Advice if you have booked a holiday with Thomas Cook and the best way to cruise to Western Australia: The Holiday Guru solves travel queries
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This week the cheapest transfer from Miami airport to Fort Lauderdale’s cruise terminal and around the world cruises are also on the agenda…
Q. I’ve booked a package holiday with Thomas Cook for next month, but have seen the firm may go bust. What should I do?
Sam Higgins, via email.
Customers who have booked a Thomas Cook holiday are protected by the Atol scheme, which means they will be entitled to a full refund or an alternative holiday
A. You are protected by the Atol scheme, which means you will be entitled to a full refund or an alternative holiday. For details, visit caa.co.uk/atol-protection
Q. Can you travel by regular cruise line or on a cargo ship to Western Australia?
Valerie Saunders, via email.
A. Cunard has a 33-night, full-board cruise from Southampton to Perth from £3,588pp, or £5,626 for solo travellers (iglucruise.com). Currently, only return journeys by cargo ship from Western Australia are available. They take 40 days and cost £6,162 for a single traveller (cruisepeople.co.uk).
Q. Are any around-the-world cruises available covering 80 days?
Brian Robbins, via email.
A. All journeys take a little longer. One of the shortest is 108 nights via the Panama Canal, Sydney and the Suez Canal, departing Southampton in January 2021, from £12,199pp (fredolsencruises.com).
Q. What is the best cheap transfer from Miami airport to Fort Lauderdale’s cruise terminal please?
Roger Halfpenny, via email.
An Uber to travel from Miami airport to Fort Lauderdale’s cruise terminal cost £35
A. Trains from the airport to Fort Lauderdale cost £4 and take 45 minutes, but you’ll need to take a short taxi ride at the end (tri-rail.com). Uber taxis all the way cost £35.
Q. Can you suggest an isolated rural stay to the east of London? We need two bedrooms, a kitchen, country walks and a village pub.
Susan Ledwidge, via email.
A. Three-night stays this month at Holly Cottage in the Suffolk village of Huntingfield are from £449 (ruralretreats.co.uk).
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