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Further very minor update, 3 January 18:00: I haven’t heard anything much today, and specifically nothing about the Sea Chefs staff meeting in Malaysia. However there is a story that meetings are being held at All Leisure Group head office, and that we may know more in a couple of days or so. But the official position is now that only the two current cruises have been cancelled.

A couple of updates to yesterday’s post about the cancelation of voyages on Minerva and Voyager.

First, I said that customers of Travelsphere, another All Leisure Group company, had received letters telling them that their holidays would be provided by Page & Moy. On doing a bit of further checking I have learned that Page & Moy is also part of the All Leisure Group! – formerly independent, they were taken over by All Leisure in 2012. So it actually looks as if existing customer bookings with one part of All Leisure (Travelsphere) are being transferred to another part of the same group (Page & Moy). One reason for this might be that All Leisure is about to be broken up, and Page & Moy has been chosen as the identity for a spin-off section. But this is all speculation.

I’ve also heard that hotel staff on Voyager, who are employed by Sea Chefs, will be having a meeting with some of Sea Chefs’ head office staff – they’re flying out to Asia to do this (Voyager is due to sail form Malaysia on the 4th). That meeting may happen today. Sea Chefs also provide the hotel staff (kitchen and accommodation workers) for Minerva so something similar may be happening on that ship as well. Sea Chefs is a well-known and reputable company providing hotel staff for a number of smaller ocean cruise lines including the well-known German companies Phoenix Reisen and Hapag-Lloyd, as well as a number of river cruise companies. Apparently¬†they directly employ over 6000 staff.

I’ll post more updates as and when – or if – I hear anything.

3 Responses to “Swan Hellenic / Voyages of Discovery update”

  1. Malcolm Oliver says:

    Reblogged this on Malcolm Oliver's Cruise Blog and commented:
    Tom’s got this one covered!

  2. Chris Lord says:

    All Leisure Group now in Administration. See the websites for Swan Hellenic etc.

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