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Linsey

Linsey

A journalist and travel writer of 35 years' standing, a once-a-week yogi, terrible skier and out-of-order mum to 2 teens. My day job is associate editor of TravelMole.com.

NCL cancels cruises up to March 2021

All cruises on Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas in November have been cancelled. NCL has also suspended sailings on Norwegian Star, Norwegian Spirit and Norwegian Dawn until the end of March...

Turkey and Poland join the list of no-go holiday destinations

Holidaymakers to Turkey will have to quarantine for 14 days when they return to the UK from 4am on Saturday. In a surprise move, the government announced today that it was removing the destination...

Tui’s Marella axes US cruises as it retires a second ship

Updated on 2 Oct with further cruise re-start dates: Tui-owned Marella Cruises has retired a second ship, Marella Dream, rather than bringing it back into service next summer as originally planned.   Passengers due to...

Luxury river cruise offer

Upscale cruise line Uniworld has launched a new offer for groups of 10 or more friends and family holidaying together in 2021. Having surmised that we’re now all so desperate to hang out with...

Virgin Atlantic provides passengers with free Covid-19 insurance as it fights for its own survival

  Virgin Atlantic is providing free Covid-19 insurance cover for all new and existing bookings for travel up to 31 March next year. Claiming this is the most comprehensive cover provided by any airline,...

Eurostar to launch direct trains from Amsterdam to London on 26 October

  Eurostar has announced that it will launch a direct service from Amsterdam to London on 26 October, meaning passengers can travel direct in both directions for the first time. Tickets for the direct...

Marella Cruises cancels all sailings up to mid-November

Marella Cruises has extended its cancellations up to 15 November due to ‘ongoing uncertainty around travel restrictions’. The TUI-owned cruise line had planned to restart cruises on 1 October but it said today that...

EasyJet to offer late summer flights to Santorini and more services in 2021

  EasyJet has launched a new service from London Gatwick to the Greek island of Santorini for those looking for a late summer holiday this year, while it has also added extra flights to...

Tips to avoid your holiday being cancelled or cut short

    Let’s be honest, booking a holiday anywhere right now is risky, with the UK government warning that it could remove countries from its list of ‘safe’ destinations at a moment’s notice.  ...

STA Travel has gone bust, here’s how to get a refund

  Youth travel specialist STA Travel has ceased trading after its Swiss parent went into administration earlier this week.   The company, which had 52 shops in the UK, was founded 49 years ago...

Floating Festivals sinks into administration after axing Jane McDonald Sailaway cruise

Cruise charter company Floating Festivals has entered administration, leaving customers with future bookings potentially struggling to get refunds. The company wasn’t ABTA or ATOL bonded, so while those who paid by credit or debit...

Family kicked off cruise for leaving organised shore excursion

A family was kicked off the first major ocean cruise to re-launch following lockdown for breaking away from the ship’s organised tour in Naples. It was refused back onto the MSC Grandiosa, which had...

Youth travel company STA Travel files for insolvency

The owner of one of the world’s biggest youth travel specialists, STA Travel, has filed for insolvency in Switzerland. It’s not immediately clear how this affects clients of STA Travel in the UK as...

Cruise giant warns client data stolen in IT attack – what to do if you might be affected

Carnival Corporation, which owns several cruise lines including Cunard, P&O Cruises, Costa Cruises, Holland America Line and Seabourn has admitted that customer data was accessed during a recent attack on its IT system. It...

How risky is flying, really?

How likely are you to catch Covid-19 on a flight? Airlines claim that you’re no more unlikely to catch Covid-19 on a plane than in any other confined space. Still, when you fly, you...