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29 NOVEMBER 2021
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In a move that is likely to be replicated by other river cruise companies, and in general by European travel operators, Scenic has suspended its year-end programme.
The move comes after Austria announced a full national lockdown last Monday (22 November) and the Bavarian region of Germany cancelled its Christmas markets.
Six Scenic river cruises and four Emerald river cruises have been cancelled, all of which were due to visit Europe’s Christmas markets.
The company is in the process of contacting affected guests to discuss their options, including transferring to a 2022 Christmas river cruise.
Global Director of Brand and Marketing for Scenic Group, David Winterton, said "everybody has been left saddened by the abrupt end" to the line’s 2021 European season.
"For the past few months, we have welcomed thousands of guests on board our river ships, providing them with fantastic memories of sailing through the heart of Europe’s villages, towns and cities," he added.
"We now look forward to new adventures with our guests once we commence the 2022 European river cruise season in March."
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