In the wake of growing uncertainty over the Covid-19
coronavirus outbreak, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection said Thursday
it was suspending all European river sailings until April 23.
“We have been closely monitoring the world’s response to the
Covid-19 pandemic, and given recent news, we do not believe we can continue to
offer the award-winning Uniworld experience you have come to expect and deserve
at this time,” Uniworld CEO Ellen Bettridge said in a letter to guests.
She said any guests who are scheduled on cruises before
April 23 can rebook to any 2020 or 2021 sailing or receive a future cruise
credit eligible for use over the next two years.
“We know this global situation has caused confusion and
anxiety for many; the details of your travel plans should not add to your list
of concerns,” Bettridge said.
The company said it has also updated its policies to enable
guests booked on sailings after April 23 to cancel up to 14 days prior to their
cruise and rebook on any 2020 or 2021 cruise without penalty or rebook with any
of the Travel Corp.’s sister brands, which include Trafalgar, Insight Vacations
and Luxury Gold.