Deathwatch: Gill's Cruise Centre stops taking new bookings
Cardiff-based travel agent Gill’s Cruise Centre could be on the brink of being sunk into the brine after they stopped taking new bookings in the past 24 hours. The company took the decision after some major cruise liners, including P&O, Cunard and Royal Caribbean, said they would no longer work with them.
Gill’s has been in existence since 1957 but it could be Titanic time for them if they are unable to turn their metaphorical ship around and set sail for the land of profit and glory again.
Carnival UK, which includes P&O Cruises, Cunard, Princess Cruises and Seabourn Cruises has said: “We severed our agency relationship with Gill's earlier this week. We were becoming concerned with their financial position and decided to make sure that our holiday bookings were secure.”
But the good news is that Gill’s is a member of ABTA and that any outstanding bookings will be protected. A reassuring ABTA spokesdude said: “Any holiday booked through Gill’s is fully financially protected and the cruise companies providing these holidays will honour all paid-for travel arrangements, as normal.”