Saga has suspended its cruise operations until eventually May possibly one following the unfold of coronavirus and warned that the go will strike revenue.

The journey and insurance coverage expert reported the go follows up to date suggestions from the Government advising persons aged 70 and more than and those people with pre-current wellness problems in opposition to going on cruises.

Consumers who were being because of to journey in the subsequent six months will be offered  both a total refund or credit score for a long run departure.  

Saga reported that although cancellations experienced amplified in recent months, demand from customers for cruises was “pretty constructive”, with bookings of about 80pc of its sales goal for the yr.

Suspending its cruise operations for the subsequent six months would lower gain in the division by concerning £10m and £15m.

The company reported that while the journey atmosphere was “unsure”, it had significant liquidity out there, together with a £100m credit score facility, £33m of income at the close of February and solid income era in its insurance coverage small business.

Saga did not anticipate the outbreak of coronavirus to have an affect on its insurance coverage arm, which has noted a “very good start out” to the recent monetary yr.

Shares started off the yr at 54p but fell almosr 2pc to fewer than 15p on Friday following the recent current market selloff, valuing the company at £163m.