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New Oasis Cruise Operation Opens at End of Month

Oasis Travel is opening a dedicated cruise business in the Knock Travel premises it acquired last month from owner Doreen McKenzie.

The Northern Ireland Cruise Centre will be on the top floor of the building and will begin trading by the end of June.

The Cruise Centre will be staffed initially by three experienced agents, one of which will be Oasis agent Simon O’Neill, a cruise specialist and Clia ‘Master’.

Oasis owner Sandra Corkin revealed that customers would be able to call the cruise centre and make appointments to meet any of the team, while a side door with the name above it would allow people to walk in off the street. She said that the Centre would sell cruise lines’ holidays, and also create its own under its own ATOL licence.

“Knock is a really up-and-coming area of Belfast,” she said. “It is becoming really sought-after with lots of fine dining, so we think it’s the right place to find new customers. I am absolutely delighted to have an Oasis presence in this part of the city.

“The cruise companies are telling us there are a lot people going on a cruise from Northern Ireland but not booking with an agent in Northern Ireland. So while we do have cruise expertise, they are not finding us.

“There must be a feeling among consumers in Northern Ireland that we’ve not got the experience or the deals – but we have, we just need to market ourselves better.”

Meanwhile, the former Knock Travel shop is being refurbished in the Oasis Travel style and branding, ready to reopen on May 30.

“It’s got new lighting, heating, decoration and desks, and I’m taking the staff out to go through any training gaps they might have,” she said.

Former Knock Travel owner Doreen McKenzie is staying on to provide consultancy advice to the new Oasis operation.

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