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Important Red Sea update from Blue O Two

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blue o two 1The Red Sea has been a much-loved destination by many of Blue O Two’s customers – after all, it’s where it all began for the company way back in 2003.
However, the introduction of a new local sales tax of 14 percent on every transaction, and the removal of all fuel subsidies, means operating costs have increased significantly in the Red Sea.
There is also now an undersupply of flights in the market to the Red Sea following the collapse of Thomas Cook. These factors combined mean that Blue O Two need to make three changes to their Red Sea operations.

 

Dynamic Packages

Due to recent events, Blue O Two are aligning the Red Sea with their other destinations. It will now be advertised as boat-only, with flights as an optional extra. Thankfully, this change means that you can now enjoy much greater flexibility when choosing your departure airport and flight route. Plus, it is easier to add exciting extensions and cultural tours in Egypt that suit your travel dates.

 

Onboard Extras

A new local sales tax means that any onboard extras paid in resort will now incur an additional charge of 14 percent, effective 1 November 2019. This tax can be avoided if you pre-book and pre-pay for your onboard extras before you depart. Blue O Two therefore urge you to contact their travel team if you have an upcoming Red Sea trip and require any onboard extras.

 

M/Y Blue Fin

On 10 January 2020, M/Y Blue Fin will be removed from operation in the Red Sea. Any guests with upcoming trips booked aboard this vessel should now have been contacted with suggested alternative travel arrangements where possible.

 

Blue O Two are continuing to offer free space policies for group bookings, with deals as competitive as five pay, one goes free in certain destinations. All free space policies are now applicable to boat-only rates, and no longer include flights. Please also note that the Loyalty Club Discount will no longer be applicable to flights or ticketing fees.

Finally, the way Blue O Two are booking flights is changing. Any flight booked will now require full payment up front, accompanied by the traveller’s name as per passport details and flight ticketing fee payable as follows:

Economy Class – £50
Premium Economy Class – £75
Business Class – £100
First Class – £200

 

For further details, contact a member of the travel team by email: divingholidays@blueotwo.com, call 01752 480808, or visit the website: www.blueotwo.com

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Scuba Diver's Editor-in-Chief Mark Evans has been in the diving industry for nearly 25 years, and has been diving since he was just 12 years old. 30-odd years later and he is still addicted to the underwater world.

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