January 5, 2008
Passengers who'd booked the world cruise on Travelscope's Van Gogh did set sail Friday, reports the Press Association. The Gloucester-based Travelscope, a tour operator that also operates the ocean-going Van Gogh and river ships, had gone into administration shortly before Christmas. All other trips planned by the company, some 45,000 on number, were canceled.
Travelscope sold the world cruise though the ship itself is operated by the Netherlands-based Club Cruise; an unusual agreement between the Association of British Travel Agents and Club Cruise enabled the voyage to go on as planned.
According to media speculation, Travelscope is being courted for purchase by two companies. We’ll keep you posted.