As the trail of
canceled trips and lost vacation money continued to grow over the last month, shuttered river cruise reseller Tom
Harper River Journeys filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy
on June 5 in Massachusetts, folding and liquidating all assets.
The filing was
entered by Tom Harper Cruises LLC, the company under which Newton, Mass.-based Tom Harper River
Journeys operated. It states that the company’s estimated assets ranged from
between $500,000 and $1 million and that its estimated liabilities were between
$1 million and $10 million.
The filing also
states that there will be no funds available to
distribute to uninsured creditors.
It is signed by Bret
Gordon, CEO of Tom Harper Cruises. Gordon’s attorney is Harold Murphy of
Boston-based Murphy & King.
Travel agents and
clients that had booked trips with Tom Harper River Journeys had been waiting
for official word on what happened to the company and whether there would
be any recourse for their lost trips and the money they paid to Tom Harper.
Harper River Journeys website recently shut down.
River Journeys was founded by Gordon in 2013 as a company that sold river
cruise inventory on ships throughout Europe, Asia and Africa, including on
vessels owned by Haimark Travel, CroisiEurope and the Zambezi Queen.