December 31, 2007
Will Travelscope's World Cruise Sail?
Might Travelscope Continue?
Travelscope Ceases Operations; Van Gogh Cruises Affected
(Monday, 3:50 p.m.) -- Editor’s Note: At this point, there’s not much news coming from Travelscope’s administrators; Van Gogh’s departure on 4 January will occur as scheduled. We’ll keep you should there be other announcements.
Travelscope, the Gloucester-based travel agency and cruise ship and river boat operator, has ceased most operations -- at least temporarily -- but today the company said its planned world cruise on Van Gogh, which departs from Falmouth on January 4, would sail as scheduled.
Travelscope announced on Friday that it would immediately suspend sales and cancel future trips though Van Gogh, which was sailing a Panama Canal Christmas voyage, was permitted to continue. The company is now under the direction of Menzies Corporate Restructuring, a group that specializes in turning around troubled businesses.
In the meantime, Travelscope's administrators maintain today on its Web site that otherwise, "departures due on or after Thursday 3, January 2008 remain uncertain."
Travelscope is able to continue in the face of financial difficulties due to negotiations with Club Cruise, the Netherlands-based ship charter firm, and the ABTA (Association of British Travel Agencies) -- plus a bit of festive season generosity. Club Cruise and the ABTA were able to come to terms that would allow the cruise to proceed.
Passengers slated to sail on the Van Gogh's world cruise will be contacted within the next 24 hours by Club Cruise with an update, according to the daily website update. And a phone number is provided for those who desire information (0870-429-2756).
We'll keep you posted.
--by Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor in Chief