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Jane McDonald Sail Away cruise charter firm enters administration

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photo_camera Jane McDonald has her own cruise, in collaboration with Floating Festivals

Cruise charter company Floating Festivals, which had partnered with TV presenter Jane McDonald for a special sailing on board Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas this September, has entered administration.

The news comes a week after it was announced that the Jane McDonald Sail Away cruise, which had first been postponed until September next year, was cancelled altogether.

The company operated a number of charter sailings with Royal Caribbean, but had recently confirmed that it had been unable to reach an agreement with the cruise line over the proposed rescheduling of three events to 2021.

Richard Williamson and Christopher Brindle of Campbell Crossley & Davis have been appointed as joint administrators.

On the Floating Festivals website, a statement reads: “On 20 August 2020 Floating Festivals Limited (‘the Company’) was placed into administration.

“Unfortunately, the company was not Abta bonded. Customers who have paid for cruises by credit or debit card should contact their card provider in the first instance to enquire as to their eligibility for a refund.”

Along with Sail Away with Jane McDonald, the company’s other scheduled event this year included Stages and Throwback.

The company said the sailings were rescheduled to autumn 2021, but claimed that the actions of Royal Caribbean meant that they could no longer continue with the cruises next year.

In a statement posted before the company entered administration, it said: “The actions of Royal Caribbean mean that we can no longer continue with Floating Festivals in 2021.

“We have had two fantastic years delivering some amazing charter cruises. We will be in touch over the coming days to advise customers of the next steps to claim their refund.”

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