The company also cancelled all holidays with non-Tui flights to Indonesia, Maldives, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand and UAE up to and including July 11.
TUI said: “We want to offer our customers flexibility and choice this summer, so where borders are open and FCDO advice allows travel, we will operate to those destinations as planned.
“We are constantly reviewing our holiday programme and cancellations in line with the Government updates every three weeks, with the next update expected on 24 June.
“All customers will be contacted as soon as possible if there is any change to their booking.”
It added: “All customers impacted by these cancellations will be contacted directly and will be able to request a full cash refund.
“Or they can change to a later date or alternative holiday and receive a booking incentive.
Outside the capital, experiences will include Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile walking tour, Belfast’s Titanic Museum, Stonehenge, and Chessington World of Adventures.
TUI marketing officer, Katie McAlister, said: “We’re thrilled to grow our domestic experiences programme further, with the addition of hundreds of UK excursions, activities and tickets serving the ever-increasing demand for new experiences, both during travel and while at home.
“Through our website, customers can easily search and instantly book some of the UK’s most popular and sought-after experiences, whether it be for a staycation, day trip, or perhaps a local activity to extend that holiday feeling after returning home from abroad.”
All UK experiences can now be booked through TUI’s website.
If aasyjet cancels all flights to a destination, a replacement flight with another airline should be provided.
In esyjet’s latest communication, it only stated that “If there are no easyJet flights available to get you to your destination within 24 hours, you have the option to transfer to another airline, take a train, bus or hire a car.”
However, it said passengers are responsible for booking the alternative transport and a refund will only be made for “reasonable transport costs.”
A Civil Aviation Authority spokesperson said: “Passengers who have seen their flights cancelled should be offered the choice of reimbursement for cancelled flights, alternate travel arrangements under comparable conditions at the earliest opportunity which includes flights on other airlines, or a new flight at a later date at the passenger’s convenience.
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It has to be said that the rowers, from the local club based on the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal, know what they’re doing. Many have put their oar in for Britain. As Steve, our genial captain aboard the MV Edward Elgar, explained when he gave me a quick tour of the bridge, he has to be mindful and respectful of other waterway users, which he was as we chugged along at often well below the maximum speed limit of 6mph. And this was a whistle-stop tour; usually it would have been a two-night adventure, but we got the potted highlights with just a single night on board. That said, we were treated royally, with a crew who could not do enough to entertain us, keep us fed and watered, and indeed safe.
Boarding was at Alexandra Quay. If some of us were a touch unsteady going up the gangway (luggage thankfully having been taken aboard for us), it may have had something to do with our brief pre-cruise tour of the Gloucester Brewery micro-brewery, shop and tasting room in Fox’s Kiln – staggering distance from the boat.
We saw the processes that led to shelves stacked with their own beer, vodka and flavoured gins, the latter infused with local fruit.
Glasses were clinked and samples enjoyed. The packing room was evidence of people’s changing habits, with growing numbers having booze shipped to their home the next day rather than having to shop in person.
Then it was on board for a welcome drink – and it was all downstream from there.
A cream tea followed after we slipped the quay berth and headed out of the city – Steve having booked a few minutes’ disturbance for motorists on Netheridge Bridge, just off the A38, which was dutifully swung open for us.
The MV Edward Elgar is the largest-capacity inland hotel boat in the UK. At 88ft long, and with 11 twin cabins and three decks, it was built to be as big as it could be and still fit through the canal system’s locks, and slide under bridges. It can be a squeeze.
The MV Edward Elgar offers a warm welcome (Image: PR Handout)
“There are some bridges where, if the water is high, you have to time your journey,” says Steve. “And a couple where we go into Ikea-mode – the glass around the bridge and the railings up top, fold down.”
Thankfully, we didn’t need to duck or breathe in.
It was a relaxing trip from the off as we glided south towards Purton and Sharpness, where the canal runs close to the Severn. We found out just how close after a pleasant three-course dinner when we moored at Purton to see the incredible Hulks.
It’s a ships’ graveyard with a purpose. In 1909, the canal banks were breached, and thus was hatched a cunning plan to beach abandoned boats and ships, some deliberately laden with concrete or simply run aground and left to nature. Some are now lost to view, but most have still been mapped and commemorated.
You can see some poking partially through the dunes where barely 50 yards separates the 16.5-mile canal, hand-dug for its opening in 1827, from the country’s longest and most violently tidal river. One, the schooner Katherine Ellen, we learned, had been impounded in 1921 for running guns to the IRA.
We got to know more of our fellow guests – aided by Captain’s Cocktails – as we sat in the main saloon, our tables all screened in a Covid-secure way. Our cabin, complete with single bunks, toilet and shower, was downstairs.
Next morning, after a cooked breakfast, we headed back north, stopping at Patch Bridge. Our destination was barely a quarter of a mile away, but our hosts put on a coach for those who, having negotiated the sodden towpath, didn’t fancy the walk to the brilliant Wildlife and Wetland Trust site at Slimbridge, where the stars of the show were the pelicans.
Set up in the 1940s by naturalist Sir Peter Scott, who lived in a cottage on site for six years, the WWT has avocets, cranes, geese, ducks and swans.
Other species, such as peregrine and merlin, are seasonal visitors. The Sloane Observation Tower provides far-reaching views towards the Cotswolds and Forest of Dean.
We had a roast lunch as we meandered back to Gloucester, but first a talk on the work of the local Canal Trust, and how lockdowns have hit their pockets. However, their sterling efforts have continued, preserving waterways and bringing back to life other neglected or forgotten passages.
Swans soar above a lake at Slimbridge Wetland Centre (Image: Getty)
Slimbridge Wetland Centre is home to beautiful flamingos (Image: PR Handout)
It was our first river cruise but it won’t be our last. We liked the pace of the weekend, and the attention to detail of Jay and his team from English Holiday Cruises.
They operate on the Severn between Gloucester and Stourport and on the Gloucester to Sharpness Canal and offer a range of packages with different stop-offs.
They will even organise an extra night in Gloucester to round off your trip, which we did independently, taking in the magnificent Cathedral.
Pilgrims have visited the site since the 600s and latter-day pilgrims include fans of Harry Potter, with scenes having been filmed in the cloisters. It also has the grave of Edward II, who met his violent end at nearby Berkeley Castle.
The city, once the country’s second largest inland port after London, has some wonderful old buildings, such as the restored Robert Raikes House, a timbered pub with an attractive walled garden.
But we gravitated back towards the Quays, which has been beautifully restored and hosts museums dedicated to the Soldiers of Gloucestershire and the National Waterways, as well as the intriguing Mariners’ Chapel.
If you have designs on a relaxing few days’ break, messing about on the river could be for you.
She is a well-known name in Hull but now former Apprentice star Michelle Dewberry is set to become a more familiar face on the national stage when the current affairs and news channel GB News launches this weekend.
She is one of the faces of the soon-to-be-launched channel, and has been tweeting about the launch, this Sunday, for several weeks, setting out her intentions to cover the stories that ‘matter’ to viewers.
Michelle may seem to have it all, with a new baby and wealthy partner, former Crystal Palace Football Club owner Simon Jordan, however, she has not sought to hide an extraordinarily difficult childhood, which means that her ‘privileged’ label couldn’t be more wrong.
Born in Hull on a council estate on Boothferry Road, she shared a three-bed terraced house with her five brothers and sisters, and says money was tight.
She spent her entire childhood on the ‘at risk’ register and admitted she had a violent father.
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After leaving school at 16 with two GCSEs, she claimed she spent lot of time hanging around estates with her then-boyfriend who was “in and out of prison”.
But the defining moment of her young life came when her sister tragically died at the age of 19, after falling from a tower block. Michelle was just 16 at the time.
It was a turning point in her life.
In a previous interview she said: “I was devastated.
“I felt that she’d been robbed of having a life, so I decided I was going to make mine extraordinary.
“I wanted a life that was good enough for her and me.”
It led to an apprenticeship with St John Ambulance, which in turn took her to employment with KCOM where she excelled in IT, and she was head-hunted by Tiscali, an internet service provider, where she was promoted to project manager.
She started her own business at 24 – which she gave up to join the BBC hit show The Apprentice, which she won and landed herself a job with Sir Alan Sugar.
But it was not to last long. She quit after four months and has never really explained the reasons behind it.
However, since then she’s written a book, stood in local elections, as well as presented on TV.
Her inspirational yet troubled background it sure to help her when tackling a range of issues for GB News.
Feisty and opinionated, she’s not afraid to put people right when they question her sincerity or motives, often through her Twitter account, where she has over 100,000 followers.
She said in the past: “I worked my backside off, to try and become successful.
“I spent most of my adult years with depression and serious suicide ideation. After years of therapy and medication, I am now finally happy. That to me has become my definition of success – my hard-won true internal happiness.”
“Other than that, I’ve been through more challenges, adversity and upset that I hope most of you will ever come close to. And to those who call me privileged – you’re right. I am privileged to be alive, and given how many times I almost chose not to be, I will never take that for granted.”
Her Twitter profile lists her firstly as ‘mum’ and secondly as ‘Hull girl’ with everything else listed afterwards, including business coach, author, speaker, election candidate 2017-2019, politics debater and finally, presenter.
She has described in the past how people wrote her off because of her Northern accent, dismissing her as a “Northern numpty”.
“I just used to laugh and think: ‘More fool you, you’re underestimating me and you’re going to get bitten by it because you can’t see me coming’.”
Indeed, she is unafraid to defend herself against trolls.
When a group calling themselves Stop Funding Hate, who are against the introduction of GB News tweeted recently, she immediately hit back with: “Attempting to dictate what other folk can watch, while bullying brands/advertisers and attempting to cancel any views which differ from your own, is kinda hateful.
“Maybe you need to reconsider what you guys call yourselves. Bully boys is a more accurate name.”
For the past few days she’s been posting polls on Twitter, canvassing public opinion on everything from whether parents will allow their children to have the Covid vaccine, to whether people care about Boris Johnson’s nuptials.
In her personal life, she has recently continued to face the same adversity that she endured as a child.
TUI has assured customers it will not take them to destinations if the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advises against non-essential travel.
The travel provider is “reviewing” its current flight and holiday programme, and sharing information to travellers whose plans may have been cancelled.
In a recent update, holidays including flight-only and accommodation-only bookings to an array of destinations have now been cancelled.
Cancelled holidays include those due to depart on or before June 20, 2021, to Aruba, the Balearic Islands (Majorca, Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera), Croatia with the exception of Kvarner Bay, Cyprus, Greece (Halkidiki, Kefalonia, Preveza, Samos, Santorini, Skiathos, Thassos, and Chania in Crete), Jamaica, Italy, mainland Spain, La Palma in the Canary Islands and Malta.
UK holidays are already in full swing and with international travel restrictions ongoing, many Britons may be looking to book something closer to home. Unfortunately, as is often the case with the great British summer unexpected weather can often ruin the experience.
However, there are some destinations across the nation that boast their own climate which can often be completely different to that of just a few miles away.
This natural phenomenon is called a microclimate.
A microclimate is a local set of atmospheric and weather conditions that differ from those in the surrounding areas.
This area can span anywhere from a few meters to miles.
Though a microclimate does not always mean weather will be hotter, with some microclimates resulting in wetter or chillier weather, in many cases it does have some promising results.
Below are five destinations in the UK known for having their own microclimate often boasting more sunshine and warmer temperatures throughout the year.
On the Thursday evening MSC Cruises’ new flagship MSC Virtuosa departed UK shores, Mr Paradiso recalls “many smiling, happy faces”, as well as some tears of joy. “I’ve seen many, many customers being emotional because it means so much to be onboard of a cruise ship again after 15 months,” he told Express.co.uk.
While MSC cruise guests were still able to enjoy many of the traditional aspects of a luxurious cruise – an array of restaurants boasting global cuisines, opulent bars and dazzling stage productions – all of these are conducted in line with Covid-safe regulations.
This begins with pre-departure testing, which MSC have already made progress towards streamlining.
“The first embarkation took a tiny bit longer but I was still very happy with the results because the average time to board the ship, including a swab test which is the most time-consuming part of the embarkation process, was one hour and 10 minutes,” explained Mr Paradiso.
Since then, MSC staff managed to slash this time to just 37 minutes by their second sailing.
“We’ve made a few tweaks because we’ve learned a lot. Also terms of guests flow and paperwork that we have we have to check – passport, travel insurance, proof of vaccinations, etcetera,” continued the cruise boss.
“So we have improved our already smooth embarkation process.”
Once onboard, guests can expect social distancing in public areas and face masks where this cannot be achieved.
“What I keep on saying to everyone is that yes there are some small changes, but the overall onboard experience remains exactly the same,” he explained.
“Yes, when there are public areas or when they are walking from one part of the ship to another, guests are kindly asked to wear face masks.
‘If they use the lifts we don’t accept more than four people at a time in our lifts just to make sure that there’s plenty of distance between each customer.
“But other than that, the second you sit at a restaurant or you sit at the bar, you can remove your face mask and just enjoy your cocktail or your meal.
“I think people, after a couple of hours, actually forget that we have all of these measures in place because I think we’re so used to them after the 14 or 15 months of Covid.”
Combined with pre-embarkation testing, Mr Paradiso says these measures create a “safe bubble onboard the ship”.
“We want to make sure that everyone is safe at all times,” he said.
“All in all, excluding a few changes here and there, the overall experience hasn’t changed at all.”
With the first sold-out four-day sailing having proved such a success, welcoming 1,000 passengers to enjoy their first cruise holiday since the first lockdown, Mr Paradiso believes it will encourage travel on a wider scale.
In fact, he believes these changes could be just weeks away.
According to Mr Paradiso, though, while the social distancing and testing requirements in place may be a little different to cruises of the past, they act as proof “it is safe to go on holiday”.
“MSC Virtuosa was a message of hope for everyone, not only the cruising industry but for the wider travel industry,” he said.
“It’s all about restarting again and building that confidence. That’s why it was so important for us you know to get the first few sailings right, just to prove to the world that it’s actually safe to go on a cruise ship and it is actually safe to go on holiday.”
He continued: “You may need to respect some safety measures, but I think it’s about time we start travelling again. I’m optimistic and I’m confident that things will just get better and better.
“With Virtuosa we’ve proven to the world that travelling is safe if you just follow some very basic rules, and I’m hoping that from June 21 many of these restrictions will be lifted.”