new travel cancellation insurance policy (albeit probably without cover for cancellations due to Covid-19, please contact Just Travel Cover on 0800-294-2972

I am travelling from outside the UK. What should I do? +

We will treat all international customers on the same basis as our customers from the UK and EU.

What policies are English Holiday Cruises putting in place to prevent Covid 19 on board? +

We have always adopted strict hygiene control on board our vessel. Hand sanitisers are provided free of charge in all cabins and public areas. Unlike alcohol-based sanitisers which only sterilise your hands briefly, we stock a sanitiser which acts effectively to kill viruses for up to four hours, greatly reducing transmission by surface contact.

 

We also have strict cleaning procedures throughout our vessel using chemicals recommended for commercial disinfection.
We do not have buffets or shared food platters on our menu for hygiene reasons and we have a 5-star hygiene rating for our kitchen.

Will you be refusing access to anyone if there is a raised probability of them having contracted Covid-19? +

Before boarding we will be asking guests to answer a short health questionnaire and to voluntarily have their temperature taken with a non-contact device. We will refuse entry to anyone who:
• Refuses to answer the questionnaire or have their temperature taken.
• has been in contact with someone with a confirmed case of Covid19 within the 14 days before the time of boarding.
• comes under the current government guidance for those who should self-isolate at home


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