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Passengers stranded in Swan Hellenic and Voyages of Discovery collapse

Swan Hellenic and Voyages of Discovery owners All Leisure Group pulled down the shutters today having already called off their New Year cruises at short notice.

The Civil Aviation Authority is now helping to repatriate the 400 people who are currently abroad with the Atol-protected company.

All affected passengers have been promised refunds.

Another of its assets, Hebridean Princess Cruises, was saved in a management buy-out prior to the collapse.

Roger Allard, chairman of All Leisure Group, said he was “very sorry” the business has ceased trading but said he had done everything to minimise the inconvenience for customers, creditors, agents and staff.

He told Travel Weekly: “I am personally very sad and I apologise to everyone affected, but you can’t keep putting more and more money into a bottomless hole when it’s not working and you can’t control things that are thwarting your efforts.” Andy Cohen, head of Atol at the CAA, said: “We understand this will be concerning news for anyone who has booked to travel with the company.”

All Leisure Group also owns Page and Moy Travel Group Holidays, which trades as Just You and Travelsphere, which also ceased trading. However, the Page and Moy business has been sold to G Adventures (UK) Ltd and bookings with Just You and Travelsphere are ok.

Posted on 4th January 2017 at 06:49 pm in Cruise News | Cruise Lines | Swan Hellenic | Voyages of Discovery |

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