Van Gogh, the cruise ship operated by Gloucester-based Travelscope before that company's demise late last year, has been given another lease on life. The Netherlands-based Club Cruise, which had chartered the ship to Travelscope and was instrumental in ensuring that Van Gogh's world cruise departed on January 4, announces today that it has created a new U.K. Tour Operating Division.
The new division will also be housed in Cheltenham and will be known as Van Gogh Cruises, with the primary efforts revolving around marketing and operating Van Gogh.
According to Managing Director Mark Horwood, "The m/v Van Gogh is a popular cruise ship within the U.K. cruise market, which has become well established over the last six years. We were grateful that Club Cruise, in conjunction with ABTA, were able to step in at the last minute and save the Round the World Cruise, which departed from Falmouth on the 4th January 2008, following the collapse of the ship's previous U.K. Tour Operator -- no small task given the timescale involved. Club Cruise were keen to remain in the U.K. market, having established a loyal and committed following over the years -- hence the decision to establish a subsidiary company in the U.K for that purpose.
"We have a small dedicated team, all with previous knowledge of the m/v Van Gogh, working hard to get this exciting new venture off the ground. Bookings for the 2008 programme are already off to an excellent start, many passengers had made bookings through the ships previous operator and travel agents and we are delighted that we will enable these passengers to continue with their holidays plans. We will continue to sell the m/v Van Gogh via third party channels including national and regional newspapers, consumer publications, closed user groups and travels agents. We have decided to continue with the itineraries as previously advertised, to ensure no passengers are let down by the collapse of the previous Operator."
--by Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor in Chief
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Van Gogh To Continue Past World Cruise
January 21, 2008