Voyages to Antiquity’s managing director “never gave up hope” the line would survive after its only ship suffered engine failure, until the launch of a new season was upon him, TTG can reveal.
Jos Dewing confirmed this week (11 September) the niche line would cease operations at the end of October after it was forced to cancel 10 summer sailings – affecting around 3,500 passengers – when Aegean Odyssey developed engine problems.
“I had never given up hope that a solution could be found, but it got to a point at the start of this month that it would get extremely difficult to launch a season,” said Dewing, speaking exclusively to TTG. “It was just too late in the day.”
“I’m very sad, and we do genuinely care about our team, customers and partners. I’m also very proud of what we achieved and I’m so grateful to agents who have supported us.
“We have a hugely loved brand and I feel this will definitely leave a gap in the market. [The brand] could be brought back, but it won’t be under my watch.”
Michelle Daniels, VTA’s head of commercial, added: “Our partners and agents have been incredibly understanding; we have received so many wonderful messages and best wishes.”
Both Dewing and Daniels thanked VTA’s staff and crew in the UK, US and onboard Aegean Odyssey “who have worked so hard through these difficult times”.